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Conneley’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Sergio at the Masters and Patriot Trades



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Conneley’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Sergio at the Masters and Patriot Trades

1.Red Sox update

* Clean innings for Kimbrel as a Red Sox 32 of 61 (no Eckersley)

* Red Sox catchers have thrown out all four base stealers

* Sandoval last 100 at bats as a Red Sox .160 / 1 HR

* Heath Hembree and Noe Ramirez = Wasdin and Rapp

* Outfielder dance at the end of wins – goofy – go back to taking the picture – not seeing much rhythm from Benintendi

* Jackie Bradley should be handed the Golden Glove before the season


2. Why Marchand shouldn’t be an idiot:

* 2017 – Pasternak and Marchand’s 73 goals were 31.5% of team total

* 1971 – Esposito and Bucyk’s 127 goals were 31.8% of team total


3. Masters

* Great golf down the stretch – Garcia’s iron play was amazing

* He putted that putt on 18 in regulation right where he was aiming

* I find myself rooting against Sergio – must be Ryder Cup hate

* Ricky Fowler and his Oompa Loompa spray-on-tan-pant color refused to win the Masters

*Was Fred Couples separated at birth from David Duchovny or Garth Brooks

* Masters still on the bucket list!


4. Patriots trades using draft picks in Belichick era:

* Brandin Cooks………2017 – 1st Round pick

* Dwayne Allen………2017 – 4th Round pick

* Eric Rowe………….2016 – 3rd Round pick

* Martellus Bennett…..2016 – 4th Round pick

* Talib………………..2012 – 4th Round pick

* Ochocinco………….2011 – 5th & 6th Round pick

* Albert Haynesworth..2011 – 5th Round pick

* Deion Branch……….2010 – 4th Round pick

* Derrick Burgess…….2009 – 3rd & 5th Round pick

* Randy Moss………..2007 – 4th Round pick

* Wes Welker………..2007 – 2nd & 7th Round pick  

* Doug Gabriel………2006 – 5th Round pick

* Andre Davis………..2006 – 5th Round pick

* Duane Starks……….2005 – 3rd Round pick

* Corey Dillon……….2004 – 2nd Round pick

* Ted Washington……2003 – 4th Round pick


5. NFL rule change suggestion – all field goals of 60 yards or more should be uncontested


6. Quotes from the Globe leading up to the David Ortiz signing:

1/1/03 – Ortiz, 27, appears to be the most appealing option to the Sox, and he has helped his cause by tearing up the Dominican winter league. A 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pounder, he is batting .351 with four homers, 23 RBIs, and a .422 on-base percentage in 20 games for Escogido. He has served primarily as a DH over six seasons with the Twins, though he appeared in 132 games at first base, committing nine errors.

1/1/03 – Epstein’s prime target appears to be free agent David Ortiz, who hit .272 with 20 homers, 75 RBIs, and a .339 on- base percentage last season for the Twins. The Twins released the left-handed-hitting Ortiz in part to avoid going to salary arbitration with him after he earned $950,000 last season. He has drawn considerable interest, and the Sox are among several teams jockeying for his services.

1/10/03 – “We’ve talked to them about it,” said Ortiz’s agent, Fernando Cuza. “It would be a good fit. David would love to play there. He would do some damage at Fenway Park, and he would be great in the clubhouse.”

1/23/03 – Ortiz, meanwhile, passed a physical in Boston Saturday and has agreed to a one-year deal for a sum in the vicinity of $1 million. Ortiz, a lefthanded hitter, batted .272 with 32 doubles, 20 home runs, and 75 RBIs last 1/23/03


7. Amazing Stat – In the 1980-1981 Celtic season, long distance shooter Chris Ford attempted 36 three pointers / this year’s Celtics attempts 33.3 a GAME


8. Old School – What do Oscar Robertson’s and Ted Williams Triple Crowns have in common? Neither won the MVP:

* 1962 NBA MVP – Russell 1st (18.9 pts / 23.6 rebounds / 4.5 assists) Chamberlain 2nd (50.4 points / 25.7 rebounds / 2.4 assists) / Robertson (30.8 pts / 12.5 rebounds / 11.4 assists)

* 1942 MLB MVP – Joe Gordon 1st (18 HR / 103 RBI / .322 AVG) / Williams 2nd – (36 HR / 137 RBI / .356 AVG) – robbery


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Red Sox have the flu – what other illnesses have they had over the years:

* Racism-itis

* 25 Cabs – 25 Players-itis

* Triple-itis – slow big slugging right handed hitters (Danny Cater, Beetle Bailey, Bob Watson, Dick Stuart, Wily Mo Pena – all meant no speedy runs from home to third

* Popeye Chicken addiction-itis

* Joe Kerrigan’s phobia of holding runners-itis

* Carl Everett mania-itis

* Wally-phobia


10. Randomocity

* If you haven’t seen the Warren Buffet documentary on HBO – I recommend – simple but interesting

* Applications for the Harvard class of 2020 – 39,041 / accepted 2,106 (5.4%)

* Wow – Fortune Magazine ranked Theo Epstein the greatest leader in the world – the world!

* Boston Globe had a feature on the Huracan Spyder Lamborghini – cost $241,295 / or can lease for $20,048 down payment and then $3,199 a month

* Francis Ford Coppola wanted to fire Al Pacino throughout Godfather until the restaurant scene

* If you love baseball – MLB Network is amazing

* I used to love the salty popcorn at Fenway in the upside-down cone for yelling “we want a hit”

* Winter Olympics in South Korea – yikes – that could be an opportune time to send a missile

* Don’t look now but Tim Tebow on pace to hit 50 home runs

Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias



Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped game 2 of their 4 game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night 6-2 at McCoy Stadium. There were 6,502 fans at McCoy Stadium tonight.

Roenis Elias Pitched much better then what his pitching line showed. He gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but it should have only been 2 run. Elias was also pretty close to doing something that Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello have done this season.

The Paw Sox saw all of their offense from a two run home run from Matt Dominguez in the 4th inning. It was a home run that barley got out of the park.

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Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting



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Red Sox Talk: Batting Cleanup, Devers’s Underutilization Mounting

Here is a not so hot-take Red Sox fans: Rafael Devers is currently the team’s best player! Conversely, he’s not even close to performing to his full potential. The reason for this is the 20-year-old third baseman hasn’t been allowed to. He’s a flourishing power-hitter who hardly finds himself in consequential power-hitting situations. And why is that? It’s simply because John Farrell is incompetent when it comes to the assembly of a batting order.

It appears that before every game, Farrell aimlessly tosses darts at the names of players while he’s blindfolded. This assertion would be more believable if his mishandling of the lineup wasn’t laden with such faulty science.

If It Ain’t Broke

Rafael Devers has been irrefutably our best hitter since he was called up in late-July. Going into Monday’s game: He was handily bolstering a .350 BA with 8 HR’s and has a .700 slugging percentage. These are definitively the stats of a pure-slugger. Where do rare talents like Devers belong in the order? Well according to John Farrell, they appropriately belong in the 6th spot. Yeah, the old 6 hole! That’s where your best hitter can produce at full capacity.

Of the 8 HR’s that the Baby-Face Bambino has hit, 6 of them were solo shots. From that we can deduce that only a ¼ of his dingers were multi-run home runs. This low percentage of RBI’s is clearly a symptom of his poor placement in the order. After all, Devers can’t knock em’ home if there’s no ducks on the pond, when he’s at the plate

6.4 is Rafael Devers’ average spot in the lineup, in the 21 games, he’s played in. That is an insult to an overperforming prospect who needs his tenuous confidence to be stimulated, not doubted. Superficially, one would presume tenure dictates that Devers must “earn his stripes” on this team. Nothing like a little rookie hazing!

Firstly, that’s an obsolete approach to professional sports. Secondly, that’s not Farrell’s reason for governing the growth of this young superstar. No, John Farrell is circumscribed by textbook baseball-science and he is incapable of thinking outside of these margins.

A Certain Science

Almost always, Farrell tries to “counter” the handedness of the opposing starter. For example, Lefty on the mound means he’ll run out a right-handed saturated lineup, and vice versa. This is an overly educated (if there is such a thing) and misguided system of prioritizing that favors handedness over ability.

I swear John Farrell would pinch hit for Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 9th if he was facing a right-handed pitcher.

Rafael Devers should at least be rewarded for his hot start with a chance to bat cleanup. This has to happen before his honeymoon high is extinguished by an inevitable slump. In such a scenario: Nunez could lead things off, followed by Mookie and then a red-hot Benintendi. Devers needs to be granted the opportunity to fail before we assume he will fail. This would be a valuable learning experience, one that would be conducive to growth.

Fans of any sport will tell you that there’s an intangible magic to the game, and to it’s greatest players. That’s why we love sports. What Boston has in John Farrell is a manager who isn’t sensitive nor privy to that “magic”. He has to start reading the barometer of his team and the games in which they play. Believe it or not, some things just can’t be learned in books, John.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight



Pawtucket Red Sox

Pawtucket Red Sox Play Buffalo In Game 2 Of Their Series Tonight

The Pawtucket Red Sox (61-67) will play host to the Buffalo Bisons (58-70) tonight at McCoy Stadium. The pitching match up for tonights’ game is Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Buffalo Bisons. He will be up against Roenis Elias (1-3, 7.27 ERA) for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

In the first game of the four game series, the Buffalo Bisons beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-3 in front of 5,997 fans. The Pawtucket Red Sox were leading 3-2 heading into the 9th inning, with Edgar Olmos on the mound, Gregorio Petit hit a game tying home run just into the Paw Sox bullpen. Later in the inning, Christian Lopes hit a go-ahead 3 run home run to give the Bisons a 6-3 lead.

All 3 runs from the Christian Lopes home run were unearned. That was due to a ball that Jantzen Witte threw into the dirt that Blake Swihart couldn’t pick out of the dirt. Swihart was charged with an error on the play that continued the inning. Other then that, Swihart looked like he could do well at 1st base if he is able to get reps at first base.

Tonights Starting Pitchers

Tonights starting pitcher for the Buffalo Bisons, Joe Biagini pitched well last time out on August 17th. In that game, he shut out the Indianapolis Indians through 4 innings, giving up 2 hits, walking 3, and struck out 4 on 73 pitches (45 strikes). Biagini was pitching for Bisons major league team the Toronto Blue Jays. This season for the Blue Jays, he was 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 86 1/3 innings.

Tonights starting pitcher for the Paw Sox, Roenis Elias, was knocked around in his start on August 17th at Louisville. In that start, he went 5 2/3, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts on 96 pitches (54 strikes).

Tonights Lineups

Buffalo Bisons:

2B Christian Lopes

SS Gregorio Petit

RF Teoscar Hernandez

1B Rowdy Tellez

C Danny Jansen

3B Jason Leblebijian

DH Mike Ohlman

LF Jon Berti

CF Roemon Fields

SP Joe Biagini

Pawtucket Red Sox:

CF Tzu-Wei Lin

2B Heiker Meneses

1B Sam Travis

RF Bryce Brentz

3B Matt Dominguez

LF Ryan Court

C Blake Swihart

SS Deven Marrero

DH Dan Butler

SP Roenis Elias

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