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The Red Sox Bats Were Hot Again as They Route a Comeback Against the Twins

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The Red Sox Bats Were Hot Again as They Route a Comeback Against the Twins

On [Sunday] the Red Sox bats were hot again.  The new batting order has definitely rejuvenated the team.  As they Homered 4 times against the Pitching Ace Ervin SantanaDustin Pedroia had a solo bomb early on.  Andrew Benintendi had a 2 RBI Homer.  Mookie Betts went deep on a solo bomb.  Then in the 6th Sandy Leon hit a 2 Run Home Run to bring the Red Sox back on top [6-4].

Chris Sale ran into trouble in the 5th.  His typical shut out performance was lacking.  He gave up 4 Runs in the Inning and uncharacteristically walked a few batters to load the bases.  But once he got out of that Inning he came back strong in the 6th and shut out the side to get the win.  Heath Hembree came into the game in the 7th to preserve the win, he also shut out the side.  Sale pitched 6 Innings and got 10 Strikeouts.  It was the 6th time in a row that Sale had pitched getting +10 Ks.

The Red Sox bats weren’t done yet, as Mitch Moreland hit an RBI Single to make the game [7-4].  The Twins mounted a comeback of their own, scoring 2 Runs in the bottom of the 8th making it a close [7-6] ballgame.  The Sox didn’t want this game to slip out of their fingers, so they brought in Closer Craig Kimbrel early in the 8th.  He struck out the side, preserving the win.

In the 9th Inning the Red Sox put on a clinic.  They scored 10 Runs, to blow out the game.  It was amazing to watch.  The Red Sox were trying to get some kind of lead in the close game and they ended up with a real whopper of an Inning.  Everyone pretty much got a hit in the RBI parade.  Xander Bogaerts kept his 11 game hitting streak alive in the 9th.  Hanley Ramirez hit a RBI Single to start it off, [8-6].  Then Mitch Moreland had a 2 RBI Double, [10-6], then Chris Young hit a 2 Run Double, [12-6].  Sandy Leon hit his second 2 Run Home Run of the game making it [14-6].

Bogaerts came back up at the plate, at the top of the order again, and hit a 2 Run Triple, [16-6].  Then with the bases loaded Moreland was walked in a Run ending the Inning at [17-6].  In total the Red Sox had 15 Hits on the day and 5 Home Runs.  And a well deserved win to take the Series against Minnesota 2-1.  They have a day off today but will be facing the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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