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Time For The Boston Red Sox To Do Something With Sandoval

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Time For The Boston Red Sox To Do Something With Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval came into spring training last season fat and out of shape, now over a year later Sandoval has worked back into shape and Boston has tried to get him going with plenty of playing time. But this hasn’t worked, Sandoval hasn’t helped the team win games and for this years squad, they need a productive third basemen.

Since returning to Boston Sandoval has appeared in 25 games with 95 plate appearances and has only managed a .616 OPS. The most troubling part of his time has been his defense, which he has a minus-6 DRS which means his defense has cost Boston six runs in only 25 games of play.

In three seasons in Boston he has only managed a .236 avg with a measly .646 OPS and has missed a total of 232 games compared to the 154 he has played in. Right now on the roster Red Sox manager John Farrell has better options at his disposal than Sandoval. Deven Marrero is an excellent defensive third baseman and Josh Rutledge is a capable fielder and a capable hitter. The Red Sox have had to carry all three on the roster because of the deficiencies that Sandoval has had.

There has many rumblings of a potential outright to AAA-Pawtucket via the way of Allen Craig or Rusney Castillo to get his salary off the luxury cap. Issue with that is Sandoval has over 5 years of MLB experience which means he would have to agree to such a move. Other talk on Sandoval has been the idea of a trade where Boston would likely have to eat the majority of the remaining money on his contract.

Another option that is swirling around is the one of simply releasing the 30-year-old outright with $51.5 million remaining on his contract that Boston would have to pay.  But if they hold onto him he has shown such a defensive liability that he is costing his team games, and that ability isn’t going to get any better as he gets older. What is Sandoval? A platoon designated hitter? Not a good one at that.

Boston should look to find a trade partner who is willing to take on some of Sandoval’s money, but if that fails a release of him makes sense and it shows the rest of the clubhouse that management expects the team to win ballgames. A trade of Sandoval would mean the need of bringing in another third baseman to serve as the starter till the end of the season, but that talk will be in a future article.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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

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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

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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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