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Time To Panic For Boston Red Sox Is Now

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Time To Panic For Boston Red Sox Is Now With Losses Mounting And No Turn Around In Sight

Everyone in Boston remembers the 2011 Red Sox collapse. In 2017 some have posed the question. Can it happen again? The answer is yes it can, but this years team is not 2011.

For starters, this years team doesn’t have the “guys” that team had, or the expectations if we are being real. But that doesn’t mean that the Red Sox who had a 5.5 game lead in the AL East last wear aren’t going to collapse in September.

You have Chris Sale who has seen his ERA climb month-after-month. In his last 3 starts, he has had two duds. One could attribute that to a heavy workload filled with stressful innings. Sale’s lack of run support this season has made a lot of tough innings for him to deal with on the mound. He is on pace for a career high in strikeouts. But at the same time, he is going to surpass his innings pitched and pitches pitched.  Going into this season it wasn’t supposed to be all Sale though.

Rick Porcello won the Cy Young last season, but this year? Woah. It has been a disastrous year with the starter getting shelled. He has gotten hit so bad that he is on track to give up the most home runs by a Red Sox starter in the teams long history. Other starters like David Price have faced injury in 2017, Eduardo Rodriguez had his season derailed by injuries as well.

A dark horse producer for Boston in 2017 has been Drew Pomeranz. But as of late he has been shelled. Not surprising, but not something Boston was hoping for out of their most consistent second half pitcher. At the moment an unsuspecting name is the best pitcher in Boston. And that man is Doug Fister.

Fister has been on fire as of late and is in line to get a playoff start come October if this run for him continues. But is Fister a horse you want to bet on long-term? Probably not. At the moment he is hitting all of his spots, and that is key because he is a pitcher, not a thrower. But what happens when he starts to miss a little? Well, only a few short weeks ago Red Sox fans didn’t want to see him take the mound. With Fister, anything is possible.

But when it comes down to it, the lack of offensive production by the Boston Red Sox has been their Achilles Heel all season long. There have been periods of pop, but for the most part, they have been cold as ice. This coldness has been fueled by down seasons by Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and most importantly, Hanley Ramirez.

All three have been wildly disappointing. But Hanley was supposed to be the heir apparent to David Ortiz, something he has fallen well short of doing. Maybe it was unfair expectations, but going forward the Red Sox need a better power hitter in the heart of their order. The lack of Ortiz has caused hitters like Betts, Bogaerts, and Ramirez to have little to no protection around them in the order. Let’s face it, the only real hitter a pitcher is afraid to throw too in the Red Sox lineup is Ramirez.

Can this all turn around, can the Boston Red Sox season be saved? Yes, but it needs to happen fast. After Monday’s loss, John Farrell was asked if a team meeting had been called. He stated it had been, four days ago. In that four day period following, Boston lost 3-out-of-4.

A turn around is going to have to be more than just making the playoffs. Last season the Red Sox got swept by the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. In order to not feel disappointed by this year’s team, they will need to win a round, or two. Cleveland is still there, lurking. And that is something to worry about. The lack of defeating the leagues best this season is concerning. More concerning is getting shelled by the Toronto Blue Jays after losing 3 out of 4 to the New York Yankees.

Whatever happens is anyone’s best guess. But this isn’t a collapse. To say it is a collapse would be false. The Red Sox have struggled all year in different facets of the game. Missing the playoffs here would be disappointing, but given the storylines of this season, not surprising.

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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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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