With game one of the ALDS scheduled tonight, it’s time for the Red Sox pitching staff to step it up. Although the team had a franchise high of 108 wins, in 2018 this is where the players earn their salary In this post, we will review three areas why the pitching staff needs to step it up. Time For The Red Sox Pitching staff to Step It Up Eliminated by Houston The Past Two Years; Although the organization enjoyed a franchise record of 108 wins, no postseason series celebrations the past two years. The past two seasons the team has gone down in defeat at the hands of the Astros. With free _agent signee, David Price and Chris Sale winless in a postseason series the pressure are on the team and first_ year manager Alex Cora to deliver a playoff series victory If the organization fails to get past the Yankees in round one General Manager Dave Dombrowski’s job may be in jeopardy. Red Sox Pitching Versus The Yankees, Astros and Indians; In contrast to the Yankees, Indians, and Astros The Red Sox bullpen ranked 4th in the American League with 50 saves and a 3.75 staff ERA. Closer Craig Kimbrel 5-1 2.74 ERA and 42 saves is the games best. The Indians bullpen of Cody Allen, Neil Ramirez, and Andrew Miller are tough to beat on any given night. Houston’s Ken Giles and Roberto Osuna are one of the best in the game. As for the starting pitching, all four teams are highly talented Overall the edge goes to the Astros with the starting staff of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton Bostons David Price, Chris Sale, and Rick Porcello have not won in the postseason throughout their careers. Level of Talent Compared to last season the Red Sox is better with the additions of JD Martinez, Stephen Pearce, Ian Kinsler, Brandon Phillips and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. The key for a successful postseason is to play smart and aggressive. Decisions After PostSeason ; Regardless of the outcome of the postseason decisions could be made on Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Although the team has qualified for the playoffs three years in a row, the organization’s farm system has very few highly ranked prospects.
Now that the Major League trade deadline has passed Red Sox fans should be happy, as the club traded for veteran infielder Ian Kinsler. The organization obtained Kinsler for two minor league prospects.
. In Kinsler, the club gets a quality replacement for the injured Dustin Pedroia. In this post, we will examine three areas why the Red Sox needed offense over relief pitching.
Why Ian Kinsler Is An Upgrade For The Red Sox
Compared to Pedroia the two are similar in their style of play. Kinsler was a seventeenth round pick in 2002 while Pedroia was drafted by Boston the following year. With Pedroia out with a knee injury, the Red Sox are getting a player who the fans will hopefully appreciate like they did Pedroia. All factors considered Kinsler is a quality upgrade over substitutes Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski did not add any new arms to assist the bullpen. The club has been getting substantial contributions from All _Star closer Craig Kimbrel.
In addition to Kimbrell Boston has been getting valuable contributions from Matt Barnes3-3-3.57, Heath Hembree 4-1 3.65, Joe Kelly 3-0 1.57, Ryan Brasier, and Tyler Thornburg.
Since opening day 2018 General Manager Dave Dombrowski has been very proactive in improving the team’s roster. The club acquired veteran first baseman Steve Pearce from Toronto. Late last week the team traded for Ray’s pitcher righthander Nathan Eovaldi. In Eovaldi’s first start he shutout the Tigers on 82 pitches.
The beauty of being a sports fan is following the trade deadline of each major sport. Primarily the trade deadline means that teams in the hunt can gain a player otherwise known as a rental. In this post, we will review three areas which hopefully the Red Sox will address on July 31st.
Three Trade Scenarios For the red sox as the Trade Deadline Approaches
Move On From Jackie Bradley Jr
As it stands now Bradley is hitting a subpar 200 with 6 home runs and 25 runs batted in. Make no mistake about it that he is one of the best center fielders in the game. But at the same time, he fails to deliver clutch base hits when needed. Despite the club having the best record in baseball, they will have to get key base hits from the bottom of the order if they expect to keep pace with the Yankees in the AL East..
With the organization lacking prospects Bradley is one chip with marketable trade value. One club who is in need desperately of outfielders is the Marlins. The Marlins are in dead last in the National League East Two players who could be available are relievers Kyle Barraclough and Drew Stenkenrider. Barraclough is ranked eighth among relievers with a 6-2 record and a 1.17 ERA, and 8 saves Stenkenrider is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA, and 1 save. ,
If Bradley continues his weak hitting the club may have no choice but to use Andrew Benintendi as the center and JD Martinez as the everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts in right field.
Help From Within
The first option that General Manager Dave Dombrowski will explore is help from within. Last season, for instance, the team acquired reliever Addison Reed from the Mets. As it turns out the Red Sox are in the same position this season.
One prospect to keep an eye on is southpaw Bobby Poyner. During spring training he earned a spot in the bullpen after gaining manager Alex Cora’s trust in spring training. Poyner has been up and down since the beginning of the season Since being sent to Triple _a Pawtucket he has pitched well Two other possibilities may be left _hander Ty Buttrey and Travis Lakin: Lakin is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA at Portland while Buttrey with a 2.11 ERA at Pawtucket.
Most teams at the trade deadline would like to shore up their pitching. Clubs like the Yankees, Cubs and Indians will be active. Teams with the deep farm systems are usually the clubs who are the most successful at the deadline. Look for the Yankees to be one of the busiest in a couple of weeks as they are rich with Major League ready prospects.
Despite the Red Sox posting the best record in baseball, there is always a need for an additional starter. Two pitchers who may be available are Matt Harvey of the Reds and James Shields of the White Sox. Shields is in the last year of a four_year contract and would be a perfect fit considering his experience. As for Matt Harvey, the longtime Met was released in May, and since being claimed by the Reds he has gone 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA. If Harvey can stay healthy and regain his old form he may turn out to be the best deal on the market.
It’s another exciting summer of Baseball in Boston. The classic showdown against the Yankees is starting to eat up as the summer of 2018 begins. And wouldn’t you know it despite a first _place standing The Red Sox management drops a bombshell? Friday morning the club announced that they have designated first baseman Hanley Ramirez for assignment. In this post, we’ll review three areas that the Red Sox need to focus in going forward if they hope to reclaim the AL East crown Survival Of The Fittest How The Red Sox Compare To The Rest of The League Going Forward In 2018
Strong Bullpen; Comparing the Red Sox bullpen to the rest of the American League teams the club has one of the best in the league, Closer Craig Kimbrel continues to dominate other closers with 14. Along with Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes Heath Hembree and Hector Velazquez have been lights out. Out of the three divisional teams, the Red Sox have the toughest bullpens with Kimbrel leading the way followed by the Yankees with ten saves, the Indians with nine saves and Houston with 12 saves. As long as Kimbrel is fresh and healthy the club can be a serious contender. Starting Pitching;
So far in 2018 the Red Sox starting pitching of David Price, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello has been strong. Swingman Drew Pomeranz has been struggling while Eduardo Rodriguez has been splendid. As for the Yankees, their starting pitching has also been solid led by Luis SeverinoOverall the Yankees are a game behind Boston with a 31-18 and a 3.18Only the Astros team ERA is better with a combined total of 2.39The Indians are 24-24 heading into Memorial Day weekend with a team ERA of 3.99
So far after nine games of the 2018 MLB season rookie manager Alex Cora has the Red Sox off to an impressive 8-1 start. The 8-1 record is the best start in franchise history.With the early success, there are reasons for concern. Five_ year veteran Jackie Bradley Jr continues to struggle at the plate. Bradley who is known for acrobatic catches is off to a slow start at the plate with a weak 118 average.In this post, we’ll discuss three reasons why the team should consider trading Bradley. Why The Red Sox Should Consider Trading Jackie Bradley Jr.
When General Manager Dave Dombrowski was hired five years ago, he’s made some shrewd trades that have brought Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel to Boston. By, acquiring Sale and Kimbrel the Red Sox farm system has paid the price. By trading Bradley this could be one way of retooling the system
There’s an old saying in baseball that a team will go as far as it’s pitching. This can be applied to the 2018 Red Sox. If David Price can resurrect and pitch like Davis Price then they should be ok. Also if the bullpen can be dependable then the team should qualify for the postseason. In this article, we’ll discuss three areas which will determine the team success.
Why the Red Sox Will Go as Far As the Pitching will take them in2018 The Price Factor; If there’s any hope of postseason in2018 a lot hinges on the health of David Price. Midway through last season Price came back and proved to be a very effective coming out of the bullpen. Regaining his old form could determine who will win the AL East in 2018. With managers cutting down on the starters innings, the team should be ok. Coupled with a dependable bullpen the Sox should be serious contenders all season long. The Stanton Factor, This year’s free agency market saw a huge demand for relief pitchers. The Yankees however, snagged the biggest fish of anyone by signing Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton and Aaron Judge could combine for over 100 homer uns. The Yankees are gambling heavily on power over pitching. Also, the Angels were active by signing Japanese phenom Shohei Otani Both teams spent money on power rather than pitching. Skillful Managing; With both teams having first _year managers a lot _depends on their decision making. Like Alex Cora Yankee skipper Aaron Boone have no managerial experience. Both will be under heavy scrutiny if either one of the teams doesn’t perform. This season should be very interesting for both teams. Each is extremely talented .But with two rookie managers, the outcome may not only be determined by pitching or power but which manager makes the right decision.
With the 2018 MLB spring training officially underway. since coming off their first world series in club history the Astros are a club well stocked for the future. In this post, we’ll cover the Astros as a whole and minor league system. Strong Management; Team manager AJ Hich guided the Astros first world series title ever. Hinch has still basically the same team as last year look for the Astros to return to the 2018 World Series. General manager Jeff Luhnow should get the executive of the year award. Luhnow pulled off on the slickest moves ever last year by prying away Tiger ace Justin Verlander. Verlander was the main force in last year’s postseason run to the World Series. Verlander, Colin McHugh, and Dallas Kuehle. Minor League System; Currently, the Astros rank second behind the Atlanta Braves.and the New York Yankees third. According to Baseball America, the Astros have ten players in the top 100. Youngsters Frances Marte, David Paulino, AJ REED and Franklin Perez, are all grade A prospect. By being a grade A prospect that usually means that the player depending on injuries has a good chance of being a star player. This means that if other teams are sellers at the trade deadline, the Astros have a considerable amount of bargaining chips.
Strong Nucleus; The nucleus of Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa remains intact for many years to come. During the offseason, the Astros added relievers Joe Smith and Hector Rondon to bolster the relieving group. Every team in any sport has to battle injuries, with a deep minor league system there no reason that the Astros shouldn’t repeat as world champions in 2018. For year’s Houston fans have not much to cheer about as the Astros were constant cellar dwellers. Other than Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell Houston was a team struggling just to get out of the gate. With the tragedy of hurricane, Harvey Astro fans now have a team they can be proud of
An error occured for when trying to retrieve feeds! Check the URL's provided as feed sources.It’s safe to say that baseball is literally in the air. Major league teams have officially begun workouts for both position players and pitchers. In Fort Myers The Red Sox main theme for this year is leadership. Rhe club is coming off a successful 2017 campaign in which they clinched the AL East for the second year in a row. For a team loaded with talent, they still lack the most important characteristic of all. And that characteristic is leadership. In this post, we’ll cover three areas the club needs to focus on plus other issues going forward in 2018. Locker Room chemistry; For a team coming off a successful 2017 season the average baseball fan would never know it. The Sox were a team with basically no identity. Over the course of 162 games and playoffs, it was the blind leading the blind. Several distractions kept occurring. Incidents such as Dustin Pedroia fighting with Oriole third baseman Manny Machado. In another incident, Red Sox pitcher David Price insulted Hall of Fame broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. And of course, there was the ongoing saga firing manager John Farrell. If the club can elect a capable team captain then within the time they can put the drama behind them and focus on winning. Lack Of Home Run Power; Since the retirement of favorite David Ortiz finding a replacement has not yet been accomplished. For the first time in a long time, the club had a realatively quiet offseason. The free agent market consisted of Mitch Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Jose Bautista and JD Martinez. Martinez’s name has been popping up all winter. But has spring training has gotten underway Martinez still remains a free agent. Only Mitch Moreland and Eduardo Nunez are the only free agent signees. If the club can find ways to manufacture runs like last season they could be serious playoff contenders. Fresh Approach; After a disappointing playoff elimination for the second straight year Red Sox general manager decided it was time for a managerial change. Just hours after losing to Houston the Sox said terminated to four- year manager John Farrell. In return the team. In return, the club thought it was best to hire a younger manager to lead a fairly young team. As for Cora’s resume, he has an impressive, backround that includes two world series rings. Cora to his credit was a member of the 2004 champion Red Sox If Cora can send a message early enough the end result.will be worth it. ,
Being a big league manager is not an easy task for a first_ year manager. The key for Cora is to send the message early and when needed. If the team expects to get back to the world series then finding leadership is a step in the right direction.