Why the Red Sox Will Go As Far As the Pitching Will Take Them In 2018

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.

The NFL Dtaft 2018 Analyzing the Patriots Needs

Now that the Patriots have moved on after suffering a 41-33 loss to the Eagles it’s time to restructure through the draft. Currently, the Patriots have six picks whether Bill Belichick keeps his first_ round pick remains to be seen. In this post, we’ll analyze the Patriots needs.

  The Nfl Draft 2018 Analyzing the Patriots Needs

  Pass Rush,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For those of us who witnessed the Eagles run wild against the defense .it’s safe to say the team lacks an effective pass rusher. Eagle running back LeGarrette Blount averaged 3.1 yards per carry   This is truly an embarrassing statistic whether it’s the Super Bowl or a regular season game.Some quality defensive tackles that may be available at 31 are Michigan’s, Maurice Hurst. Hurst had  56 tackles last year 12 which went for a loss An interesting prospect is RJ McIntosh of Miami Fla also could be available.He had 56 tackles to his credit 12 which were for a loss.  Mc Intosh was one of the best players in the country last year. Another name to keep an eye on is USC’s Rasheem Green. Green had 46 tackles last year and had an impressive 10 sacks.                                                                                                                                                    Pass Coverage;                                                                                                                                                                            Not only did the Eagles run all over the Patriots Foles had one of his best days as a pro by throwing for 300 yards. Even though cornerback Malcolm Butler was benched by Belichick moments before the game New England’s secondary was lost.  This year’s secondary class is deep with quality cornerbacks and safety’s.  Two names to keep an eye on are Pittsburgh’s Jordan Whitehead and Stanford’ s Justin Reid. Reid was one of the best safety’s in the country last year has he had 99 tackles and six interceptions.  Whitehead is one of the most physical defenders in the country who can also play receiver. Ronnie Harrison of Alabama could be a mid _round pick. Harrison had 70 tackles last year plus 2 sacks.
Offensive Line;

The Patriots suffered a huge loss in free agency with the loss of tackle Nate Solder signing with the Giants. With two second round picks look for the team to draft a tackle and a blocking tight end.  Brian Oniel of Pittsburgh is one of the best linemen in the draft who can also play tight end. Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli is one of the best blocking tight ends who could be available.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As we have seen many times in the Belichick era, he has a history of trading his first pick for mid _round picks. This year may be no exception since the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo in October.

Bruins Hoping For Deep Playoff Run After A Flurry Of Activity

 With, fifteen games remaining the Bruins are hoping for a deep playoff run. At the trade deadline, the Bruins welcomed Brian Gionta, Nick Holden, Tommy Wingels, and Rick Nash. So far all four have contributed to Bruin victories.          Bruins Hope For Deep Playoff Run after A Flurry Of Activity                                                     Injury Woes;

The new faces could not have come at a better time as injuries continue to mount for the Bruins.  Injuries to Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Charlie McAvoy,  and Brad Marchand have kept the Bruins at bay.  Out of the four McAvoy’s is the most serious. Despite injuries, the team has remained competitive trailing Tampa Bay with 98 points                                                                                                                                                        So far the moves are making General manager Don Sweeney look brilliant considering he didn’t have to give up that much.  This season is a big difference from last year has the Bruins made only one deal at the deadline That player turned out to be Drew Stafford who is no longer with the Bruins.
Solid Goaltending;                                                                                                                                                             Aside from getting quality play from the veterans the Rask is having one of his most clubs has gotten excellent goaltending from Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Rask is having one of his best years as a  Bruin with a 29-11-and a 2.31 Goals against. Backup Anton Khudobin is also contributing with a 15-5  record and a  2.48 Goals against average.
By resting Rask the Bruins have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season. The past two seasons Rask has been a victim of being overused. By the time playoff time comes around Rask has been burned out which results in an early Bruin exit from the playoffs.
           Playoff Experience;
With 94 points the Bruins should be in excellent shape for the playoffs. There are however two factors against the Bruins. One is getting to the Washington Capitals. Two is having Tuukka Rask getting some playoff series victories under his belt.   Since their last Stanley Cup in 2011 Rask has not won a playoff round. Hopefully, if McAvoy can return healthy, the results may be different this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Head coach Bruce Cassidy has the Bruins believing in themselves.  Since the trade deadline, the team has gone 7-1. If the Bruins expect to get by Washington then it will have to be a total team effort. Playing smart and not getting foolish penalties is just one area it takes to beat the Capitals.   The other area is playing good in transition. Beating the Capitals will be no easy task but keeping Rak rested maybe the Bruins best strategy.

Strong Minor League System Makes The Astros The Team To Beat For Year’s To Come

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

Best Available Free Agents Left That THe Bruins Should Target

With NHL training camps just around the corner. There are still some quality free agents available that could be an attractive bargain that the Bruins Should target. In this article, we’ll  three areas that the Bruins need to shore up on before tha start of the 2018/19 hockey season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Playoff Aspirations;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         For the first time in three years the Bruins qualified for the 2017/18 playoffs. With a nice mixture of youth and veterans, General Manager has the Bruins going in the right direction. Despite a first_ round exit at the hands of the Ottawa  Senators postseason has returned to Causeway Street.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Improved Defense;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boston has a nice group of veteran defenseman and youth too work with. Ageless wonder Zdeno Chara continues to pile up the minutes.  Injury prone Adam McQuaid is still productive when healthy. Youngsters Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo bring energy with every shift.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Re-sign Pastrnak;                                                                                                                             The Bruins are coming off a very quiet offseason.  First and foremost the team needs to re-sign forward David Pastrnak. Pastrnak a third _yeaplayer has put up _put up big numbers in his three short years. If the Bruins hope to go deep in the playoffs then re-signing Pastrnak would send a positive message.                                                                                                                                                                                             Available Free Agents;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With the big name free agents already committed to other teams, there are still some quality free agents available.  One name that would be a good fit in Boston , is  Roman Polak. The 31 -year old defenseman  Polak would provide depth for the defense.  Two more names that could help the  Bruins would be Sabres blueliner, Cody Franson. Franson a thirty_seven year _old veteran would be a character player for a team on the rise.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lastly, first_year coach Bruce Cassidy needs to practice patience. This is a young team seeking an identity.  With a  veteran core group and young  players this is a team to take seriously.  If Cassidy can keep goalies Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin fresh then the Bruins could make things interesting.  Other than Pastrnak spending money on big name free agents has never been the Bruins style.                                                                                        ,                                                                       ,

Leadership Is The Main Focus For The 2018 Red Sox Spring Training

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.

 

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Hopefully Harrison And Britt Will Learn The Patriot Way

Now that the 2017 NFL season has come to a close Patriot head coach Bill Belichick continues to mastermind his roster. The two latest additions to the Patriots are ex_ Browns receiver Kenny Britt, and three__ time Super Bowler James Harrison.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gritty Veterans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The additions of Britt and Harrison should be a big plus in the playoffs. This year’s defense has been questionable, compared to previous Patriots defenses. Harrison brings 788 career tackles along with 500 career sacks. Britt,on the other hand is a depth move that will give Brady an extra target in the playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Injury wise, the Patriots have had their share. Especially since Julian Edelman had a season_ ending knee injury. If the Patriots are going to outscore their opponents they need a healthy group of receivers for Brady to throw to.                                                                                                                                                                                            Number One Offense                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall the Patriots rank number one in the NFL on offense. They continue to put up more points than their opponents. Opposing teams never know what Brady or his offense is going to throw at them. The off_ season acquisition of Brandon Cooks has proven to be a steal. Brady has two legitimate deep men in Brandon Cooks and Chris Hogan. Britt a nine_ year veteran from Rutgers should provide extra insurance for Brady. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, has made another Pro Bowl by making sensational catches all year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Young Defense                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With the Patriots achieving home field advantage for the 2017 playoffs it was not an easy task. The first three weeks of the season the Patriots were ranked near the Bottom of the NFL. As the season progressed cornerback  Stephan Gilmore and Malcolm Butler to their capabilities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The front seven of Malcolm Brown, Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler got better week after week. Veteran Alan Branch was benched but has played well lately. The defensive backfield of Devon McCourty, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards, and Patrick Chung have tightened up. If the Patriots want to get to Super Bowl number52 the backfield cannot give up big plays nor draw top many holding penalties.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With three games left the Patriots have to play each snap like it’s their last play of the year. Talent wise the Patriots have enough but need the defense to play with fire in their belly. Offensively the Pats have a   balanced attack. The additions of Britt and Harrison can only help.

Three Attributes Kyrie Irving Brings To The Celtics

In just three short seasons Celtics General manager Danny Ainge has put together a Celtic team ready to challenge Golden Stae for The World Title. This past summer Ainge took one step to get him even closer to the World title. Ainge went out and signed free agent Gordon Heyward and acquired disgruntled Cavalier Kyrie Irving. In this post, we’ll look at three attributes Irving brings to the Celtics.                                                                                                                                                                                      First and foremost Irving brings a championship ring to the parquet. In his six years in Cleveland Irving won a world championship in 2015/16 against the Warriors. Also to his credit, Irving is a four_ time All_ star. But after a disastrous opening night, Irving witnessed new teammate Gordon Heyward go down with a broken ankle. To make matters worse it was determined that Heyward will be out for the remainder of the season and playoffs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Despite the turmoil, Irving and the Celtics overcame adversity and enjoyed a sixteen game winning streak and a respectable first place standing with a 17-3 record at Thanksgiving.                                                                                                                                                                                                              After twenty games Irving is averaging 25 points per game and some games as many as 30. After six years of playing opposite LeBron,  he can finally be himself in Boston.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coming to such a young team as the Celtics Irving brings leadership and experience to the Celtics young nucleus. Irving serves as a role model for youngsters Jaylen Brown and first _year player Jason Tatum. Despite the injury to Heyward, the Celtics still have enough to be the first seed in the East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With sixty games left Boston will still need contributions from all twelve bodies. In the off seasonAinge also added veteran swingman,  Marcus Morris for depth. Ainge paid dearly for it by trading longtime favorite Avery Bradley. Bradley a long time Celtic is one of the top three defensive players in the game.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Being such a long season anything can happen such as the Celtics witnessed opening night to Gordon Heyward. But with Irving playing at such a high level and injury issues in Cleveland, things are looking good for Boston.  Despite being a great player Irving has many other attributes to offer the Celtics.

Why The Red Sox Need A Lot More Than A New Manager

https://www.sports-reference.com/blog/category/baseball-reference-com/Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowsi officially named https://www.sports-reference.com/blog/category/baseball-reference-com/https://www.sports-reference.com/blog/category/baseball-reference-com/Astros bench coach Alex Cora as the team’s new manager. Cora will take over for the fired John Farrell next season. Cora is also the fourth manager for the  Red Sox in six years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Although Farrell did enjoy some success in Boston a world title in 2013 plus two consecutive division titles he was often criticized for the way he handled his players. Enter Alex Cora, Cora spent the past season as the Astros bench coach and winning the world series. It marks his second world series championship including his time as a player in Boston in 2004.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Cora, the  Red Sox get a younger manager with a fresh new approach. He is relatively the same age as the core of his team. The current nucleus of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogarts is still very young.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The main problem with the Red Sox last year was the clubhouse. One player in particular David Price was the bad apple amongst the group. In an incident on the team plane Price had an argument with Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. The incident did not sit well with the Red Sox media and fans. This incident is one of the main reasons Farrell was fired.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia also had an incident with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Pedroia apparently went back and forth with Machado and embarrassing his teammates.                                                                                                                                                                                Behavior like this is what sets the Red Sox apart from winning and losing. Their playoff record the past two seasons is 1-6 at the hands of the Houston Astros.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In order for Cora to gain the respect of his players, he’ll need to put his foot down early. Distractions such as these need to be addressed n spring training if the manager is to gain any credibility.                                                                                                                                                                                           Being a first_ year manager is not an easy task for anyone young or old. Being a manager in Boston can be even more difficult The Red Sox not only need a new manager but strong character players to bring another championship to Boston.

Why Tom Brady Will Not Play Until He’s Forty Five

Any good quarterback who plays football college or pro wishes for two things one a successful team and two good protection. So far after seven games, Brady has thrown for over two thousand yards and thrown fifteen touchdown passes.  Forty_ five may not happen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Overall not a bad season considering he’s been sacked for a total of eighteen times. Last season, for example, Brady was sacked fifteen times in twelve games. If you think about deflate_ gate was the best thing to happen to him. He had four games to rest his shoulder which enabled him to stay healthy and advance to the super bowl.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This season,_ however, Brady’s protection has been horrible at best. Offensive tackle Nate Solder a ten- year member of the team has been called for having several penalties which put added pressure on Brady.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Patriots are already thin on offense with a season_ ending to slot receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman was Brady’s most trusted receiver before he got hurt.  Brady is known for his quick release, but with so many penalties Brady may be in for a long season.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the defensive side, the Patriots have been improving each week. On a sad note the Patriots did learn that defensive captain Donta Hightower is out for the season . This certainly doesn’t help New England who had difficulty stopping the run even when Hightower was healthy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Injuries are part of the game, but with bad protection and Hightowers injury Brady’s health could be in danger. As the season approaches the halfway point look for New England to be active at the trade deadline.                                                                                                                                                        With eight games left and three out of the four games on the road the Patriots need to focus on two things one good protection and two stopping the run. Middle linebackers Kyle Van Noy and David Harris have been playing better.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If the Patriots want to go deep in the playoffs then they will have to play sixty minutes of smart football. The 4-3 Bills have been the surprise of the division. If Brady continues to play under heavy pressure then his plans to play until he’s forty five may be in jeopardy.