Time For The Red Sox Pitching Staff To Step It Up

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.

Survival Of The Fittest How The Red Sox Compare To The Rest Of The League Going Forward In 2018

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

 

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.

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.

Leadership Seems To Be The Biggest Need For 2017 Red Sox

With forty eight hours left for major league baseball teams to make a deal the biggest need  for the 2017 Red Sox is leadership. Since David Ortiz retired last season no player has taken the role as team leader.                                                                                                                                                                                                                This years Red Sox are a team surrounded by turmoil. The center of the turmoil is starter David Price. Price has fallen out of favor with the fans and media. Price has had two verbal incidents with Sox color man Dennis Eckersley and also a Red Sox beat writer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Price has since then gone on the ten day DL for shoulder stiffness. Price don’t forget missed all of spring training and the first two months of the season due to shoulder issues.                                                                                                                                                          Incidents like these have sparked outrage from Boston fans who want Price shipped out of town as soon as possible. Price’s behavior has caused controversy in the Red Sox clubhouse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     With the trade dealine Monday Prices name has come up in several trade talks. Price is in his second year of a three year deal where hev has an option to opt out after three years.                                                                                                                                                    Many Red Sox insiders feel that this is the route Price is taking. He’s on his second stint on the DL and many speculate that he his preparing to opt out after next year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In another gray area for the Red Sox this year has been manager John Farrell. Since the Price incident Farrell has not addressed  the issue. He has let the tension escalate which as resulted in the Red Sox falling out of first place.                                                                                                                                                                           With two months left the Red Sox desperately need leadership. Veteran Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia has volunteered to take over the role . Pedroia is the Red Sox elder statesman with eleven years of service.                                                                                                                                                                                          With the Yankees and Devil Rays red hot the Red Sox need to find ways to keep winning. Earlier in the month the Red Sox released free agent bust Pablo Sandoval.                                                                                                                                                                                      No matter what happens between now and October leadership is the main need this year n