Revolution Preparing For Another Successful Season

The Revolution is preparing for another successful season. They have been one of the busiest teams in the MLS. Adding depth to the defense and drafting a goalkeeper, the Revolution is poised for a big year. New England suffered a loss to New York in the 2021 Conference semi _finals. The loss was disappointing for Revolution fans. The Revolution finished with 73 points the most since the LA Galaxy scored in 2019. In this post, we will review three reasons to see if the club improved since the last season.

Depth On Defense

The club has vastly improved since last season. The only question is will they survive with the loss of goalkeeper Matt Turner? The team drafted Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Jacob Jackson with the 24th selection in the 2022 MLS draft. Jackson has a reputation that is very coachable and possesses a strong work ethic.

During the offseason, the organization signed veteran defender Omar Gonzalez.Gonzalez. played in twenty_ seven games last season for Toronto. He started in every game but three scoring three goals.

He adds ten years of experience to a veteran group led by Andrew Farrell and Brandon Bye.

Goalkeeping Concerns

Losing Matt Turner to the English Premier League will hurt. New England resigned Brad Knighton to a one _yeardeal Knighton has fifteen seasons of experience. Over that span, he has posted a 36-26-20 record. He’s no Matt Turner but a nice piece to have.

Backup Earl Edwards will platoon with Knighton. Unlike Knighton Edwards has not appeared in as many games over an eight_ year career. Still, an adequate veteran until rookie Jacob Jackson is ready.

Compared To The Rest Of The League

The Revolution was one of the league’s busiest teams adding Ryan Spaulding, Omar Gonzalez, Edgar Castillo, and drafting Jacob Jackson is a step to a solid year. Teams like Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Atlanta, and the La Galaxy went out and spent. Drafting a young goalkeeper is keeping the club in the conversation.

Conclusion

Head Coach Bruce Arena is building towards the future. It will be hard to replace Matt Tur They may not record seventy _three points, but they are better on paper.

Offensively the club will be the same. Defensively Gonsalvez adds depth. Jacob Jackson will take time but then again the Revolution has Bruce Arena as a coach.

Celtics Playing Like Contenders In The NBA East

The Celtics are playing like contenders in the NBA East. Boston has been one of the hottest teams in the league as of late. With, the trade deadline hours away, the Celtics will be buyers. For the first time in two years, the Celtics are the talk of the town. In this post, we will review three areas the club needs to focus on to stay, in the hunt.

Number One Defensively

The Celtics are number one defensively in the NBA. They are currently riding on a six_ game winning streak. Their longest winning streak this season. Basketball has resurrected again in Beantown.

Not as popular as the Bird era, the team is getting a lot of attention. Led by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics have one of the toughest clubs defensively. Jayson Tatum was selected for his third straight All_Star appearance.

Head coach Ime Udoka has the club believing in one another. The results have been positive as the team sits as a seventh seed in the East. Playing defense is been a priority for Udoka. Winning in the playoffs will depend on playing together and defense.

Consistent Ball Movement

Consistent ball movement has been another bright spot for the Celtics. The team has been passing more than in previous seasons. Jayson Tatum has a total of 203 assists. Point guard Marcus Smart has a league_ high of 249 assists.

Playing together and strong communication are essential tools for winning. The group is likable and it shows on the court.

Creating Less Turnovers

The Celtics are still committing unnecessary turnovers. Making lazy passes is still a problem. Communication is important in order to pull out close games. Winning close games will determine how far the Celtics finish this season. Blowing large leads will only cause disappointment. Being patient is a sign of an intelligent playoff team.

Conclusion

If the team expects to keep winning, playing together is a must. Having trust in one another and strong defensive stands are two ingredients for success. With, the trade deadline here, adding another role player is important for the chemistry. I like the Celtics winning two rounds in the playoffs.

Life For The Red Sox After The Work Stoppage

Life for the Red Sox after the work stoppage will be interesting. The team has currently added Rich Hill, James Paxton, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Still a long way to go. Currently, the organization has spent 190.000 000 on next year’s salaries. They still have to solve the second base dilemma. In this post, we will explore available options for next season.

Roster Chaos

One obvious answer is roster chaos. With Chaim Bloom already committing to washed _up veterans, one has to wonder what direction is next. Pitcher Michael Wacha is not the pitcher he once was. Rich Hill is in his third stint with the Red Sox. And Jackie Bradley is coming off his worst season ever.

In 2021 Bradley hit a disappointing 163 6 home runs, and 39 rbi’s. Plus an OBP/236, OPS/497, and 261 slugging percentage. Certainly not marketable numbers. No doubt the club will miss Renfroes production. His 14 assists were tops in the league. His postseason performance is what got him dealt. With, not much cap space left, Chaim Bloom’s options are minimal.

Number Three Starter And Closer

Replacing Eduardo Rodriguez is a priority. Michael Wacha and Rich Hill aren’t the answers. James Paxton is a reclamation project who we won’t see until 2023. That leaves only help in the farm or another free agent.

Notable free agents still available are Carlos Rodon, Alex Wood, and Michael Pineda. The most attractive name is Rodon. He had his best season in 2021 winning 13 games and losing six posting a 2.37 ERA. At 29 years old he would be the perfect fit for the Red Sox. A dependable lefthander who is still in his prime.

Another avenue to explore is the fam system. Two pitchers I like are Jay Groome and Chris Murphy. Groome is a monstrous 6’6″ weighing 262lbs. A slider, curve, and fastball are his best pitches. Murphy was 3-2 at Portland last season and throws 94 mph. Reliever Durbin Feltman went 7-0 at AAA Worcester

Outfield Depth

Replacing Hunter Renfroe will not be easy. Renfroe is coming off a career year, slamming 36 home runs. With Alex Verdugo in left and Jackie Bradley in centerfield, the club. is better defensively. With no help on the farm free agency is their option.

Several key free agents are still available. My personal favorite is Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos. Castellanos had a career year in 2021 belting 34 home runs and knocking in 100. Adam Duvall of the Braves and Tommy Pham of San Diego are still unsigned. Renfroe’s bat will be sorely missed. Free_ agent Kyle Schwarber is still available will be too expensive.

Japanese free agent Seiya Suzuki is a possibility. Suzuki is the best player on the market. He has a lifetime average of 309 with a 402OBP and 189 home runs. He would also be an asset defensively.

Conclusion

With the lockout still on hold, the team is not much better than last seasonWith the lockout still on hold, team is not much better than last season. Replacing Hunter Renfroe’s bat will be difficult. However, his twelve errors were the worst in the league. Resigning Kyle Schwarber will be tough even if the Luxury tax increases a little after the strike. Look for the team to pursue Seiya Suzuki is the most logical candidate.

Patriots End The 2021 Season On a Downer

The Patriots ended the 2021 season on a downer. Instead of clinching a division title, they finished in second place at 10-7. Although respectable to most fans, a lot of Patriots nation were left disappointed. Most people thought they had the talent to win the AFC East. Instead, the season ended in disappointment. A frustrating loss to the Dolphins set reality in. In this post, we will review three areas that they need to focus on the road back to the Super Bowl.

Get More Receivers Involved

Quarterback Mac Jones needs more help. Outside of the run game, he has only three weapons. Receiver Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, and tight end Hunter Henry. Off_ season acquisitions, Nelson Agholor and Jonnu Smith have been non-existent. Offensive coordinator Josh Mcdaniels needs to find a successful formula for these two receivers.

If Mac Jones is going to be successful, then he needs everyone healthy and involved. The team needs big contributions from the run game.

Improve The Play Of Special Teams

One area that has been disappointing is the Special Teams department. Too many penalties has been a problem all year. Overall, the team ranked fourth in the NFL in special teams’ play.

Kicker Nick Folk is one of the best in the game. The team continues to get solid production from Gunner Olszewski in the return game. Punter Jake Bailey has been disappointing. If the Patriots expect to beat Buffalo, they need consistent play from special teams.

Mix It Up

In order to beat the Bills, the Patriots will have to mix it up. With the weather expected to be around zero, throwing the ball may be unrealistic. Getting Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith involved is crucial. A run game may not be enough.

Conclusion

Mac Jones needs a big gameMac Jones needs a big game. He needs a victory. The naysayers are already out. Fans will continue to question the drafting of Jones. Look for a Patriots victory.

Bruins Ring In the New Year Making Points

The Bruins have rung in the new year making points. Boston currently sits fourth in the Atlantic Division. Since Christmas, the Bruins are 3-4. With many players injured with Covid head coach, Bruce Cassidy remains optimistic. In this post, we will review three areas the team needs to focus on going forward.

Rotate The Goalies

The Bruins have experienced recent success by rotating their goalies. Rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman has been impressive since the start of the season. Free _agent signing Linus Ullmark has been a pleasant surprise.

Last week the organization announced they have signed Tuukka Rask. Rask for years has been the team’s number one netminder. How the club utilizes three goaltenders remains to be seen.

Rask was the big reason the Bruins went to the Stanley Cup finals three years ago. Swayman has won the respect of Bruins fans with his athleticism. If the team has any hopes of reaching the finals, one of the three needs to play consistently.

Add A Left Shot Defenseman

Overall, the Bruins rank seventh in the league in Goals Against. The top four are Charlie McAvoy /Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk/Derek Forbort/ Mike Reily/Connor Clifton. The group is OK but not Stanley Cup material.

Two players I like are Jakob Chychrun and Cam Dineen both of Arizona. ChyChruns name has popped for several weeks. Chychrun is a towering 6’3,” 210lb defenseman. The beauty of Chychrun is he is a left shot. Salary_ wise, he is carrying a 4.6 million cap hit with three years left on his contract. Dineen is a promising young defenseman. Standing at 5’9” Dineen would not be as expensive as Chychrun. The reality is the Bruins would pay a hefty package in return. It would take a hefty package to acquire a player of his skill.

Depth At Center

Adding another centerman is another option for the Bruins. The experiment of Charle Coyle on the second line is not working. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has had to rotate Players like Coyle and Jack Studnicka. since Deave Krejci left finding a replacement hasn’t been easy.

In, thirty games this season Coyle has eight goals and eight assists and a plus_ minus rating of 1. There is no doubt that Bruin fans miss David Krejci. His playmaking skills were exceptional.

Conclusion

After a 3-2 loss to the Wild, the Bruins hope to rebound against Tampa Saturday. The goaltending issue is worth keeping an eye on. Rookie Jeremy Swayman is proving he belongs at the NHL level.

Patriots Receive Some Coal In Their Stockings

The Patriots received some coal In their stocks Sunday. The team suffered its second consecutive loss at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. Two weeks ago, the Patriots defeated Buffalo. With that loss, they fall to 9-6. Overall, the club failed in all three facets of the game. In this post, we will review three ways the team needs to improve going forward.

Stronger Defensive Stands

The Patriots kept the score close. They just could not capitalize on missed opportunities. Cornerback JC Jackson whiffed on an interception. reserve corner, Myles Bryant played a horrible game. Bills, receiver Isaiah had a career game catching eleven passes. The most he’s ever caught is seven.

Backs Devin Singletary and Zach Moss ran straight through the defensive line. Wideout Stephon Diggs had a huge day ripping apart the secondary. But the real story belonged to quarterback Josh Allen. Allen came to Foxborough with his bag of tricks. For the most part, the Patriots could not stop him.

Eliminate Foolish Penalties

Costly penalties hurt New England Sunday. Christian Barmore got charged with encroachment. David Andrews was flagged for unsportsmanlike. Calls like this helped Buffalo Sunday the Patriots committed eight penalties.

As we have seen in recent years, the Patriots continue to make adjustments. The playoffs are three weeks away. Things need to change.

Receivers Need To get Open

Mac Jones had a long afternoon. His total numbers were 14/32 145 yards passing. Clearly his worst day of the season. Compared to the Saints loss, a 55 % passer rating vs 34 % Sunday against Buffalo. Jones needs receivers open.

Against the Bills, Nelson Agholor was out. That left N Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski, and Kendrick Bourne. Tight Ends Hunter Renfroe and Jonnu Smith were non _existent. Basically, he had no one to throw to..

Any chance of winning in post _season Jones needs receivers to be open.

Conclusion

Sunday, was the worst played game of the season. Everything from coaching to the defense needs to get better. Blaming Mac Jones is easy. trying, to get him receivers that can get open is another story.

Dealing With MLB’s Boring Offseason

Baseball fans are dealing with Major League Baseball’s boring offseason. Free agency is the beauty of sports. This year is an entirely different situation. MLB commissioner Rob Manford announced a work stoppage in November. Team’s and facilities shut down until further notice. With Covid on the rampage, fans are bracing for a long and bleak winter. In this post, we will discuss three areas that the Red Sox needs to focus on when the stoppage ends.

Starting Pitching

In the early days of free agency starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez signed with Detroit. The move puts added pressure on the staff. Currently, the club has two starters, Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi. Whether Garrett Whitlock or Tanner Houck can crack the starting rotation, we will see in spring training.

Before the stoppage, General Manager Chaim Bloom signed Rich Hill and Jim Paxton to contracts. Paxton is recovering from Tommy John. His status is in limbo. The interesting issue with his deal is, they have a club option for two years. With time and patience, he could be a diamond in the rough. The ex _Mariner and Yankee can be tough when healthy.

Rich Hill, on the other hand, is reuniting with the Red Sox. He pitched from 2010 until 2012 and again in 2015. Last season he was 7-8 with a 3.86 ERA splitting time with Toronto and, the New York Mets.

First Base Help

Last season rookie Bobby Dalbec had a breakout year. The first_ year player cracked twenty_ five home rubs and drove in seventy_ eight runs. Questions arose regarding his defense. As the season progressed, his fielding improved.

A possible free_ agent signee is Mitch Moreland. Moreland spent the past year with the Oakland Athletics.

Bullpen Overhaul

The Red Sox bullpen was inconsistent in 2021. They had a team ERA of 4.26 seventh in the American League. Save wise, the club had 49 second best in the league. rookie Garrett Whitlock was a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Fellow teammate Tanner Houck split time between relief and starting. Closer Matt Barnes was dominant in the first half and shaky in the second half. A fresh face will be a welcomed addition for fans.

Conclusion

Last season, the team exceeded all expectations. Finishing 92-70, they were the surprise of baseball. Alex Cora had his option picked up. Wise spending is the key to contention once the work stoppage ends.

Patriots Gearing Up For Another Championship Run

The 9-4 Patriots are gearing up for another Championship run. New England shares the top seed with Kansas City. They have won seven straight and face the Colts in week fourteen. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has exceeded expectations. Defensively, the club is one of the best in the NFL In this post, we will review three reasons why the Patriots will win the AFC.

Defense Is Tops In The AFC

Overall, the team’s defense is one of the best in the NFL. The organization is getting stellar performance from Kyle Duggar, Adrian Phillips, Mathew Judon, and Kyle Van Noy. The unit is built for a Super Bowl, They are making big plays in the right situations.

With a signature win over Buffalo, the only team in their way is the Chiefs. With Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels pulling the strings, I see The Patriots getting to the Super Bowl. Another big test comes Sunday against Indianapolis. The defense has to stop Johnathan Taylor.

Mac Jones Continues to Develop

After, thirteen games, Mac Jones continues to get better. Jones is focusing on the little things. His total passing yards rank third. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has worked patiently, and it shows.

Not focusing on the long passes, Jones is doing the simple things. His favorite target is Kendrick Bourne. Receiver Jakobi Meyers is one of the game’s best. He continues to make clutch plays in key moments. Meyers is one of his most trusted receivers.

A Powerful Run Game

The run game has been one of the game’s best. rookie Rhamondre Stevenson is a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Using his strength, he continues to bowl over opponents. A fourth _round pick from Oklahoma Stevenson has been one of the best backs in the AFC. Stevenson has three touchdowns and four_hundred yards.

As the team continues to run, opposing defenses are in for a long day. Key contributors have been Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris, and JJ Tylor. The injury to James White opened the door for Stevenson and Taylor.

A Solid Kicking Game

One of the most consistent players has been kicker Nick Folk. Folk is one of the best kickers in the NFL. He has made 33 field goals out of 36 attempts. As for special team’s the club continues to get big plays from Matthew Slater.

Conclusion

The Patriots have been the league’s biggest surprise. After, a free agent frenzy, Bill Belichick is in line for coach of the year.

Bruins Searching For An Identity And Consistency

The 11_8 Boston Bruins are struggling to find an identity and consistency. After a disappointing loss to Detroit, the team is having issues. Forward Jake DeBrusk has requested a trade and Trent Frederick is in Coach Bruce Cassidy’s, dog house. On the plus side, the Bruins allowed only 53 goals after22 games. In this post, we will review three areas of improvement.

Play Smart And Physical

Veteran Brad Marchand has been suspended for three games. His dirty hit on Oliver Ekman Larson was foolish. Plays like these have cost the Bruins points. Head Coach Bruce Cassidy is out with Covid_19. As it stands now, the Bruins would not qualify for the playoffs.

Offseason signees Taylor Hall, Thomas Nosek, and Erik Haula, have been disappointing. Hall has 5 five goals and 6 assists for a minus 2 needs to get going. Nosek has only 2 goals and 2 assists. Center Erik Haula has 1 goal 2 assists for a minus five.

The production has been non_existent and the standings show it. They hurt themselves by losing to Detroit.

Keep Shooting

After twenty_two games, the Bruins show 57 goals. They rank 23rd in the NHL in Goals. On the bright side, they have given up 53 goals. The club has a decent defense but could use some help. Newly acquired, Derek Forbert has been impressive. His size certainly helps. Charlie Mc Avoy is one of the games best. Brandon Carlo has been steady.

However, the defense continues to allow the opposition to walk in and score. Adding another physical defenseman would help. Goaltenders Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have been OK. But the lack of scoring has put additional pressure on them. When the team shoots, they will be competitive.

Time Will Tell

The season is still early. Only time will tell. The front office will look foolish if they do not make the playoffs. Over the past five years, the club has drafted poorly.

Conclusion

The Bruins are struggling Brad Marchand’s reputation has hurt them in the win column. Jake DeBrusk has requested a trade. Rumblings of a Tuukka Rask returning are in the background. The tandem of Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark has been average. They need consistency.

Patriots All Of A Sudden Are In The 2021 Playoff Hunt

The Patriots all of a sudden are in the 2021 playoff Hunt. After a disappointing season opener, the team has pulled off three straight wins. Sunday marks the half_way point. The patriots entertain the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Rookie quarterback Mac jones has struggled the past two weeks. The Browns running game will be without Nick Chubb and Demetrick Felton. In this post, we will examine three areas the Patriots need to focus on in order to stay in the playoff conversation.

Stop The Run

The 5-4 Browns will be without backs, DeMetrick Felton, and Nick Chubb. In nine games thus far, Chubb for 721 yards. The Patriots have improved in stopping the run.

With three backs out, the pressure will fall on the receiver, D’Earnest Johnson. Cleveland has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield could be in for a long afternoon. The Patriot’s defensive backfield has been impressive.

Eliminate Foolish Penalties

The Patriots have been victims of foolish penalties as of late. In week nine versus Carolina, both teams played sloppy, disorganized football. The Patriots are getting called for too many off_sides calls, false starts, and too many players on the field.

Cutting back on the penalties will increase the time of possession and more chances to score. Veteran tackle Isaiah Wynn has committed five penalties in nine games.

The team needs to focus on fundamentals and protect Mac Jones.

Get The Tight Ends Involved

With both teams suffering backfield issues, it’s time to get the tight ends involved. The past two weeks Jones has found nice chemistry with Hunter Henry. I say keep it going. the other issue is to get Jonnu Smith involved.

conclusion

The Patriots are catching a break this week. Both Demetrick Felton and Nick Chubb are out . As for new England, they will be without Damien Harris. In order for The Patriots to win, the offensive line, needs to bring its A _game. Cutback on the foolish penalties and protect Mac Jones.