Through their first 43 regular season games, the Boston Red Sox have underachieved to say the least, entering play on May 23 with a less than impressive record of 22-21. With high expectations entering the season, many fans are becoming impatient with how consistently inconsistent the team has performed thus far (no winning streak longer than four games; no losing streak longer than three games).
It’s been a case of not knowing what to expect on a daily basis from the team.
So the very basic question is this: should Red Sox fans be panicking despite there being nearly three-quarters of the season left to play?
As a huge Red Sox fan myself, I don’t believe they should. It’s still only May, and the team is only one game out of a playoff spot and just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East.
Don’t worry Red Sox fans. This team will be just fine—should be at least. There’s simply no way, or excuse, that a team with this type of talent on paper can sustain this level of mediocrity for 162 games.
One thing that’s been noticeably absent so far this year is the team’s lack of power- Boston’s 38 home runs is tied for last in the majors with San Francisco entering play on 5/23, and their .408 slugging percentage is 11th worst. However, their .267 batting average is third best, and their on-base percentage is fourth among the big clubs at .337.
So while the hitting has been there, the power just hasn’t been… yet. Expect the team to utilize the long ball more often as they transition into the summer months.
The rotation is also another reason to be optimistic, and it all starts with lefty Chris Sale. The overpowering newcomer is 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA through nine starts (the last eight being 10+ strikeout performances), so expect more dominance from him. Third year starter Eduardo Rodriguez has quietly recorded six straight quality starts; and while Rick Porcello hasn’t been nearly as good as last year when he won the AL Cy Young, he’s still been solid with a 4.23 ERA through nine starts.
And don’t forget, David Price- last year’s major league leader in games started and innings pitched- is due to return soon. A rotation with Sale, Rodriguez, Porcello, and Price can be very scary if they’re all are on top of their game and pitching consistently well.
The final fifth spot, currently held by Drew Pomeranz, could change very quickly as he has averaged less than five innings per start this year (let’s face it, he’s better off in the pen), to go along with a dugout confrontation with John Farrell in his latest start at Oakland. With that spot lingering with uncertainty, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Red Sox pursue a starter at the deadline.
The bullpen is another reason for hope. Not only do the Red Sox have the game’s best closer in Craig Kimbrel, but their 3.15 ERA by relievers (47 ER/135 IP) is fifth best in baseball; and it’d be 2.40 (30 ER/112.1 IP) if you don’t count Ben Taylor or Robby Ross Jr. into the mix- the latter of which is in the minors now.
So don’t panic, Red Sox Nation. This team will be fine. They’re yet to fall below .500 at any point yet in 2017, and I truly believe this team is extremely close to going on a big run. It’s a long season, and as it progresses, expect the necessary moves and adjustments to be made.
This team simply has too much talent to keep underachieving the way they have.
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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