Things aren’t too great right now for the Boston Red Sox. They’re 4-8 in their last 12 games, and have seen their lead in the AL East shrink to just 2.5 games over the New York Yankees entering play Tuesday night.
Boston just came off a four game-set against the Yankees in the Bronx, dropping three of four—including the final two. Even with a split, they still would’ve walked out of New York with a seemingly comfortable 5.5 game lead in the division with an underwhelming schedule the rest of the month. They had a golden opportunity to do just that with Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale pitching to wrap up the series, but it wasn’t happening.
To add insult to injury, Rick Porcello got shelled at home Monday night for his Major-League leading 16th loss, a 10-4 pounding at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays (5 1/3 IP, 10 H, 7 ER), while the Yankees went on to win their game. Porcello gave up three homers on the night and is up to 35 allowed this season, tied for the most in baseball with Ariel Miranda of the Seattle Mariners.
Not the way the Red Sox were looking to start a three-game set at Fenway against the last place Blue Jays—especially with the way Porcello pitched against them less than a week ago (6 2/3 IP, 1 ER on August 30).
But back to the Yankees series. The one Red Sox pitcher who did manage to record a win in four games? Doug Fister on September 1.
Through seven innings, Fister held the Yankees in check to just five hits and one run in Boston’s 4-1 win. It was Fister’s third straight quality start, and fifth out of six attempts dating back to July 31.
In those six starts, Fister’s 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA (41 1/3 IP, 14 ER). He’s been especially good in his last three, going 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA (23 IP, 4 ER). Additionally, the four runs he’s allowed the last three times out have all come in the first inning, so he’s done a great job at settling into his outing and finding a groove.
Fister takes the mound next Wednesday night against the Blue Jays. He’s given the Red Sox a boost the last five weeks, and they need him now more than ever to keep giving the team a chance every fifth day.
Sale’s struggled mightily lately causing some to question if he’s wearing down, Porcello’s been up-and-down/inconsistent all year, Eduardo Rodriguez is winless since returning from the DL on July 17, and who knows about David Price and if he’ll be back. These problems in Boston’s rotation make Fister’s role that much more important down the stretch.
The playoff track record is another thing. Fister’s pitched in October before and has faired well. In parts of four postseasons, he’s 4-2 with a 2.60 ERA (9 games, 8 starts). Since 2012, he’s recorded a 1.64 ERA in 38 1/3 playoff innings.
Considering the fact that no current Red Sox starter has a postseason win under their belt (not including Price’s two wins in relief), Fister’s experience in October could end up being huge for Boston—if they do in fact make it to a first-round playoff series. Gotta get there first, and right now, anything’s possible.
At this point, after Sale, Pomeranz, and Porcello, Fister’s looking like the best option for a fourth-game starter in a playoff series if Price isn’t able to get back. If Rodriguez really lights it up this month, he’s another contender. But keep in mind—he has zero playoff experience. Zero. Same with Sale, but these are two completely different pitchers.
The first three starters in a playoff rotation for Boston are a given right now, on paper at least it seems. It’s the fourth spot that’s up for contention. Right now, Fister deserves it. Why wouldn’t he? He’s a proven nine-year veteran in MLB, has put together several solid regular seasons, has been resurgent lately, and of course—there’s that postseason experience.
He’s been pitching hungry.
Anyway, it’s nice that Fister’s providing the Red Sox with some flexibility and insurance as the beginning of this crucial month gets underway. Who knew he’d be this important for the team when they first picked him up off waivers on June 23? We’ll see just how important he proves to be for Boston the rest of the regular season and into October—if fate has it as such.
Overall this season for the Red Sox, Fister’s 4-7 with a 4.19 ERA (13 games, 10 starts).
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
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.
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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