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  • August 2nd, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Seattle 1: Let the Benintendi Era Begin!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:28 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Although the Sox moves at the trading deadline were less than impressive, there is some excitement in the air: Highly-touted prospect (#2 in the Red Sox organization and #7 in all of baseball) Andrew Benintendi has skipped AAA and will jump right into the pool, starting in Left Field for the Red Sox. A left handed hitter, Benintendi has been hitting very well in both Single and Double A, with a .312 BA between them.

    Oh, and did I mention he has played 97 games (34 in Salem and 63 Portland) TOTAL? And is only 22? With him in left, Mookie and right, and JBJ in Center, holy buckets, that is an AMAZING outfield for like the next 10-12 years….

    Neato stat: while it is rarer for a player to skip steps in their ascension to the majors, it did occur for the Red Sox not that long ago, to a player you may have heard of: Jackie Bradley, Jr.

    And yes, Dave Dombrowski did address a bullpen need, signing left-handed Fernando Abad from the Twins, who is 1-4 in 30 appearances in 2016. He also has a 2.65 ERA, and has struck out 29 in 34 innings. I like the fact that he has only given up 2 homers in that span, because I really hate it when pitchers do that.

    But for all the deals Dave tried to get (Chris Sale and Carlos Beltran were among some of the names bandied about), Abad was the only one that stuck.

    Apparently, there was some interest for That Clay Person, but what the Sox wanted too much for him. Really? Ugh. Holy Crap Dave, a bag of balls would have worked. Because at least they are USEFUL…

    All things being equal I wish the Sox could have gotten another starter, because while Drew Pomeranz seems to be finding his footing, he’s not the answer.

    I guess we will see if the trades he made in the last couple weeks are enough to get the Sox to the dance. They are currently 1 GB the Oreos, tied with Toronto, who has a brief time atop the AL East over the weekend. The Skanks and Tampa Bay (6.5 and 17, respectively) still suck, so there is that…

    But I was saddened to see that Andrew Miller was traded from the Skanks to Cleveland. I really think the Sox should have held onto him…

    So in game 1 of the Seattle series, Eduardo Rodriguez had another really good start, going 6 1/3 innings, giving 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6. He threw 101 pitches, 64 for strikes. Unfortunately, the Sox didn’t score until the 8th and 9th inning, where all of their runs came as a result of solo shots. Aaron Hill in the 8th, and Mookie Betts in the 9th to win the game. That makes his 4th quality start this season (out of 10 starts this year), so hopefully he has turned himself around…and if he has, he may be the trade they didn’t have to do to get the starter they needed…

    Craig Kimbrel was back last night, pitching a scoreless 9th inning that consisted of a walk, and 3 strikeouts for his 18th save of the season. This was 3 weeks to the day from when he had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left leg. He is now 18-2 on the season. Let’s hope the surgery will help with the inconsistency he displayed before the surgery…

    Finally, Tonight, I’ll be joining fellow BBA’er AC Wayne and Ricky Keeler on BBA Live!:  The Second Season to talk about baseball, the AL East, and everything in between. Check it out!

    Coming up: Andrew Benintendi makes his major league debut in the middle of the night in Seattle, maybe today, likely tomorrow. Before that, the Sox play game 2 of 4 against the Mariners, with David Price on the bump, looking for his 10th win of the 2016 campaign. He is opposed by Wade LeBlanc. 1st pitch: 10:10pm. Ugh…

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