As is the case with game played on the Left Coast in the middle of the night, unless they are on the weekend, I rarely if ever make it to the end of the game. Last night’s contest was no different, although I when I last checked the Sox were up 4-1, and David Price had just given up the 1st run in the 8th inning.
So imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and saw that the Sox had, in fact LOST THIS GAME. And to add insult to injury, it was as a direct result of Robinson freaking Cano hitting a 3-run homer off the Sox only trade at the deadline: Fernando Abad. So Abad let David Price’s 2 inherited runner’s score, which also aggravates me, because I hate that the pitcher who allows the runners to score does not get penalized. Add to that I was JUST saying in my post from YESTERDAY that one of the facets of Abad I like is that he has only given up two homers ALL SEASON. And then what does he do? 5 pitches into his Red Sox career, HOMER.
And when I went to bed last night, I thought to myself: “OK, David, you have 4 runs–don’t blow it”. And what does he do???? Read more…
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. Read more…
The Sox trade a player for whatever reason, and then this player, more often than not, plays an instrumental role in the Red Sox loss.
Last night it was former Red Sox rookie phenom/shortstop Jose Iglesias, and it was a 2-run homer, given up by Drew Pomeranz in his 2nd start in a Red Sox uniform during the 4th inning, which put the Tigers ahead for good. Oh and Victor Martinez scores Iglesias in the 8th inning.
Speaking of Pomeranz, he was much better that he was in his first start, pitching 6 competent inning, only giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. He threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes
THEN Joe Kelly, who I reallyREALLY want to like, but holy hell he reminds me of The Wild Thing from Major League because he can throw 100 miles an hour, but honestly I don’t think he could hit the barn if he was inside it… Read more…
So, after an interminable 4-day hiatus, which saw the AL win for the 5th time in a row, the Sox head to NYC for a 3-game weekend series against the Skanks.
We’ll get to that in a minute, but how about the Sox signing a starter with an ACTUAL WINNING RECORD. Yep, Drew Pomeranz, formerly with the Pittsburg, leaves the NL with an 8-7 record with a 2.47 ERA in 102 innings pitched. What I like is he had struck out 115 in that span, and is only 27 years old. He has had success pitching for both NL and AL Teams, as he was with Oakland in 2014 and 2015, although it was primarily as a reliever. He asked to return to the rotation with the Bucs, and he has been successful there. He was also one of their representatives at this week’s All-Star game, throwing a scoreless inning in the contest…
Unfortunately, the Sox gave up a pretty good prospect to get him. Anderson Espinoza was rated the best prospect in the Red Sox Organization (and 4th overall). The 18-year old was pitching in Single A and in 17 starts was 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA. Yes, he had AMAZING potential; however, there is a long way (and a number of levels) between here and the Bigs. The Sox need help now, and Dave Dombrowski made those steps. Read more…
We’ve finally reached the All-Star break, and in the MLB that means we’re more than half way through the season. The Red Sox are 49-38, and if the season were over today they’d be the first wild card entry in the American League, but a runner-up to Baltimore in the AL East. It’s been a successful season, and frankly a better one than a lot of fans in Boston and around the country expected.
But more than a successful one, this has been a weird season for the Red Sox. This club has seen a lot of things go well that weren’t supposed to, and has struggled in a few areas where they should have excelled. And since now is as good a time as any to recap what we’ve seen through 87 games, let’s take a look back at three of the biggest surprises so far.
So they go and trade for not one, but TWO infielders???
YEP-PER (as my daughter likes to say)
Yesterday, the Sox gave up two prospects (including a pitcher who didn’t suck) and cash to Milwaukee for Aaron Hill, who will likely spell Travis Shaw at 3rd base, especially when there is a lefty on the mound, cause Shaw fares better against righties (.294 vs .211).
And then today, they pick up Michael Martinez from Cleveland, who had been DFA’ed by them over the weekend. He’s like a BrockStar in the infield, and was hitting .283. This player only cost them cash, rather than any prospects, or current players–although I think I can speak for everyone who would have been completely OK with them sending That Clay Person along to Cleveland…
Hell, let’s just throw him into the mix, ’cause we’re just that kind of ballclub… Read more…