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Impressive JD Martinez Just Getting Started

As the Red Sox rolled onto another win on Sunday, JD Martinez had four at bats, going 2-4 with two homers and three RBI. It’s exactly where he hit them on Sunday that made the impression.  After a one-out double by Mitch Moreland, JD came to the plate. With the score 3-0, the Sox were looking for more runs to break it open. He would take the second pitch, a 1-0 fastball, to deep center for his second homer of the day, with the Sox up 5-0.  JD Martinez home runs are always fun, but what was even more awesome about them was where he hit them, or placed them, as the case may be. In Martinez’s first at bat, Orioles’ David Hess threw a first-pitch fastball on the inner half.   That hit went the other way, going around the pesky pole for a home run. As everyone knows, the pole is the shortest part of Fenway. There aren’t too many homers that leave that area every year. But when they do, they’re among the most unique home runs you’ll see in baseball.   Laser Precision On his first home run that went around the pole in right, it traveled 324 feet. He took an inside pitch and drove the other way to the shortest part of the ballpark, deep enough to get out. On his second homer, he...

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Carson Smith Throws His Manager Under the Bus

Two years ago, with bullpen help being one of the highest needs on the club, Dombrowski traded for Carson Smith from the Mariners. Right off the bat the Red Sox had high hopes for him. In 2015 he finished with a 2.31 ERA after striking out 92 hitters in 70 innings. He arrived in Boston as part of a bullpen that also had Craig Kimbrel in the mix. It was sure to be a deadly 1-2 punch.  Two years later, Kimbrel is still in the bullpen and doing well overall. It’s just Smith who hasn’t been living up to expectations. In 2016, he pitched 2.2 innings before getting Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for over a year and a half. In 2017, he made his return but only pitched 6.2 innings, giving up only one earned run overall.  More Injury Woes in 2018 He came into the 2018 season looking to have a full healthy year for the first time in a Red Sox uniform. Unfortunately, it’s not looking like this will be the year. On Monday night against Oakland, he made an appearance in the eighth inning. He pitched an inning and gave up a solo home run to Khris Davis. On his way back to the dugout, he threw his glove out of frustration. Right away, he felt something pop. The next day Dave Dombrowski said it...

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Sox Bullpen Takes a Step in the Right Direction

There have been mostly positive things about this Red Sox team thus far in 2018. But even the best of the best have weaknesses, and for the Red Sox, it’s the bullpen. Besides Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly, there haven’t been any other reliable guys who you can trust to go pitch in a close game in the later innings. Hembree & Barnes Heath Hembree has been one of the guys you cannot trust so far. He’s riding a 5.17 ERA in 17.1 innings. Hembree’s biggest problem has been walking batters, as he is averaging 4.2 walks per nine innings. Walks have also been an overall problem bullpen as a whole, especially for Matt Barnes. Barnes is the king of having several good outings to make it seem like he’s effective, but then has a game where he implodes. Barnes has a 3.24 ERA in 16.2 innings, which of course isn’t bad. The problem is his control. He tends to come late into games and give guys one too many free passes. He’s walking 6.5 per nine innings, which is exactly someone who has no business pitching in a big moment late in a game. On Friday night in Toronto, he came in at the beginning of the tenth inning. He walked not just the one, but the first two hitters he saw to open the inning. Not sure about the exact statistics, but...

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Sox Lose Series Opener in New York 3-2

The Red Sox and Yankees started up their second series of the season on Tuesday. Drew Pomeranz got the ball for Boston, as well as Luis Severino for New York. Luis Severino pitched for six strong innings, striking out 11 and giving up two earned runs. Drew Pomeranz, however, gave up only two earned runs as well. But here’s the catch- both runs came off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. One solo shot to left field and one to right. Besides Stanton, Pomeranz was able to work around the lineup, going six innings strong and striking out six.  Heath Hembree took over at the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and only one out. With Aaron Judge coming to the plate, Joe Kelly made an appearance. Amid the 45,000 + boos in Yankee Stadium, Joe Kelly got two outs to end the inning. But not before giving up a run on a base hit by Aaron Judge. Andrew Benintendi made a nice throw to nail someone at the plate to hold the damage to one run.  With the score still 3-2 in the ninth, Chapman came in. After hitting Jackie Bradley with two outs, Chapman got Christian Vasquez to ground out to second to end the game.  It Was Just New York’s Night Going into this game, I did not have a great feeling. I wasn’t too confident in Pomeranz on...

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Red Sox get a huge series win taking 3 out of 4 from Texas.

With the AL East heating up, this series win is huge momentum for the Red Sox. After David Price got shelled on Thursday giving the Red Sox their 4th loss in their last 7 games, the next 3 games would be more reassuring. On Friday night, Rick Porcello would take the hill as he would be facing the 60 year old Bartolo Colon on the opposition.  Porcello would continue to roll as he went 6 innings, struck out 8 men while only giving up one earned run; a solo shot to Nomar Mazara. JD would keep on rolling as he hit another homer, along with Devers who hit 2. They would go on to win the game 5-1. The 3rd game of the series was an impressive comeback win by the Sox. They were down 4-1 in the 5th after Erod gave up a 2 out, 3 run shot to Delino Desheilds. But they were not done yet. Mitch Moreland would hit yet another one of his homers(his 5th on the year) a 2 run shot to make it a 1 run game. Rodriguez would finish one more inning, but not before Joey Gallo would take him deep for the second time in the game, his 3rd homer given up overall. The Red Sox would once again rally in the 7th. With Mookie on first base with 1 out,...

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David Price Needs to Get It Together Before It’s Too Late

It was December 4th, 2015. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Dave Dombrowski were all sitting at the press conference and made it official. David Price was now a member of the Boston Red Sox. He talked about how excited he is to win and play with such a great group of guys. Great things were ahead. Or were they? A Turn for the Worst Skip ahead to the beginning of 2018. Price is coming off two very disappointing seasons. Although 2016 wasn’t awful, a horrendous April left him with a 3.99 ERA. For an ace that is no good. In 2017 he only made 11 starts, as he would have an injury plagued season. The plan was to keep him in the bullpen for the rest of 2017 and to get him ready to start again in 2018. Price went into Spring Training this year with high hopes. A new manager and a whole new coaching staff (except for Dana Levangie, the pitching coach) took over the old one. It was a good thing for Price since there were rumors of him not being the biggest John Farrell fan on the team last year. Price talked about how he was “mad at the world” last year when he got his injury that kept him from having the season he wanted. He was confident, this whole team was confident, hell even...

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Needing a Big Win, Rick Porcello Came Through

Going into the weekend series against Tampa Bay, the Red Sox had Drew Pomeranz and David Price slated to start the first two games. Those were two games that they should have won. However, they did not. Pomeranz gave up three homers on Friday night’s game and only lasted five innings. Price allowed five runs while pitching 5 2/3 innings as well. The offense certainly had a tough time with runners in scoring position, but when your starters are not doing well, it’s tough to win ballgames. In comes Rick Porcello. Rick Porcello, who has been the most consistent starter on the staff so far this year, received the nod on Sunday. The Red Sox needed a win on Sunday to avoid a three game sweep at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. Which, of course, is inexcusable. Rick’s ERA was below 2.0 heading into Sunday’s game. The question was could he keep it going into an important game that this team needed to win badly. The answer is yes. Besides a bad pitch to Denard Span that wound up into the right field seats, Porcello was fantastic. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, walked no one, and struck out six while giving up only three runs. The Red Sox, who had struggled lately, losing five of their last eight games heading into Sunday needed a strong start. And get one...

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