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Game Two of a Three Game Set, Which Could Swing the Division

Last night in the Bronx, Drew Pomeranz went only five innings before giving way to the Red Sox bullpen. He was not at all economical and threw a season-high 123 pitches during the outing, which is alarming to most people. Yet Pomeranz still got the win, giving up only two runs on six hits to the powerful Yankee lineup while in a pitchers park. I’ll take it, especially from a fifth starter.

With the win, Pomeranz moves to 6-3 on the year with a 4.02 ERA and 7.1 strikeouts. Those numbers are decent, but I’m still encouraged because he has been trending upward for a while now. Pomeranz has given up more than two runs in only two outing this year and has not done it in five straight starts. He’s also been on a bit of a strikeout tear as he’s punched out six or more in his last five starts. To me, that sounds like a pretty good back of the rotation pitcher.

The issue is, Pomeranz is killing the bullpen. He’s only been past the fifth inning four times this year, which is a big issue for a starter. In fact, it starts to make some of those other numbers look less impressive. The wild thing is, he isn’t walking a lot of people, he’s just not putting anyone away quickly. He’s walked three batters only once all year!

But, you can’t be that nitpicky with a guy who is getting the job done for the most part. He needs to find a way to stay in the game longer, but for right now I don’t have many complaints about him. He came up in a huge spot last night and held down a division opponent with a potent lineup. That counts for something. 

My biggest worry regarding Pomeranz last night wasn't even his fault. John Farrell should not have let a guy with an injury history throw that many pitches. He was clearly spent and Manager John flirted with allowing him to let the Yankees off the hook. That can’t happen again, because otherwise we might be dealing with another injury after Drew’s arm falls off.

In this Roundtable podcast, Sam Sheehan, Matt Ignal, Lucky's Pipe, and Jonathan Levy debate the different deals the Celtics should offer Isaiah Thomas, speculate on some lesser free agents, and dream big.

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:51

Should Bulls Try to Trade Jimmy Butler?

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In this Game Theory podcast, Sam Vecenie chats with SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell about the NBA Finals so far and about the Bulls NBA Draft/Offseason. How good are the Warriors? Are the Warriors the best team ever? What is Ty Lue doing trying to run with the Warriors? What's going on with Tristan Thompson? How unbelievable has Kevin Durant been? Can the Cavs come back? Then, they get really depressed and talk about the Bulls. What is this organization doing? Does it have a direction? Are they really going to bring the gang back together on the most depressing team in the NBA? Realistically, should the team be trying to trade Jimmy Butler? Also, what draft prospects should the team look at? Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky, and you can follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie.

The Boston Red Sox move to within a game of first place as they are able to hang on to a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez go back to back and Andrew Benintendi goes yard as well. Craig Kimbrel strikes out five as he records the four out save to preserve the victory. 

The PawSox continued their climb back to .500 last week, as they continued their season-long winning streak before alternating wins and losses to end the week.  Bryce Brentz led the way offensively, with Ryan Court pushing his average close to the .300 mark with several multi-hit games.  Hector Velazquez earned another win, with Brandon Workman and the rest of the PawSox bullpen impressing last weekend.

Late last night, former Red Sox great Pedro Martinez took to Twitter to get out some of his thoughts about different players and teams around the MLB. One tweet in particular garnered a lot of attention, especially among Red Sox fans. “Big Papi is working out, and I know he is in baseball shape, and the @RedSox could use a bit of his bat,” Martinez tweeted.

Obviously, within minutes the Internet jumped all over this. Martinez and Ortiz are close and it would make sense that Pedro would know what is going on behind the scenes with the former Red Sox slugger. Pedro has made comments in the past about not being sure Ortiz is definitely retired and now, as we approach the middle of the season and Big Papi’s number retirement ceremony, it feels like the right time for a comeback if there will be one.

Of course, Pedro noticed that so many people took this as almost a confirmation of Ortiz wanting to return and he had to backtrack a bit. “I didn’t say David is making a comeback, I said David is in baseball shape because he works out, and the team could use a swing or two,” Pedro tweeted later. He was playing with the hearts of Red Sox Nation and giving us hope for a brief moment when there probably isn’t any. 

I have been secretly holding out hope this whole time that Ortiz would announce a return before his number gets hoisted up to the façade at Fenway, but I also know that in reality, it’s not going to happen. A Boston Globe story even broke last night after the Pedro tweets where Ortiz says that he is happy with his decision. It stinks, but I think the Sox will need to realize he isn’t walking through that door and they’ll need to score runs without him.

For one brief moment though, as I read Pedro’s initial tweet, I felt so happy. It seemed like we’d get the big guy back for one more run and I had visions of a World Series dancing in my head. Darn it, Pedro.

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Monday, 05 June 2017 21:30

Red Sox Off Day Thoughts

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We’ve got an off day for the Boston Red Sox today as they transition from one American League East rival in Baltimore to another in New York. The Sox are coming off a series split with the Orioles and they’ll head into Yankee Stadium tomorrow night just two games back of the first place Bronx Bombers. I wanted to throw some thoughts out on some of the things going on with the team right now, so here we go.

 

·      David Price looked very good the other night against a tough opponent. The Orioles offense was really clicking and Price needed to step up, on national television, and stop a losing streak. I honestly had no faith in that happening and he proved me, and probably many others, wrong. This might be the best I’ve felt about the guy in his time with the team and moving forward, I can’t wait to see what he can do.

·      I was about a game away from saying that Benintendi should be dropped in the batting order. It was starting to worry me that leaving him where he was would only dig the whole deeper for the kid, but Benny broke out of it in a big way. I never lost faith in him to bounce back, I was just worried about where he was mentally at the moment. It’s great to see him crush all of those concerns with two big swings of the bat.

·      Even when Chris Sale isn’t perfect, he shows why he is an ace and a leader. Not only does he continue to battle and give the team innings, but he goes out of his way to blame only himself in his postgame media sessions. There’s no way not to love this guy.

·      I’m glad to hear that Brian Johnson is okay after his injury scare in Pawtucket the other night. Not only do the Sox need him to replace E-Rod in the rotation, but he’s just a really easy guy to root for and I didn’t want to see him go down.

·      Who is still calling for the benching of JBJ? He may not have a great average but he’s still been a key contributor for the Sox at the plate and way too many people seem to miss that.

·      It sounds like Dustin Pedroia is progressing nicely in his rehab, which is great, but E-Rod is supposedly going to miss “3-4 weeks.” I’m really worried about what’s going on with that knee of his and pessimistic about that timetable.

·      I’ll leave this with a good thought, because that’s just a better thing to do. This series in New York is going to be awesome, and I’m actually really confident that the team can use this as a springboard to start playing much better, more consistent baseball.

Sunday, 04 June 2017 23:35

CSL Welcomes Bobby Manning and Sam Sheehan

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Justin Poulin and Jon Duke welcome two outstanding guests to discuss the state of the Boston Celtics.

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The Red Sox were able to take the finale against the Orioles to split the four game set at Camden Yards.

Sunday, 04 June 2017 22:17

Johnson Makes History With Dover Victory

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Jimmie Johnson continues to climb up the NASCAR ranks, tying Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough in wins.

The Red Sox try to salvage a split of a four-game series with the Orioles as Chris Sale takes the ball against Chris Tillman. Jess Thomas has your pregame notes, including Mookie Betts looking for his 500th career hit and a Brian Johnson update.

David Price pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just a single run while striking out seven in Boston's 5-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday night at Camden Yards.  Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and had an RBI double for Boston, who earned their first win of the four-game series in Baltimore.  Craig Kimbrel was shaky in the ninth, as he allowed his first run in over a month before locking down the victory.

The Boston Red Sox turn to David Price to get back on track against the Baltimore Orioles. Lars Gjesteby has your pregame report with lineups and an update on Dustin Pedroia's rehab progress.

Rick Porcello struck out five and Pablo Sandoval homered but it wasn't enough as the offense failed to produce when it counted as Boston dropped their Friday night game, 3-2, to the Orioles.