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Monday, 22 May 2017 20:34

What is Xander Bogaerts Power Problem?

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Maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention, but when I saw Xander Bogaerts step to the plate yesterday in Oakland, I was shocked. He has no home runs this year? Are we sure about that? I could have sworn he’d hit one or two. Nope, he hasn’t and I’m starting to worry about the power in his game.

Bogaerts is flying under the radar right now because he has had a great batting average and seems to be spraying the ball all over the field. As of right now, he’s batting .320 with a .389 OBP, .433 slugging percentage and a .822 OPS. Bogaerts has 48 hits, nine of which are doubles and four of which are triples. He’s also running the bases well with seven steals and fielding decently. There isn’t a whole lot to hate about what he’s doing and in a weird way; he’s off to a really good start.

But two numbers really stick out in his stat line. He has zero homeruns and only 12 runs batted in thus far this season. That’s not what you want from a guy that is batting third in your lineup at all. This isn't unusual for his young career either. After an All Star campaign last year that saw Bogaerts hit 21 long balls and drive in 89 runs, many people thought his power had finally showed up. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as that year seems to be the outlier. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love a guy that can make some great contact and be a tough out like Bogaerts is, but we need more from him at the plate. I don’t want him to get away from having a good approach and start pressing, but something needs to happen. This offense is struggling and one reason is because he isn’t contributing by getting runs across to score.

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Boston Celtics def. Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108

Boston Red Sox beat Oakland A's 12-3 behind strong pitching and offense. 

Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball for the Boston Red Sox as they try to avoid a sweep in Oakland. Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. return to the lineup to face right-hander Andrew Triggs. Brandon Workman is up from Pawtucket.

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The Boston Red Sox bullpen imploded to allow four home runs in an 8-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Drew Pomeranz only lasted four innings and the offense was ineffective after the fifth frame.

The Red Sox got another strong performance from Chris Sale as he made Major League history striking out at least 10 batters in a game for the eighth consecutive start tying his own record with former Red Sox ace and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Unfortunately, the Red Sox waste another fantastic Chris Sale start as the offense could only score two runs for him before ultimately falling to the Oakland Athletics in extra innings on a Mark Cahna walk-off home run in the tenth.

Cleveland Cavaliers def. Boston Celtics 130-86

Chris Sale takes the mound tonight in Oakland searching for his eighth straight 10+ strikeout start, which would tie a record held by himself and Pedro Martinez.  Lineup notes include Andrew Benintendi returning to the lineup after a one-game rest, and a look at a rough outing for David Price with the PawSox.

Friday, 19 May 2017 23:56

Markelle Fultz The No Brainer #1 Pick

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Justin Poulin and Jon Duke can’t believe the Celtics actually won the Lottery.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:10

Patriots Beat 5/19/17

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Friday, 19 May 2017 20:38

Did LaVar Ball Actually Go TOO FAR on FS1?

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In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Reags from over at Barstool about a variety of topics. First, they chat about the official All-NBA selections. Did the voters get it right? Were there snubs? Also, what do they think about the media voting on it? Sam also gives an explainer on an idea to reform voting to make all parties happy.  Then, they chat about the NBA Draft lottery, which leads into a bit of a longer discussion on LaVar Ball's most recent FS1 appearance. They then also chat about the Sixers, about De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and about the Knicks and how the draft will somehow screw them in the end.  Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTuners. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie.

Only a few days after I wrote a piece about how Dave Dombrowski would be out wheeling and dealing for the Red Sox again, we have our first rumblings of something brewing. According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Red Sox and Washington Nationals have been scouting White Sox ace Jose Quintana and “other White Sox players” recently.

Levine also suggests that the Red Sox are probably scouting White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, due to the fact that they’ve had quite a bit of trouble with that position so far this season. As these rumors gain traction and buzz around the Internet, I have one thing to say. Don’t do it Dave. Please.

It’s not that I don’t like Quintana, it’s just that I don’t think he’s the guy for the Red Sox. The White Sox will be looking for a major haul in return for him and although I think he’s a good pitcher, I don’t think he’s worth that. I concede that it will be tough to move prospects for anyone right now considering that our farm system is very close to being a barren wasteland, but in the right deal I would do it. This just is not the right deal.

To give up Rafael Devers, Sam Travis or Jay Groome for a guy who isn’t even pitching all that well would be crazy. I know that his larger track record is pretty good, but it isn’t overwhelming by any means. At this point, the only guys I’m giving up top prospects for are game-changers and there may not be any on the market. Otherwise, we’re going to need to be talking about guys like Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens or maybe even Jackie Bradley Jr.

When it comes to the notion that the Sox might trade for Frazier, I say no emphatically. Under no circumstances should Boston give up anything to get a guy who isn’t going to give you much more than Sandoval. Frazier is only a halfway decent fielder and has had great power numbers in the past, but he’s struggling this year and it would be a huge mistake to try to get him for anything but a bag of baseballs.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the Red Sox to make upgrades, but I want to them to be made smartly. Don’t overreact and overpay for another lefty who isn’t even performing all that well and definitely don’t try to sell me on Todd Frazier. I’d rather they go for a lower level pitcher with a reasonable price tag and maybe continue to try to patch things together at third. Also, I don’t exactly want to give the White Sox all of our prospects only to see them all grow up and become a super team that we have to deal with later. 

The Oakland Athletics roughed up Hector Velazquez in his major league debut to the tune of six runs in five innings. Boston's offense could not do much off Sonny Gray after the first few innings and the A's won 8-3.

The Red Sox start a 4-game series with the Oakland Athletics on the road. Hector Velazquez will get the ball in his major league debut opposed by Sonny Gray.