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Friday, 16 June 2017 04:39

Jon Duke Is Nutty on The Hayward Love

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Jon Duke and Justin Poulin are back to talk rumours as the draft and free agency quickly approach!

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Chris Sale dominates over eight full innings pitched striking out 10, but the Red Sox could not muster up any offense dropping tonight's Phillies matchup, 1-0. 

The Red Sox will look to sweep the Phillies with Chris Sale taking the ball in the finale in Philadelphia.

I swear this Red Sox season has been a roller coaster ride. Every time you can start feeling good about something, another thing goes wrong. Then when something goes wrong, they pull you back in with something good happening, and around and around it goes.

So now, with the Sox having won five of their last six and moving to just two games back of the Yankees, things were looking up. Yea, I know they haven’t been facing great competition in the Tigers and the Phillies, but wins are wins. They’ve gotten a couple walk offs and Mookie Betts has caught fire. Let’s keep it rolling, right?

Wrong. Speaking of Mookie Betts, reports came out via Jon Heyman that Betts turned down all of Boston’s advances this offseason when trying to negotiate a long-term deal. Apparently, Betts wants to go year-to-year right now like most younger players because the risk is much smaller and he’ll have the ability to change his mind if he pleases. 

This scares me though as a Sox fan. By all accounts, it seems that Betts likes playing here in Boston, but who really knows? What is his relationship like with the front office and the coaching staff, in particular John Farrell? Does he like the direction the team is going or is he not happy with how the organization is being run? No one really knows and that should give Sox fans anxiety. 

Betts is our best player, make no mistake about that. I’ve argued that he might be the best in the league, and I think there is a strong case for that. The Sox need to find a way to get a deal done with him so that they can have him locked up for the future. Give him whatever he wants, because he’s the piece to build around. When David Ortiz retired, he handed the keys over to Betts as the next great Red Sox player. He simply can’t get to free agency, because the thought of losing him is actually excruciating.

With the Stanley Cup finals ending a few days ago, the offseason is fast approaching. Here is a list of moves Don Sweeney can make to improve the Bruins moving forward.

Hector Velazquez earned his first MLB victory in relief of starter Brian Johnson, while Mookie Betts hit two homers to push the Red Sox to their third straight victory over the Phillies.  Velazquez and the Sox' bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless innings after Johnson left the game in the third with a shoulder injury.

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The Red Sox look to take three games in a row over the Philadelphia Phillies following two extra-inning walkoff wins. Brian Johnson will take the hill tonight against Jeremy Hellickson and Hanley Ramirez will play first base for the first time this year.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:05

Aaron Judge Frustrates Me As A Red Sox Fan

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Well, I know what you are thinking. Of course Aaron Judge frustrates you as a Red Sox fan! He’s a Yankee and he’s young and very, very good. He’ll probably be killing Boston for years! Yes, that is one reason that Aaron Judge frustrates me, but the biggest reason is because he is likeable.

The other day, I heard someone compare Judge to Rob Gronkowski and I couldn’t believe it because it made so much sense. He’s a larger than life, cartoon character of a human who has crazy power and moves well for his size. He’s also got an awesome name and has already become a huge fan favorite. From everything I’ve seen from him, he seems down to earth and really cool. I hate it. Yankees are not supposed to be this fun to watch and this appealing. 

But yea, I hate that he’ll be around for a long time and mashing homeruns against the Red Sox. I hate that he’s not only going to steal the American League Rookie of the Year from Andrew Benintendi, but he’ll also probably win the MVP. It stinks and I want so badly to despise him but I can’t. 

The last reason that Judge frustrates me is because the Red Sox had the opportunity to draft him but missed and took Trey Ball. Yea, the Trey Ball that stinks in the minors and will probably never pan out. Of course, it’s hard to hate on a team for missing a guy in a draft because hindsight is 20/20, but still it’s frustrating. I wish Aaron Judge was in Boston, or at least not in the Bronx.

ESPN's senior writer Arash Markazi calls in from the NBA Finals to discuss Kevin Durant and the Warriors, beating cancer, and how to make it in sports journalism.

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The Red Sox improved to 36-28 on the season as they walked off for the second straight night. Andrew Benintendi played the hero as he drove a ground rule double to right field to win the game.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:27

Patriots Beat 6/13/17

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Today was the day of the third American League All Star voting update and as of right now, the Red Sox are being shut out of starters. In fact, they only three players in the top five at their positions. I wanted to take a look at what Red Sox players might be deserving of a spot on the squad for the midsummer classic, either as a starter or on the bench. Let’s see if anyone is getting snubbed, or if the voting is holding up the right way.

 

Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi

Betts initially was in line to start in the outfield but has now fallen behind the Michael Brantley of the Indians and George Springer of the Astros in recent weeks. Of course, Mike Trout is in line to start for the American League in the outfield and he’ll likely need an injury replacement so Betts is basically fourth among outfielders. Benintendi, on the other hand sits in ninth behind Avisail Garcia, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner. 

Neither of these two deserves to start at this point in time but I believe both have a case to be on the team. Aaron Judge and George Springer are definelty worthy to start and that isn’t much of a debate. I believe the third outfield spot, assuming that Trout isn’t playing should go to Aaron Hicks, another Yankee. It pains me to say that, but Hicks has slightly better stats than Betts or Benintendi at this moment. 

When it comes to the backup outfielders, a lot of names can be debated. Khris Davis, Nomar Mazara, Garcia, and Gardner are just a few that come to mind. But I believe Betts and Benintendi are right there. I believe Betts will get selected one way or the other and Benintendi could be one of those “Final Vote” candidates. They have similar numbers, but Betts has a better all around game and more respect around the league, which will probably take him farther.

 

Xander Bogaerts

I hate to say this, but as of right now Bogaerts is probably not going to make the cut for the All Star team. He’s having a great year but I think ultimately he falls short compared to too many others that are also playing very well. Elvis Andrus, Carlos Correa, Didi Gregorious and Francisco Lindor are all outplaying him. Even Jean Segura is on par with him. I’m a huge Bogaerts guy so I would defend his lack of power and throw some other reasons out as to why he should make the team, but being realistic, I know that his chances aren’t good as of right now.

 

Mitch Moreland

Mitch Moreland is not garnering votes at all. He isn’t in the top 5 at his position, but I wanted to mention him here because I feel he’s having a great year. With a .282 average, eight homers and thirty-five RBI, I believe the only American League first basemen that are better are Yonder Alonso and Justin Smoak. But Moreland won’t get a shot and it’s too bad because he’s been a bright spot for this Red Sox team. 

 

Craig Kimbrel

Getting away from the position players whom the fans vote for and moving on to the pitchers, it’s easy to see that Craig Kimbrel is a lock. He’s been the best closer in baseball and is having a historic season. He’ll make the team no matter what and unless he has an awful month before the game, he’ll be trotting out of the bullpen for the American League in any save situation.

 

Chris Sale

I mean, in my humble opinion Chris Sale is another lock for the All Star team and he could be the American League’s starter. He hasn’t even pitched that well in his last month or so, but that’s by his standards. He’s still sixth in the AL in ERA, second in wins, third in WHIP, sixth in WAR, first in strikeouts and second in innings pitched. He’s been simply dominant, even when he doesn’t have his best nights. 

Should he start the game? No, not as of right now. Dallas Kuechel or Ervin Santana would be my pick, but Sale is right there. 

 

That’s it for the guys that should be playing in the All Star game for the Red Sox and the guys that are just missing a spot on the team. Everyone else needs to step their game up because frankly, the stats don’t lie and they haven’t been nearly good enough. Hopefully that will change over the next month or so.

Dustin Pedroia drove an 0-2 pitch to the opposite field in the 11th inning to end the game in walk-off fashion for the fourth-consecutive win for Boston. The team is now 35-28 on the season.

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The Red Sox play host to the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway for a brief two game set.

Baseball has a pace of play issue that has been well documented for some time now. Many fans complain about how long the game takes and cite that as a reason for why they don’t watch games that much. I consider myself a bit of a baseball purist, and I like the way the game is for the most part. I don’t hate long games and think too many fans are just impatient these days. I love long baseball games, but I don’t like when games run long because of wasted time.

Last night, the Red Sox and the Tigers played for four hours and six minutes on Sunday Night Baseball. The night before, the same two teams played a three hour and thirty-nine minute game. Both games were examples of why people can’t sit through a full matchup on a regular basis in my opinion. While baseball is trying to make changes to shorten the length of games, they don’t seem to be working all that well. I have one idea in my mind that I want to see put into effect, though it probably never will be.

Mound visits need to be outlawed in baseball. There are way too many of them, either by a manager, a pitching coach, a catcher or an infielder. I don’t understand why they are needed either. Why does a pitcher need someone to calm them down after a mistake? Why do they get a break in the action for someone to talk strategy with them? You don’t see a coach running out to the outfield after a player drops a fly ball to tell them it’s all good.

There are many catchers that feel the need to go out and talk to their pitcher quite often throughout the course of a game, but I can’t think of one that does it more than Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. I don’t care that he’s going out there to calm down a pitcher that I’m rooting for, it’s still annoying. At the very least, baseball needs to put a limit on how many times this can occur.

On Saturday night, I was at the game and I honestly expected it to go by rather quickly. Chris Sale, a noted fast-worker, was on the mound for the Red Sox and Justin Verlander, an ace in his own right, was pitching for Detroit. The game remained rather low scoring until the eighth inning but it still felt like a long one. The Tigers in particular couldn’t seem to get through a half inning in quicker than 15 minutes and most of this was because of mound visits.

There are other issues in baseball, like how long a pitcher takes to get ready to throw, or batters stepping out of the box as much as they want. Replay reviews are taking too long and fans are flipping the channel to something more fast paced. Like I said, I don’t mind a long game, but let’s have it be efficient at least. Working the count and fouling off pitches takes a while, but it’s a necessity. If it goes to extra innings but there aren’t any unnecessary stoppages, I’ll love it. Just stop with the extra waste that is mound visits, at the very least.

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Trevor Lane from over at Lakers Nation about the Los Angeles Lakers and their upcoming offseason. Should the Lakers be looking at players other than Lonzo Ball? Is there any chance he's not the pick at No. 2? Does Josh Jackson make sense? Is this all a smokescreen?  Also, they chat about D'Angelo Russell being awesome, get on board the Julius Randle post-hype train, talk about Brandon Ingram's rookie year, and discuss if the Lakers should be setting their sights on a star this offseason. More than that, what should their direction be going forward? Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Trevor over at @Trevor_Lane on Twitter, and follow Sam over at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!