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Red Sox Back on Track

After a shockingly slow start to this 2019 MLB season (19-19 currently) the Boston Red Sox are steadily rising in their return to glory. With last night’s monumental 2-1 victory on the road against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, the Red Sox made an emphatic statement that THIS season is not over yet. read more

Spring Training Done, Can The Sox Repeat?

Last year was undoubtedly a dream season for the Red Sox. After leading the AL East pretty much April through September they impressively rolled through the playoffs beating strong teams, ultimately winning the World Series Championship against LA. Red Sox Nation was rejoicing all season long.

Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez put up career years and both made a strong run for MVP with Mookie Betts deservedly getting the award. All indications and opinions have said that these two fearsome hitters have shown up to spring training with even better attitudes. Their focus is now on repeating; a feat that hasn’t happened for a while in baseball.

Manager Alex Cora has wisely invited many Red Sox living legends like David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, and yes Dustin Pedroia (still active) to be around the young flourishing team as mentors and veteran leadership. The old guys have all been remarking how down to earth the team is in focusing on repeating and not merely resting on their laurels!

And it’s not only Betts and Martinez; Benintendi, Bradley ,Pearce, Devers, and Bogaerts are returning too, all looking to contribute even more to the long-term success of the Red Sox team! Spring training at beautiful JetBlue Park has been mostly experimental with Alex Cora shuffling lineups and trying different combos. read more

Red Sox Having A Season to Remember

This Red Sox is season is not only super it is nothing short of Spectacular! The Red Sox just crossed over the 90 Win level; a  plateau that usually assures a playoff appearance with only 30+ games remaining.

Can you remember when a team pulled of this feat? Of course you can’t because it hasn’t happened before!

These Boston Red Sox are breaking barriers down and setting records folks!

The writer of this article knew the Red Sox would be strong contenders this year as they are always expected in New England, but none of us could have predicted that the team would be this good.

No matter the final result and we have October on the horizon….this is truly a season to remember for Red Sox fans.

A collective sigh encompassed Red Sox nation early August when Chris Sale went on the DL with an injury yet he has bounced back to pitch better than ever.

Rick Porcello and David Price have been rounding out the starting staff as Craig Kimbrel has solidly closed the door on any opponents late inning rallies!

The hitting has been equally astonishing.

Mookie Betts is having another career season, while J.D. Martinez quietly puts up MVP stats.

Much kudos to Alex Cora in having an awesome managerial rookie debut.

He has steered the Red Sox ship rightly thus far and is hopefully aware that what really counts is the team’s performance in October as a Red Sox World Series Championship is well within a strong possibilty.

Lots of baseball left to play!  Have fun Red Sox Nation and Go Red Sox Go!!

Sox Reach 80-Win Plateau and it’s Only Early August

Considering that baseball teams play a 162 game season (the longest schedule in sports), when a team crosses the 80 win plateau they essentially assure themselves of a successful season.

At the very least they have won half of their games and are guaranteed of finishing with a .500 winning percentage or better.

In their absolutely surprising 2018 season, the Boston Red Sox are 80-34 on August 7 after a win over another AL East rival the Toronto Blue Jays.

Most teams don’t reach this level until late August at the earliest and sometimes not until the September pennant runs.

With 80 wins and only 34 losses…..This puts the Red Sox at a winning percentage of .702!

This is a team on a mission.

Accumulating amazing win after win as this team day after day continues to play the best baseball and climb into the #1 position in the power rankings.

They just finished a sweep of the New York Yankees over the past weekend where they won all three in dramatic fashion to knock them 8 1/2 games back in the standings and this excellent play puts the Red Sox in complete control of their 2018 destiny.

Heroes Rick Porcello and Steve Pearce propelled the squad to victory.  Pearce hit three homers vs. the yanks in the opening Friday night game at Fenway Park joining an elite club that has pulled off that difficult feat.

Rick Porcello steadied the pitching staff by pitching a one hitter and all this after rookie manager Alex Cora was ejected for the first time in his career after protesting the Yankees throwing a brushback pitch at the head of the hottest batter in baseball…  Mookie Betts.

And of course, Betts has been on a hitting spree…. knocking the cover off the ball.

The Red Sox are poised to pull off one of the greatest seasons in the history of the game of baseball. It really is a treat to watch this team play with remarkable consistency and efficiency.

Looks like there will be October baseball in Boston again as it should be and let’s hope the winning ways continue through those fun times too!

Sox Are Red Hot and Sporting The Best Record In Baseball

The Boston Red Sox are currently 66-29 and in first place of the always tough AL East by three and a half games. The Sox are riding an amazing ten game winning streak and looking to continue to be the team with the best record in baseball!

The Midsummer Classic takes place next Tuesday and matches the American League vs. the National League in this Nation’s Capital of Washington D.C.

Five Red Sox players have secured spots on the honorable AL All-Star squad…..Mookie Betts, Mitch Moreland, J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale, and Closer Craig Kimbrel.

Unfortunately Andrew Benintendi missed out on the final vote for a last minute injury addition.

J.D. Martinez needs to be especially mentioned as in last night’s victory he hammered his 28th HR so far this season in a towering shot over Fenway’s fabled Green Monster!

It was a sight to behold as no other Red Sox player has had so many HR’s at this point in the season…ever!

The Red Sox have struggled to overcome a void at power hitter since David Ortiz retired.

While he can never top Ortiz’s stature as a player, hitter, and leader (unless he gets 3 or more championships) he is finally a pickup player that is lighting up the stat sheet on a regular basis and more importantly it’s translating into wins.

J.D. Martinez is batting .329 with 28 Homeruns and 77 RBI’s.

It’s been a sight simply amazing to witness  and there is still another half of baseball left for this season.

If the Red Sox can continue this winning pace they could easily finish the season with 110 wins.

Manager Alex Cora has been spectacular in organizing this mostly young group of players into a winning ball club in only his first season.

The Red Sox are the best team in MLB!

Let’s enjoy it for all that it is worth, as this season looks to be one that is going to be very special.

So, let’s  hope it leads to a Red Sox Championship.

Betts is the Bet for MVP in 2018

We all knew Mookie Betts was good.  But did we know he was this good?

Through 48 games (not quite a third of the season), Betts is batting .359, with 17 HR, 37 RBI, and an earth shattering OPS of 1.187.

Extrapolate those numbers over a full season, and Mookie is on pace to put up a tremendous season–if he continues even close to this pace, he could be looking at a 50 HR, 120 RBI type season.  Oh, and we don’t even care if he participates in the home run derby.

What has been the most shocking thus far, really has been the power that Betts has shown this season.  His highest HR total has been 31 HR back in 2016, and that was with Betts getting 672 AB (the most in the league), good for a homerun roughly every 22 at bats.

This season, he has 17 homers in only 184 at bats, good for a homerun every 11 at bats, nearly double the power prowess he showed in 2016.   Thus it has been a very good year for Mr Betts.

Now, Betts adominal strain does put a bit of a wrench in our MVP plans, but news today hit that he would return for Monday’s game against the Orioles.

So hopefully Betts can return to tip top shape following the injury. The fact that is an abdominal strain is slightly concerning, as it could be an injury that Betts might easily re-aggravate. But, if I were a betting man (and unfortunately I am), Betts is a wise wager for those looking to plunk down a few duckets on our main man Mookie winning the MVP.

The unfortunate part of all this, is that Mookie Betts’ odds to win the 2018 AL MVP award have recently improved from +2300 at the start of the season to a very favorable +300 across different sites.  Unbelievably,  Mike Trout, is the odds on favorite at +200, despite

Trout’s lesser performing season thus far read more

Sox Rolling Through The Competition

The amazing 2018 Boston Red Sox now find themselves atop the rest of the league in baseball’s power rankings.  After an historic start in April and a stellar May, the team has an overall record of 44-21, for a winning percentage of .677.

Manager Alex Cora has gained a lot of respect throughout the Major League Baseball world as the team has strung together victory after victory for their rookie manager.

Cora was hired with the condition that he would bring Boston back to the World Series after being on the coaching staff that saw the Houston Astros triumph over the L.A. Dodgers in last year’s 2017 World Series.

After an awesome comeback in 2013… several strong and well-balanced Red Sox teams have been unable to make back into the World Series.

Thus when the Sox dropped the Opening Day game, along came the worries that this would be just another middling year.  But, Alex Cora took a no-nonsense approach with this young team and it has paid off with much improved play.

Many of these youngsters have not played any games deep into the playoffs.   Of the veteran core, only Pedroia has any championship trophies, whereas the rest of the team can be bucked as the youthful generation with a lot to learn.

Mookie Betts plays outfield solidly while challenging the rest of the league for the HR and RBI titles. Rick Porcello has regained Cy Young pitching form on his quest for a title.  Two-time world series champ Dustin Pedroia continues to provide leadership while trying to bounce back from difficulties.  And we’d be amiss not to mention newcomer JD , who has hit some massive home-runs and helped strengthen the overall lineup.

All in all everything looks good and bright for the future of Red Sox Nation.  Although with the loaded Yankees in the same division we know that gaining another pennant won’t be easy… there’s a tough road ahead and many a fight.

Let’s all root for the Red Sox to fight the good fight and make 2018 another great season for the fans and all of baseball.  Here’s to keeping the good times rolling.

Over and out.

Red Sox are Fantasy Gold Jerry…Gold

If you grew up watching Seinfeld, you might remember this one

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And well, that’s what some key members of the Sox have been this year in Fantasy baseball lineups–GOLD.

As this article from Sports Illustrated notes:

Betts and Martinez are hitting a ridiculous .354/.417/.719 with 30 home runs. Both would have to be included on the short list of AL MVP candidates through the first two months of the season, along with Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and, of course, Ramirez and Lindor. It’s hard enough for pitchers to deal with one player like Betts or Martinez. When they have to see two, it’s nearly impossible to navigate the top half of a lineup. read more

As Spring Training Closes Out: Red Sox Bats Are Heating Up

Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz and Mike Napoli have seen limited action this spring due to nagging injuries. Manager John Farrell has been shuffling spring training lineups, experimenting to see who can step up and produce runs for the team in the 2015.  Ortiz and Napoli have been known to carry the team on their backs and were spectacular during the 2013 Championship drive.  However, given the struggles last season, the Red Sox will need some extra offensive punch to return to its past efficiency.

Sure it’s still spring training, but Mookie Betts has shown that he can hit with consistency.  Posting an average of .487 with 2 HRs with 5 RBIs and an astonishing .923 Slugging percentage, Mookie Betts looks to secure a spot with the squad going forward into the regular season. His blazing speed was on display with an inside-the-park home-run in this short spring training schedule where he has appeared in 13 games so far.  Betts’ league leading On-Base-Percentage of .512 makes him look like the best candidate for the Red Sox leadoff spot, a role the team has struggled to replace since Jacoby Ellsbury departed to New York.

In a surprise game winning homerun in spring training play, Rusney Castillo drew attention that he can contribute to the ball club too. He may have to start the season at Triple AAA Pawtucket but undoubtedly John Farrell will need some big bats to bring up as the season progresses and nobody knows when injuries and fatigue can take effect.

Looking at these up and coming batters along with Sandoval, Ramirez, Napoli, and Ortiz it does not take too much to figure out that the Red Sox lineup will be quite a formidable one to contend with. Offensively, the Sox have as much potential as any other team in major league baseball.  If the pitching can hold up, this team might just be able to bounce back into the pennant race.

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