Rookies Making It Rain But Encarnacion Brings The Thunder


Three home runs in the span of 24 hours. That’s what 12 year old rookie, Rafael ‘Baby Face’ Devers, has done. One rocket against Chapman in the Bronx on Sunday night and two against Trevor Bauer last night. Devers has been nothing short of phenomenal. I mean really, ever since his second major league start, (0-4 in first start but that’s irrelevant) Devers is batting .362 with a freaking 1.127 OPS and has collected 6 bombs.

Am I the only one who sees Adrian Beltre in Rafael Devers?  Who knows. 


Calling up Devers has helped rebuild (somewhat) Dave Dombrowski’s credibility because we needed some serious help at that third base spot. And having Pablo Sandoval just absolutely shit the bed and collect $90 million from us. That third base situation wouldn’t have been made an issue if Travis Shaw was never traded. But what’s done is done and nothing can be done but to move forward with the 20 year old rookie who’s raking the baseball. Ever since the All Star game; Aaron Judge (27 Games): .155 BA, 5HR, 12RBIs. Devers (15 Games): .339 BA, 5HR, 11RBIs. 

Andrew Benintendi. Love him. Love love love loooove Benny Biceps. The baseball is looking like a beach ball to this kid lately. During the month of August he’s hitting .425 with a 1.364 OPS falling behind the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Tim Beckham, Nelson Cruz, and Joey Votto. Some solid company to be next to if you ask me. He put on a clinic against the Yankees with two home runs and six RBIs. 

Benny and Baby Face Devers were the only signs of offense last night when Encarnacion absolutely feasted on Doug Fister and Heath Hembree with two 2-run shots. Our pitching just didn’t look good last night and I think that we could see Fister being sent down to the Triple A and should bring up Hector Velazquez who’s having a decent starts for the Paw Sox. He’s got a 2.25 ERA and 7-4 in his 16 starts, so maybe we give him a shot. 

Final Score: Indians 7, Red Sox 3 

The Rivalry Is Back.

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After taking two of an intense three-game series in the Bronx, even though they should’ve taken all three games, but I’m not going to dwell on what could’ve happened or should’ve happened. Anyways, it really gets you to start thinking that the Red Sox are the real deal, especially if you didn’t buy them as an actual threat after that 8-game winning streak. Ever since the whole Price vs Eck drama, the Sox have been 11-3 and playing good baseball.

Friday night was considered to be the most “loseable” game in that series with Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound and that wasn’t really the case through the first six innings where he threw six SCORELESS innings. KRod was lighting the Yankees up and our offense was doing fine putting up a healthy 3-0 lead all the way up until the 8th inning when everything fell apart. Addison Reed, who we picked up to be our 8th inning guy to set Kimbrel up for the closing stage in the 9th, comes in and gives up a two-run moon shot to Aaron Hicks and cuts that lead down to 3-2. Then Reed gives up a single to Gary Sanchez and then walks Aaron Judge and that’s where Farrell draws the line and brings in Joe Kelly. I thought that Kelly would’ve been able to get us out of that jam but that’s just wishful thinking on my part, I guess, because right off the bat (literally) Didi Gregorius singles to left and brings in Sanchez and everything is tied up in New York. After the 8th inning, everything went to shit and fast and ended up losing 5-4 after a great outting by Eduardo Rodriguez.

Final Score: Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

Saturday night the Sox send Drew Pomeranz out to the mound against Luis Severino who’s been having a fantastic year with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP before his disastrous start against the Red Sox. Right away the Bronx Bombers strike first on Pomeranz with a 2-run shot to right field and everyone hit the panic button. Then Betts comes in to the 3rd inning, where he drives in two runs with his single and closes the gap to 3-2 until Benny Biceps steps up to the plate and smacks a 3-run blast to centerfield to put the Sox back on top 5-2. And if that wasn’t enough, at his next at bat he takes Severino deep once again for another 3-run blast to center and the AL Rookie of the Year candidate makes his case a little stronger to compete with Aaron Judge who is pretty much garbage ever since the All Star break, hitting under .200 and has struck out in 30 consecutive games. WOW, I know. The Red Sox end up taking a 10-5 win in New York, bringing Drew Pomeranz to a phenomenal 12-4 on the year with a 3.39 ERA while the massive loss that Severino took brought his ERA up 41 points to a 3.32 ERA.

Final Score: Red Sox 10, Yankees 5

Chris Sale against the Yankees is really unfair. Sale struck out 12 batters and had an almost perfect night until somebody called Austin Romine comes up to bat and hits the ball to Mookie who fails to make the catch and has an RBI triple;

After this Sale’s pitch count began to rise, it got to a point where Farrell thought it was enough for him and brought in Matt Barnes and we all could see something shitty was about to happen. Out of the 21 pitches he threw, 8 of them were strikes and gave up a sac fly to Todd Frazier which drove in Hicks to put the Yankees up 2-1 at the bottom half of the 8th. I was livid at this point, absolutely freaking livid. The top of the 9th strolls in and Devers must’ve known how livid I was and took matters into his own hands… against Aroldis Chapman. Before Devers walked up to the plate, Chapman had struck out Hanley with 100+mph heaters and he picked up right where he left off; ahead in the count 1-2 after a couple of 101mph fastballs but Devers got a good look at this 102.8mph missile and took Chapman DEEP;

This 12 year old just took a $90million relief pitcher deep in the Yankees’ stadium for the first time in Chappy’s career.

It’s the top of the 10th and we’re tied 2-2 until Benny Biceps steps up to the plate with the bases juiced and hits an RBI single to drive in JBJ and give the Sox a 3-2 lead where they throw in Kimbrel to finish the game and he does. The Red Sox take a 3-2 W, take the series 2-1 in the Bronx, open up a 5.5 gap in the AL East and only 5.5 games behind the Astros for the top seed. 45 games left in the season and anything is possible.

Final Score: Red Sox 3, Yankees 2

Blitz for Six (Red Sox Edition)


6 IN A ROW? 6?! 

FINALLY THE RED SOX ARE FUN AGAIN!  A few weeks back we were struggling to win 6 games since the All Star break and were 2.5 games behind the Yankees. Overall they were struggling to get the bats swinging and it was just an absolute shitshow to watch every night but now this team looks like it’s been sipping water from the friggen fountain of youth. Pitching, hitting and defensively we’ve looked golden and it all started from a walk off win against Cleveland: 

After that win, we’ve hit about 15 dingers from 8 different players and the pitching has been consistent giving the Sox an AL leading ERA of 3.71 after another strong outting by Doug Fister getting the sixth straight W for the Sox winning 6-3. I’ve been saying this since forever, if we get our pitching straight and our bats are swinging the way they have been these last 10 days then we’re a huge problem for teams like the Dodgers, Cubs, Indians, and the Nationals. As of right now, we got a nice little 3 game lead in front of the Yankees in the AL East since they’ve been struggling ever since the All Star break. 

Manny Ramirez, err, I mean Eduardo Nunez has been nothing short of phenomenal along side of Rafael Devers. Nunclutch has hit 4 ding dongs and driven in 15 RBIs since joining the Sox (he’s only hit 4 dingers in 76 games with the Giants so he could be considered one of the greatest deadline acquisitions, per Jared Carrabis: 

Rafael Devers came into the Show swinging his bat ferociously and I hope he continues to play like this for a very long time because I was absolutely crushed when we lost Moncada and Kopech but as of lately, that trade has really bit Chicago in the ass given the fact that Yoan is like 7/193 (give or take) since they traded Frazier away and Kopech got injured, too. I’ve had countless arguments and debates about this whole Chris Sale trade and how I’ve said that it wasn’t worth giving up potentially 10-15 years of Kopech and Moncada baseball but right now, this trade is fantastic but I can still see myself bitching at Dombrowski about this in the next 10 years. 

Let me give Chris Young some love as well, the man comes in as DH and smacks the shit out of the ball as he pleases. Two monster ding dongs against Chicago on Sunday and he just makes it look effortless. I’m getting way too excited with our team. 

The last thing I want to do is get ahead of myself and say that we’re winning the World Series but you know what? We’re definitely making some noise in October. The hottest team in the MLB (us, lol) has a tough road trip starting on Tuesday in Tampa and travel to New York to play three games in the Bronx. This upcoming road trip is crucial and is an x factor for the remainder of the season and winning these next series would give the Sox a tremendous cushion in the AL East. 

Red Sox Trade Deadline

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Before we get into details of this Addison Reed trade, I wanted to share the fact that I lost my Fenway/Red Sox virginity yesterday and it was friggen awesome. I’ve gone to Fenway once to watch Frozen Fenway double header in January (which will probably never happen again since I almost lost some toes due to the weather, call me a pussy if you want to) but this time was unreal. The day was absolutely beautiful, suns out, blue skies with minimal clouds and about 75°F which was perfect, you really can’t ask for any better Sunday afternoon weather than that.

Taking the subway from Eliot in Newton to Fenway was super easy and smooth, even though I took about 15 minutes to get the ticket machine to work, but it worked out to be okay because I got to Fenway with an hour to explore Yawkey Way and its glory. My buddy had never gone to a Sox game either and didn’t even have a jersey so we stopped by one of the shops there and he asked me, “Yo, which jersey do I cop?” and of course I tell him, “white home jersey, with the 45 and Martinez on the back and you’ll be respected.”, I had on my red Hanley jersey so I was all set and my girl had a Mookie shirt on as well. Now we all look like we belong there and went to grab some food that came out to be like $30 for two hot dogs and three sodas but it’s all good because you pay for the ambience there and it’s so worth it.

We get into the stadium and find our seats which weren’t bad since we were in the shade but this massive beam was right in front our view of the pitcher but, whatever, I’m not going to let a beam ruin my Fenway experience.


About 15 minutes before the first pitch is thrown, the announcer comes on and says, “Before we begin the game, we’d like to welcome some very special guests from the 2007 World Series Championship team,” and they let down this huge banner that covered the whole Green Monster and said, “2007 World Series Champions”

So all of sudden you see all these guys from that team and I immediately get slapped in the face with a shit ton of nostalgia and felt all this emotion. You got legends like Tim Wakefield, Big Papi, Kevin Youkilis (crowd goes “YOOOOOOOUUUUK” which was hilarious because my girl was like, “Why are they booing him?” and I couldn’t help myself but laugh and explain), J.D. Drew, Julio Lugo, Jason Varitek and last name called was the World Series MVP of that year, Mike friggen Lowell and I absolutely lost my shit when I saw that man come out because growing up I would base my play style similar to his and he’s just a hero in my eyes. The first pitch was thrown by Mike Lowell to Jason Varitek and the crowd lost it.

Overall, my experience there was sensational and I can’t wait to go back.

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Anyways, unfortunately the Sox lost the game to Kansas City and why did we lose? It’s simple, we have a shitty bullpen… but we just traded for Mets’ RP Addison Reed in return for three prospects that’ll most likely amount to nothing anyways so I’ll take it. Reed has 19 saves on the season and a solid 2.57 ERA so it’s a nice trade in our favor especially since we need some serious help in our bullpen.

It was a very busy deadline day for the MLB, we saw the Dodgers make some nice pick ups like Yu Darvish, Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson. The Yankees scooped up Sonny Gray for a bucket of baseballs and some bubblegum so I’m a little pissed that the only player we got was Reed. I’m even more upset with the fact that the Yankees took, like, maybe 45 minutes to rebuild and they’re already better than most teams, while the Sox are trading their farm system away for a championship this year. Regardless, it’s all about who gets hot in October.

Devers Call Up and Nunez Trade

So it’s been a weird week or two if you’re a Red Sox fan. First off, we all got that beautiful notification of the Red Sox releasing Pablo Sandoval. When I got that news, I jumped at work and thanked God because that man is an absolute scumbag and disgraced the Red Sox jersey and that third base position which essentially made us trade away the Mayor of Ding Dong City, Travis Shaw, who by the way is having an All Star (got snubbed) season is on pace for 37 dingers, 130 RBIs and hitting for about .310 so let that sink in. Back to Pablo, I give that lazy piece of shit props though, getting paid $49million to leave a baseball club early, as in before your contract is up? That really is the “American Dream” as Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) said on The Baseball Show the other day. I’ll share that little tirade of his down below:

 

Anyways, John Farrell called up the #4 prospect on the MLB Pipeline and #1 3B among prospects, Rafael Devers, from the Paw Sox and made his debut last night. Defensively he looks promising but offensively, he still needs some time after going 0-4 but I mean the kid’s 20 so I’m not worried about it he just needs time.

*update* DEVERS FIRST HIT OF HIS MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER IS AN ABSOLUTE MOONSHOT (I was watching the game as I was writing about it)

This morning I woke up with good and bad news, the bad being that the Sox lost in extra innings to the Mariners and the good being that we signed a pretty decent third baseman being Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants who’s hitting .308 and not for power but he gets on base which I’m fine with. I saw a follower of mine and who I also follow, and he had a point where Nunez is only 1/3 of what we need right now in order to compete in October;

Dave Dombrowski has until the 31st to make some more moves in order for the Sox to be serious contenders for the World Series this year and make this Chris Sale trade all worth it. We need a solid reliever and a big hitter, still.

Bye Avery

Wow. 

I’m not really sure how I feel about what happened today. I woke up, started my day out like most and grabbed some coffee and as soon as I sit back on my couch I get multiple texts and alerts from Twitter about how Avery Bradley has been traded to the Detroit Pistons for Marcus Morris and a second round pick. 

Not even four days after receiving one of the best news about Hayward signing with us we get this absolute dagger to the heart. 

I understand that we needed to free up cap space to even sign Hayward but it’s just hard to see Avery leave us. 

I’m not one bit angry with this trade, except my initial reaction wasn’t the most appropriate either, but Marcus Morris is a great return for the Celtics; his contract is at $5million through the 2018/19 season which is huge in order to sign Hayward. We weren’t going to keep AB, IT and Smart after next season and let’s face it, we won’t win a ring this season regardless so might as well get a head start on the cap issues now, and at the end of the day, I trust Danny 110%. 

Best of luck to AB in Detroit! Welcome Marcus Morris! 

Here’s a tear jerker of one of Avery’s most iconic moments in a Celtics uniform, 

P.S. happy birthday Bruno 

-Ferm

Atta Boy Danny! 

FINALLY. 

After all the hype and anticipation… and that heart attack that lasted about two hours when no one knew whether Gordon chose us or not due to lack of credibility, which would never happen here but that’s for another time (that’s a shot at Dave Dombrowski). 

From the start I was never worried about where Gordon Hayward was going to spend the next 4-5 seasons playing basketball even with Miami and Utah in conversation. Why wouldn’t you want to come to Boston to team up with your old college coach and attract other stars so that they will want to come join you in Boston and finally take out Lebron James? It’s an absolute no brainer.

I was dying of laughter when I saw the video of Jazz fans burning Gordon’s jersey and saying, “Have fun being Lebron’s little b-word,” I was laughing because that guy clearly isn’t aware that the Western Conference is absolutely packed with stars and studs and they’d be lucky to even whiff the playoffs next season, bud. 

If it wasn’t for this move, Gordon Hayward probably wouldn’t see a playoff game for a long time since George Hill took his talents to Sacramento and that was also the moment where it was pretty obvious Gordon wasn’t staying in Utah. 

Hayward’s coming to Boston after his best season yet and I couldn’t be happier. Last season he averaged about 22PPG, 5.4RPG, 3.4APG and 1SPG which are All Star numbers right there. 

There’s rumor about a possible sign&trade between Utah and Boston to free up cap space to keep AB, IT, Smart and Hayward for the upcoming seasons. They’d lose Demetrius Jackson and Rozier, which is obviously going to happen and I rather it be sooner than later, and would most likely stash Yabusele again. 

It’s still too bad that Indiana pulled the trigger so quickly to trade PG13 because he could’ve easily been in a green uniform this upcoming season after the Hayward news. 

Rumors about a Marc Gasol trade picked up heat, as well. The Spanish international could be a ridiculous addition to this team and would be the missing piece to the puzzle on how to dethrone King James from the Eastern Finals. I just hope to see that this trade goes through and we don’t give away too much. 

-Ferm