The Lunch Break Down: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

HOPE EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL SALE DAY!

Our beloved Red Sox fell last night to Minnesota to the terrible Twins. Chris Sale(6-4 2.74 ERA), as expected, performed well against the garbage lineup that Minnesota took the field with last night. The Twins had the audacity to put out a starting nine that included a whopping four players who are hitting better than .250 on the year. Sale should have dominated this team, and he left a bit to be desired. Despite a rough 6th inning where he allowed two runs and surrendered the lead that the Sox took in the top of the inning, thanks to Rafael Devers(12) going deep; Sale put up an impressive line of 7 IP 3 H 1 BB and 11 SO. Sale would go out and throw a scoreless 7th, but when he left the game, he was in line to take the loss.

Minnesota’s Jose Berrios (7-5 3.38 ERA) did well enough to keep the Red Sox in check. The only blemish for him was the aforementioned HR he gave up to Devers.  Berrios got himself out of trouble all night, working well with men on base and getting key strike outs when needed. Aside from that small blip, he held the Red Sox scoreless for 6 1/3 innings before the HR and that was that for Berrios. The 8th inning came along and Boston found themselves a stroke of clutch with Sandy Leon’s RBI single off of Zach Duke, scoring Devers.

Of course it would be too easy for the Red Sox to close this game out nice and easy after the jolt from Leon. Everyone’s favorite clown Joe Kelly came into the game and in the bottom of the 8th allowed both Eduardo Escobar and Robbie Grossman to have huge extra-base hits off of him. Of course, the hit by Escobar was aided by Jackie Bradley Jr’s error; but I’m not going to roast Bradley Jr. for that. The guy makes a lot of good plays, and if he makes one rubbish one, so be it. Kelly should’ve been able to regain his composure despite the two-run gaffe. Besides, if Kelly is such an amazing flame-thrower, why would anyone be able to make contact against him in the first place? Kelly followed that play up by allowing an additional base runner and the final nail in the coffin was delivered by Robbie Grossman after he tripled home two more Twins. The Red Sox and their horrible bullpen blew another game, 6-4 Twins win.

Boston’s bullpen continues to show how much of a problem it is. Joe Kelly is showing his true colors, those being horribly mediocre. He couldn’t even record an out last night. Not the performance you need, especially when your “Ace” is starting. Kelly had a few good appearances lately, against the White Sox, Orioles, and Mariners. The last time he faced a good team, Houston, he got knocked around in back to back games. Add Joe Kelly to the list of Red Sox pitchers who only have a shot if the lineup they are facing is of a team actively trying to lose baseball games.

Tonight, the real ace David Price (8-4 3.76 ERA) is going to further his case for AL Cy Young Award winner as well as establish himself as the true leader of the Red Sox pitching staff. Price has been a different animal since the Fortnite Fiasco and his Revenge Tour continues this evening at Target Field.  Price had some interesting Fortnite related comments regarding his chances at this years All-Star Game. The Twins will counter with Lance Lynn (4-5 4.98 ERA), who got roughed up by the Tigers in his last outing. Boston will be able to match the intensity of Price and I expect them to make this series even at one, and pick up their 50th win of the season. David Price is living in his own world and is making the media furious. I didn’t like Price and what he did last season with Eck, but I have completely changed my tune this year. Price is giving it right back to these guys and it is motivating him on the mound.  The Red Sox enter tonight’s game trailing the Yankees by an entire game.

The Patriots news is limited to social media these days. Mike Reiss of ESPN talks about the latest regarding Tom Brady and analyzing his use of emjois on Instagram and how it could hint towards when Brady will retire.

The Boston Celtics are preparing themselves for the upcoming NBA Draft on Thursday. For what it’s worth, Ryen Russilo updated us on what he was hearing:

Felger and Mazz spent a lot of time yesterday discussing the possibility of the Celtics moving up to the top 6 in the draft. They currently sit at the end of the first round, and it would be interesting to see how much they would have to give up in order to jump so much. You would imagine any such move would have to include the Sacramento 2019 pick and Terry Rozier. The additional assets will determine whether or not Danny Ainge pulls the trigger again and makes a big move for this team.

 

The Boston Bruins will have the honor of witnessing the Washington Capitals hoist their Stanley Cup Champions banner into the rafters on October 3rd, against the Bruins. Tough break.

 

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