Author: kyle porch

How Jamal Crawford Makes The Celtics Better

Crawford wants to add some hardware to his name before he retires The 38-year-old veteran Jamal Crawford has reported mutual interest with multiple teams. Two of the most notable would be the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics. Since entering the league in the year 2000, he has played for eight different teams. The three-time sixth man of the year recipient knows a thing or two about playing limited minutes. Last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he put up some solid numbers at age 37. In 80 games played for the team, he scored 10.3 points, while snagging...

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How Can Trey Ball Adjust To The Outfield.

While others had made the jump in previous years, how will Trey Ball adapt to the change? It looks like it’s his last option. The 24 year old former first round pick is considering moving to the outfield. The 7 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft has had a rough go on the mound during his minor league career, posting a career 5.02 ERA in six seasons. While taking on hitting at the end of Portland’s season, he went 1-9 at the plate, with an RBI double in his last at bat. The interesting part in all of...

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How Phillips Becomes An Asset Even When He’s Not On The Field.

The 37 year old infielder becomes an asset in multiple ways after being called up on Sunday night. As Announced Tuesday afternoon, Brandon Phillips will be the first Red Sox player to don the number 0. He has finally got his shot at the major leagues for the first time this season. He claimed the last spot on the 40 man roster. His last major league game was on September 30, 2017 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. Against the Oakland Athletics, he went 1-4 with a strikeout. While tearing it up in AAA Pawtucket, what does...

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The Celtics and Warriors go toe to toe in 2k19’s Player Ratings

The two juggernauts could go to battle in the finals this season. Let’s see how 2k19 rated these star studded rosters. Both Golden State and Boston enter this season with sizeable expectations. How will these rosters look in video game form you ask? No need to fear, as 2k19 has officially released team rosters for all 30 teams. While the team overall ratings have not yet been released, we can speculate those rankings fairly easily. But i’ll leave that open for interpretation. Ratings for Golden State Kevin Durant sf, 97 Stephen Curry pg, 95 Demarcus Cousins c, 90 Klay...

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ESPN Releases Projected Records For The 2019 NBA Season

ESPN Pegs Golden State as Consensus No.1, Boston Not far Behind In what may come as a surprise to nobody, the Golden State Warriors are projected to win 53.8 games this season. ESPN had recently dropped their projected win totals for all 30 NBA teams. Rounding out the top 3 for the Western Conference is the Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Eastern Conference shows little surprise as well. The Boston Celtics earned a projected 51.1 wins. With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving ready to rumble, this team is finally back to full strength. This Celtics team can...

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Red Sox Vs. Marlins Preview

Although this series is only two games, this could prove to be the spark this team needs after their sweep at the hands of the Rays. While this series might not be a marquee match up, this Marlins team boasts the lowest scoring offense while allowing the second most runs in the National League. The Red Sox swept this club earlier this season and have a 2-0 record this season against them. The Marlins have a disastrous 53-79 record. While they are clearly in a rebuild, they are trending upward, with series splits against the Atlanta Braves and New...

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Patriots Lose In Third Preseason Game

While some players looked good, the Panthers cruised by the Patriots for a 25-14 win during the third week of preseason. The Carolina Panthers were in control throughout the entire game, on both sides of the ball. Luke Kuechly recorded 7 tackles in the first half alone, helping to limit the somewhat Patriot offense to 3 first half points. Cam Newton looked solid completing 11 for 17 passes and throwing for 142 yards. Garrett Gilbert completed 5 for 9 passes for a mere 46 yards and a touchdown. Tom Brady looked like his usual midseason form completing 12 for...

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How the Red Sox are Solving their Injury Problems

With a fair amount of talent currently on the disabled list, how is this team filling the absences? How are these “role players” preforming under the pressure of expectations from Boston fans and media? In recent weeks the Red Sox have placed numerous everyday players on the disabled list. The versatility of the bench was questioned, and put to the test. How have these players preformed? What will their roles look like once these players come back from injury at full strength? The starting rotation It’s no secret that the starting rotation has taken a beating this season. Despite...

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Comparing The 2003 Red Sox to The 2018 Red Sox

While nearly 15 years has separated these two teams, there are a lot of similarities between them. With what appears to be two different ages of baseball, what can we take away from the ages? The opening day lineups. In 2003, The opening day lineup looked like this. 1. Johnny Damon CF, 2. Todd Walker 2B, 3. Nomar Garciaparra SS, 4. Manny Ramirez LF, 5. Kevin Millar 1B, 6. Shea Hillenbrand 3B, 7. Jeremy Giambi DH, 8. Trot Nixon RF, 9. Jason Varitek C Starting Pitcher Pedro Martinez. This lineup had it all.  They had key veteran players to...

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Red Sox Predicted Playoff Roster

With the MLB Playoff races still heating up, the Red Sox are guaranteed a spot in the hunt for October.  Who will be on the playoff roster? While there are 40 games still to be played, the hunt for October glory has already crossed the minds of fans nationwide.  The postseason roster will look very similar to the active roster, but there will be some shake ups in my predictions. Starting rotation: 1. Chris Sale: The Cy Young award candidate will be the ace of this team in the playoffs. While he has had more rest under new manager...

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What Could a Mookie Betts Extension Look Like?

The Red Sox are most certainly going to re-open extension talks with the All-Star right fielder. What could a potential extension look like? With free agency about the blow up the entire landscape of the MLB for the foreseeable future, could the Red Sox make an unprecedented move? If so, what could shake up things for the next decade? Extending All-Star and MVP candidate Mookie Betts! The five-tool player has shown flashes of greatness. When will Betts get paid? His career numbers as of now indicate his game is only trending upward. He sports a career .301 batting average, with...

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Can The Red Sox Get To 116 Wins?

While the Red Sox have an unprecedented 85-35 win loss record, can they catch up to a record only two teams have ever achieved before? 116 wins, something only two teams have ever won that many games in a single season. The 2001 Seattle Mariners and the 1906 Chicago Cubs. The only difference… the 1906 Cubs played 152 games that year. This 2018 Red Sox team currently holds a .708 win percentage, however, there are still 42 games to be played. The path to 116 With 42 games left in the regular season, the Red Sox would have to...

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The Atmosphere At Fenway Is Better Than Ever

I was in attendance with a packed house full of fans from both teams on Sunday’s 5-4 comeback win against the New York Yankees. The atmosphere was electric. Both Masahiro Tanaka and David Price looked good in the beginning, which led to chatter from both fans. After Mookie Betts hit a solo shot over the monster in the 5th inning, Sox fans had plenty to celebrate. After the 4-run 7th inning, Yankee fans tried to get a ” Let’s go Yankees” chant. But, the Sox fans quickly overwhelmed them. Late Game Emotions The crowd got a little thinner after...

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Nathan Eovaldi Impresses In First Red Sox Start

In his first career start for the Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi impresses as the Red Sox beat the Twin 3-0. In his first start since being traded from the Tampa Bay Rays last week for P Jaylen Beeks, Nathan Eovaldi left nothing but good impressions. Through seven innings of work, he tossed 82 pitches. Allowing zero walks, and five strikeouts on 4 hits and zero runs of baseball for the right hander. He pitched very well in front of the Fenway faithful. ” Was very good.” Good mix of pitches, cutters, four-seamers, breaking ball. He was very efficient. [I] took...

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Dave Dombrowski Has Killed The Farm System

With only two prospects in the top 100, Dave’s win now philosophy has killed the backup plan If we cannot resign all these players. Yes, Dave Dombrowski has brought in some serious talent to Boston over the years, but we simply cannot resign them all. Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel has done astonishingly well thus far, but what about the Drew Pomeranz, Carson Smith, and Tyler Thornburg? While Losing big name prospects such as: Anderson Espinoza, Travis Shaw, Manuel Margot, and Mauricio Dubon. Not saying these trades weren’t beneficial, but with the cap room looking tight already, it is...

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The Biggest Flaw For Rafael Devers

The young third baseman has been exceptional since his debut, but there is one thing holding him back. Since his major league debut, Rafael Devers has shown the league his raw power, ability to spray the ball to either side of the field, and make some amazing catches at the hot corner. There’s always been a hole in his game, his arm. He showed this again last night, a throwing error on an easy toss to Mitch Moreland at first. This was his 20th error on the season. A show of display Red Sox fans have grown to see...

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Predictions For The Second Half For The Red Sox

After an astonishingly great first half that gave the Red Sox a 68-30 record to go along with a 4.5 game lead over New York, what can we expect during the second half of the year? After a well needed all star break, the remaining 64 games are approaching fast. As the team looks to keep their lead over the rival Yankees, here are some predictions for this second half. Red Sox win their division. While the race will be heated up, this back and fourth race will come down to versatility. Something New York doesn’t have a whole...

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Should The Red Sox Target Marcus Stroman? By: @porchie16

With the Sox and Yankees in a heated battle down the stretch, the team could use a fiery player who could preform under pressure. While the Red Sox have the best record in baseball, there’s always room for improvement. Marcus Stroman is the difference maker. While having a down season, the 27 year old duke alumni sports a 2-6 record with a 5.11 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. We have seen the downward trend, but he brings intensity and fire every time he steps on to the mound.  He has had some time on the disabled list this season. Hitting the 10 day DL twice so far this season. We have seen him at his most dominant. Who could forget his electric game for team USA in their 8-0 victory against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC title game. He threw 6 innings of one hit baseball with three punch outs. ( along with a shimmy or two) It was his coming out game for sure. There is also some unrest between him and his current team the Toronto Blue Jays. After heading to arbitration and losing his case, he still is making a solid $6.5 million this season. A modest salary for a solid middle of the rotation guy.  He is arbitration eligible through the 2020 season. Becoming an unrestricted free agent after 2021. Having...

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Jimmy Butler To The Celtics Makes Too Much Sense

With the Warriors beefing up their already stacked team, It’s time for Danny Ainge and company to revisit an old friend. As Adrian Wojnarowski reported, Jimmy Butler and all star point guard Kyrie Irving would like to team up at some point. With the east looking like a one team race, it’s up to the Boston Celtics to bring banner 18 home. The question is, what would a trade package look like?The most obvious piece to first go is Jaylen Brown. He is a very physical guy who runs the floor, and plays somewhat solid defense. Here’s where it...

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The Curious Case Of JBJ

While struggling offensively for what seems like forever, the once touted college prospect in Jackie Bradley Jr. has had an interesting career thus far. How much longer will JBJ be a red sox? In college, Jackie Bradley jr was known already for stellar defense, bit his offensive prowess stood out. In his 172 game career with the South Carolina Gamecocks, he had a .331 average with 30 homeruns and 133 rbis to go along with 17 stolen bases and 218 hits. Then he was the 40th pick in the mlb draft. He has had these stints before. Then sent...

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The Craig Kimbrel Conundrum

A depleted farm system, a costly contract among the horizon, what do the Red Sox do about Craig Kimbrel? With this being the last year before free agency, Where do the crossroads line up for Craig Kimbrel? The all star closer is in line for a huge payday potentially earning over $100 million contract. This could go down one of three ways: 1. Sign him in hopes of a team discount/ pay what he wants. 2. Trade him at the deadline to get something out of him. 3. he walks on his own. Either way, The Red Sox need...

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Eduardo Rodriguez Has Finally Earned His Spot

After what seemed to be a very rugged two and a half seasons, Eduardo Rodriguez has finally proved that he can be a stable option. Question is, how long can he achieve this? The Red Sox will be 13-1 when Eduardo Rodriguez stats bearing they hold on to their 9-2 lead in tonight’s game. With that being said, it has been a long and bumpy ride during his tenure with the team. Since the 2014 trade that sent him here for Andrew Miller, he’s posted a 28-21 record with a 4.13 era to go along with 429 strikeouts in...

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Who Can Trade For Kawhi Leonard

With the finals MVP and defensive player of the year requesting a trade, the news and speculation of Kawhi Leonard’s impending future looms a huge topic before free agency. When news spread about all star Kawhi Leonard requesting to be traded, speculation of many teams came into fruition.  With breaking news such as this, this could shake up the free agency plans of almost every team. The longer this holds off, the better the potential return. Here are some projected trades for the all star. Los Angeles Lakers receive: Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills  San Antonio Spurs receive: Lonzo Ball,...

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MLB Al and Nl All Star Ballot Update

In the first of three ballot updates before the big all star game, let’s see who holds the edge, and who gets snubbed after update 1. In the National league’s first ballot update, the Atlanta Braves stood out by far. Having three players leading in the votes thus far. Here’s how the ballot is shaping up after the first ballot update. First Base: Freddie Freeman ( 633,342 votes)                                                               ...

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A Letter to Hanley Ramirez, From Red Sox Nation!

With the untimely departure of the fan favorite, the memories will last for a lifetime. With the injury prone Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup, ( so they thought) Hanley Ramirez was officially released. After not finding a trade partner within the last 7 days after being designated for assignment, Red Sox nation had to say goodbye. While we can’t say for sure how this all plays out, one thing for sure is he captivated the audiences at Fenway park as we all knew he would. For the fans, El Trece kept the fans smiling. Hanley, this part is...

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