Caesars Palace released updated World Series odds Thursday afternoon following Wednesday's MLB Trade Deadline and the Red Sox saw their odds fall. Boston's odds dropped from 20/1 to 25/1 after an uneventful trade deadline from general manager Dave Dombrowski. The Astros and Dodgers were tied atop the list with the best odds at 11/4.
The Red Sox starter has recently seen his ERA, which was already sub-par for his standards, balloon to 5.61 before his victory and quality start last night against the Yankees. This season has also been historically bad for Porcello, with his walks per 9 the highest it has ever been since his rookie season in 2009, when he was 21 years old. Hitters are averaging in the low .280s against Porcello, and the former Cy Young award winner is not blaming his contract situation for his poor performance. That being said, what is driving his poor performance? There are no extreme shifts in performance, but there are a couple of indications as to his recent downgrade.
Brandon Workman surely had his work cut out for him, throwing 45 pitches in a 1.2 inning save appearance last night against the Toronto Blue Jays in order to escape with a one-run victory after leading by three.
Dave Dombrowski answered the pleading voices/prayers of Red Sox nation by acquiring veteran righty Andrew Cashner on Saturday. However his Fenway Park debut against Toronto didn't go as expected.
After getting embarrassed in front of an international television audience in London, the Red Sox flew back to the USA with their tails between their legs to finish the first "half" of the season with two road series in Toronto and Detroit. The chance to lick their wounds and pick up some wins against two of the worst teams in the league would normally look good on paper, but given how this season's squad tends to play down to the level of their competition and hasn't always faced adversity head-on, I had no assumptions as the games started.
After allowing five runs to cross against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, Chris Sale describes his latest first-half struggle as "absolutely embarrassing".
This was a rather short week for the Red Sox: three games at home against the Chicago White Sox to wrap up their homestand and then two days off to travel to London to face the New York Yankees for two "home" games. Last week was disappointing after it started so strongly and the Sox found themselves even further behind the Yankees in the AL East than they were when it started. With two games against their rivals to end this week, I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this week could determine whether they still have a shot to win the division.
The Red Sox had a stellar week last week and came into this one on a five-game winning streak. It didn't look like it was going to get any easier with a tough road series in Minnesota against the league-leading Twins. However, after that they had three games at home against a bad Blue Jays team; the hope was that they could take a game or two against the Twins and then sweep Toronto to pick up some more ground or at least keep pace in the AL East. With the midway point of the season fast approaching, I was hopeful we'd finally get a clearer picture of what kind of the team the wildly inconsistent 2019 Red Sox really are.
"Are You Even A Real Fan?"; Verbally Assaulted In Broad Daylight During Last Night's Crap-Show Of A Red Sox Game
While watching the first major league start of a young player whose name I can't even pronounce, along with a bullpen stacked with names I've never even heard of, some lunatic bozo of a fan dared to verbally assault me last night. Weak move for this non-sensical lady to kick me while I'm down and ask if I'm "a real fan". Here's what happened: