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VOTE: Should the Red Sox Fire John Farrell?

13 Octubre 2017

"I mean, if you look around here and look at the names, we have a lot of guys coming back", Sale said after the 5-4 loss Monday.

Houston will make its first appearance in a Championship Series since beating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games in 2005 when the Astros played in the National League.

Benintendi's bomb in the fifth gave Boston the lead, and with their own ace Chris Sale also pitching in a long relief role, and throwing like the Cy Young candidate fans saw for most of the year, it looked like a game five in Houston would be necessary. I guess it probably won't play out that way; the Red Sox, despite the disappointment that comes with the end, are built to go farther than they did this year.

Astros Game 3 starter Brad Peacock earned some valuable experience at Fenway Park as he pitched against the Red Sox on September 28 and allowed two runs in five innings. Carlos Beltran gave the Astros the insurance run they needed with an RBI-double in the 9th inning, but Boston wasn't done fighting.

For a little extra lemon juice in the paper cut, the RBI single that proved to be the eventual game winning hit that Kimbrel yielded was to former Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick.

Sale was sharp before giving up Bregman's leadoff homer in the eighth. It's not easy finding the right guy, especially for a tough town like Boston. But at the end of the day, this was a team that was too preoccupied with what was going on outside of the clubhouse, too obsessed with pointing fingers and avoiding admission of failure. Of course, Boston's counter is that third baseman Rafael Devers stopped moving towards the ball after the interference and had a noticeable pause in throwing it in once he did pick it up. It is the 19th ejection of his career. "We worked hard. came down to the wire, it was a close game. this one definitely sucks".

Verlander also beat Sale in the playoff opener and is now 7-0 for his new team. Betts, the AL MVP runner-up in 2016, batted.264 with 24 home runs and 102 RBIs in 2017. This scored Cameron Maybin, who was running for Gattis.

John Farrell is familiar with the extremes that come with being the manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Ownership and Dombrowski decided in the offseason to get back below the luxury-tax threshold and never adequately replaced the retired David Ortiz. Fans were calling for his head on Twitter (#firefarrell had become a common hashtag), but Manager John - as lefty David Price has taken to calling him - was never in any real danger of losing his job.

Then there were some of the forgotten hitters in the Astros lineup.

Bird helped the Yankees force Game 4 on Monday when he lifted a fastball on a 1-1 count from left-hander Andrew Miller into the second deck in right field. He used Eduardo Nunez over Hanley Ramirez as the Game 1 designated hitter, even though Nunez had two at-bats in the past month because of a sprained knee ligament.

If Bogaerts isn't going to develop into a legitimate power bat, then it could be time to package him for someone with more pop. Giancarlo Stanton is not at all realistic in that scenario, but someone who hits, say, 25-30 home runs would at least be a better option in the lineup than Bogaerts slapping singles.

Devers or Benintendi could be the players that draw the most interest, but there's little reason to definitively believe that either of them couldn't eventually be part of a championship team. They managed only four line drives in the four games. We have many other ways to create runs, " teammate Jason Kipnis said.

The Red Sox got the next out, but went into the bottom of the eighth trailing, 4-3. Kai Forbath's 26 yard field goal in the closing seconds after an interception sealed the win for the Vikings. We know we can do this and keep it rolling.

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