Thursday, October 6, 2016

Two More Trades Bring Me More Wantlist Hits

Nothing real exciting here as I am eagerly anticipating tonight's Game 1 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Indians.  Just more stuff from my wantlist.
 1.  Mookie Betts.  Betts has to be a strong contender for the AL MVP this year.  He hit more than 30 home runs, drove in more than 100, scored more than 100, had more than 200 hits, stole more than 25 bases, and played terrific defense.  He is one of the best all-around players in the game.

2.  Craig Kimbrel.  He had some issues in the last week of the season, but was mostly solid all the way around.  It will be interesting to see how he does in the postseason.

3.  David Price.  He will be starting Game 2 tomorrow night.  His season was not quite up to his usual standards, but he won 17, struck out 228 and led the league in innings pitched.  His ERA was just a little high and he gave up too many home runs.

4.  Roniel Raudes.  I am excited about this kid.  He is currently my favorite Red Sox pitching prospect.  He had a second consecutive strong season and he is still just 18 years old.

5.  Brian Johnson.  I am looking forward to him taking a step forward next season.  He is a left-handed control pitcher and could be eyeing a starting slot next season.

6.  Henry Owens.  He took a big step backwards this year, but one need only look to Boston's Drew Pomeranz to find a highly-touted lefty pitcher who struggled for a few seasons before putting it all together.

7.  Babe Ruth.  I love it when cards of Ruth appear for the Red Sox.  Just love it.
8.  Craig Kimbrel.

9.  David Ortiz.  As usual, an Ortiz sneaks in.  This is his last postseason and he has historically been a very good performer on the big stage.

10.  Carl Yastrzemski.  Yaz was previously considered Boston's best clutch performer as he had terrific showings in the 1967 and 1975 World Series, as well as multiple All Star games.

11.  David Price.

12.  Carl Yastrzemski.

13.  David Ortiz.

14.  Ted Williams.  Williams on the other hand, was often lambasted in the press for not playing well under pressure.  He was injured in the 1946 World Series though, so that is not all his fault.  That is the typical time period that is brought up.

Go Red Sox.

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