MLB.com’s top-ranked prospect, Yoan Moncada, will be in a Red Sox uniform on Friday. All indications are that his role will be far greater than anticipated.
The Boston Red Sox are a team in need of a powerful jolt, as they have emerged triumphant in only 25 of the 46 games they have participated in since the mid-summer classic. They are treading water, making little progress in catching the Toronto Blue Jays, a team that seemingly never loses.
On Friday, the Sox will embark on a nine-game road trip that begins out west, and will be playing 19 of their September contests away from Fenway Park. In addition, home is not the safe haven it appeared to be for the Red Sox earlier in the season, as exemplified by winning just three of six home games against Tampa and Kansas City on this past mini-homestand.
In addition, it is difficult to win games when the two worst relievers in the entire state of Massachusetts, Little League included, are pitching in high-leverage situations as they did yesterday. If the reader is unaware of whom I am referencing, the citation of some statistics should make it crystal clear.
I will list the August statistics accumulated by these two pitchers and this should remove all doubt as to their identities. In August, these run faucets have been on the mound for 19.1 innings. In those innings, 27 runs have scored (17 ER and 10 IR), 5 HR belted, 26 Hits laced, and 11 Bases on Balls issued.
The schedule, the bullpen disarray, and an attempt to supercharge the offense are all contributing factors in the seemingly premature arrival of baseball’s top prospect.
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