Anthony Ranaudo Makes Texas Debut

Anthony Ranaudo

During the off season, in the wake of all the acquisitions to this years pitching staff, general manager Ben Cherington made the move to trade away 25-year-old Anthony Ranaudo to the Texas Rangers. Boston acquired left-handed specialist, Robbie Ross Jr. in return from Texas.

The Ranaudo trade to Texas caught a lot of Boston fans by surprise. Anthony Ranaudo ranked in Anthony Ranaudothe top-three of pitching prospects in the Red Sox organization and seemed to be on the rise. Ranaudo was outstanding in 2014 while pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox, posting a 14-4 record to compliment a 2.61 ERA en route to International Pitcher of the Year honors. Ranaudo also had a nasty curveball—winning best curve ball in the Boston Red Sox organization for two straight years. Ranaudo got some brief time with the MLB club down the stretch, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.

Ranaudo’s brief struggles in the show weren’t necessarily the reason he was dealt, but more or so the reason of where does he fit in? Boston was able to bring in veteran starters, Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson and Wade Miley in the offseason leaving no room for Ranaudo in the rotation. Boston also has top-tier prospects named Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Matt Barnes knocking on the door so, in the big scheme of things, Ranaudo didn’t have a spot; Boston had a need for a left-handed reliever.

Ranaudo made his first start for a depleted Ranger rotation on Wednesday as he was opposed by Hector Santiago of the Los Angeles Angels. He would only go 1.2 innings in this one, allowing six hits, six runs to go with a 1-1 strikeout to walk ratio.

After a relatively smooth first inning, Ranaudo struggled heavily in the second. David Freese’s single to center lead to a Chris Iannetta walk, followed by a walk soon after- making it bases loaded with one-out. Angels second baseman, Johnny Giavotella, would deliver the big blower with a liner to left field scoring two and it would just get worse from there. Los Angeles was able to tack on four more runs off of Ranaudo en route to a 10-2 win.

Obviously Ranaudo wasn’t as prepared for this start as he would have liked to have been. It’s also obvious that he still needs some work down in the minor leagues before he can come up and make that impact the Rangers need him to make.

2014 Angels Season Eerily Similar to 2013 Red Sox

2014 AngelsThe Boston Red Sox suffered yet another defeat at the hands of the first-place Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night by crushing fashion. Koji Uehara, arguably the game’s best reliever over the past two seasons, endured the loss after surrendering a go-ahead, game-winning Chris Iannetta double to left field.

With the loss, Boston fell thirteen games under .500 and if it wasn’t out of the question already, their postseason aspirations dwindled even more.

I mean, wow, what a difference just one year can make. This time last year (August 20th) the Red Sox, at 74-54, were twenty games above the .500 threshold.

Meanwhile, the Angels, with the victory Tuesday, advanced to 74-50 on the season, twenty-four games over .500. Oddly enough, the Angels at this point in time last season were 55-70, fifteen games under .500.

The Red Sox and Angels essentially switched places from ’13 to ’14. Boston was coming off an abysmal and disappointing year in 2012, but ’13 was a very different story; one which ended with John Farrell and Co. hoisting a World Series Championship Trophy over their shoulders.

The Angels, on the other hand, were horrendous and failed (and that’s understating it) to live up to the expectations set for them at the onset of the beginning of last season. They didn’t make big improvements in the offseason following the disappointing season, and most experts, like they did with the Red Sox pre-2013, predicted the Angels would finish somewhere around the .500 mark.

Oh, how wrong they were in both instances. Boston, as aforementioned, went on to win the World Series, and the Angels this year, though the season is far from over, have the best record in all of baseball.

Their story-lines are eerily similar, but before we can proclaim this “a weird coincidence,” the Angels are tasked with prevailing in the crap shoot known as the Major League Baseball Playoffs. If they somehow manage to win it all this season, then, well, their scripts get borderline identical.