Monday Replay: Patriots Escape, Red Sox Series Bound, and Bruins Struggling Are The Talk of the City

Monday_Replay_Header_FullSize

It’s another Monday and another look back on the sports happenings people are talking about. It’s football season, so once again we’ll start with the New England Patriots 38-31 victory over the Chicago Bears.

I’m sure it’s possible to play worse and still win the game, but for my health’s sake I’d rather not see it. To list the things the Patriots did wrong on Sunday would fill a column of its own, so suffice it to say that they’ll need to improve on just about everything if they want to keep beating good teams.

All one needs to do is look at the final play of the game where the New England defense couldn’t knock down a 55 yard Hail Mary pass from Michael Trubisky to Kevin White but somehow was able to tackle white short of the goal line to preserve the win.

The victory did come with a potentially significant cost as running back Sony Michel had to be helped off the field with what looked like a serious knee injury.

*****

The Boston Red Sox have made it to the World Series despite their pitching issues as of late. The good news is it appears that Craig Kimbrel’s issues was that he was tipping his pitches. Former Red Sox closer Eric Gagne apparently noticed and texted Sox Manager Alex Cora. Based on Kimbrel’s performance Thursday night the advice worked.

Boston will be taking on the LA Dodgers in the World Series, which means I missed both of my predictions as I guessed it would be Houston vs Milwaukee for the title when the playoffs started. I did get two of the final four, which is better than usual for me.

With the Dodgers heading to town it will be interesting to see what kind of reception LA Manager Dave Roberts gets. I would expect he’ll initially get a standing ovation from the crowd based on his past red So history, but once the games start I don’t expect to remain a fan favorite, at least until the series is over.

Pitching will again be the key, and readers already know my expectations on Chris Sale and David Price. Truth be told I’m hoping in the end everyone gives me hell for how wrong I was when the two lead the Sox to the World Series title.

*****

The Boston Bruins are done with their western Canada trip, going a slightly unimpressive 0-1-2 over the three games. They probably should have won the games in Edmonton and Vancouver, although the points for overtime losses are better than nothing.

Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have split the goaltending chores, but I’m a firm believer teams should pick a definitive starter and go with him. I’m hoping Head Coach Bruce Cassidy goes back to riding Rask a bit to get the team back on track.

But it wasn’t the goaltenders that scored just five goals in the three games. The offense is a lot better than they’ve showed as of late, and it absolutely needs to get back on track if the team has any plans to go deep into the playoffs.

*****

The Boston Celtics went 2-1 last week, and I watched absolutely none of it. So they’re almost not worth having a section for. I either have to watch more, which at this point seems unlikely, or find someone to either tell me what’s happening or write the section themselves.

*****

Both the Worcester Railers and Worcester Blades had their home openers this past weekend. We had full coverage of the games here on 210Sports. You can check out those article from out front page or from the menus on the right side of this page.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Monday:
Celtics vs Orlandp, NBCSB, 7:30pm

Tuesday:
Bruins a Ottawa, NESN, 7:30pm
Red Sox vs Dodgers, FOX, 8pm

Wednesday:
Railers at Adirondack, 98.9FM, 7pm
Red Sox vs Dodgers, FOX, 8pm

Thursday:
Bruins vs Philadelphia, NESN, 7pm
Celtics at Oklahoma City, TNT, 8pm

Friday:
Railers at Manchester, 98.9FM, 7pm
Red Sox at Dodgers, FOX, 8pm

Saturday:
Blades vs Calgary, no TV/radio, 6pm
Bruins vs Montreal, NESN, 7pm
Celtics at Detroit, NBCSB, 7pm
Railers at Adirondack, 98.9FM, 7pm
Red Sox at Dodgers, FOX, 8pm

Sunday:
Blades vs Calgary, no TV/Radio, 12:30pm
Revolution vs Montreal, NBCSB, 4:30pm
Red Sox at Dodgers, FOX, 8pm (If necessary)

*****

If you liked this article it would be great if you shared it on your social media.

For local sports tidbits during the week you can follow me at @210Darryl on Twitter or email me at (using anti-spam measures) darryl at 210sportsblog dot com. Feel free to pass along any news and/or links you’d like, but remember if you have protected your tweets and I don’t follow you I won’t be able to see you tweet at me.

-30-

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s