Bedard’s Daily Briefing 08.20.19: Does Chris Sale’s injury change all that much for these Sox? Julian Edelman in, Ryan Allen out

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder how much worse this season could get for Dave Dombrowski...

  • It's never good when you lose your ace, but I have to ask this question: With how Chris Sale has pitched this season and that he was basically a relief pitcher/opener last postseason, are the Red Sox' playoff hopes really all that dimmed without Sale?
  • Obviously I know having "Chris Sale" boosts anyone, but when was the last time he was a Cy Young candidate? Middle of last year?
  • I don't care what anyone says, this has to be related to the injury from last year when they decided rest was the right path. Offseason surgery wouldn't have helped?
  • Julian Edelman is back off PUP. Right on schedule.
  • Ryan Allen was released. This was coming for a while. They traded up into the fifth round for Jake Bailey, and his leg is just unreal.
  • Josh Gordon was visible at the Patriots. No surprise. I expect him to be activated on Friday or Saturday.
  • I have the feeling Bill Belichick is testing Jarrett Stidham, and Mike Vrabel might have helped him out in that regard.
  • Plus all the bells and whistles: unit grades, game chart, 3 up/3 down for the offense.
  • I'm ready to see some starters in action.

Time to hit the links...


Bedard’s Breakdown (offense): Was Belichick trying to test Stidham with an assist from Vrabel?
Completed Q&A: Bedard on Patriots/NFL 08.19.19


5 thoughts on Chris Sale dodging surgery – Hold the victory lap on second-guessing the extension
Live Q & A: Chat Red Sox and MLB with Sean McAdam, Tuesday at 5 p.m.


Team USA Notebook: Marcus Smart returns to practice, Jayson Tatum on learning to sacrifice
Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams score high in rookie survey
Winning Plays Podcast: August Grab bag


BSJ Match #26 Breakdown & Review: Revolution 1, Red Bulls 1 – Tactical changes salvage point



5 p.m.BSJ Live Q&A — McAdam on Red Sox/MLB
7 p.m.: MLB — Phillies at Red Sox (NESN)
7:30 p.m.: LLWS — Rhode Island vs. New Jersey (ESPN)

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Jimmy's on his way to being the Patriots' starter in 2020 #allpartofthemasterplan ...


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