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Kevin Millar, MLB Network, says the Red Sox are lucky to be in a bad division, 6-27-14

Jun 27, 2014|

As he does every Friday, Kevin Millar joins MFB to talk baseball. The Sox are still struggling, Stephen Drew is feeling the pressure of his contract, Pedroia is under-performing, and the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury can't be overlooked.

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Exhausted after going back and forth on the air over the soccer today. Given -- terrific work to break. It's one of those moments label everybody was watching on the cameras there are rare moments were actually want people watching on these cameras. But during the commercial break. This fast break I was hoping people log on WEEI dot com and watching in studio cameras. As Lewis and how. Passionately try to get Christian understand. The point system argument soccer news nationally joining the other way and defend that point it was still. Most important it is it's going to be in law upon further review yes upon further review upon further -- a lot style Howell outlaws. Reformer and Kevin Millar on the line and -- kid Jolie's trying to. -- Kevin understand -- coming from open things up here because I think Kevin is. Wobbled -- going to agree with you about ties vs. Wins in soccer or let's let's bring Kevin on right now is a World Cup analyst it Kevin -- -- former Red Sox stars are World Cup analysts. Kevin thank you for joining us first volley and go like Christian you wanna set up camp with what -- complains about the World Cup soccer system. Don't want the whole segment to be soccer know regardless of the long discussion and I'm sure that everybody readers guide readers' eyes his first year. The quick reader's digest version is based on what I see with soccer. It's all based on points or so with that. The main keys to get as many points as you can so you can get points by winning losing and tying. Wins and losses aren't as -- aren't as important as they should be. That's it breakdown we think Kevin. Very -- stuff yeah I know they -- -- make -- that ball goal such as much about soccer. Torture played soccer -- bigger stronger legs my -- -- were terrible. I tried -- Modano and he's great that -- reports let's get the some baseball because the Red Sox. Are you what he would like 79 games into it 83 to go gap in the very patients will open not exactly always patient fans of the Sox out of this thing. -- yeah -- little but they're not and a great position a -- nearly as good teams they were last year and you know a lot for all right. They face jail -- bought some Iraq as tight runs are gonna have to do. Like I told you guys you know I probably focus that. The good news as you know. -- -- -- -- Other average clubs that -- great -- spectacular spectacular but as -- start getting all the political well Annika but of course or older. Are the same team athletic in -- but their pitching. At the end of the day the Yankees are on -- put your -- Their Red Sox had a special year last right and -- up because it like it that bad angle effect now. It was especially here it was just in the cart it was what what are. They're not as great as the club and that's why they're reaching better hurt victory L got -- injury buckle. You got. -- -- -- I'll let you draw the ball great at all all great but. Bases better Buehrle got -- issue at shortstop that you made an issue I don't know I mean -- it's they're they're battle -- Him -- this from intentional talk in the MLB network Kevin. It talked about some of the struggles of these guys and it extends not just from the outfield which we talked about at great length but. Also you gotta look at where things are on the left side of the infield with Stephen Drew -- -- forced help a little bit particularly on defense but some profits too and Sander Borg -- has kind of gotten worse as the season has gotten along here. Is he affected do you think at the plate mentally by the position change that's been theorized and wanted to think there's any merit to that. There could be you put pressure on yourself as a player there's they're that there are some pressure moving. To a position may be -- you're not real -- -- you know Jerry. That's why I just I didn't understand a couple of your true. I heard -- that. You know Iraq applicants but glaring issue in my eyes and made that you can use that I'm -- you hold on all our react but he's still and going. It -- offensively and defensively. -- Bryant are still working daily. He's gonna get better at all ever prepare early Albert actually you. You know -- given that job baker let him grow. Well let him grow on me by Chemical -- they expect a lot of money -- -- wouldn't and it got little or third and so the pressure that we put on. Ourselves as players yes maybe that respect all but you know it's not the way you like eat don't take it to the opposite side or vice Versa. Well you know what what we're stretched it -- All athletes and it's not the highest level the world out there is pressure. I -- so what about a Dustin Pedroia seems like he's -- a mini slump of his own you know space it especially when you look at his. His lifetime 300 innings his bat in batting average is down is is on base percentage is down is running. Runners in scoring position batting is down. -- did it looks like he's hurt them I make it to about looking too much into this is -- you know what you think he needs to do to kind of work his way out of this. Only struggle and I -- struggle in the one thing about Dustin Pedroia we're talking about -- -- -- It can set when he hit 653. Homers and whatever. You know you overlook a look at where you're good at bat he battled equalize the all people eat -- -- deep threat so. Well we all struggle. Level at some point a career Dustin Pedroia the last forty years it's like -- has gone down you know you look at all the numbers. And that day I would -- -- in my foxhole he gave a week. Well I felt there about the struggle but yet you struggle you cap at all offer out no doubt about it. It is standards is an MVP a silver slugger all our rookie year. So that ball out but hey if I do if you -- 78 and picked back grinding it out and you're not a -- that your pitcher. But the numbers are they're forgotten Pedroia that ballot. -- -- you love Jake Peavy -- Jake Peavy be you know you look at these kids Workman tiller roast of the way to thrown a ball. You Apocalypse Now back and work he would do brown looks like he's in the pen but who knows he might get some starts and we're talking about the get a -- -- -- as an April. What point do you sit there and say we have got to play it pits the guys that we think can help us win and find a way to get all these young kids with the -- -- -- well. In this rotation. There are little regret that decision at third -- put their heads together as an evil wherever however make these decisions because. This game's about production and take the country knows that and become built like or you know what. India tradable game or the Red -- Saturday -- like respect. Around the great thing we talk about -- -- talk shows and TV but. -- the Red Sox think there you know they are you know like the Philadelphia Phillies -- -- quote could be a bit. They're in last place extra apple every game they are both like there -- a lot trouble like seems like there aren't too close to sell and Iraq sucks or that. That -- like to pick on another. Couple bad series run then you don't wanna be all out out there out that you're still in right but you could order around this. 6789. Game out in the and at that point you know Jake Peavy and -- stop or wherever -- It's basically what's best for the Red -- I don't think you're now the visit to worry about everybody -- but Jake Peavy back right now a hundred. Ultimately familiar pretty epic struggle with he has ordered the last ten or eleven starts and not what can get me as he or alliance. But at candidates are also in you know what you're. -- -- such where -- -- with a son an FB's in New York for Red Sox vs the Yankees intentional talk the MLB network. Kevin we had your former teammate Pedro Martinez on the program yesterday and he said if you play ball you can tell that this team is tired there a little tired. And he talked about how they over achieve last year and they pushed things. Deep into October is that something that the Red Sox should be using as an excuse or maybe not excuse the -- the -- -- an explanation -- a fair explanation or not. Yeah you get tired mentally picture trying to keep that same slugger Cadillac sure yet. The green there -- -- but it's our blue you are struggling coming. Illegal -- last year. It and can you talk about me again I'm not not all sit back and the year he -- -- -- Well we got caught -- for the first month but I like things are -- different you know if -- hurt really hurt our ball club. Try your outfield. You know try to -- situation Jackie Bradley. Well. As a at all practically consistently who really are you you're you're you're colloquial bury. Say what you want you here. Portland but we got guys that feel that your career hitter accurate he trigger himself. You know there's a lot of things like got to go right to win a champ you guys and there are a lot of great things like the walker a year away Accenture. Right now the Red Sox might be higher -- at bat like you know bottle. And ultimately they did over achieved last year and that's okay we're all about we Robert -- or or better yankees. We just over achieved with our part and our alliance. This is what are reps are gonna compare and in the -- like who is this club where we want results future because I just think their lack some star power. You -- this at the Sox are a you know fall back even more when they are saying that a month from now right before that trade deadline. The Red Sox -- think -- position do you review them really and as sellers -- all to be more of already starting to build for the following year. You know it's a great question what you delicate this division I think all year the east. It's gonna go down to the wire so they that's where they got to really sit back and say. Do we -- do we attack that we try to get. You know a big name player to go -- -- outfield or whatever big need an article you know what it Napoli and Ortiz a week. My decision get that part like who you chase right. If you chase a lot better doctors and they are not and I tapped out on the you're not about the Dodgers. Every -- actress Kirk are great yet Lowell Beckett fraud and you know real. But when your trade the bloated I think go if you call because they have proven that they could win the EXL all -- And so I think that's what -- the -- up hope an -- Orioles and blue -- arbitration or not ten and a half games back behind me. Darren thanks -- the time we appreciate the World Cup analysis and -- down. Space for agree with me so much and I got -- let -- Gabbert leg -- -- -- a cap was in Seattle good. -- them are -- and Cecil talk and MLB network he's in New York for Red Sox vs yankees on the whole series a year. A WEI.

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