Bruins should play nobody in playoffs!

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Bruins should play nobody in playoffs!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Bruins officially clinched a playoff spot in Sundays win over the Filthadelphia Flyers and you would assume fans would be happy. Nope. Instead, theyre arguing about who the Bruins do NOT want to face. Yeah.

Pop on Twitter, Facebook, any Bruins message board, etc and youll see a bunch of this.

The Bruins dont want to face the Canadiens in the first round!

Boston definitely doesnt want to see the Rangers in the first round!

Ummm then who do they want to see? Youre kind of running out of playoff teams here.

Unfortunately for the Bruins and fans alike, they cant simply skip to the Stanley Cup Finals. They have to face SOMEONE in the first road.

If the Rangers and the stupid Canadiens are out, that leaves precious few options here Boston. Here are a few teams the Bruins might want to see in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning

They currently sit 5th in the Eastern Conference so depending on if they fall in the standings the Bruins might see them.

So why would the Bruins want to see Tampa Bay? Tampa Bay doesnt even have ice like ever so if the Bruins met them in the first round in April their players would be absolutely stunned by the hard slippery water on the playing surface that time of year.

Plus prior to the season everyone labeled Seguin as the next Stamkos without letting the kid even play one game. But if you notice Seguin wears 19 and Stamkos wears 91. Coincidence.or inside man for the Bruins?!?!!?

Buffalo Sabres

Why wouldnt the Bruins want to face Buffalo in the first round? The underdog Bruins beat them in the first round last year, defeating eventual Vezina winner Ryan Miller and making the entire city of Buffalo say a few boo hoos.

Bruins have an advantage over Buffalo for multiple reasons. First, Buffalo is so dumb and boring that their players are half asleep by game time.

Second, their coach, fans and players are constantly crying about everything ever that it is super hard for them to see through all their tears. Ryan Miller cant stop goals with all those tears in his eyes and Lindy Ruff cant coach if hes always blowing his nose. Cry babies. Bruins win.

The Mighty Ducks

The Ducks are a team is disarray. Fulton Reed has been suspended the rest of the season for strangling a fan with his bandana, effectively eliminating the potency of the Bash Brothers.

Adam Banks collided with a turnbuckle against Boston last month and may miss the rest of the season. Or watch a movie and come back. Who knows?

Coach Gordon Bombay has been too busy being cocky, buying new suits and taking out girls from Iceland to form an effective game plan. The Ducks are.sitting ducks!

California Seals

They dont exist anymore. A team that doesnt exist is really, really easy to beat.

Though clubbing seals is generally frowned upon so PETA might get on the Bruins if this happens. Oh well.

No matter who the Bruins face, were sure theyll be fine. I mean, theyre due for a championship right? RIGHT?!?!!?

Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins

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Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins

Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins . . .

1) David Price isn’t having fun

Boston’s $217 million-dollar arm had another rough outing -- this time against a team that already has 60 losses.

Those are the team’s he’s supposed to dominate.

“It’s been terrible,” Price said on how his season has gone following the loss. “Just awful.”

Price’s mistakes have often been credited to mechanical mishaps this year. Farrell mentioned that following his start in New York, Price spent time working on getting more of a downhill trajectory on his pitches.

But Price doesn’t think his issue is physical.

So it must be mental -- but he doesn’t feel that’s the case either.

“Honestly I don’t think it’s either one of those,” Price said when asked which he thought was a factor. “It’s me going out there and making pitches. “

But when it comes down to the barebones, pitching -- much like anything else -- is a physical and mental act.

So when he says it’s neither, that’s almost impossible. It could be both, but it has to be one.

His mind could be racing out on the mound from a manifestation of the issues he’s had throughout the season.

Or it could just be that his fastball isn’t changing planes consistently, like Farrell mentioned.

Both could be possible too, but it takes a certain type of physical approach and mental approach to pitch -- and Price needs to figure out which one is the issue, or how to address both. 

2) Sandy Leon might be coming back to Earth

Over his last five games, Boston’s new leading catcher is hitting .176 (3-for-17), dropping his average to .395.

A couple things have to be understood. His average is still impressive. In the five games prior to this dry spell, Leon went 7-for-19 (.368) But -- much like Jackie Bradley Jr. -- Leon hasn’t been known for his offensive output throughout his career. So dry spells are always tests of how he can respond to adversity and make necessary adjustments quickly.

Furthermore, if he’s not so much falling into a funk as opposed to becoming the real Sandy Leon -- what is Boston getting?

Is his run going to be remembered as an exciting run that lasted much longer than anyone expected? Or if he going to show he’s a legitimate hitter that can hit at least -.260 to .280 with a little pop from the bottom of the line-up?

What’s more, if he turns back into the Sandy Leon he’s been throughout his career, the Red Sox will have an interesting dilemma on how to handle the catching situation once again.

3) Heath Hembree has lost the momentum he gained after being called up.

Following Saturday’s contest, the right-hander was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after an outing where he went 1/3 of an inning, giving up a run on three hits -- and allowing some inherited runners to score.

Hembree at one point was the savior of the bullpen, stretching his arm out over three innings at a time to bail out the scuffling Red Sox starting rotation that abused it’s bullpen.

His ERA is still only 2.41 -- and this has been the most he’s ever pitched that big league level -- but the Red Sox have seen a change in him since the All-Star break.

Which makes sense, given that hitters have seven hits and two walks against him in his 1.1 innings of work -- spanning four games since the break.

“He’s not confident pitcher right now,” John Farrell said about Hembree before announcing his demotion. “As good as Heath has been for the vast majority of this year -- and really in the whole first half -- the four times out since the break have been the other side of that.”

Joe Kelly will be the pitcher to replace Hembree and Farrell hopes to be able to stretch him out over multiple innings at a time, as well.