A Weekend Review of All Things Boston
Patriots – Not a ton of action in the Pats stratosphere this weekend. We had a bit of chatter from the Brady camp, as Charlie Weis, Brady’s former coordinator gave us a little insight into a text change the two had. Brady told Weis that nobody knows what they’re talking about in regards to Brady’s next move, and to “Clean it up”. This upcoming week should provide us some more Brady nuggets, as the March 18th free agency comes closer and closer. Earlier in the week it was reported that Jason McCourty’s option would be picked up, and he would be back for the 2020 season. That likely bodes well for the Pat’s chances of bringing the other half of the dynamic duo back to Foxboro.
Celtics – Terrible weekend for the C’s, there’s no way around it. They lost at home to Utah friday night in a game where they had a double digit lead. They tried to make up for the loss against the Thunder Sunday evening, and once again floundered a double digit lead. Kemba Walker had the ball stolen from him with under 20 seconds left, as the Thunder took the lead. Jayson Tatum didn’t even come close on a last second attempt to win the game. Blowing leads is becoming a scary trend for these Celtics, especially at home. Tatum has looked pedestrian as of late, nothing like the superstar we all thought he was becoming. Coming off of five straight home losses, they enter the week three games back of the two seed, with games on the road in Indiana and Milwaukee upcoming. Not ideal. We’ll see if they can right the ship on Tuesday in Indiana, but the odds of getting the two seed are decreasing by the day.
Bruins – The Bruins dropped a home game against likely second round opponent Tampa Bay, in what was a wildly entertaining match. These teams really don’t like each other, and it showed with multiple line brawls. Tuukka Rask had a brutal game and was outplayed by his Russian counterpart in Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was nice to see the Bruins fight back after falling down 3-0, but it was not enough to overcome a stacked Lightning squad. If these two teams do meet in the second round, it will be an incredible matchup. Next up for the Bruins will be an interesting matchup in the Philadelphia Flyers on the road Tuesday night. The Flyers have had an excellent year, and are currently tied in the Metropolitan division with the Capitals. The B’s will take on Buffalo on Friday night, and then have a big time tilt against Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs Saturday evening.
Red Sox – The Sox continued spring training action this weekend, with Martin Perez and Nathan Eovaldi getting the notable starts. Both pitchers had fantastic outings, as Eovaldi continued his dominant spring with three scoreless innings, zero runs, and four punchouts. Perez followed suit with a similarly excellent outing going four innings, zero runs, and seven strikeouts. The Sox will need both pitchers to keep up the good work into the regular season if they want to even think about making the playoffs. The latest update on Chris Sale is that he’ll begin a throwing program next week and begin to build up his arm strength. Tommy John surgery is still on the table for the lanky lefty, but even the best case scenario has Sale returning in late April or early May. The difference between getting the surgery now and getting it a month or two from is negligible in the long term, as he wouldn’t be back until 2022 either way. This seems like a last hail mary attempt to see if treatment will allow Sale to pitch this year and avoid missing the next two years. We’ll see how it goes but I wouldn’t be too optimistic.
Milwaukee +3 at Denver 3/9/20
Hard to pick against the Bucks this year, they’ve been nearly unbeatable, I’d take them every time they’re the underdogs even without Giannis.
Bruins Moneyline -118 at Philadelphia 3/10/20
Coming off a loss at home against Tampa, the Bruins will look to bounce back against another likely playoff opponent. The Bruins have responded all year after losses and I’d except the same come Tuesday night.
Current Record: 1-1
*All stats from ESPN