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Gonfalon Cubs: 4-2, 5QS

After yesterday’s win, the Cubs are 4-2 after the break and saw their starters give them Quality Starts in 5 of those games with the 6th being Lackey’s 8IP, 4ER start.  The last Quality Start before the break was June 30th, meaning we had 10 straight games where the starter failed to qualify for a Quality Start (the Cubs went 2-8 over that stretch).  Whatever the Cubs did to get them back on track seems to be working. 

Bryant and Rizzo are the top two in the NL in WAR among position players.  ...

Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: How Good Does Pomeranz Need To Be?

Boston is 1.5 back of the division lead, 2 up (3 in the loss column) on Toronto. They’ve added Drew Pomeranz for the stretch run. How good does he need to be for them to take the division?

I’m going to look at this somewhat simply because I’m crunched for time.

villageidiom Posted: July 19, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Why I Love The Pomeranz Trade/Why I Hate The Pomeranz Trade

Why I love acquiring Drew Pomeranz for Anderson Espinoza;

We overvalue prospects - By the time Jake Peavy’s first start with the Red Sox was over he had more wins than Frankie Montas (who I adored) has had in three years since.  Prospects give a team value not only by becoming stars but by allowing you to trade for players.  I’d rather not have dealt Espinoza but I don’t mind the Sox dealing one of those big four prospects.

Drew Pomeranz is pretty good - Like Espinoza Pomeranz was once a ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 14, 2016 at 08:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning his first MMP award in one of our closest elections.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	144	10	7
Jeff Bagwell	142	10	2
Frank Thomas	123	10	1
Barry Bonds	108	10	0
Albert Belle	103	10	0
Kenny Lofton	94	10	0
Ken Griffey Jr	90	10	0
David Cone	64	9	0
Paul O'Neill	49	8	0
Craig Biggio	45	7	0
Roger Clemens	36	6	0
Fred McGriff	35	6	0
Moises Alou	32	7	0
Bret Saberhagen	24	4	0
Mike Mussina	19	5	0
Randy Johnson	18	3	0
Kevin Mitchell	15	3	0
Tony ...
DL from MN Posted: July 13, 2016 at 03:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Another Direction with Andere Richtingen

This post comes from another long time poster, Andere Richtingen, who can’t seem to locate his keys to the blog.

The Cubs hit a bit of a rough spot the last three weeks, going 6-15.  On June 19th, the team hit its apex so far for the season, completing a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Wrigley. They led the division by 12.5 games, an achievement the team hadn’t made since 1929, and had a record of 47-20.  That sweep completed a 15-6 stretch, after which things fell apart.  Really fell ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: July 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Little Bit of Fun

I know Nasty Nate would never forgive me if I didn’t hand out some fake awards.  That guy is all about the awards!

MVP – Mookie Betts
– The competition here is stiff but Mookie gets my nod.  I feel like he has just been a bit more consistent and as the leadoff hitter I think he sets an important tone for the team.  He is leading the team in WAR at 4.1 and his homer in Texas off Matt Bush is one of the defining first half moments.

Cy Young – Steven Wright – Honestly I think you can ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 11, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Discussion

The World Series returns and the Braves defeat the Indians. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		34.1		7.5
Mike Piazza		26.6		6.2
Tim Salmon		28.9		6.6
John Valentin		26.8		8.3
Jim Thome		26.4		5.9
Barry Larkin		28.0		5.9
Mark McGwire		22.9		5.5
Craig Biggio		30.0		6.3
Frank Thomas		27.7		5.3
Albert Belle		33.2		6.9
Edgar Martinez		31.1		7.0
Reggie Sanders		26.1		6.6
Jim Edmonds		21.9		5.6
Matt Williams		19.6		4.6
Chuck Knoblauch		25.8		6.7
Raul Mondesi		21.6		4.8
Robin ...
DL from MN Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:53 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Your Red Sox All Stars

On the heels of yet another frustrating loss (and man, is it me or is every loss “frustrating” in some way these days, there’s no simple loss lately) I think it is worth taking a moment to appreciate the Sox All Star representatives.  While the season has been alternately thrilling and exasperating there is a lot to see here and I think it bodes well for the future.  Here are your six (!) Red Sox All Stars with some other relevant data;

David Ortiz - 40 years old - last year
Craig Kimbrel - 28 ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 06, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Not Half Bad

We’re halfway through the 2016 season, and Boston is sitting with a 44-37 record. Jose’s preseason feeling was that this was an 83-79 team, and halfway through the season they are within range of that, with a couple extra wins in the bank. The shape of that record, with command of first place for a couple months followed by a disappointing June, has people feeling like it’s time to panic. But taking my usual optimistic approach I’d say they’ve done pretty well.

villageidiom Posted: July 04, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Midseason Prospect Check-in

Rather that just look up a bunch of stats for guys that I really haven’t seen at all, I’ll just link to the excellent write-up from Cubs Den on the first half for the Cubs prospects. 

At the same time, we want to give credit to those players who have made a breakthrough early in 2016.  I’ve had the good fortune to see all of these players since February, so I know that the breakthrough seasons of Eloy Jimenez, Bryan Hudson, and Trevor Clifton —or those of sleepers like PJ Higgins, Jesus ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: June 30, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
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