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Gonfalon Cubs: Padding

After a couple of weeks facing the pitching staffs from the Marlins, White Sox, and Reds, a bunch of guys’ numbers are looking a whole lot better than before.  Going into the Reds series, Rizzo, Baez, and Happ all were tied with a .301 OBP.  Afterwards, Happ is all the way up to .361 (I personally demoted him to Iowa before this series), while Baez and Rizzo are down to .299 and .297, respectively. 

Anyway, to the categories.

Bryant - one of the quieter MVP pushes I can remember ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 21, 2018 at 01:18 PM | 201 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: At The Quarter Pole

The Sox wrapped up their longest road trip of the season a solid 6-4 including 3-3 through New York and Toronto.  With today’s games being completed the best home team in baseball so far, your Boston Red Sox, have played 10 fewer home games than their co-leaders in the division.  Currently the Sox are seven games ahead of where they were 12 months ago (21-19) and four games ahead of the same spot in 2016 (24-16).  Both of those seasons finished with 93 wins and a division flag.

That’s not ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 13, 2018 at 06:34 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: El Slumpo

There was a time in my life when I equated “streakiness” with “Brian Daubach.”  I never thought I would ever see a player who was a Major League hitter who could go through such extremes as the Dauber.  I loved him and when he was on the dude would carry the Sox for a week or two but when he was off I genuinely think I could have gotten him out.

Then I met Jackie Bradley Jr.

When this guy is slumping my grandmother could get him out and she’s been dead for two decades (and frankly wasn’t much ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 09, 2018 at 02:11 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Half full or half empty?

As most of you know, I’m a natural optimist so I know my answer to that question.  Having said that, it’s pretty hard to feel that great right now about what’s happening with the offense.  There’s been so much talk about launch angle, and how the new coaching group doesn’t teach that the same way, so it’s natural to wonder if the change has been a negative so far.  Part of the reason for the change was to deal with the somewhat inexplicable performance with RISP.  Well, so far, it’s been just ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 07, 2018 at 10:41 AM | 66 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Enjoy This

I’m not sure what was more amazing last night; that Mookie Betts hit yet another home run or that I was not the least bit surprised by it.  The game itself was pretty crummy but Markus Lynn Betts was at it again slamming a solo home run and a bullet two run double.  He finished with the two hits, scored a run, drove in four and just generally kinda did Mookie things all night.

This is pretty special.  As sports fans we get so hung up on the big picture and what might happen when a star becomes ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 04, 2018 at 08:51 AM | 35 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1942 Results

Congratulations to Ted Williams for being unanimously named the 1942 MMP. Williams was also a unanimous selection in 1941.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ted Williams	105	7	7
Joe Gordon	76	7	0
Mort Cooper	75	7	0
Charlie Keller	73	7	0
Enos Slaughter	63	6	0
Josh Gibson	56	5	0
Mel Ott	47	5	0
Leon Day	46	4	0
Johnny Pesky	37	4	0
Joe DiMaggio	34	4	0
Bus Clarkson	24	2	0
Johnny Mize	19	2	0
Stan Musial	19	3	0
Dom DiMaggio	14	1	0
Tex Hughson	10	1	0
Bill Nicholson	10	1	0
Phil Rizzuto	9	1	0
Pete ...
DL from MN Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:02 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1943 Discussion

The exodus of star players to war is significant. The Yankees beat the Cardinals in a World Series rematch. Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Stan Musial		39.4		9.4
Luke Appling		40.6		7.6
Lou Boudreau		30.7		7.9
Charlie Keller		35.2		6.7
Bill Nicholson		31.1		6.9
Joe Gordon		27.7		6.7
Arky Vaughan		28.6		4.6
Lou Klein		25.6		5.8
Augie Galan		28.3		5.4
Bobby Doerr		23.9		5.1
Rudy York		25.4		6.3
Bill Dickey		19.6		3.9
Roy Cullenbine		26.2		4.8
Bob Elliott		24.8		4.5
Billy ...
DL from MN Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:36 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: First Test Passed

The Sox hit the road for a nine game road trip on Patriots’ Day with questions about their level of competition to that point (as noted by vi).  The road trip certainly featured some challenges with an Angels team that was on a seven game winning streak and a Blue Jay team off to a good start as well.  Sure enough the Sox faced their first adversity of the season losing three in a row including being no hit.

But when all was said and done the club returns home having gone 6-3 and the good ...

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 26, 2018 at 10:24 PM | 93 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Riding the Rails of Mediocrity

That was quite the scary moment yesterday when Bryant got hit.  So far, it’s all been good news, but I’ll be worried until he’s playing again.  It’s actually kind of crazy he’s already been hit by 7 pitches - he’s nowhere near as close to the plate as Rizzo. 

-Baez.  My goodness, what a fun ride this is right now.  .292/.363/.736.  Yes, it’s probably just a hot streak; yes, the OBP is a little inflated by the 4 early IBBs (his last non-IBB BB was 2 weeks ago).  What if it’s not ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 23, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 67 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1942 Ballot

For 1942 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 2 May 2018.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 1 May 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: April 20, 2018 at 11:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
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