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Gonfalon Cubs: What’s a sample size?

Way too early thoughts after a mostly boring and somewhat disappointing opening series…

Some of the biggest problems from last year’s team were on full display this series - lack of “situational hitting” and walking too many guys.  For the first one, from The Athletic:

the Cubs are now 1-for-14 at scoring a runner from third base with less than two outs. Even after scoring 19 runs over four games, they’re 7-for-47 with runners in scoring position and have stranded a remarkable 42 ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 02, 2018 at 10:28 AM | 72 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Opening Day Overreaction

We can spend forever dwelling on the 8th inning but at the same time it’s one game, it’s a marathon not a…etc…etc…etc…As frustrating as this was it didn’t change my outlook on the season.  At the same time if you subscribe (as I do) to the idea that you win 54, lose 54 and it’s what you do with the other 54 that matter this was definitely one of the “other 54” if not one of the “win 54” frankly so this was a giveaway.  Anyway…

- Please give me more of this Xander Bogaerts that ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 29, 2018 at 06:57 PM | 29 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Hope Springs Eternal (Sox Therapy Predictions)

As we head to the final non-competitive baseball weekend until November I thought it might be fun to just take a look at a few reasons why I personally feel very optimistic about 2018;

Pitching Pitching Pitching - So far in camp things have been about as smooth as possible on the pitching side.  Knock on wood etc…but the Sox are looking generally healthy in the rotation with David Price saying last week that he feels as good as he has in years at this point in camp.  Add to that generally ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 23, 2018 at 02:31 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1941 Ballot

For 1941 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 4 April 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 3 April 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: March 23, 2018 at 11:57 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Roster Update

With just nine days until Chris Sale dominates the Tampa Bay Rays (ach, this is baseball.  He’ll probably go 4 2/3 allowing 7 hits and 6 runs) I figure we may as well update our look at the likely Opening Day roster;

IF: Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Nunez, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez

The big issue here is that Deven Marrero who I had listed in this spot last time around drops off.  I think the strong spring and upside that Swihart has makes him the guy the Sox are ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 20, 2018 at 10:02 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 2018 Fearless Prediction thread

Time for this year’s fearless predictions.  The season is starting earlier this year, so I won’t have time to do this after I get back from my spring training trip.  As usual, these probably will err on the side of blind optimism, but what fun is it to have a talented team where all you expect is under-performances?  On to the list of 25…

1. Willson Contreras will make his first of many All-Star appearances.  He probably would have a better shot of being voted in if the mound visit rule were ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 19, 2018 at 03:55 PM | 119 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Report From the Fort

Well it took about 20 extra hours but I finally arrived in sunny Florida.  Unfortunately the delay meant I missed the game against the Yankees last Saturday (my mother could at least have PRETENDED to be upset that she had to use my ticket) but I did get to see the debut of J.D. Martinez on Wednesday afternoon as part of a split squad game.

The game itself was non-descript.  Starter Chandler Shepherd who is likely in the mix to be a mid-season call up did himself no favors failing to get out ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 08, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1940 Results

Congratulations to Josh Gibson, our 1940 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Josh Gibson	100	7	5
Bob Feller	97	7	2
Hank Greenberg	81	7	0
Joe DiMaggio	72	6	0
Johnny Mize	63	6	0
Ray Brown	44	4	0
Ted Williams	42	5	0
Claude Passeau	37	4	0
Bucky Walters	37	4	0
Bobo Newsom	36	4	0
Arky Vaughan	31	4	0
Lonny Frey	19	2	0
Lou Boudreau	15	2	0
Joe Gordon	14	2	0
Satchel Paige	13	1	0
Buck Leonard	8	1	0
Luke Appling	7	1	0
Charlie Keller	7	1	0
Bus Clarkson	6	1	0
Frank McCormick	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: March 06, 2018 at 04:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Heading for the Fort

In five days I’ll be headed to Florida for a bit of fun in the sun.  This will include four days at Fenway South strolling around eyeballing various players.  Here are five players I’m eager to gawk at;

Blake Swihart - Swihart is off to a fast start this spring and the reports are very positive.  The key question for Swihart is not so much the bat but where the glove can play.  If he can pass as a reasonable facsimile of an MLB IF/OF I think he can win a regular job.  I think the Sox WANT ...

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Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: February 25, 2018 at 03:57 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1941 Discussion

Yankees defeat the Dodgers 4-1 in the World Series. Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		41.8		10.6
Joe DiMaggio		41.7		9.1
Cecil Travis		34.2		6.4
Pete Reiser		34.4		7.5
Dolph Camilli		29.2		6.8
Charlie Keller		32.7		6.6
Joe Cronin		22.6		5.1
Jeff Heath		29.5		5.2
Dixie Walker		25.5		5.5
Elbie Fletcher		28.0		5.8
Luke Appling		27.7		5.1
Lou Boudreau		23.1		4.5
Stan Hack		30.1		5.6
Ken Keltner		23.8		4.4
Johnny Mize		25.7		5.4
Mel Ott			26.2		4.6
Roy Cullenbine		22.6		4.8
Phil ...
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DL from MN Posted: February 23, 2018 at 04:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
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