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Sox Therapy: What Can We Expect?

The Red Sox have made the highly anticipated and hoped for move of calling up hot prospect Rafael Devers to try and address the issues at third base.  The good news is that Devers is almost certainly going to be an upgrade over the .228/.280/.320 line our third basemen have mustered in 2017.  According to FanGraphs his rest of season forecast is .270/.310/.436.  By way of comparison Brock Holt projects as .269/.332/.367 and the two players both are roughly the same in terms of WAR (0.0 for ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: July 24, 2017 at 09:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: What a difference a week makes

I was fortunate enough to witness in person the last game before the All Star Break, when Jon Lester gave up 10 runs (only 4 earned) and only got two outs in the first inning.

Since then:

7-1
.304/.355/.556, 6.38 R/G, 2.12 HR/G
3.63 (2.16 for SP)

And a big trade that brought a quality-controlled starter, who put up a game score of 83 in his first start. Lester has made two starts since the one I saw on July 9th, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, walking 1 and striking out 16 in 15 innings.

 

Andere Richtingen Posted: July 23, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: That’ll Do I Guess

It wasn’t exactly a dominating performance but the Sox picked up a split with the third place Yankees and lead the AL East by 3 games with 70 to play.  A few thoughts on an entertaining weekend of baseball;

- One thing that struck me this weekend is how well played these games were.  This was four solid baseball games, good pitching, some great defense (more on that in a moment), clutch hitting and pitching at various moments and all close games.  When these teams ruled the AL roost in the ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: July 17, 2017 at 08:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2006 Discussion

The Cardinals beat the Tigers in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player Name		SH WS		rWAR
Carlos Beltran		33.1		8.2
Albert Pujols		34.2		8.5
Joe Mauer		30.6		5.8
Chase Utley		27.7		7.3
Grady Sizemore		26.6		6.6
Carlos Guillen		25.3		6.0
Vernon Wells		24.8		6.2
Jose Reyes		25.9		5.8
Bill Hall		21.5		5.8
Miguel Cabrera		29.6		5.8
Derek Jeter		29.6		5.5
Scott Rolen		24.2		5.8
Brian McCann		20.8		4.3
Andruw Jones		23.0		5.6
Ramon Hernandez		19.0		4.2
Jorge Posada		22.4		4.0
Adrian ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 10, 2017 at 02:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: The Biggest Fixes

Naturally, Theo Epstein’s carefully measured “the biggest fixes have to come from within the clubhouse” statement has been thrown around a lot in the last few days. This is the topic you tend to talk about when your team has been a tremendous disappointment at the All Star Break, three weeks before the trade deadline.

Epstein provided quite a bit of context with that quote, the crux of which is “don’t expect any trades,” but it’s more than just that.

Here is some of that context:

“This ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 84 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Halfway* Home

* OK, 54.938% of the way home.

The Sox reached the unofficial midway point of the season with a disappointing loss to Tampa.  The Sox seemed to take off for the Break a bit early dropping 3 out of 4 in fairly sluggish fashion and leaving Tampa tied for second just 3 1/2 games off the pace.  Despite that the Sox sit with the second best record in the AL and on pace for 91 wins.

To give that some perspective last year at the Break they were in second place, 2 games behind Baltimore, tied with ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: July 09, 2017 at 10:50 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2005 Results

Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on winning his first MMP award.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Alex Rodriguez	134	9	8
Albert Pujols	121	9	0
Derrek Lee	108	9	0
Roger Clemens	86	8	1
Brian Roberts	68	8	0
Mark Teixeira	66	8	0
Chase Utley	64	8	0
Dontrell Willis	63	8	0
Johan Santana	58	8	0
Andruw Jones	43	5	0
Jason Bay	40	5	0
David Ortiz	37	6	0
Andy Pettitte	33	5	0
Morgan Ensberg	24	6	0
David Wright	19	3	0
Vlad Guerrero	16	3	0
Chris Carpenter	14	2	0
Brian Giles	13	3	0
Travis Hafner	13	4	0
Pedro ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 05, 2017 at 04:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Time for a Dose of Optimism

First, a bit of perspective.  The Cubs won the 2016 World Series.  The Cubs were the best team last year, from the moment pitchers and catchers reported all the way through the end of October.  Sure, there were bumps in the road along the way.  Us Cubs fans aren’t used to being that good, and throughout the year we were waiting for something, anything, to go wrong.  There were no guarantees, and there were quite a few times, especially in October, when it looked like being the best wasn’t going ...

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Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: June 30, 2017 at 03:27 AM | 42 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2005 Ballot

For 2005 each voter should rank the top 15 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 July 2017.

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 4 July 2017.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: June 28, 2017 at 11:53 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Minor Moves

With the draft over the Sox are in the business of shuttling their various draftees to new locales while at the same time putting some players already in the system in motion.  One thing the Sox did during the Cherington era is generally leave players at one level throughout the season.  It didn’t appear to be a hard and fast rule but there wasn’t the internal movement we often saw during the Epstein era.  Let’s just take a quick gander at a few notable moves (and one particularly notable ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 23, 2017 at 07:43 AM | 31 comment(s)
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