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Gonfalon Cubs: Happ

I refuse to use a Happ-y pun in the title. 

It’s too early to assume that Happ has solidified a role on the team.  However, seeing as he’s at least pretty close to ready, it’s probably worth thinking about how the Cubs could arrange playing time to get him enough ABs and not hinder his development.  If he’s going to stay up, he should be playing regularly.  The good thing is that he’s able to play a bunch of positions - he’s already spent time in all 3 OF spots.  So who loses ABs to Happ?


Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 17, 2017 at 01:50 PM | 45 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Thoughts

I’m not really going to count the weeks, or post this regularly, so for now, it’s just some random thoughts.

Bryant: Wasn’t the best weekend, but he’s really been good since that early slump (.336/.435/.609 from game 5 onward).  He made a key error the other night, but otherwise his defense also looks a lot better.  He’s exclusively played 3B - though he was scheduled to play RF before last night’s rainout.
Baez: He seems like one of those guys that’s just always going to be streaky.  ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Nice Weekend John

After a frustrating loss Friday night John Farrell went to the well and shook up the lineup for Saturday.  As Jerry Remy noted in the broadcast that kind of shake up on a day when Nick Tepesch is the opposing starter is stacking the deck a bit but they came back the next day and against the one guy who has actually been better than Chris Sale continued to swing the bats well.  Things looked even rosier after a big ninth inning broke the game open earning Craig Kimbrel his second career hold ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 08, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Opportunity Knocks

After an eventful home stand the Sox hit the road for a six game trip that is part of a 12 road games out of 15 stretch.  Despite that travel schedule the Sox may view this as a bit of an opportunity to start making hay.  On top of the injuries, illnesses and family situations that have arisen the Sox have opened the year playing 15 of their first 28 games against teams that made the playoffs in 2016 going 8-7 against those clubs.  They now have reached a portion of the schedule that may ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 05, 2017 at 02:25 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2004 Discussion

The Red Sox end their drought by beating the Cardinals in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player Name		SH WS		rWAR
Barry Bonds		48.2		10.6
Scott Rolen		32.3		9.2
Adrian Beltre		37.1		9.5
J.D. Drew		32.2		8.3
Albert Pujols		35.6		8.5
Jim Edmonds		36.1		7.2
Mark Loretta		33.0		6.0
Alex Rodriguez		31.0		7.6
Todd Helton		31.3		8.3
Carlos Beltran		28.9		6.8
Bobby Abreu		31.7		6.5
Miguel Tejada		26.7		7.4
Brian Giles		24.7		3.7
Ichiro Suzuki		25.9		9.1
Melvin Mora		25.9		5.6
Ivan ...
DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2017 at 01:28 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2003 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds, our 2003 MMP!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	147	10	7
Albert Pujols	138	10	2
Alex Rodriguez	108	10	0
Javier Lopez	99	9	0
Gary Sheffield	85	10	0
Todd Helton	69	7	1
Pedro Martinez	68	8	0
Roy Halladay	67	9	0
Mark Prior	61	9	0
Marcus Giles	56	10	0
Carlos Delgado	56	8	0
Tim Hudson	53	9	0
Jorge Posada	40	8	0
Esteban Loaiza	34	6	0
Bret Boone	32	4	0
Jason Schmidt	20	4	0
Jim Edmonds	14	4	0
Jason Giambi	12	1	0
Jim Thome	10	1	0
Carlos Beltran	10	4	0
Mike ...
DL from MN Posted: May 03, 2017 at 04:13 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: That Was Fun

The Sox finished off an entertaining weekend set with the Cubs (see y’all in October!) ((I hope!))(((Knock on wood))) with a nice 6-2 victory that had a little bit of everything.  All in all it was a fun series.  While the Yankee series, and likely the upcoming Baltimore series, come with intense rivalry feelings this series had the feel of my buddies and I playing shuffleboard at the local bar.  Just two good teams and their fan bases joshing back and forth and enjoying the respective changes ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 30, 2017 at 11:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Short Observation

The Sox played game number 20 last night falling to the Yankees to drop their record to 11-9.  My general feeling given the injuries and illnesses is that this about where you’d want this team to be right now.  But one thing I was thinking about was the general idea that the Sox acquired Chris Sale to replace David Ortiz.  It is no secret that the offense has struggled at times in the early going and that was one of the big concerns coming in.  I decided to just do a quick check versus where ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 27, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Witty Minor League Thread Title Here

After a busy weekend in Baltimore and then a couple of off days (thanks rain!) I figured today might be a good time to throw up a minor league thread.  The Red Sox minor league system is probably as uninteresting as it has been in several years with graduations and trades emptying things out.  That does not mean there is not anything to talk about.  Without further ado…

1B - Josh Ockimey - Salem (Hi A) -  The big 21 year old lefty swinger has come out of the blocks quickly.  He earned Player ...

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 25, 2017 at 07:22 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Week 3 Thoughts

The Good:
Rizzo: Homered in 3 straight games, and he looks like his normal dominating self.  He also has 3 stolen bases already, mostly the kind where the pitcher forgets about him.  He’s up to .296/..412/.535 on the season so far.
Heyward: I still hate talking about him as much, but those nice swings/hard hit balls are finally turning into hits.  We’d all be pretty happy with a .297/.348/.422 line this year.  He’s played a lot more CF that we were led to believe, and while he’s pretty good ...

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 24, 2017 at 03:26 PM | 69 comment(s)
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