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Sox Therapy: How Do You Change the Lineup?
With Jackie Bradley channeling Babe Ruth the Red Sox lineup the question of how long (if at all) JBJ should be batting ninth. Obviously Jackie isn’t THIS good (who is?) but he is answering the question of whether the bat will play pretty conclusively. The rest of the lineup is generally going pretty well. Let’s start with the question of what will these guys do the rest of the year. There are any number of ways but for simplicity sake I’m going with FanGraphs wOBA calculation (based on ...Read More...
21 comment(s)Posted: May 13, 2016 at 11:06 AM |
Sox Therapy: In Praise of the Coaching Staff
The Red Sox made it 14 out of 19 with a third straight vaporizing of the Athletics. In that stretch they are averaging 6.4 runs/game and on the season only the Cubs are averaging more than the Sox’ 5.8 runs/game. On the mound the Sox are not quite as effective but it seems that there are good performances more than bad with just a couple of weak links ($45 million worth of weak links in Buchholz and Price) dragging the outcomes down.
What strikes me looking at this team is that I feel like I ...Read More...
3 comment(s)Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:29 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Screw the Closer
I’ve seen a couple of joking references to this on Twitter during various games, so I found it pretty amusing the Cubs actively talk about it:
8 comment(s)Posted: May 10, 2016 at 12:10 PM |
Sox Therapy: It Ain’t Never Dull in the Bronx
The Sox had a frustrating weekend finished off with a terrific victory on the back of an absolute gem from Steven Wright. It was not a weekend without talking points and to get us rolling to start the week I thought I’d address a few things;
- Friday was as frustrating a loss as the Sox have had in an awfully long time. They left 13 men on base and to say they were frustrated with the strike zone is an understatement. On the whole I think Kulpa was consistent though not particularly good ...Read More...
6 comment(s)Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:42 PM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Jake
There’s a million different ways to talk about how dominant Arrieta has been recently:
Most of them usually include some sort of “since X”, with X being sometime last year. That ...Read More...
23 comment(s)Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:15 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Discussion
The Blue Jays beat the Phillies in the World Series.
MLB expansion adding the Rockies and Marlins means we will vote for 14 this year.
Player SH WS BBR WAR Barry Bonds 44.9 9.9 Ken Griffey Jr 32.2 8.7 Rick Wilkins 28.5 6.6 Mike Piazza 30.8 7.0 Jay Bell 28.3 6.2 Chris Hoiles 27.6 6.8 John Olerud 37.1 7.7 Darren Daulton 28.5 5.0 Len Dykstra 35.1 6.5 Rafael Palmeiro 32.1 6.9 Kenny Lofton 26.6 7.6 Frank Thomas 34.2 6.2 Jeff Blauser 27.7 5.7 Robby ...Read More...
29 comment(s)Posted: May 05, 2016 at 10:57 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: As I Was Saying…
Where were we…oh, that’s right. It’s good to be back. My goal is to have something up at least once a week, but I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about this year.
Since the last post on this blog, appropriately titled “I Am Fine with This”, a lot has happened. And then it’s been rehashed, and rehashed, and rehashed yet again. Regardless of your opinion on *how* we got here
43 comment(s)Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:45 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Results
Congratulations to Barry Bonds on winning his first MMP award!
Player Name pts ballots 1sts Barry Bonds 135 9 9 Ryne Sandberg 101 9 0 Darren Daulton 100 8 0 Frank Thomas 100 9 0 Greg Maddux 100 9 0 Roger Clemens 81 9 0 Gary Sheffield 64 7 0 Mark McGwire 54 7 0 Roberto Alomar 50 6 0 Andy Van Slyke 49 7 0 Barry Larkin 37 4 0 Mike Mussina 36 5 0 Kirby Puckett 31 4 0 Edgar Martinez 19 4 0 Dave Hollins 16 3 0 Ry! Henderson 15 3 0 Paul Molitor 13 2 0 Kevin Appier 12 2 0 Carlos Baerga 9 2 0 Fred ...Read More...
8 comment(s)Posted: May 04, 2016 at 05:11 PM |
Sox Therapy: Three Questions: May 2016
Three Questions: May 2016
1. Is it time to cut Buchholz loose?
2. Who are the 2016 All-Stars among position players on this team?
3. Which is more likely this season: the Red Sox remain in first place, or the Yankees remain in last place?
39 comment(s)Posted: May 02, 2016 at 12:50 PM |
Sox Therapy: Gettin’ It Done
OK, so the Sunday night games were a bit harrowing and not all is perfect but your FIRST PLACE RED SOX (going to enjoy it while I can) wrapped up a nice stretch of 8-2 baseball with a thriller on Sunday night. It is easy to say the competition, the slumping Astros, the pitiful Braves and the last place Yankees (going to enjoy that one while I can too), was not good but 8-2 is 8-2.
What is encouraging is the contributions are getting throughout the roster. Guys like Mookie, the red hot ...Read More...
28 comment(s)Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:29 PM |