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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. 

Encouraging
-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 ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 23, 2018 at 10:24 AM | 14 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 | 3 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Are The Angels A Real Team?

The headline seems like I’m trolling Angels fans, so let me dispel with that right away: yes, the Angels are a real team. My point with the headline was that the criticism of Boston in their 13-2 start has been that they haven’t faced a real team yet.

villageidiom Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Lining Up The Minors

Having just spent 45 minutes trying to write something insightful about the big club and basically coming up with the Chris Farley show (“13-2 start, isn’t that awesome?”) I decided it might be worth looking at the minors instead.  The system is at its lowest ebb in several years but it remains important and there are some key areas to focus on.

1B - Sam Travis - Pawtucket (AAA) - Travis has not carried his Fort Myers power surge into the regular season though he is hitting .286 but ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 15, 2018 at 05:26 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Home Sweet Home

Time for a new post, just for the hell of it.  It’s too early to do a Good, Bad, Ugly thing, so I’m gonna try this one on for size.

Encouraging
-Gotta start with the bullpen.  Sure, there’s luck involved, but that’s bullpens for you.  None of the pitchers have proved worthless yet, and several guys have already shown they have a chance to exceed our modest expectations for them (Wilson, Butler).
-Russell.  I keep talking about him, and it’s too early to read anything in the numbers, but he has ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: April 10, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 67 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1942 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 1942 Discussion

The Cardinals beat the Yankees 4-1 in the World Series. Kansas City Monarchs swept the Homestead Grays 4-0. Vote for 10.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		46.3		10.5	
Enos Slaughter		37.5		6.2
Charlie Keller		34.3		6.7
Johnny Pesky		28.2		5.5
Joe Gordon		30.9		8.2
Mel Ott			35.3		6.3
Joe DiMaggio		34.2		6.1
Stan Musial		28.7		5.3
Johnny Mize		31.7		6.0
Phil Rizzuto		25.1		5.7
Bobby Doerr		24.3		5.5
Pee Wee Reese		27.4		5.7
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DL from MN Posted: April 05, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1941 Results

Congratulations to Ted Williams, our unanimous 1941 Most Meritorious Player

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ted Williams	105	7	7
Joe DiMaggio	96	7	0
Pete Reiser	83	7	0
Thornton Lee	71	6	0
Charlie Keller	66	7	0
Bob Feller	57	7	0
Cecil Travis	54	5	0
Dolph Camilli	44	5	0
Josh Gibson	40	4	0
Whit Wyatt	40	5	0
Stan Hack	15	2	0
Dixie Walker	11	1	0
Max West	10	1	0
Buck Leonard	9	1	0
Elmer Riddle	8	1	0
Bucky Walters	7	1	0
Elbie Fletcher	7	1	0
Ray Brown	6	1	0
Monte Irvin	6	1	0

 

DL from MN Posted: April 04, 2018 at 04:21 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: So Far So Good

After an incredibly frustrating loss on Opening Day the local nine have won five straight.  They haven’t exactly crushed their opposition and it is worth noting that they weren’t playing the ‘27 Yankees and ‘76 Reds but wins count and there has been some good and some not so good news so far.  A few thoughts;

Rotation depth concerns may be overblown - As always you can never have too much pitching, say it loud, say it proud.  Still, the Sox got strong starts from Hector Velazquez and Brian ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 04, 2018 at 08:52 AM | 65 comment(s)
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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 Doubles Machine Posted: March 29, 2018 at 06:57 PM | 29 comment(s)
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