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Sox Therapy: Is It Time To Panic?
OK, maybe not panic exactly but the time is now for the Sox to get their collective heads out of their posteriors and start playing better. There is plenty of time for all sorts of analysis and discussion but really it comes down to the very simple issue of pitching better. The Sox have surrendered 60 runs in their last ten games and honestly I would have pegged the number as a lot higher than that. Incredibly they have managed to 4-6 in those ten games and it is possible we ...Read More...
23 comment(s)Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:52 AM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Ballot
For 1994, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.
Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 6 July 2016.
Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 5 July 2016.
For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.
22 comment(s)Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Slumping and Busting
Last week the Cubs went 1-6, and saw both the pitching and the hitting drop. They gave up 5.29 runs per game but only scored 3 runs per game. It can be hard to win when nearly everyone slumps at the same time. As a indicator of how good they had been, they went 1-6 and are still up 9 games.
The depth has continued to be excellent. While Almora has hit poorly recently, Baez, Szczur, and Ross have all hit well. Coghlan has hit decently since he was acquired, and Contreras ...Read More...
33 comment(s)Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:18 AM |
Sox Therapy: The Return of The Duke
Watching the Sox lose their second very winnable game in three days last night I was struck by something. This team reminds me greatly of the late-era Dan Duquette clubs. This is not to rip on the Duke who generally got a raw deal (note to Karl: he’s still not better than Theo) but the late Dan Duquette era was marked by a “stars and scrubs” format that the current Red Sox have very similarly followed. This is not a bad thing on its own. Like those teams with Pedro, Manny and NOMAAAAAAAH ...Read More...
5 comment(s)Posted: June 23, 2016 at 07:16 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Finally, part 2
The bullpen is all of a sudden very young and inexperienced. Here’s hoping at least one of these guys (this includes Edwards) really stands out and can stay on the ...Read More...
24 comment(s)Posted: June 21, 2016 at 05:27 PM |
Sox Therapy: Trading Partners
It has been a bit less than two months since my triumphant/disappointing/flatulent return to Sox Therapy where I proclaimed we didn’t know nothin’. I am not entirely convinced we know a heck of a lot more today but one thing I think we can feel pretty good about is that the Sox should plan on being competitive. At 37-28 even a .500 performance by the Sox the rest of the way would put them at 85-77 and the difference between that and a Wild Card spot or even a division title is pretty minimal. ...Read More...
24 comment(s)Posted: June 17, 2016 at 03:17 PM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Finally
The Cubs have finally made one of the more obvious and inevitable moves with their roster this season. No, not that one, the other one. Tim Federowicz isn’t on the team anymore. He’s been replaced as the third catcher by Willson Contreras, arguably the Cubs best prospect. Contreras had absolutely dominated AAA this year, hitting .350/.439/.591, with only 32Ks in 239PAs. His bat appears the be the real deal. The only thing that was holding him back was the Cubs’ belief that he needed more ...Read More...
42 comment(s)Posted: June 16, 2016 at 01:12 PM |
Sox Therapy: The Dombrowski Method
When I watch baseball I always like to think about why teams do something. I would rather figure out why Jonny Gomes starts over Daniel Nava than complain that the manager is a moron or why Josh Reddick gets traded for Andrew Bailey than whine about the GM. That’s not to say that I never voice those complaints but I always like to have a handle on what teams are doing.
In the case of the Red Sox I think Dave Dombrowski’s tenure is quickly coming into focus. For many years we had Theo ...Read More...
32 comment(s)Posted: June 13, 2016 at 11:31 AM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Off Day Musings
Just a quick post about a couple of things on my mind lately.
On May 14th, Addison Russell was hitting .263/.375/.447 and was looking like he was on his way to a legit breakout season. He was in the middle of an amazing hot streak, going .323/.447/.597 over his previous 17 games. However, since that game, he’s hit .184/.225/.211 with 30Ks in 76PAs. His season K% is now only down slightly to 30% after 31.3% last year. It’s not so much the slump that concerns me, but the ...Read More...
47 comment(s)Posted: June 09, 2016 at 05:18 PM |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Discussion
The World Series and much of the season was cancelled. Vote for 14 this year.
Player SH WS BBR WAR Jeff Bagwell 32.3 8.2 Kenny Lofton 23.2 7.2 Barry Bonds 25.5 6.2 Frank Thomas 27.6 6.3 Albert Belle 25.8 5.7 Ken Griffey Jr 21.7 6.9 Paul O'Neill 21.2 4.3 Moises Alou 21.8 5.1 Tony Gwynn 18.5 4.2 Barry Larkin 18.2 3.9 Matt Williams 19.1 4.7 Kevin Mitchell 19.0 3.7 Larry Walker 20.1 4.7 Craig Biggio 25.6 4.6 John Valentin 15.0 4.3 Fred McGriff 22.6 4.5 Cal ...Read More...
14 comment(s)Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:54 PM |