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Gonfalon Cubs: The Long Wait

No, not THAT one.  I’m talking about the long wait until 7:08pm tomorrow.  These waits with the offday in between are just so, so long.  I already spend so much overthinking things, now I have another 24 or so hours to question and re-question everything I think I’ve convinced myself to think to feel. 

Anyhow, the Cubs are in position to clinch the pennant at home.  It’s a big moment, and as much as I try, it’s impossible to ignore history.  Luckily, history doesn’t really matter; or it ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 119 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Concludes - Not Players

Last and certainly not least let’s look at the non-player portion of things.

John Farrell and the Coaching Staff – I think it is a safe assumption that you have an opinion on John Farrell, everyone seems to and none of them are half and half.  I am admittedly a fan of Farrell for a couple of key reasons;

1. I think he deserves credit for the development of young players.  Between Bradley in 2013 and Shaw and Benintendi this year he has shown a willingness to shove a kid into the lineup.  ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 21, 2016 at 09:51 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Contines - The Bullpen

Continuing with probably the most interesting part of the off-season.  While it is likely that the Sox are going to make some moves elsewhere I would argue the one place they HAVE to make some moves is in the bullpen.

General Thoughts

Having said what I said above I like the raw materials here.  I expect Kimbrel to be better and I am hopeful/optimistic about Barnes.  I don’t trust Kelly but I do believe Scott will be a solid LOOGY.

The Return Certainties – Craig Kimbrel, Matt Barnes, Joe ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 19, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion

Most Meritorious Player: 2016 Discussion

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Player				BBGauge WAR
Mike Trout				7.9
Mookie Betts				6.0
Kris Bryant				7.2
Jose Altuve				5.2
Josh Donaldson				6.4
Robinson Cano				7.1
Kyle Seager				7.1
Manny Machado				6.4
Adam Eaton				6.2
Nolan Arenado				5.7
Brian Dozier				5.0
Ian Kinsler				5.7
Rougned Odor				5.3
Danny Murphy				4.9
Freddy Freeman				4.9
Anthony Rizzo				4.9
Jean Segura				4.2
Yoenis Cespedes				4.6
Christian Yelich			3.7
Corey Seager				5.0
Adrian ...
DL from MN Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Continues - The Rotation

Continuing with the look back at the year, focus on the rotation today.

General Thoughts

I didn’t love the Pomeranz deal but even if he is just what we saw in 2016 that’s a good 4th/5th starter.  The Sox should head into 2017 with a lot of confidence that the rotation will be good and able to withstand some attrition.  The one concern is beyond the six starters there does not appear to be a lot behind it.  A Sean O’Sullivan sort that can be stashed in Pawtucket would be a good pickup. ...Read More...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 16, 2016 at 08:39 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Bring on the five minute Dodgers preview

I don’t have a lot of time today to write any sort of detailed preview.  Besides, there’ll be plenty of those everywhere else.  It’s been quite an exciting playoffs so far, but I wouldn’t complain if the Cubs were able to take care of business a little more quietly this series.  So borrowing a format I used earlier…

Reasons for Optimism (all the same, but with thoughts slightly tweaked as applicable):

1. Pitching and defense.  Just like last time, the Cubs have an advantage here.  The Kershaw ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Continues - Outfield, Catcher and DH

We spent some time on the infield yesterday.  Today we look at the rest of the position players; outfielders, catchers and that DH guy;

General Thoughts

It’s hard not to love what exists in the outfield.  If the Sox do nothing but renew contracts they have a talented outfield in place through the 2020 season.  That’s a pretty useful situation to be in.  Add in the presence of Chris Young for another year as the almost perfect fourth outfielder for this team and you gotta feel pretty good. ...Read More...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:26 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Post Mortem Begins - A Look at the Infield

One of the fascinating things about this team is that after winning 93 games and the AL East title they are set to return virtually the entire roster.  Save for Ortiz (and that’s not insignificant) there is a very good chance the April 3, 2017 Red Sox will look very similar to what the October 10, 2016 Red Sox looked like.

With that in mind I thought rather than laying out a detailed off-season plan I thought it might be worth just looking at the depth chart a bit.

Today, the infield.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 12, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: NLDS Winner Thread

Just wanted to get something up. Probably will write more tomorrow.

All I’ll say is have some faith in this team. Don’t get discouraged or give up so easy. They’re good, and it’s never over.

Hell, they’re really ####### good.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:58 AM | 54 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Not The Ending We Wanted, But The Future Is Bright

Well, I think we can safely say this was not the way we expected or hoped the 2016 season would end but end it did.  The simple fact is that for three games the Cleveland Indians were the better team and that is that.

Despite that this was in my opinion an awfully successful season.  Division titles don’t come that often and doing it while rolling out a lineup featuring a truly impressive group of young talent makes it even better.  The old man in the outfield is 26 year old Jackie Bradley, ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: October 11, 2016 at 12:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
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