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Sox Therapy: Roster Thoughts

After a highly successful road trip the Red Sox return to finish the season at home over the next week.  Having clinched at least a playoff berth the Sox will at least have an opportunity to play in a divsion series and it is time for John Farrell and Company to start reaching conclusions about the way a DS roster would look.  Even if the Sox don’t win the division (knock on wood, turn around, spit) a Wild Card game gives them enough of a chance that I think it is worth considering.

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 24, 2017 at 09:08 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Step One Complete

The goal for this team remains winning the division but with their win last night and the Angels loss the Sox have officially qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.  This is the first time since 2007-2009 that they have had consecutive postseason experiences so this is something to be celebrated.  Maybe not champagne but a little cold duck could do the trick.

More importantly the Sox have taken a big step toward winning the division.  I will freely admit having been ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 61 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 15 To Go

Cubs:  6 vs. STL (2 home/4 road) + 2 vs. TBR (road) + 4 vs. MIL (road) + 3 vs. CIN (home). After this weekend’s series, the Cubs are done at Wrigley until the final series hosting Cincinnati.

Brewers (3.0 GB): 2 vs. MIA (road) + 3 vs. PIT (road) + 4 vs. CHC (home) + 3 vs. CIN (home) + 3 vs. STL (road).

Cardinals (4.0 GB): 6 vs. CHC (4 home/2 road) + 3 vs. CIN (road) + 3 vs. PIT (road) + 3 vs. MIL (home).

Andere Richtingen Posted: September 16, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 129 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The 2011 Mirror

September 10, 2011

As day turned into night turned into morning I found myself thinking of that night in Tampa six years ago.  A dramatic comeback had seemingly set up an absolutely vital victory.  Instead the Sox could not close the deal and the Rays swept and we all know what came next.

On Friday the extra inning warriors did it again.  Running their record to an amazing 13-3 in extra inning games by exploding for seven runs aided by another key Tampa error to bail out the 0 for 9 Dustin ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 16, 2017 at 01:20 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Grind On

It wasn’t pretty but the Sox picked up consecutive series victories by surviving a fairly harrowing afternoon tilt on Thursday to push the lead back to 3 1/2 games.  The 6-2 score is a bit flattering as this one was tight until the 7th and even in the ninth Kimbrel was less than impressive.

I will freely admit I’m in total pants pissing mode right now but this game is an example of why the logical portion of my brain (which is very very very tiny, about 1/100th of a Pedroia) is confident in ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 14, 2017 at 04:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Schedule Is Not In Our Favor

Not this year, silly. The 2018 Red Sox schedule is out. And it’s a mess.

villageidiom Posted: September 12, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2008 Discussion

The Phillies beat the Rays in the World Series. Vote for 15.

Player Name		SH WS		rWAR
Albert Pujols		34.5		7.3
Chase Utley		31.5		6.9
Chipper Jones		26.2		7.3
Mark Teixeira		30.5		7.8
Nick Markakis		23.8		7.4
Carlos Beltran		29.2		6.9
Hanley Ramirez		33.8		6.7
Dustin Pedroia		27.3		6.9
Joe Mauer		30.6		5.6
Brian McCann		20.3		5.5
David Wright		30.6		6.8
Alex Rodriguez		27.3		6.8
Lance Berkman		35.2		6.8
Kevin Youkilis		23.8		6.3
Grady Sizemore		28.7		5.9
Alex Rios		20.4		5.9
Matt ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 08, 2017 at 02:33 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2007 Results

Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on being unanimously elected the 2007 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Alex Rodriguez	135	9	9
David Wright	117	9	0
Albert Pujols	92	8	0
Chipper Jones	89	9	0
Magglio Ordonez	88	9	0
Chase Utley	84	8	0
Crts Granderson	69	8	0
Carlos Pena	65	8	0
David Ortiz	62	8	0
Matt Holliday	43	8	0
Jake Peavy	32	7	0
Jorge Posada	29	5	0
Jimmy Rollins	28	7	0
Hanley Ramirez	23	3	0
Troy Tulowitzki	20	3	0
Russell Martin	20	2	0
C.C. Sabathia	17	7	0
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DL from MN Posted: September 06, 2017 at 04:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 2007 Results

Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on being unanimously elected the 2007 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Alex Rodriguez	135	9	9
David Wright	117	9	0
Albert Pujols	92	8	0
Chipper Jones	89	9	0
Magglio Ordonez	88	9	0
Chase Utley	84	8	0
Crts Granderson	69	8	0
Carlos Pena	65	8	0
David Ortiz	62	8	0
Matt Holliday	43	8	0
Jake Peavy	32	7	0
Jorge Posada	29	5	0
Jimmy Rollins	28	7	0
Hanley Ramirez	23	3	0
Troy Tulowitzki	20	3	0
Russell Martin	20	2	0
C.C. Sabathia	17	7	0
Josh ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 06, 2017 at 04:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: So Here We Are

After 137 games despite a disappointing weekend in the Bronx the Red Sox are in pretty good shape.  With just 25 games left the Sox hold a 3 1/2 game lead in the division and have a decent if not fully comfortable lead in the division.  They weathered The Gauntlet¶ at 14-11 rather than vi’s hoped for 15-10 but a lead that was 3 games at the start is now ever so slightly better.

Now comes the opportunity to take the division home.  The Sox final 25 games feature just seven against teams over ...

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Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: September 04, 2017 at 12:32 AM | 103 comment(s)
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