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Sox Therapy: The Tire Fire Brigade

I shared this little bit of data in the OmniChatter after Ziegler surrendered the homer to Cabrera.  It seems like a relevant discussion point at the moment as the Sox embark on a long and crucial road trip.  This is the list of Red Sox relievers in 2016 and their current streak of games pitched without allowing a run (the bold are on the active roster);

Koji Uehara (DL) - 4
Junichi Tazawa - 3
William Cuevas - 2
Matt Barnes - 1
Noe Ramirez - 1
Joe Kelly - 1
Clay Buchholz - 1

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 27, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Ballot

For 1995, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 3 August 2016.

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 2 August 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: July 26, 2016 at 05:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: 4-2, 5QS

After yesterday’s win, the Cubs are 4-2 after the break and saw their starters give them Quality Starts in 5 of those games with the 6th being Lackey’s 8IP, 4ER start.  The last Quality Start before the break was June 30th, meaning we had 10 straight games where the starter failed to qualify for a Quality Start (the Cubs went 2-8 over that stretch).  Whatever the Cubs did to get them back on track seems to be working. 

Bryant and Rizzo are the top two in the NL in WAR among position players.  ...

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Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: How Good Does Pomeranz Need To Be?

Boston is 1.5 back of the division lead, 2 up (3 in the loss column) on Toronto. They’ve added Drew Pomeranz for the stretch run. How good does he need to be for them to take the division?

I’m going to look at this somewhat simply because I’m crunched for time.

villageidiom Posted: July 19, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Why I Love The Pomeranz Trade/Why I Hate The Pomeranz Trade

Why I love acquiring Drew Pomeranz for Anderson Espinoza;

We overvalue prospects - By the time Jake Peavy’s first start with the Red Sox was over he had more wins than Frankie Montas (who I adored) has had in three years since.  Prospects give a team value not only by becoming stars but by allowing you to trade for players.  I’d rather not have dealt Espinoza but I don’t mind the Sox dealing one of those big four prospects.

Drew Pomeranz is pretty good - Like Espinoza Pomeranz was once a ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 14, 2016 at 08:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1994 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning his first MMP award in one of our closest elections.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	144	10	7
Jeff Bagwell	142	10	2
Frank Thomas	123	10	1
Barry Bonds	108	10	0
Albert Belle	103	10	0
Kenny Lofton	94	10	0
Ken Griffey Jr	90	10	0
David Cone	64	9	0
Paul O'Neill	49	8	0
Craig Biggio	45	7	0
Roger Clemens	36	6	0
Fred McGriff	35	6	0
Moises Alou	32	7	0
Bret Saberhagen	24	4	0
Mike Mussina	19	5	0
Randy Johnson	18	3	0
Kevin Mitchell	15	3	0
Tony ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 13, 2016 at 03:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Another Direction with Andere Richtingen

This post comes from another long time poster, Andere Richtingen, who can’t seem to locate his keys to the blog.

The Cubs hit a bit of a rough spot the last three weeks, going 6-15.  On June 19th, the team hit its apex so far for the season, completing a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Wrigley. They led the division by 12.5 games, an achievement the team hadn’t made since 1929, and had a record of 47-20.  That sweep completed a 15-6 stretch, after which things fell apart.  Really fell ...

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Moses Taylor, sex fowler Posted: July 13, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Little Bit of Fun

I know Nasty Nate would never forgive me if I didn’t hand out some fake awards.  That guy is all about the awards!

MVP – Mookie Betts
– The competition here is stiff but Mookie gets my nod.  I feel like he has just been a bit more consistent and as the leadoff hitter I think he sets an important tone for the team.  He is leading the team in WAR at 4.1 and his homer in Texas off Matt Bush is one of the defining first half moments.

Cy Young – Steven Wright – Honestly I think you can ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 11, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Discussion

The World Series returns and the Braves defeat the Indians. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		34.1		7.5
Mike Piazza		26.6		6.2
Tim Salmon		28.9		6.6
John Valentin		26.8		8.3
Jim Thome		26.4		5.9
Barry Larkin		28.0		5.9
Mark McGwire		22.9		5.5
Craig Biggio		30.0		6.3
Frank Thomas		27.7		5.3
Albert Belle		33.2		6.9
Edgar Martinez		31.1		7.0
Reggie Sanders		26.1		6.6
Jim Edmonds		21.9		5.6
Matt Williams		19.6		4.6
Chuck Knoblauch		25.8		6.7
Raul Mondesi		21.6		4.8
Robin ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:53 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Your Red Sox All Stars

On the heels of yet another frustrating loss (and man, is it me or is every loss “frustrating” in some way these days, there’s no simple loss lately) I think it is worth taking a moment to appreciate the Sox All Star representatives.  While the season has been alternately thrilling and exasperating there is a lot to see here and I think it bodes well for the future.  Here are your six (!) Red Sox All Stars with some other relevant data;

David Ortiz - 40 years old - last year
Craig Kimbrel - 28 ...

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Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 06, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
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