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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 |
Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Results
Congratulations to Barry Bonds on being named the 1993 MMP unanimously. This makes back-to-back awards for Bonds.
Player Name pts ballots 1sts Barry Bonds 135 9 9 John Olerud 117 9 0 Ken Griffey Jr 96 9 0 Mike Piazza 82 8 0 Kevin Appier 78 9 0 Jose Rijo 77 8 0 Chris Hoiles 67 9 0 Frank Thomas 66 9 0 Greg Maddux 64 8 0 Len Dykstra 62 9 0 Rick Wilkins 51 7 0 Rafael Palmeiro 43 6 0 Juan Gonzalez 43 6 0 Roberto Alomar 29 6 0 Darren Daulton 19 4 0 Jay Bell 11 2 0 Ry! Henderson 10 1 0 Albert ...Read More...
16 comment(s)Posted: June 08, 2016 at 04:49 PM |
Gonfalon Cubs: Soler
For those who didn’t see it last night, Soler left the game in the 3rd inning after a single. He pulled up rounding first; earlier in the game he’d made a great defensive play on a running/jumping catch at the wall. Jorge has a history of hamstring problems, and is getting an MRI today. Rumors are that if Jorge has to go on the DL, Almora would get the call. I would hope that means he’s coming up to play - and preferably CF, even though I really don’t expect that - and not just watch ...Read More...
17 comment(s)Posted: June 07, 2016 at 10:24 AM |