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Sox Therapy: How Do You Change the Lineup?

With Jackie Bradley channeling Babe Ruth the Red Sox lineup the question of how long (if at all) JBJ should be batting ninth.  Obviously Jackie isn’t THIS good (who is?) but he is answering the question of whether the bat will play pretty conclusively.  The rest of the lineup is generally going pretty well.  Let’s start with the question of what will these guys do the rest of the year.  There are any number of ways but for simplicity sake I’m going with FanGraphs wOBA calculation (based on ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 13, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: In Praise of the Coaching Staff

The Red Sox made it 14 out of 19 with a third straight vaporizing of the Athletics.  In that stretch they are averaging 6.4 runs/game and on the season only the Cubs are averaging more than the Sox’ 5.8 runs/game.  On the mound the Sox are not quite as effective but it seems that there are good performances more than bad with just a couple of weak links ($45 million worth of weak links in Buchholz and Price) dragging the outcomes down.

What strikes me looking at this team is that I feel like I ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Screw the Closer

I’ve seen a couple of joking references to this on Twitter during various games, so I found it pretty amusing the Cubs actively talk about it:

Chicago Cubs hitters really mean no offense to their closer, Hector Rondon. They simply want to add on runs and win baseball games without a nail-biting ninth inning. In that vein, they play a game catcher David Ross brought to the team.

“When you’re on the bench and you’re up three runs, two runs, whatever, we have a game we call Screw the Closer,” ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: May 10, 2016 at 12:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: It Ain’t Never Dull in the Bronx

The Sox had a frustrating weekend finished off with a terrific victory on the back of an absolute gem from Steven Wright.  It was not a weekend without talking points and to get us rolling to start the week I thought I’d address a few things;

- Friday was as frustrating a loss as the Sox have had in an awfully long time.  They left 13 men on base and to say they were frustrated with the strike zone is an understatement.  On the whole I think Kulpa was consistent though not particularly good ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Jake

There’s a million different ways to talk about how dominant Arrieta has been recently:

Christopher Kamka ‏@ckamka May 3
Jake Arrieta’s last 26 regular season starts:
0 Runs allowed: 14
1 Run allowed:    6
2+ Runs allowed: 6

Christopher Kamka ‏@ckamka May 3
Jake Arrieta ERA (regular season):
1.62 in 2015-16
0.85 in last 26 starts
0.55 in last 18 starts
1.46 on road in 2015-16
0.84 in 2016

Most of them usually include some sort of “since X”, with X being sometime last year.  That ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1993 Discussion

The Blue Jays beat the Phillies in the World Series.

MLB expansion adding the Rockies and Marlins means we will vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		44.9		9.9
Ken Griffey Jr		32.2		8.7
Rick Wilkins		28.5		6.6
Mike Piazza		30.8		7.0
Jay Bell		28.3		6.2
Chris Hoiles		27.6		6.8
John Olerud		37.1		7.7
Darren Daulton		28.5		5.0
Len Dykstra		35.1		6.5
Rafael Palmeiro		32.1		6.9
Kenny Lofton		26.6		7.6
Frank Thomas		34.2		6.2
Jeff Blauser		27.7		5.7
Robby ...
DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2016 at 10:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: As I Was Saying…

Where were we…oh, that’s right.  It’s good to be back.  My goal is to have something up at least once a week, but I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about this year.

Since the last post on this blog, appropriately titled “I Am Fine with This”, a lot has happened.  And then it’s been rehashed, and rehashed, and rehashed yet again.  Regardless of your opinion on *how* we got here (for the record, I’m right and you’re wrong), we’re here.  The Cubs are outstanding, top to bottom; with a great ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1992 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds on winning his first MMP award!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	135	9	9
Ryne Sandberg	101	9	0
Darren Daulton	100	8	0
Frank Thomas	100	9	0
Greg Maddux	100	9	0
Roger Clemens	81	9	0
Gary Sheffield	64	7	0
Mark McGwire	54	7	0
Roberto Alomar	50	6	0
Andy Van Slyke	49	7	0
Barry Larkin	37	4	0
Mike Mussina	36	5	0
Kirby Puckett	31	4	0
Edgar Martinez	19	4	0
Dave Hollins	16	3	0
Ry! Henderson	15	3	0
Paul Molitor	13	2	0
Kevin Appier	12	2	0
Carlos Baerga	9	2	0
Fred ...
DL from MN Posted: May 04, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Three Questions: May 2016

Three Questions: May 2016

1. Is it time to cut Buchholz loose?

2. Who are the 2016 All-Stars among position players on this team?

3. Which is more likely this season: the Red Sox remain in first place, or the Yankees remain in last place?

villageidiom Posted: May 02, 2016 at 12:50 PM | 39 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Gettin’ It Done

OK, so the Sunday night games were a bit harrowing and not all is perfect but your FIRST PLACE RED SOX (going to enjoy it while I can) wrapped up a nice stretch of 8-2 baseball with a thriller on Sunday night.  It is easy to say the competition, the slumping Astros, the pitiful Braves and the last place Yankees (going to enjoy that one while I can too), was not good but 8-2 is 8-2.

What is encouraging is the contributions are getting throughout the roster.  Guys like Mookie, the red hot ...

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
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