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Sox Therapy: It’s Gonna Be Fun

The Sox will play their biggest regular season series probably since 2011 starting Friday in Toronto;

Rick Porcello vs. Marco Estrada
Eduardo Rodriguez vs. J.A. Happ
Clay Buchholz vs. Aaron Sanchez

I can’t say I love those matchups.  The Sox probably come out on the short end of the projection stick in those three games but not by enough that I feel like any of the games is unwinnable.  A few random thoughts;

- There will be at least one game in this series that one of these teams refers to ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: September 08, 2016 at 12:24 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1996 Results

Congratulations to Barry Bonds on winning his third MMP award

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Barry Bonds	162	12	6
Alex Rodriguez	154	11	4
Ken Caminiti	132	12	1
Kevin Brown	106	11	0
Jeff Bagwell	98	11	0
Mike Piazza	93	11	0
Ken Griffey Jr	86	9	0
Chuck Knoblauch	83	10	0
John Smoltz	62	10	0
Barry Larkin	61	9	0
Mark McGwire	59	7	0
Jim Thome	57	9	0
Gary Sheffield	44	7	1
Pat Hentgen	38	7	0
Greg Maddux	30	6	0
Roberto Alomar	29	4	0
Bernard Gilkey	25	5	0
Roger Clemens	24	3	0
Brady Anderson	21	4	0
Albert ...
DL from MN Posted: September 07, 2016 at 04:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The Most Annoying Man In The World

Over the last decade if you asked Red Sox fans who the most annoying man in the world is I suspect you would be greeted with a rousing chorus of “Clay Buchholz” responses.  Buchholz is unbelievably annoying to root for.  The guy is hurt constantly, he moves at a pace that even Josh Beckett would say “hey dude, pick it up a bit” and dear god if I see one more friggen pickoff attempt when the runner is standing on first base I am going to lose it.  On top of that he just looks slovenly.  I ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: September 07, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Just Enjoy It

WIth the end of the season fast approaching, there’s going to be plenty of stressful moments and opportunities for second guessing.  Whether the Cubs keep winning in October or not, I’ve found now is really a good time to just sit back and enjoy what we’ve seen over the last few years.  Obviously the title would be the ultimate, but I am at the point where I wouldn’t want to change places with any other fandom. 

Sometimes it’s just fun to step back and consider the numbers.  It’s only ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: September 06, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Expanding Their Horizons

After a mildly disappointing (3-3) homestand the Sox will hit the road for an important long trip.  They will likely do so with some roster reinforcements and I just want to lay down some quick thought on the relevant players;

Bullpen - Joe Kelly, Noe Ramirez, Henry Owens, Heath Hembree, Chandler Shepherd

The last Red Sox reliever to throw a 1-2-3 eighth inning in a save situation was Matt Barnes…on July 9th.  At this point any remotely healthy arm should be called up and given a look.  ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 31, 2016 at 04:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Games With Numbers

This is going to be short, but just a quick guesstimate as to how the rest of the season might play out for the 72-58 Red Sox;

Tampa - 2-1 (2-1)
at Oakland - 2-1 (2-1)
at San Diego - 1-2 (2-1)
at Toronto - 1-2 (2-1)
Baltimore - 2-1 (1-2)
NYY - 2-2 (4-0)
at Baltimore - 2-2 (4-0)
at Tampa - 2-1 (3-0)
at New York - 1-2
Toronto - 2-1
Total - 17-15
Final - 89-73

I don’t think there is anything in there that is particularly outrageous.  I think if they do that the Sox are probably a Wild Card ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: It Gets Easier…But Not Easy

Faced with a daunting 11 game road trip that started with five games in four cities in a five day stretch they put the hammer down starting the trip 5-1 before stumbling a bit at the end.  By any objective measure a 7-4 road trip is excellent but it feels a bit disappointing given that of the four losses three of them (Detroit last week and the last two days in Tampa) really felt like winnable games.  That the Orioles and Blue Jays have both stumbled a bit certainly was an added bonus.

Having ...

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: August 26, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: Is that good?

Can he move into 2nd by the end of the year?

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 24, 2016 at 03:26 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1996 Ballot

For 1996, each voter should rank the top 14 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 7 September 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 6 September 2016.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 24, 2016 at 03:19 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: What the FIP?

The Cubs pitching has been statistically extreme in some interesting ways.

First, let’s look at FIP.  FIP (“fielding independent pitching”) attempts to capture a pitcher’s performance, in a term similar to ERA, that does not depend on the fickle fate of balls hit in play. As a team, the Cubs have greatly outperformed their team FIP, posting a 3.13 team ERA (best in MLB), compared to 3.80 FIP (fourth in MLB).  I believe the last time a team finished the season with a higher difference was 2002, ...

Andere Richtingen Posted: August 24, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
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