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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 ...

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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.  ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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, ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: August 24, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1996 Discussion

The Yankees beat the Braves in the World Series. Vote for 14 this year.

Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Barry Bonds		37.8		9.6
Alex Rodriguez		32.2		9.4
Ken Caminiti		35.5		7.6
Jeff Bagwell		39.8		7.5
Mike Piazza		33.3		5.4
Ken Griffey Jr		26.9		9.7
Barry Larkin		31.3		7.2
Chuck Knoblauch		31.5		8.6
Bernard Gilkey		25.5		8.0
Gary Sheffield		32.6		5.9
Brady Anderson		30.6		6.9
Jim Thome		28.3		7.5
Chipper Jones		25.5		6.2
Steve Finley		27.6		5.7
Lance Johnson		25.3		7.2
Frank Thomas		27.0		5.5
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DL from MN Posted: August 03, 2016 at 07:05 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1995 Results

Congratulations to Greg Maddux on winning back to back MMP awards.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Greg Maddux	157	11	8
Barry Bonds	137	11	2
Edgar Martinez	127	11	0
Randy Johnson	119	11	0
Mike Piazza	105	11	0
Albert Belle	102	11	0
Tim Salmon	88	11	0
John Valentin	86	9	0
Craig Biggio	70	10	0
Barry Larkin	62	9	0
Frank Thomas	45	6	1
Reggie Sanders	43	8	0
Mark McGwire	36	6	0
Jim Thome	36	6	0
Chuck Knoblauch	28	5	0
Mike Mussina	22	5	0
Bernie Williams	13	3	0
David Cone	6	1	0
Tom Glavine	5	2	0
Jim ...
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DL from MN Posted: August 03, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 9 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 | 12 comment(s)
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