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Thursday, November 26, 2009
The 2009-2010 Offseason, Theo Style Part 4: The Big Deal that Is Really Going to Happen (or not)
I hadn’t thought of this piece of the offseason puzzle when I came up with this idea for an offseason series, but the big deal is a part of every offseason. ARod was the first, IIRC. Weeks of fevered speculation followed by the news that the darn players union hadn’t allowed it to go through. Curse you, organized labor for not bowing to our needs! For several years, Manny Ramirez filled this role with aplomb. Manny was always about to be dealt. Things had finally reached a boiling point and the ...Read More...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The 2009-2010 Offseason, Theo Style, Part III: The Rotation
Last offseason, the Red Sox took some quite large risks in the rotation by shelling out moderate contracts to Brad Penny and John Smoltz, neither of which provided them with much value at all. The one nice thing about those deals was that they were only for one year, allowing the Red Sox to have some money freed up for the rotation this year. And with Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, Buchholz, and Wakefield in the rotation, there’s certainly room for another starter. That’s especially true in light ...Read More...
Friday, November 13, 2009
The 2009-2010 Offseason, Theo Style, Part II: SS
Remember, the key here is to pile up a depth of decent to good players. Because this is the case, there’s just no way that the 2010 season can start with Jed Lowrie as the starting SS and only a utility infielder behind him. He’s just too risky in the health (and possible talent) department. Option 1 would be to trade for a SS who’s established himself as a good Major Leaguer, pushing Lowrie into a utility role. Hardy would have been a good fit but he’s already been dealt. Another option would ...Read More...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The 2009-2010 Offseason, Theo Style
It’s taken me a couple years but I’ve finally come to terms with how this team operates. They place an extremely high priority on reaching 95-ish wins and very little importance on winning the division. I’ve found this frustrating and often disagreed with some of the ways they went about it, but now I’ve realized that there is no point in getting all bent out of shape about it. They’re not going to change their tactics to please a small minority of fans (I think there are 2 of us) who want ...Read More...
Monday, October 12, 2009
Hot Stove Already?
[MCOA at it again, figuring what to do this offseason.]
There are already three threads with Red Sox off-season talk ongoing. My quick take is that a lot of these discussions center on the Red Sox acquiring Joe Mauer, Felix Hernandez, Albert Pujols, or Mecha-Pedro. Suffice it to say that I support Theo Epstein’s ongoing effort to construct a Mecha-Pedro out of muffin tins and VCR chips, and I would whole-heartedly sign off on any similar acquisitions. There’s not really much further ...Read More...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Well, That Sucked
[MCOA chimes in the the postmortem.
I just got back from the ballgame, and I thought it might be interesting to post
There were so many ways that the Red Sox could have not lost this game.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Back to Boston, Down 2-0
Someone didn’t send the Angels the message that they are supposed to be losing. Heading back to Boston, the Red Sox have their work cut out for them. They’ve burned their two best starters and now must hope for their lesser lights to get the job done. Here’s hoping.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Why the Red Sox Are Going to Be Totally Awesome in the Postseason
[MCOA breaks out the CFBPS to size up the Red Sox’ chances in the postseason.]
1) The Red Sox are best at preventing runs of the AL playoff teams. Despite working in the worst pitcher’s park in the American League, they ranked third in runs allowed, behind only the White Sox and Mariners. The playoff staff reflects the season staff – Lester is one of the five best pitchers in the league, and Beckett tops any other club’s #2. Matsuzaka is clearly healthy and back to his old 110 ERA+ ...Read More...
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Through 162—What Say You?
A lot of the focus at this time of year is, for good reason, on the upcoming playoffs. But now is also a great time to take a look back at the season. After all of the ups and downs, the Red Sox came in at 95-67, the third best record in the American League. They got some very exciting performances, including Jacoby Ellsbury’s shattering of the team’s SB record, another sub-2.00 ERA out of Jonathan Papelbon (ho hum), and great partial seasons from trade acquisitions Victor Martinez and Alex ...Read More...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Playoff Roster Thread: Finally, Our Chance to Talk about George Kottaras
[Matt Clement of Alexandria has volunteered to contribute some content during the playoff drive. Here’s his first entry—it’s quite entertaining. Enjoy.]
The Red Sox clinched the AL Wild Card last night in dramatic fashion, sitting around in their underwear watching Texas lose on the teevee, following a five-game losing streak. Bathos is a kind of drama. The team has used the last two weeks for a specific purpose – not winning games, but determining their playoff roster. So we actually ...Read More...
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Wonderful Year of Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury is having just about the type of offensive year that most projection systems expected him to have. His slash line of .304/.356/.423 is just about what ZIPS, James, and company had him for coming into the year. Yet, somehow, I’m very happily surprised at his success. Perhaps it was his mediocre start to the year or his stellar 63/10 SB/CS ratio. But whatever it is, he’s been a lot of fun to watch.
What is baffling about this year is how horrible Fangraphs’ UZR thinks his ...Read More...
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Time to Break the Latest Curse
If the Red Sox are going to go out and pickup a former Red Sox SS, they should get on the phone to Oakland and see if they can reacquire Nomar for one last shot. He played SS adequately for LA last year and put up a 792 OPS. There is at least an outside chance he’ll be a viable bat at the bottom of the lineup. And getting him back may break the string of horrible, awful, SS-related decisions that have happened since his departure.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
So, What Is the Best Lineup, Anyway?
With the additions of Casey Kotchman and Victor Martinez, the Red Sox have a lot of flexibility in their lineups. What’s the best lineup to be putting out there on a nightly basis? If it were up to me, I’d do this:
Install Martinez as the starting catcher with Tek spotting him, playing there about twice a week and pushing Martinez to 1B. Lowell ...Read More...
Thursday, July 30, 2009
How about Putting in the Best Lineup?
Make sure to play Nick Green every other day. Give David Ortiz a day off from his strenuous DH role. Wait until JD Drew starts hitting, then sit him down for a night. Whatever you do, don’t put your best lineup on the field on any given night. This team is acting (again) like they’ve got the playoffs all locked up, when in fact they face a reasonably serious threat from Texas and Tampa Bay (the division is very unlikely at this point). This is not a good idea.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Red Sox Trade Deadline Thread
I like the deal of Lugo, the deal to get LaRoche for very little, and the DFA of Kotsay (who has really been a poor fit for this team since last year, when he took away Casey’s spot). Will anything else happen before the deadline? The Red Sox have a ton of pitching depth to deal and I would love to see some of it put to use on a real difference maker. Halladay fits the bill, but I don’t think they will deal him in the division.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Chips Are just Worthless Pieces of Plastic if You Don’t Cash Them in
The Red Sox depth in pitching is a great asset, but it could serve them a lot better if they were willing to part with it. They have a rotation that goes about nine deep and a pen that has very reliable relief pitchers throwing mop-up (as well as some decent options in AAA). Meanwhile, it is not uncommon to see a Boston lineup that includes Nick Green, George Kottaras, and Mark Kotsay. The Red Sox really should cash in some of these chips to land a bat that is worth having in the lineup. Give ...Read More...
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Around the Minors: International Signings, Updated BA Top 25 and Staten Island
WEEI.com had a blog entry yesterday announcing that the Red Sox signed a couple of 16 year-old right-handers, and potential kung-fu fighters, Mario & Raul Alcantara, who evidently are not related. Mario went for $500k and Raul for $350k both throw mid-eighties with breaking stuff, and are big framed (6-foot-3), so one would think the RedSox are projecting a lot of growth. Raul is supposedly, one of the better international pitchers on the market this period. Neither pitcher is listed in ...Read More...
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Papi Is Officially Back
Seven HRs in the past 17 games now and looking very good at the plate—this is an actual hot streak, not just a streak of “good as I used to be.” I’m now confident that David Ortiz is not
only a decent hitter now, but likely to put something close to his established level of excellence. I think a line of .270/.360/.540 for the rest of the season is a reasonable expectation.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Red Sox Odds and Ends
A few things going on, most notably, the Dice-K situation.
—Dice K had an MRI which didn’t show any structural damage. But, turns out he has “weakness,” so it’s off to the DL! Taking his place until Smoltz is activated—Dusty Brown? The need for a non-hitting 3rd catcher is puzzling. You think they’d want to have Hunter Jones’s arm around for a bit, but likely inconsequential.
—Nick Green, today’s big hero, seems to be starting full time. It will be interesting to see what happens when ...Read More...
Monday, June 08, 2009
Minor League Thread: Draft Time
Just thought the Therapudians might want someplace to discuss the draft. Sox draft #28, 77, and 107.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Minor League Thread: The Red Sox Vaunted Pitching Depth
Did the Red Sox go too far in signing reclamation projects for their rotation this year. Here’s what their current rotation looks like:
Beckett, 5.01 ERA
Aside from just being brutally awful, is it possible that the Sox should have passed on Penny (or Smoltz) and left a slot open for one of the following guys (ERAs are at AAA):
Buchholz, 1.30 ERA
This question popped into my head as Buc was ...Read More...
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Delcarmen for Johnson: Where Do I Sign?
It really boggles my mind that the Red Sox—a team that is so obsessed with depth—has reportedly turned down a chance to trade from their tremendous bullpen depth to sure up the infield corners. In case you didn’t know, according the Peter Gammons and WEEI, the Sox turned down a Manny Delcarmen/Nick Johnson swap. I just can’t fathom how they didn’t jump at that opportunity. First off, Delcarmen has generally ceded his setup role to Ramon Ramirez. His gmLI (the leverage of the situations that ...Read More...
Papelbon: All Stuff and No Command
A rare Sox Therapy post just to say, I don’t like what’s going on with Jonathan Papelbon. There have been stories in the press that Papelbon has altered his delivery so that he puts less strain on his arm and can throw more pitches. So far, the result has been that he has far worse control and ends up throwing way more pitches per appearance. This finally caught up to him tonight when he walked Gary Sheffield by missing badly repeatedly, and then missed his location often on the batters that ...Read More...
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ellsburying the Yanks
Well, I guess the Sox are stuck with this guy at leadoff. You haters will just have to deal with it.
Great series for Ellsbury—he created a run by scoring from 2nd on the wild pitch and then, my favorite play in baseball, the straight steal of home. I went back and looked at the video and Pettitte definitely quick-pitched there (he skipped the 2nd half of his delivery and threw the ball while standing straight up), but they still couldn’t stop Ellsbury. Will he steal 100? 135? Probably, yes. ...Read More...
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Jacoby Ellsbury: Stuck in the Leadoff Role
Batting orders don’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but they do decide who gets the most plate appearances in a season. The Red Sox are currently giving the most ABs to their 7th best hitter (by both what his history and observation would suggestion). In doing so, they are transferring approximately 125 PAs from Pedroia/Papi/Youk/Drew/Bay/Lowell to him. I could see two sensible courses of action that would have both made sense. First, they could have batted Ellsbury 9th this ...Read More...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Minor League Thread—Spring 09 Edition
Junichi Tazawa apparently has really impressed the Red Sox before being sent down the other day. According to this very nice Globe article:
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Lester Locked Up for 5/$30 mil.
According to Yahoo, the Red Sox have signed Lester to a 5 year-$30 mil deal. There’s also a $13 mil. option. This buys out his last year of complete club control, his 3 years of arbitration, and 1-2 years of free agency.
This sounds a hair on the high side (if the projections are to believed), but to really evaluate the costs, I would have a small clue what’s going to happen with the economy. The Sox have locked up a young, promising, homegrown pitcher. That’s pretty good news. ...Read More...
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Projection vs. Observation: Jason Varitek and Luis Castillo
There’s been a lot of discussion among Red Sox fans over how Varitek will perform this year. The Mets fans are having a similar discussion about Luis Castillo. A large contingent of such fans are arguing that these players are toast. Looking at their projections, the argument goes, is a waste of time. Observing them play over the past season has made it clear that these guys will not contribute going forward.
I disagree with this and I would guess that these players are just as likely as ...Read More...
Friday, December 26, 2008
Forget 1B, Let’s Find a Catcher!
Now that the Red Sox have kept Lars Anderson’s path to the Majors clear, it seems that the best use for the cash that they saved would be in filling the starting catcher position. What if they could acquire one of these players in a trade, without giving up the farm:
—A durable 26-year-old who’s projected to hit about 290/380/440, who makes ~$50 mil over the next 3 years.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Teixeira’s Potential Impact on the Red Sox
I’ve already stated my support for the Red Sox going after Mark Teixeira based mainly on the fact that Boston has a bunch payroll room and he’s one of the top players on the market. But with Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis, and David Ortiz already on the team, it’s hard to figure how Teixeira will make sense financially. With that question in mind, I took a quick and dirty look at one possible scenario (the most likely one in my mind)—Teixeira is being brought in to replace Mike Lowell. Here’s what ...Read More...
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