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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 08, 2017 at 12:08 PM (#5450785)
In general the Sox defense (DER .685, 12th in AL) has let them down all too often.  While the focus has been on the bats the defense is the area that has surprised me the most.  I think we all expected some struggles from the Ortiz-free lineup but the defense has really disappointed.

UZR/150 rank among players with 200+ innings on defense, by position:

1B Moreland 16th (-3.5 UZR/150)
2B Pedroia 5th (+9.7)
3B Sandoval n/a (-14.2) - has only logged 139 defensive innings at 3B
SS Bogaerts 6th (+2.9)
LF Benintendi n/a (-7.2) - has only logged 141 defensive innings at LF
CF Bradley n/a (+18.8) - has only logged 142 defensive innings at CF
RF Betts 5th (+16.3)

Moreland has been surprisingly disappointing at 1B.
   2. jmurph Posted: May 08, 2017 at 12:15 PM (#5450800)
Moreland has been surprisingly disappointing at 1B.

But much better offensively than we had any reason to hope for. Probably some leveling coming on both sides?
   3. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: May 08, 2017 at 01:17 PM (#5450911)
Yeah I would be interested to know how much of that UZR is based on the three errors which is something I expect not to be an ongoing issue. The other thing I've noticed about Moreland and it's a weird thing is he doesn't stretch well. There have been a few plays recently where his stretch for throws from short or third was really poor. I can remember two where in each case the Sox got the out after a review but a better stretch would have made it a much easier play.
   4. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: May 10, 2017 at 01:25 PM (#5452785)
One thing I would like to see the Sox do is separate Porcello and Sale in the rotation. With the offday Monday they should be able to do it. It just feels like that would help spread things out a bit.
   5. John DiFool2 Posted: May 10, 2017 at 01:45 PM (#5452808)
Moreland has been surprisingly disappointing at 1B.

No surprise for Panda tho. Egad.

Benintendi is more of a surprise, thought he had the ability and the reads to go with it.
   6. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: May 12, 2017 at 08:31 AM (#5454039)
I love the way Farrell is using Kimbrel, he's won a couple of games already this way. But boy oh boy, if we are going to have one dependable reliever that just is not going to work.
   7. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: May 16, 2017 at 03:12 PM (#5456664)
So I may be the last person to know this but there was an article in one of the St. Louis papers today and within it they mentioned that Molina got in Manny's face during the 2004 World Series because the Cards thought he was signaling pitches to ortiz. I never knew why they were jawing with each other.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:46 AM (#5458248)
I didn't stay up, but it seems Farrell used his closer in a tie game in the 9th.

Amazingly, another pitcher was able to fulfill the easier job of protecting a lead later on.
   9. Absurd Joey Blotto Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:58 AM (#5458262)
Ben Taylor...13th inning save specialist.
   10. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM (#5458264)
Amazingly, another pitcher was able to fulfill the easier job of protecting a lead later on.
Winning pitcher: Abad. If that's not the most amazing part of that game, I don't know what is.

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