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Monday, April 22, 2019

A Weekend of Necessity

After kind of seeing their world turned upside down for a few weeks the Red Sox pretty much ticked all the boxes this weekend and more importantly picked up three much needed wins.  It is only April etc…but the reality is that 8 1/2 back at the start of the weekend meant being swept would have put them 11 1/2 out and even simply losing 2 out of 3 would have had them 9 1/2 out.  It is early enough that those are deficits that can be overcome but that would have been a heck of a hole to climb out of on April 21.

The weekend kind of was the blueprint for the expectations this year.  The rotation turned in three solid if unspectacular starts (though this was Johnny Vander Meer level stuff after the first 19 games), the offense was fairly potent and the bullpen was a bit dicey.  All in all the Sox gave themselves (or at least their fans) a chance to exhale on a flight home for a ten game homestand.  Some thoughts;

- As good as the offense was I found it a bit frustrating that there seemed to be a lack of adding on runs.  Saturday never should have been in doubt after the 5-0 lead in the second.  The Sox seem to have a habit this year of scoring early then shutting it down the rest of the way.  They have simply given away too many early leads this year and while a lot of that is on the tire fire of a rotation the Sox could have picked up a couple of wins by padding those leads some.

- Hey how about Michael Chavis?  That is a heck of a way to make a Major League debut and while you can argue that Kevin Kiermayer probably should have made the play the ball was absolutely torched and the way it turned in the air made it a very difficult play.  I’ll confess to some skepticism regarding Chavis (and Bobby Dalbec as well) due to some less than pleasant looking K/BB rates but he looked like a guy who belonged.  I thought he was particularly impressive in his limited chances at second base on Sunday.  For a guy who has not played the position much to make his MLB defensive debut at that spot is a challenge.  At the very least he provides a different look on the heels of struggles from guys like Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez.

- If there was one criticism over the weekend it was the bullpen which had a rough go.  I kind of felt bad for Matt Barnes who gave up a homer on a fastball Saturday that had me screaming about not throwing a curveball that has been very good this year.  Then Sunday he comes back and throws a curveball that hung and wound up for a homer.  Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.  Ryan Brasier the Savior (no? OK, no) was very good Friday and Sunday and got himself more than a bit of help on the play to end the game Saturday with Vazquez and Pearce combining on the pickoff.  Marcus Walden’s work on Saturday can’t be overstated, for a guy who isn’t really a strikeout pitcher he got two big ones to maintain the tie.  The one guy I have no interest in seeing anymore of is Heath Hembree.  My personal current ranking of bullpen confidence is;

Matt Barnes
Ryan Brasier
-gap-
Colton Brewer
Marcus Walden
Brandon Workman
-gap-
Hector Velazquez
Tyler Thornburg
-gap-
Eduardo Nunez
-gap-
A batting tee
-gap-
Heath Hembree

- Lost in all the hubbub on Saturday and Sunday was Jackie Bradley making some key contributions at the plate.  The ninth inning uprising started with him delivering a lead off single against a very good lefty reliever.  Then on Sunday JBJ, who is in my estimation a terrible bunter, got down a beauty for a sacrifice to set up Christian Vazquez’ game winning sac fly.  If the Sox can get JBJ going that is going to help a LOT.

- Not enough can be said about the rotation starting to come around.  The loss of Nathan Eovaldi hurts of course this was hands down the best trip through the rotation the Sox have gotten and ideally they will build on that this week.

Baby steps when you start out 6-13 are what you need.  That is what the Sox got this weekend.  Part of the problem of looking at last year is how outrageous it was.  If you set that aside and compare to other successful seasons the 9-13 performance is not out of the norm.  The 2017 team had a stretch of 8-14, 2016 went 9-13 a bunch of times, 2013 went 10-12 a bunch.  How they got here is not ideal but if they are getting ready to take off, and it is worth noting that they have played just six home games while playing 16 on the road, this is the time to do it.

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   1. villageidiom Posted: April 22, 2019 at 10:49 AM (#5834083)
Cross-posted from the other thread before I noticed this one was up:
The team still has flaws, but I think it's not pretty well demonstrated in the first 3 weeks of the season that every AL East team has flaws. Personally I like* Boston's flaws the best, maybe followed by Tampa Bay. This weekend's games were not automatic wins but a lot of what we saw this weekend - in terms of what they did to win - is in line with what we expected going in to this season.

* In terms of ability to overcome them and win games.
The thing to remember - which is why in the prior thread I was saying to focus on being 2.5 out of second instead of 8 out of first - is that Tampa Bay would not keep up their pace at the time. They were near a 120-win pace. Boston didn't have to make up 8 games; they needed to make up 3 or 4 games on what a well-playing Rays team could reasonably be expected to achieve, and the Rays would take care of the rest by regressing into being just a well-playing team. And Boston is one of the more capable teams of making up that kind of ground through their own play.
   2. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 22, 2019 at 01:48 PM (#5834160)
Sounds like a potential set back for Holt - taken off his rehab assignment, but not activated? 2B is going to be a #### show all year, again, isn't it? 6 players with a combined .322 OPS...
   3. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 22, 2019 at 04:10 PM (#5834235)
Rainout tonight, play two tomorrow.
   4. pikepredator Posted: April 22, 2019 at 04:38 PM (#5834240)
Rainout tonight, play two tomorrow.


Probably just as well, give the bullpen a little rest. Too bad about the rain in Boston, it's perfect baseball weather up here in Vermont.
   5. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: April 22, 2019 at 04:48 PM (#5834243)
So....should the Sox be kicking the tires on Gio?
   6. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:17 PM (#5834274)
I’d check out GIo. I’m not a big fan of his but with Johnson and Eovaldi out already adding in some depth wouldn’t be a bad idea. In a perfect world we’d pursue Keuchel but I think the Sox want desperately to stay below the LT to help with re-signing Mookie.

Looks like Chandler Shepherd who is on the 40 man already will be the call up as the 26th man tomorrow. I like him, he’s an interesting guy. Nothing special but throws a lot of strikes, I feel like he could have a bit of a run out of the bullpen.
   7. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 23, 2019 at 09:30 AM (#5834370)
What about going the opener route and then seeing how far Velazquez could go in a game? He's got the arm to do it, if his stuff is on he should be able to go for 3 or 4 innings. Not ideal maybe, but I'd be interested in seeing the Sox try it.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:07 PM (#5834545)
Whew, I was starting to feel optimistic, that should help.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: April 23, 2019 at 06:03 PM (#5834614)
We are now in the Darwinzone
   10. Chip Posted: April 23, 2019 at 10:01 PM (#5834689)
JD deciding to slump all at once sure has been a big part of blunting the momentum so far today, 0-7 w/4Ks, eleventy-billion LOB (OK, it’s only 8 so far, but it feels like eleventy-billion).
   11. Chip Posted: April 23, 2019 at 10:23 PM (#5834697)
At least Mookie hasn’t regressed again to trying to pull pitches on the outer edges of the zone, and popping them up as a result.

Oh wait.
   12. Chip Posted: April 23, 2019 at 10:30 PM (#5834704)
Then again, we can appreciate the pitchers stepping up to continue shutting down one of the most anemic offenses in baseball.

Ha! Just kidding!

23 H so far across the doubleheader. 11 XBH. Batting practice.
   13. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 24, 2019 at 07:21 AM (#5834775)
This is incomprehensible. This isn't a team lacking talent, this is a team underperforming in every aspect of the game. My one hope is they don't panic if they DO drop out of the race (and I still think by June they will be in or around first place for some reason). There is no reason to go dealing people like JDM or (god forbid) Mookie.
   14. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 24, 2019 at 07:28 AM (#5834776)
You know what I've been thinking of watching this? The 2005 Yankees. They dropped to 11-19, had lost 8 out of 10 and were looking sluggish and then just got on a roll. The 11-19 stretch was the part of the season that made no sense and I kind of expect the Sox to get on a roll at some point but man they are slogging along right now.
   15. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 24, 2019 at 07:47 AM (#5834779)
Meanwhile the team of Luke Voit, Clint Frazier, D. J. LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, Mike Tauchman, Mike Ford and Thairo Estrada is fast becoming the new AL juggernaut.** And be honest, other than LeMahieu and Voit and maybe Frazier, how many of these superstars had any of you ever heard of until about 10 days ago?

**(Well, at least when they're playing the Orioles, Red Sox, Royals and Angels.)
   16. Nasty Nate Posted: April 25, 2019 at 10:29 AM (#5835209)
So I bought a cheap ticket to last night's game on StubHub. Last year, I was able to print StubHub tickets because my account was linked with my Red Sox tickets account, where I could generate a PDF. Unless I just was incompetent in my efforts, this is no longer an option as my Red Sox ticket inventory did not list my StubHub ticket. And then I tried to download the StubHub app and also to update my version of the MLB Ballpark app. But my phone is old and out of date and therefore no longer compatible with the new version of the apps. I was able to call up a mobile version of my ticket on my phone through the StubHub website. I did stop by the will call window because I know it's an option if your phone malfunctions or something, but because I had called up the mobile ticket it counted as being "printed" - even though I did not have the option of actually printing it - so they couldn't print me a physical ticket. So I took my phone to the gate and tried to scan my dim screen with air-bubbled screen-guard, and thankfully after several tries it read my ticket and I went in.
   17. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 01:35 PM (#5835297)
I did stop by the will call window because I know it's an option if your phone malfunctions or something, but because I had called up the mobile ticket it counted as being "printed" - even though I did not have the option of actually printing it - so they couldn't print me a physical ticket.


You've got to see the sense in that though, right? You were able to get into the game with the ticket being scanned off your phone. If they had printed a paper copy as well you could have given that copy to someone to scalp for you and still entered the game with your phone ticket.
   18. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5835298)
Oooh, unexpected benefit, if the Sox continue to suck, how quickly does the 2ndary market get flooded with cheap seats?
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: April 25, 2019 at 01:49 PM (#5835305)
You've got to see the sense in that though, right? You were able to get into the game with the ticket being scanned off your phone. If they had printed a paper copy as well you could have given that copy to someone to scalp for you and still entered the game with your phone ticket.
Right, but that conundrum already exists with almost every ticket. For example, I bought tickets to next Monday's game through the Red Sox website, and they mailed me physical tickets. But I can log-in to my Red Sox profile and also print PDFs of those same tickets. In addition, I could use my cell phone (if it was new enough to have the Ballpark app) to be scanned in at the gates. So for those tickets there are plenty of other options if I don't want to (or can't) use my phone for mobile ticketing.

But for StubHub, the failsafe for phone problems apparently is invalidated if I click the button to view the ticket. So I guess one shouldn't call up the ticket for StubHub until the last possible moment. That seems counter-intuitive because it would be nice to make sure it actually works in advance.
   20. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 25, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5835309)
If they had printed a paper copy as well you could have given that copy to someone to scalp for you and still entered the game with your phone ticket.

Don't these tickets all have serialized bar codes on them? Once that particular code is scanned upon someone using it to enter the park, the system would not allow entry to someone else entering the park using the same barcode, even if it's on a different physical ticket/device.
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: April 25, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5835312)
Don't these tickets all have serialized bar codes on them? Once that particular code is scanned upon someone using it to enter the park, the system would not allow entry to someone else entering the park using the same barcode, even if it's on a different physical ticket/device.
In that scenario the guy buying the scalped ticket would have gotten scammed.
   22. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM (#5835319)
This is similar to the situation in Tampa where they talked about going cashless at the ballpark. It's generally a good idea but there is a section of the fanbase that is going to have a problem with it. My 73 year old father is actually pretty technologically astute but he still has a flip phone. He has to borrow my mother's phone if he wants to go to a game. That's not veryinviting.
   23. villageidiom Posted: April 25, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5835351)
Apropos of nothing, when I got WS tickets in 2013 I was only receiving the ticket electronically, but had the option to print them once. So I printed them... to a PDF. Then I printed the PDF once on normal paper to scan at the game, and I printed it again on card stock to have a ticket as a keepsake.
   24. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 25, 2019 at 04:01 PM (#5835382)
vi sounds like the kind of guy who rebroadcasts baseball games with implied verbal consent.
   25. Nasty Nate Posted: April 25, 2019 at 04:10 PM (#5835391)
vi sounds like the kind of guy who rebroadcasts baseball games with implied verbal consent.
I humbly confess to not sitting in my purchased seat and throw myself at the mercy of the court. By amazing coincidence, I sat in a row of infield box seats that I happened to notice was still unsold through the Sox site an hour before the game...
   26. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 25, 2019 at 04:28 PM (#5835403)
My god, you people have no appreciation for the rule of law!
   27. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 25, 2019 at 10:16 PM (#5835512)
Fun with selective endpoints. Since dropping to 2-8 the Sox are 9-7 and playing at that pace the rest of the way will get them to 88 wins. Not enough but they really haven’t played good baseball yet. It would be nice if they could avoid giving away the optimism they’ve built up by winning another series against Tampa.
   28. Answer Guy. Posted: April 25, 2019 at 10:51 PM (#5835519)
Fun with Projections:
If they win games at a 90-win pace from here on out, they finish 86-76 and are almost certainly a non-playoff team. I still think the fundamentals are better than this, but it could be that everything that could possibly have gone right did so last season and that 2019 is just a lot of regression to the mean.
If they win games at a 95-win pace going forward, they finish, they finish 91-71. It's possible though not likely 91 wins is enough in the East if the Yankees are sufficiently hobbled and Tampa doesn't hit its ceiling. 91 may also be just enough for a Wild Card spot. Of the three scenarios, this one feels like the one with the best chance of happening.
If they win games at a 100-win pace the rest of the way, that's good for 95-67. 95 wins is probably good enough for a WC, and is probably about a game or so below where I'd set an over:under on how many games the AL East winner ends up winning. This one also feels overly optimistic given what the pitching staff looks like.
   29. Answer Guy. Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:04 PM (#5835520)
When they went penthouse-to-outhouse in 2014, the rest of the division was stronger than it appears to be now. They let an All-Star caliber regular in Jacoby Ellsbury walk out the door and his replacements in CF put up some pretty feeble numbers. (Which turned out to be the right decision in the long run, but putting that aside for a minute.) They sent Jon Lester away midseason. So it doesn't feel like anything like 2014 *should* happen here. Their pitching staff is maybe a bit on the old side, which is a little concerning.
   30. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 25, 2019 at 11:15 PM (#5835526)
This isn’t 2014, or at least shouldn’t be. The 2013 team really wasn’t that good. Just match ‘em up position by position and other than second base I don’t think you can give a nod to the 2014 team.

The pitching staff is the question as you note. This group should be considerably better but so far they haven’t been.
   31. Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2019 at 08:54 AM (#5835567)
This isn’t 2014, or at least shouldn’t be. The 2013 team really wasn’t that good.
Hey, that's gratuitous!

Funny it apparently never works the other way. I've yet to hear how the 2012 team was actually good because the 2011 and 2013 teams won lots of games...
   32. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 26, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5835579)
Really? I have heard (and said) that a lot. When I say the 2013 team really wasn't that good I mean they had no business winning 96 games and a World Series title. They always felt like a mid to high 80s team and there is no reason the 2012 team shouldn't have at least been there but for Voldemort's adept management style.
   33. Chip Posted: April 29, 2019 at 07:51 PM (#5836527)
Starting to appear that the weekend in Tampa was a fraud. Back to stinking up the joint in multiple ways.
   34. Answer Guy. Posted: April 29, 2019 at 08:04 PM (#5836536)
Yeah, this is starting to uncomfortably resemble 2014. Oddly I kinda saw it coming then and have been blindsided by it this time.
   35. Chip Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:10 PM (#5836559)
Nice comeback built on the A’s gift-wrapping a rally with a two—error inning that also included a gross misread by Laureano of a Bogaerts drive to center (payback for the plays he made against Xander in Oakland). But despite being handed a lead E-Rod can’t even make it through 5.
   36. Answer Guy. Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:32 PM (#5836593)
And just to put an exclamation point on nothing coming easy, the Sox go into the top of the 9th with a 5-run lead...but the A's bring the tying run on deck with just one out.
   37. SandyRiver Posted: April 30, 2019 at 05:08 PM (#5836867)
When I say the 2013 team really wasn't that good I mean they had no business winning 96 games and a World Series title. They always felt like a mid to high 80s team and there is no reason the 2012 team shouldn't have at least been there but for Voldemort's adept management style.

My memory of 2013 was that a bunch of replacement-level position players had career years, guys with OPS+ of 90 suddenly at 110-120. That plus decent pitching and catching some breaks went a long way.
   38. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 30, 2019 at 10:32 PM (#5836996)
So after staring 2-8, the Red Sox have gone 11-9. Not exactly a new dawn but maybe rumours of sunlight on the next continent to the East. Mookie heating up, but Moreland back to being Moreland. Young Chavis looking good and if they can get Sale sorted out, then my on-going joke about the 8-2 stretch might actually happen.
   39. SoSH U at work Posted: April 30, 2019 at 10:45 PM (#5837004)
My memory of 2013 was that a bunch of replacement-level position players had career years, guys with OPS+ of 90 suddenly at 110-120. That plus decent pitching and catching some breaks went a long way.


I wouldn't describe it quite that way, other than Salty and Nava. They just had everyone performing at pretty near the top end of what could be expected of them, which is pretty damn rare.

   40. SoSH U at work Posted: April 30, 2019 at 10:45 PM (#5837005)
Double post.
   41. Nasty Nate Posted: May 01, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5837078)
They just had everyone performing at pretty near the top end of what could be expected of them, which is pretty damn rare.
It seems to me like 1-2 teams every year have that. 2018 Sox, 2017 Astros, 2016 Indians, 2015 Jays etc - and that's only quickly looking at the AL.
   42. Answer Guy. Posted: May 01, 2019 at 09:09 PM (#5837420)
Fun With Projections:
See Post #25 above. The 90-win pace projection improves to 87 wins from 86, which of course is still highly unlikely to yield a postseason appearance of any kind.
The 95-win (91-71) and 100-win (95-67) projections remain unchanged. If anything has changed, it's that I'm less sanguine about the idea that 95 wins (much less 91) would actually win the division.

   43. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: May 03, 2019 at 11:22 AM (#5837922)
A bit of a frustrating loss last night but another good start. The rotation is starting to round into shape (paging Chris Sale, Chris Sale to the white courtesy pitching rubber) and for all the talk about what's wrong with the Sox crappy starting pitching was issues 1 through 10 frankly. In their first 24 games they had four (4!) quality starts. They have five true quality starts in the last eight games plus a combined effort from Velazquez and Walden. If the rotation straightens out to its ability then they will be fine.
   44. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 05, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5838516)
I like Michael Chavis. Don't trade him for a shitty reliever.
   45. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2019 at 12:15 PM (#5838529)
It seems to me like 1-2 teams every year have that. 2018 Sox,


Just looking at the 2018 Sox, I'm not seeing that. The catcher position, Nunez, Bradley, Devers were nowhere near the top of what you could expect from them. As a whole, they clearly outperformed all expectations. But they had a lot of positions come in at or under the projections.

   46. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2019 at 12:20 PM (#5838531)

I like Michael Chavis. Don't trade him for a shitty reliever.


I went to the Sox game last night, thanks to my son's girlfriend's father, who secured us club seats for the ballgame. We got there late, as my son was playing a doubleheader earlier in the afternoon. When we arrived, the bottom of the second was just ending. Our hosts asked if we wanted to grab some dinner in the club lounge. We did. So I sat and watched on the television as the Sox went nuts in the third just a couple of hundred feet beyond. We were just walking outside to our seats when Nunez went deep, so I missed all of the scoring live.

I did get to see Chavis's second homer. He looked great.
   47. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 05, 2019 at 01:03 PM (#5838544)
But they had a lot of positions come in at or under the projections.


Really going out on a limb there SoSH. They had the WORST cumulative WAA in the majors at C and 3B and were 29th at 2B. I'd hazard a guess that that was below everyones' projections.
   48. SoSH U at work Posted: May 05, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5838547)
Really going out on a limb there SoSH. They had the WORST cumulative WAA in the majors at C and 3B and were 29th at 2B. I'd hazard a guess that that was below everyones' projections.


If you want to highlight that, you really don't want to read Post 41.
   49. Nasty Nate Posted: May 05, 2019 at 05:46 PM (#5838596)
Red Sox win again and are almost back af .500. They have passed the Jays.
   50. Chip Posted: May 06, 2019 at 12:02 AM (#5838669)
Run differential: ZERO! Seemed impossible they could get even that far only 10 days ago.
   51. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 06, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5838755)
If you want to highlight that, you really don't want to read Post 41.


I saw that, and agree that it's just not correct re the 2018 Sox. I just thought you were too nice!

I think that's why I was so OK with the Sox not adding anybody for 2019. Yeah, you can't expect Betts or Martinez to go off like they did again, but you also would think Devers, Vazquez, random 2B-du-jour to be better as well. And they have been! JBJ is doing his best trying to keep up the underwhelming side, I noticed the Sox are last in the game in WAA at CF.
   52. Chip Posted: May 06, 2019 at 12:23 PM (#5838775)
Price to IL with elbow tendinitis.

Good thing there’s such great starting pitching depth on the 40-man.
   53. SoSH U at work Posted: May 06, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5838780)
I just thought you were too nice!


That's always been my great fault.

   54. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: May 06, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5838783)
The Red Sox have 17 wins. Their biggest margin of victory in their first 9 wins, was 4 (4-0 over Baltimore). All of their 8 wins since then have been by at least 4 runs.
   55. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: May 06, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5838789)
All of their 8 wins since then have been by at least 4 runs.
That's...well...it's crazy town banana pants.
   56. villageidiom Posted: May 06, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5838850)
The thing to remember - which is why in the prior thread I was saying to focus on being 2.5 out of second instead of 8 out of first - is that Tampa Bay would not keep up their pace at the time. They were near a 120-win pace. Boston didn't have to make up 8 games; they needed to make up 3 or 4 games on what a well-playing Rays team could reasonably be expected to achieve, and the Rays would take care of the rest by regressing into being just a well-playing team. And Boston is one of the more capable teams of making up that kind of ground through their own play.
Alas, they've fallen a half-game further out of second place.
   57. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 06, 2019 at 10:22 PM (#5838988)
And just when mediocrity beckons....the Sox get smacked down by lefty John Means..He of the ERA+ of 160!...but a FIP of around 4.50....

There have been some real positives the last couple of weeks so I'm pretty upbeat and just hope they have enough time to cobble together 90 wins or so. Price going on the IL, does not help.
   58. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 07, 2019 at 11:03 PM (#5839456)
Mediocrity is ever Sooooo close. Now 18-19. Here's what I'm kind of hoping..

They get to 20-20, play 57% ball the rest of the way and end up around 90 wins.

I'd really like for them to play 60% ball and end up around 93 wins or more though, that would be nice.



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