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   1. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 10, 2017 at 07:55 AM (#5490319)
A few other notes:

- Boston has played the 2nd-fewest homes games in the AL (Only the White Sox, with 37, have played fewer than Boston's 39). The Red Sox have played 50 road games, and only 39 home games. They also have the highest winning percentage in the AL at home, at 25-14. These are all good signs for the second half.

- Isn't Hanley Ramirez worthy of note for being so...unworthy of note. He and Moreland are virtually identical stats lines thus far, and with Moreland's defense, he's been more valuable. Ramirez has floated below the surface, perhaps because his fellow FA-signee Panda has been such a wreck, but Ramirez has been very disappointing. A lot of days, he's the 7th-best hitter in the lineup. Oh, how I miss Papi...

- Two things that concern me the most: 1) The bullpen behind Kimbrel; 2) the lack of rotation depth. Pomeranz has only pitched 90 innings this year, but it is difficult to expect more than another 60 inning or so out of him this year. I have no confidence in Rodriguez's ability to stay healthy.
   2. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:38 AM (#5490350)
I knew Moreland had regressed, but I didn't realize he'd been hitting so poorly (67 wRC+ over last 30 days). Hanley's hitting .293/.356/.511 (124 wRC+) over that span.

Sox players over the last 30 days

Leon actually was a pretty serviceable catcher over the last two months (111 wRC+ in May and 102 in June), but his numbers are dragged down by his god awful April (14 wRC+). Vazquez has an 18 wRC+ over the last 30 days. Killer B's san Bogaerts have been killing it and Pedroia's been much better as of late.
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 10, 2017 at 11:46 AM (#5490434)
Biggest Disappointment - Rick Porcello - I never thought Porcello could replicate his brilliance of 2016 but I was similarly certain he would not relapse to 2015 numbers either. With that said his last few starts have been pretty solid and I expect a better second half from the righty.


Chris Sale is amazing, though. And Mookie is Mookie.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 13, 2017 at 01:44 PM (#5492979)
So all the talk about Frazier...what are the chances the White Sox might give up Abreu?
   5. Bad Fish Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:02 PM (#5493272)
At this point in the season, I am pretty optimistic. The team hasn't had a losing streak of any significance, which is usually a hallmark of good team and for a change they have been a little lucky. They have a significantly more favorable schedule than any of their divisional rivals (as Alex Speier notes in 108 Stitches) and for the most part they are doing this without too many peak individual seasons - Sale and Kimbrel - but nothing really outside expectations. They have a lot more opportunity in the 2nd half with an improved Price and the return of Edro. Hanley and Porcello are ripe for turnarounds, they should get Holt back soon, the production from 3rd base seems to have stabilized, they might get Smith back and I think AB has some improvement in him. Even Fister offers some opportunity with the rotational flexibility he offers and a potential veteran arm for the bullpen.

I predict they stand pat at 3rd base. With the glut of organizational utility infielders they trade one of Holt, Lin or Marrero for a RP.
   6. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 14, 2017 at 09:20 AM (#5493373)
The note from Speier about more home games post-break than they've ever had in the 162 game schedule was a surprising one to me. That is really encouraging. I still think the bullpen needs help. I don't trust Kelly worth a damn and Barnes has been inconsistent.
   7. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:37 AM (#5493432)
And goodbye Fat Panda.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:48 AM (#5493441)
And goodbye Fat Panda.
That news combined with the release of Peralta opens up the Pawtucket 3B spot for Devers.

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