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   1. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 04, 2016 at 10:07 AM (#5258051)
This is far too rational and evenhanded for the Internet. As you say the 88 win piece is encouraging. The amazing thing to me is the 5-5 record over the last ten. It's remarkable the way they've played that they are getting some results.

Point three is such a great point. You wrote about cascading problems awhile back but Price getting hot like he did for Toronto last year would be a cascading solution.

Right now my biggest fear is that Dombrowski will deal Moncada or Espinoza. In my mind those are the guys who need to be untouchable. As much as I like Devers and Benintendi I'd be willing to move either guy in the right deal.
   2. villageidiom Posted: July 04, 2016 at 03:25 PM (#5258254)
This is far too rational and evenhanded for the Internet.
Damn. I was going for incoherent and unhinged. Gotta work on that.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 04, 2016 at 05:02 PM (#5258279)
Don't give up, I believe in you.
   4. Bad Fish Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:34 PM (#5258317)
After getting their teeth kicked in by jack-booted thugs wearing bowler hats and harmonizing to singing in the rain they have had two nice wins. Shaw is hitting again - maybe, O'Sullivan did enough to probably get another chance, HanRam is downright hot. I think we have weathered the storm.
   5. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: July 04, 2016 at 07:52 PM (#5258324)
They still need more pitching. Wright and Price and pray for Snow and Ice. They're on pace to score 900 runs, though, so at least it's mostly entertaining.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 05, 2016 at 01:38 AM (#5258397)
Right now my biggest fear is that Dombrowski will deal Moncada or Espinoza


No way Moncada gets dealt.

They still need more pitching. Wright and Price and pray for Snow and Ice


Agree on part 1, you need to figure Porcello into your 2nd sentence though. The dude pretty much gives you 6 2/3 every game and gives up 3-4 runs. It's incredibly consistent and with our 5+ per game offense, it's working so far.
Slots 4 and 5 could be filled by Jose and Idiom and I reckon they'd do just as well.
   7. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:51 AM (#5258447)
The Indians just DFA'd Chamberlain, not really sure why. It'd be nice to pick him up and try him out, if only to give some of the guys in the pen with options some rest in Pawtucket.
   8. bbmck Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:53 AM (#5258450)
6+ IP and 4 or fewer Runs, 6+ IP and 3 or fewer Runs, 7+ IP and 4 or fewer Runs, 7+ IP and 3 or fewer Runs:

Player             6IP/4R 6/3 7/4 7/3
David Price         12
/17  11   8   8
Rick Porcello       13
/17   9   4   3
Steven Wright       12
/16  12   8   8

Clay Buchholz        3
/13   2   1   1
Eduardo Rodriguez     2
/6   1   0   0
Joe Kelly             1
/6   1   0   0
Henry Owens           1
/3   1   0   0
Sean OSullivan        1
/3   0   0   0
Roenis Elias          0
/1   0   0   0 


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/5/2016.

Price also has a 7 IP and 6 R game, other than the "Big 3" Red Sox starters have finished the 7th once this season.
   9. SandyRiver Posted: July 05, 2016 at 11:04 AM (#5258548)
We knew the back of the "rotation" has been bad, but those numbers are an upscale from dumpster fire to nuclear meltdown. Some comparative percentages between the top three and the dreck, using bbmck's categories (most of them):

6/4 6/3 7/3
Top 3 74% 64% 38%
Rest 25% 15% 3%

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