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Monday, May 27, 2019

The First Third

The Sox reached the one third point of the 2019 season with a comfortable victory over the Indians to bring their record to 29-25. It’s not the 37-17 of a year ago but it’s a perfectly reasonable place to be considering the 2-8 start. If they simply maintain the pace they have played at since that bad start they would finish at 95 wins.

This is why I’m not a big scoreboard watcher until August. I’m pretty comfortable thinking it will take 95-100 wins to take the division crown.  The Sox and the other top teams will win games they should lose, lose games they should win but in the end the key is what the Sox do (or whatever team you root for). If the Yankees win 110 games, meh, tip your cap and get ready for the wild card game.

For now, a few thoughts;

Rafael Devers - Raffy got off to a bit of a rough start (I need a macro with that for this season) but has picked it up in a big way. For all the focus on his offense his defense seems to be getting better on a daily basis.  He’s still a bit less reliable than I’d want but his range is outrageously good. He is blossoming into the player we dreamed of in a hurry.

Bullpen - On the one hand it’s not a reliable group but they entered play Monday 4th in ERA in the American League. It’s not dissimilar to last hear’s group with Alex Cora’s big job being to sort through the mess. Cora seems pretty malleable with how he uses guys, see Marcus Walden - Closer as an example, so if guys like Travis Lakins or Ryan Weber step up, they will get chances. And if anyone says they should have re-signed Joe Kelly, I direct you to Joe’s bbref page.

The Rotation - Maybe the best news is that the Sox have stayed in touching distance despite being 9th in starter ERA. I think it’s very reasonable to expect that the performance of most of the rotation will be better in the last 2/3 of the season that it has been so far. The key as it is for every team is health but I am optimistic about what we will see moving forward from this group.

Michael Chavis - With all that has happened I don’t think there has been a bigger story than the rookie second sacker. Despite just give pro games at the position before reaching the bigs he has adapted pretty well to the position though his footwork on twin killings is noticeably off kilter but that is to be expected. He’s been struggling a bit the last couple of weeks so it will be interesting to see if he is just a flash in the pan or a long term solution. In any case with Brock Holt back the Sox have some wiggle room if it’s the former.

Dustin Pedroia - If it’s over for the little fella, and at this point I’d be surprised if it wasn’t…thanks, just thanks. It’s been a treat to watch your career from soup to nuts. For all the big, memorable, wacky moments maybe the moment that so perfectly encapsulates Pedroia was a night about 2013 in Houston. Batting with runners on base he thought he had walked on a 3-1 pitch. He was furious at the called strike and on the next pitch socked an RBI single to right. As he ran to first he took the time to turn and yell at the home place umpire. I can’t imagine any other player doing that.  Thanks for the memories little fella.

Bill Buckner - Rest In Peace Billy Buck.  You were a hell of a player, you carried the Sox in September, 1986 and left it all out on the field in October. The ovations you got at the parade, on Opening Day 1987 and when you returned in 1990 as well as the slowest inside the park homer ever are just some of the memories I’ll carry.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 27, 2019 at 08:25 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 28, 2019 at 08:58 AM (#5846078)
For all the big, memorable, wacky moments maybe the moment that so perfectly encapsulates Pedroia was a night about 2013 in Houston. Batting with runners on base he thought he had walked on a 3-1 pitch. He was furious at the called strike and on the next pitch socked an RBI single to right. As he ran to first he took the time to turn and yell at the home place umpire. I can’t imagine any other player doing that.
And then in the field he's encapsulated by this play.
   2. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 28, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5846185)
I've always liked this play: 2013 WS G3

Yeah, the play ended poorly with WMB doing pushups under Craig, but the fact that the Sox needed to get the out at home and Pedroia did just that! That is one of the craziest plays to end a WS game ever and Pedroia's ridiculously quick dive and perfect throw to home start it off.
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: May 29, 2019 at 02:38 AM (#5846380)
the play ended poorly with WMB doing pushups under Craig


Seriously, WTF was Will doing there? He just looks inane.

Anyway back to the present. Tough loss today, really tough loss....
   4. Darren Posted: June 01, 2019 at 10:30 AM (#5847308)
Not a fun season to date.

It's as if Nunez is daring them to release him.


With that in mind, I will now attempt to answer Hugh's question in #3. Strictly my take: Middlebrooks dove to try to catch the throw, then realized that it got by him. He started get up but soon realized he was being trampled for some reason, despite being nowhere near the baseline. At that point, he tried to lay down again, but it was too late, he had already interfered by that point. You could also reasonably argue that he was trying to interfere but not get caught.
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 01, 2019 at 06:52 PM (#5847460)
The inconsistency is a bit maddening this season. We know the talent is there to rip off an 8-2 or a couple of 7-3 stretches which will put them right back in it, but they just can't seem to get it all right at once for a reasonable period right now. They did a nice job of putting the 2-8 start behind them, now just sputtering a bit. NY is a bit maddening with whatever pixie dust they are using but I don't think anyone is getting over the top of Houston in the AL this year. They look really good.
   6. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 01, 2019 at 10:42 PM (#5847506)
For me I think a lot of the blame is on Cora. He took this team into spring train8ng talking about saving the pitchers and easing into the season and right now they are playing like a team that hasn’t been ready to play all year. They are vastly underperforming. I know it’s not a 108 win team but this is comfortably a 95 win team and they aren’t remotely close to that right now.

I don’t think Cora is a bad manager but I think he’s done a bad job this year so far.
   7. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:41 PM (#5850786)
I have neither the time nor the interest in getting too far into this but everyone who felt the need to ##### that John Farrell should be fired every ####### time the Sox lost should be screaming for Cora’s head right now. It’s idiotic of course but so we’re the calls for Farrell.

Dombrowski and Cora are both good at their jobs but they have done a TERRIBLE job this year. The bullshit with easing into the season was a disgrace and how’s Dombrowski looked at this bullpen and said “everything is fine” is beyond me. Colton Brewer was the only move? I don’t need Kimbrel or Ottavino or Kelly, but a small money signing or creative trade should have been doable.
   8. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:30 PM (#5851760)
Great win tonight but am I the only one who feels like Cora using Josh Smith as a closer is a cry for help?
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 13, 2019 at 11:44 PM (#5851784)
Great win tonight but am I the only one who feels like Cora using Josh Smith as a closer is a cry for help?


I don't catch every game or follow every move, but they used 3 guys in the pen tonight I hadn't heard of before.
   10. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 20, 2019 at 09:33 AM (#5853952)
So after the 17 inning loss on Tuesday they won 9-4 last night. They should have won game four of the WS 9-4 also but Kimbrel allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Yeah, not that interesting I know.

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