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Monday, April 15, 2019

We Can Be Concerned Now

There are still 145 games to go in the 2019 season so nothing is certain but unlike 2018 when every test was passed with flying colors the Sox have failed their first test of 2019.  After a gloomy season-opening road trip the Sox returned home and laid a fairly decisive egg.  They went 3-3 against two pretty bad baseball teams and were frankly fortunate to get out of there with the split.  The problems that existed on the road trip remain in place with the rotation showing small signs of success but it’s one step forward one step back at best.

For all the talk about the pitching the offense is not exactly covering itself in glory.  Only five players sport an OPS+ over 100 and if it weren’t for Mitch Moreland this team could very easily be sitting at 1-16 or 2-15 which is outrageously bad.  The only piece of good news so far is that we are talking about 10% of the season, not half the season but the reality is that the Sox are 6-11 not because of dumb luck but because they have played absolutely crummy baseball.  Fundamental mistakes have been legion and suddenly the Sox are staring at an important five game road trip through New York and Tampa.  A 1-4 or 0-5 road trip wouldn’t be a death knell for the season but it would put the Sox in a spot where the margin for error, at least regarding the division title, would be kaput.

So where is the good news?  Well first, this looks even worse compared to the prism of last year.  It is important that we all recognize just how outrageous last year was.  A sub-.500 month is not unusual for playoff teams, heck the 2017 World Series champion Astros won 99 games and they went 11-17 in August, so it is far too early to say the Sox cannot get to the mid-90s win total that the division is likely to require (if not more).  One thing about this Red Sox team is we know what we fundamentally have here.  This is effectively the same team the Sox have had the last four years so if we take out the first 17 games for each group and append the final 145 games to this year’s 6-11 start the Sox would finish;

2016 model: 91-71
2017 model: 89-73
2018 model: 99-63

The talent is here but it is time for the Sox to put it together.  When I was 16 Tim Raines famously missed all of spring training and the month of April due to collusion.  Raines arrived on May 2 at Shea Stadium and suited up for the Expos against the defending World Champion Mets and future Cy Young winner David Cone and destroyed the idea that spring training mattered going 4 for 5 with a triple and a grand slam on national television when that mattered.  This year’s Sox team is undoing Raines’ work.  Famously “easing into the season” the Sox have looked completely unprepared for the season and any further stumbles will put them in a place where no matter how talented they are (and they ARE very very talented) it will take a Herculean effort to climb the heights they should be expected to reach.

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   1. karlmagnus Posted: April 15, 2019 at 04:42 PM (#5832136)
Look on the bright side. If this carries on, the Sox will save themselves a fortune on Mookie's upcoming 10-year contract!
   2. The Mighty Quintana Posted: April 15, 2019 at 05:26 PM (#5832164)
I remember a tv segment where they showed Raines personal workout from some FLA HS field while he was in collusion-purgatory, and it looked way more intense than your average spring training practice. Guess that's why he's in the HOF...
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:29 PM (#5832213)
If they go 1-4 on the road trip and are sitting at 7-15, the season is over. They'd need to go 86-54 to get to 93 wins. Sure, it's possible, but not likely. If they can't get Sale sorted quickly, then they will have major issues.
   4. Dock Ellis Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:42 PM (#5832224)
At least it was fun watching Vazquez play 2B today.
   5. Alan Didak Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:20 PM (#5832253)
the offense is not exactly covering itself in glory.  Only five players sport an OPS+ over 100


I dunno, that sounds pretty good to me. The Rays, at 12-4, have 6. The Giants have only 1 (and just barely, Belt 108) and have scrambled their way to 7 wins. Now that's an lineup with some problems.
   6. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:35 PM (#5832258)
The season will be far from over even if they go 0-5 Hugh. It will be a big hole though. 86-54 is a hundred win pace, more than capable for this team but they need to get it together,
   7. Bad Fish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:25 PM (#5832273)
It's a long season for a reason. The start isn't ideal, but consider this. Last year if they continued losing after the first loss, and they had continued losing all of the games when they went 17-1 (which would have been 22 loses to start the season, because they then lost three games in a row) they still would have finished with 91 wins. I expect they will get their ballast and then their mojo and be just fine, and if they don't - well flags fly and all that.

The illustrative point about Vazquez is that these are supremely athletic dudes in their 20's, I imagine these guys are a lot more versatile than they are given credit or opportunity for. Last year, our old 3rd baseman, Travis Shaw, was used at 2nd for 39 games and did a fine job. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot more super sub type players, it could be the new inefficiency.
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:56 PM (#5832279)
If they go 1-4 on the road trip and are sitting at 7-15, the season is over.

Don't worry, you're starting off with a team that's 3-6 at home, against starters with a 6.00 and 8.76 ERA. That's 2 guaranteed wins right there.
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5832280)
As a fan of a team that has come back from deficits of at least 8 games in four of the last six year, I lol at the idea of getting worried about my team in April.
   10. pikepredator Posted: April 16, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5832357)
As a fan of a team that has come back from deficits of at least 8 games in four of the last six year, I lol at the idea of getting worried about my team in April.


yeah, I'm glad I don't actually live in the Boston area. I have family down there and it seems like doom-and-gloom is the only thing they know how to spread.

even bad teams go on great runs. And great teams have bad runs. I think it's fun how quickly fortunes can turn, how a team that looks lost can rip off 10 wins in 12 games and suddenly look like a totally different team.
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 16, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5832363)
The season will be far from over even if they go 0-5 Hugh.

It's over. It's always been over.
   12. SandyRiver Posted: April 16, 2019 at 11:28 AM (#5832386)
yeah, I'm glad I don't actually live in the Boston area. I have family down there and it seems like doom-and-gloom is the only thing they know how to spread.

Believe me, it was far, far worse prior to 2004. (And I was a willing participant.)

even bad teams go on great runs. And great teams have bad runs. I think it's fun how quickly fortunes can turn, how a team that looks lost can rip off 10 wins in 12 games and suddenly look like a totally different team.

As Jim Brosnan wrote, all teams look the same in a slump.
   13. pikepredator Posted: April 16, 2019 at 12:41 PM (#5832424)
Believe me, it was far, far worse prior to 2004


I was an 11-year old Sox fan in 1986. My parents definitely set the example on how to prepare oneself for the inevitable worst-case outcome. Joe Castligione's "Can you believe it?" call is apropos for the Red Sox fanbase. It's not a rhetorical.

Somehow, it didn't really infect me. I've never been one to live and die by my sports team's successes or failures. Even in tennis, I'm a big fan of Nadal but I don't mind when he gets beaten in the finals by Fed or Djoker because the matches are typically spectacular.
   14. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 16, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5832446)
Swihart DFA'd, Leon will presumably be called up to replace him. Will be interesting to see if the pitchers respond favorably.
   15. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 16, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5832450)
The SOx absolutely ####### botched Swihart. He wasn't going to be Mike Piazza or anything but he should have been a pretty good big league player. The organization hasn't mishandled much this century but that's one guy that got hosed.
   16. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 16, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5832460)
Having ranted about Swihart, this may well be the right call. Whatever the cause Swihart isn't the player we (ok ok, I) expected him to become and Leon's track record with the pitching staff is very very good. If Swihart isn't going to hit, this probably makes sense. I'd frankly like to see Swihart kept but there is probably something decent about just saying "go get the best deal you can" to Swihart. A lot of teams should jump on him pretty quickly.
   17. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 16, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5832464)
yeah, I'm glad I don't actually live in the Boston area. I have family down there and it seems like doom-and-gloom is the only thing they know how to spread.


It's why I don't listen to sports radio or really talk sports with anyone regularly. Too many people just sap the joy out of it. God knows I go through my pants pissing moments but for the most part I'm a pretty optimistic dude (and the Sox have given reason for that) and I'm more interested in enjoying a baseball game.
   18. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 16, 2019 at 02:00 PM (#5832468)
In fact, I can pinpoint nearly the exact moment I realized sports radio wasn't worth it; April 12, 2005 at about 2PM.

That was the day after the 2004 banner had been raised. A day we had all waited a lifetime for. It was an amazing experience, the giant banner on the wall, Johnny Pesky, Derek Lowe's return, etc...etc...I had taken the 12th off from work in case the 11th was a rainout so i decided to just do some yard work. What would they be talking about? All the great moments, so much joy it was the perfect Boston sports day.

On the air comes Glenn Ordway and he launches into a diatribe against the song Terry Cashman sang (his little Talkin' Baseball deal adjusted for the Sox). I mean fine, it was corny and didn't really work but someone who comes away from that ceremony and decides the thing he wants to talk about is the song rather than the 500 wonderful moments that day is someone I don't want to listen to.
   19. Chip Posted: April 16, 2019 at 02:04 PM (#5832472)
The Swihart move has obvious parallels to ‘06, when Theo made the panicky early season trade to get Mirabelli back because he was the “only” one who could catch Wakefield.

EDIT ADD: which raises the question, does Leon get a police escort from Pawtucket to the Bronx?
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: April 16, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5832482)
which raises the question, does Leon get a police escort from Pawtucket to the Bronx?
I'm stealing this.
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: April 16, 2019 at 02:24 PM (#5832487)
The Swihart move has obvious parallels to ‘06, when Theo made the panicky early season trade to get Mirabelli back because he was the “only” one who could catch Wakefield.


I don't know if he was the only one who could. But Josh Bard clearly couldn't.
   22. karlmagnus Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:07 PM (#5832546)
Why don't they DFA Mookie Betts while they're about it? Swihart is batting .231, Mookie only .222. The idea that Mookie is playing at a 7WaR level just shows the utter idiocy of WaR. Mookie's a corner outfielder, Swihart's a catcher.
   23. Famous Original Joe C Posted: April 16, 2019 at 06:40 PM (#5832614)
Why don't they DFA Mookie Betts while they're about it? Swihart is batting .231, Mookie only .222. The idea that Mookie is playing at a 7WaR level just shows the utter idiocy of WaR. Mookie's a corner outfielder, Swihart's a catcher.


Come on man.
   24. Chip Posted: April 16, 2019 at 08:15 PM (#5832699)
Halfway through game 1 in NY, and the team-wide slump in all facets of the game actually appears to be deepening.
   25. Chip Posted: April 16, 2019 at 09:12 PM (#5832720)
And they coast listlessly through another blowout. Their 5th loss in the first 18 games by at least 7 runs.

Last year their 5th 7+ run defeat came on September 2nd.
   26. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 17, 2019 at 07:52 AM (#5832775)
One of the great things about baseball is that every day is effectively random. Over the course of a season terrible teams with terrible pitchers can beat Cy Young caliber pitchers on historically great teams. Of course over 162 games water finds its level and teams generally wind up where they should.

I've always kind of wondered what would happen if a great team just randomly sucked all season. That's what this feels like. This isn't the 2012 fiasco or 2014/2015 where the Sox simply weren't that talented, this is a genuinely great team underperforming en masse. It is in a small way fascinating. I wish it were another team doing this but there is an element of intrigue to this mess right now.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:17 AM (#5832799)
After being shamed by The Chris Davis Bunch at home, they start in NY against a severely depleted team with an absolute dog of a game. Woof!
   28. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:45 PM (#5833200)
Can we call this an absolute failure by Alex Cora? He made the call to ease into the season and they have been completely unprepared. This is the second time this year already a reliever has allowed a grand slam on an 0-2 pitch, it's ridiculous. He has not gotten this team ready to play and a season with a team that is loaded with talent is in the process of being utterly wasted because of overconfidence.
   29. Textbook Editor Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:07 PM (#5833205)
#28–tough, but fair.

I do wonder at what point the grumblings about the slow start leads to speculation about Cora being dismissed. Won’t happen, of course, but I do wonder when it will start.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:07 PM (#5833206)
I wish it were another team doing this but there is an element of intrigue to this mess right now.

Anyone check for chicken & beer? Hamburgers & heroin?
   31. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:14 PM (#5833207)
leads to speculation about Cora being dismissed


The Red Sox have to not win anything for a couple of years first, then fire him, then hire a new guy and win it all in his first year. I'm banking on 2022.
   32. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:27 PM (#5833208)
Yankee Clapper posting in a ST thread, guess the Sox lost and the Yankees won. Where were you last October man? We missed you.

I do wonder at what point the grumblings about the slow start leads to speculation about Cora being dismissed. Won’t happen, of course, but I do wonder when it will start.


Having roasted him I will say that I think that would be idiotic. I think Cora is a good manager who has done a terrible job so far. It's the managerial equivalent of a Cy Young winner giving up 8 runs in 2 1/3. #### happens. I think he deserves to be heavily criticized for this but I would be outraged if they even consider that. I'm sure the WEEIdiots are probably gearing up but there is a reason I don't listen to them.
   33. Answer Guy. Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:29 PM (#5833210)
I do wonder at what point the grumblings about the slow start leads to speculation about Cora being dismissed. Won’t happen, of course, but I do wonder when it will start.


I can't picture the team doing that this season unless they go flat out penthouse-to-outhouse and with the Orioles and Blue Jays in the division that's not likely.



If they really are as good as the 2018 team and win two-thirds of their remaining games, they still win 101. I suspect that's a once-in-a-lifetime type of deal.

If they play at a 100-win pace from here on out, they win 94 games. That's probably still a playoff team, but possibly one that has to settle for a Wild Card spot. (It helps that the Yankees also stared slow and that I wouldn't think Tampa's win ceiling would really be above that.)


If they play at the 95-win pace the rest of the season, they win 90. Maybe that's enough to get to the Wild Card game in an AL that seems to have relatively few clubs one would think would have a lot of chance at 90+ wins. Maybe it's not.

If they play at the 90-win pace from here on out, they win 85. Of all the teams that had anywhere near as dominant a title season, this would easily be the worst followup campaign any of them had.
   34. Chip Posted: April 17, 2019 at 10:41 PM (#5833213)
This is the second time this year already a reliever has allowed a grand slam on an 0-2 pitch, it's ridiculous.


To an apparently washed up old guy on the Interstate who Boone keeps batting in the leadoff spot solely to make Yankee fans insane.

Best part of being there was listening to the Yankee fan in our section scream at a nearby Red Sox fan throughout the final two innings: “How does it feel, dickweed?”

Over and over and over again. And again. As if he were a 4-year-old who had learned a new word and was never going to stop saying it.

   35. Nasty Nate Posted: April 18, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5833232)
this is a genuinely great team underperforming en masse. It is in a small way fascinating. I wish it were another team doing this but there is an element of intrigue to this mess right now.
I'm getting to this point too. Of course the recent memory of the dream 2018 season gives us the luxury to be intrigued.
   36. villageidiom Posted: April 18, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5833253)
Can we call this an absolute failure by Alex Cora? He made the call to ease into the season


Did he? He definitely executed the call, but did he make it?
   37. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 18, 2019 at 11:49 AM (#5833266)
Way too soon to make predictions, but if the Red Sox tumble it won't be the first time that an historically great team has done so.

1939 Yankees
1940 Yankees

2001 Mariners
2002 Mariners

2013 Red Sox
2014 Red Sox

More seriously, their run differential was 30th out of 30 in Spring training, and it's 29th out of 30 so far in the regular season. (Miami is worse.) I can't imagine the offense won't improve, but I'd be less certain about that rotation.
   38. jmurph Posted: April 18, 2019 at 01:26 PM (#5833287)
but I'd be less certain about that rotation.

I'm reasonably sure the starting staff's ERA will finish below 7. Reasonably.

   39. jmurph Posted: April 18, 2019 at 01:28 PM (#5833289)
If they play at the 90-win pace from here on out, they win 85.

After last night, I'm officially in the camp of thinking they're not going to make the playoffs. It's inexplicable, but seems like the likely result.
   40. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 18, 2019 at 01:37 PM (#5833291)
Did he? He definitely executed the call, but did he make it?


If he didn't I'm all for calling out who ever made it. He's the manager, his job is to get the team ready for the season and that clearly hasn't happened.

More seriously, their run differential was 30th out of 30 in Spring training


I can honestly say I'm giving that the weight it deserves.
   41. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 18, 2019 at 02:01 PM (#5833305)
I mean this isn't complicated;

Sale 8.50
Porcello 11.12
Rodriguez 7.98
Eovaldi 6.00

Betts .676
Bradley .375
Devers .659
Nunez .360

These are players that are all considerably better than their performance so far. Either they get their #### together or they don't. There is no reason I can see why they won't eventually get it together but the hole is just getting too deep. If they get swept this weekend they will be 11 1/2 games out. The good news is there is a second Wild Card and I expect them to get there but boy are they making it tough on themselves.
   42. Answer Guy. Posted: April 18, 2019 at 02:58 PM (#5833323)
My observations suggest to me that while all those starters are better than that, I'm unsure if any of them (other than Sale, assuming he's healthy) are even league average SPs at this point. Porcello has looked especially awful.

   43. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 18, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5833334)
More seriously, their run differential was 30th out of 30 in Spring training, and it's 29th out of 30 so far in the regular season. (Miami is worse.)

I can honestly say I'm giving that the weight it deserves.


Fair enough, but it's not likely to improve unless both the offense and the pitching step up. No reason why they shouldn't based on past performance, but unlike the Yankees, they're not playing with half their usual lineup on the field.
   44. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 18, 2019 at 03:20 PM (#5833338)
My observations suggest to me that while all those starters are better than that, I'm unsure if any of them (other than Sale, assuming he's healthy) are even league average SPs at this point.

Has anyone suggested that Sale might be tipping his pitches? He had his speed back up the other night, but he was consistently being barreled up.

I mention the possibility only because that's what apparently caused Paxton to get clobbered in his first three starts. But once he corrected it, he put up an 89 Game Score.
   45. Chip Posted: April 18, 2019 at 03:40 PM (#5833349)
I mention the possibility only because that's what apparently caused Paxton to get clobbered in his first three starts. But once he corrected it, he put up an 89 Game Score.


He was facing an offense that was shut down on Monday by Dan Straily, so he could well have continued tipping and they were too inept to take advantage.
   46. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 18, 2019 at 05:31 PM (#5833384)
Now that's a bit harsh, even for a Red Sox fan. Since Paxton's fast ball was topping out at 99 even at the end of the 8th inning, I think he might have had something to do with the outcome.
   47. Chip Posted: April 18, 2019 at 07:39 PM (#5833395)
Now that's a bit harsh, even for a Red Sox fan. Since Paxton's fast ball was topping out at 99 even at the end of the 8th inning, I think he might have had something to do with the outcome.


It’s been frequently noted that the Sox lineup has multiple guys who have top-of-MLB BAs against fastballs 97+. It was a big factor in their success last year. When they’re going well and not putting up inept ABs, velocity is not really an issue. But right now they’re inept.
   48. Dock Ellis Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:08 PM (#5833401)
The lineup construction isn't helping. JD Martinez shouldn't have to wait until the second inning for his first PA of the game.
   49. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 19, 2019 at 12:19 PM (#5833514)
If you are a PlayStation Vue owner they are in a dispute with NESN and will be dropping it at 5PM this evening if it is not resolved.
   50. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 19, 2019 at 02:59 PM (#5833548)
Nunez to IL, Chavis up.
   51. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 20, 2019 at 08:41 AM (#5833703)
Nunez to IL, Chavis up.


Good, he was terrible last year, and worse this year. I really do not enjoy watching Nunez play.
   52. villageidiom Posted: April 20, 2019 at 08:42 AM (#5833704)
If they get swept this weekend they will be 11 1/2 games out.
They are 2.5 games out of 2nd. Let's start there.
   53. Darren Posted: April 20, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5833758)
Nunez has got to be finished, right? He is so very very bad at every aspect of baseball.


Pedroia is a sad story, but maybe Lin will finally blossom. The win last night was nice and included Betts hitting well and Erod pitching reasonably well. The Sox do need to stop giving up 300-ft HRs though.

The elephant in the room is Devers. Since his nice first month in the Majors, he's been pretty bad, especially on defense. Cora said that Chavis is up to play 1B and 3B so maybe he'll be taking some time away from Rafael.
   54. Nasty Nate Posted: April 20, 2019 at 03:26 PM (#5833791)
Eovaldi to the IL. There's speculation that Gio Gonzalez will soon be a free agent....
   55. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 20, 2019 at 06:30 PM (#5833844)
I think there is reason to be optimistic about Devers. Obviously he’s having his defensive issue but at the plate his K rate is way down and his walk rate is up solidly. The only problem offensively, and it is sticking out like a sore thumb, is the complete lack of power. If he can maintain the K and BB improvements I think there is reason to expect the end result to be very good. The power is there, we know this. Somewhat disturbingly he is hitting a lot more grounders right now and obviously for the power to be useful he has to start elevating but this doesn’t seem like an especially unreasonable HR slump.

THe defense needs to tighten up of course. I think he wil get there. I think he is much more athletic this year than last year and his range, already good last year, is even better now. He’s kind of the opposite of Jeter, he can get to a lot but he is no sure thing once he fields it.
   56. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 20, 2019 at 09:28 PM (#5833875)
We may never have an easy win but wow that was something else. Nice to see the kid step in and contribute right away. Bit of help from Kiermayer but that’s a tough play. Chavis smoked it.
   57. Chip Posted: April 20, 2019 at 11:56 PM (#5833897)
Amazing that they made mistakes similar to those that have cost them games in this bad stretch—Devers misplaying an easy DP ball; Bogaerts not running out of the box because he thought his LD was caught; Barnes/Leon opting for the strike 2 FB to Diaz instead of the curve that devastated all three subsequent batters—and overcame them.
   58. Darren Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5833916)
I can't believe that Eovaldi is hurt! What are the chances that this would happen to such a model of health?

As for Devers, I guess there are some good signs, but it seems more and more like he was a talented player who was not ready for the big leagues at such a young age.
   59. Jay Seaver Posted: April 21, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5833972)
No matter how many times I hear it (presumably) pronounced correctly, it's going to take until mid-2020 for me to not pronounce Michael Chavis's name "scha-vee".
   60. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 21, 2019 at 06:35 PM (#5834008)
That was kind of the blueprint, the bullpen was uneven but everything else worked pretty well. Only April but that sweep was big.
   61. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: April 21, 2019 at 07:35 PM (#5834010)
He is just going to be Chav for me. Or maybe the Chav. One, because it makes it easier. And two, because as a Brit, I find that hilarious.
   62. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 21, 2019 at 07:42 PM (#5834011)
He is just going to be Chav for me. Or maybe the Chav. One, because it makes it easier. And two, because as a Brit, I find that hilarious.


Yeah, but is that The ChAv (long A) or The Chav (short A)?
   63. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 21, 2019 at 08:11 PM (#5834013)
I dunno, do you pronounce it data or data?
   64. villageidiom Posted: April 22, 2019 at 09:44 AM (#5834073)
I dunno, do you pronounce it data or data?
I'm pretty sure that neither of these is the correct pronunciation of Chavis.

Three games later, and Boston is still 2.5 games out of second. Damn, no progress. ;-)

In seriousness, 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.

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