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Thursday, August 18, 2016

One Week Later - Not Doomed but Probably Not Saved

One week after feeling like the Sox were about to crash out of the pennant race things are considerably rosier.  The Sox beat up a disappointing Diamondbacks team (at this point “the disappointing Diamondbacks” may be their officially trademarked name), edged division leading Cleveland then picked up two big wins in Baltimore.  Thursday afternoon was a bit of a downer with the Sox losing/giving away a game that can be pinned on a terrible bullpen and what can most charitably be described as a ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 18, 2016 at 05:08 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Friday, August 12, 2016

The Red Sox Are Not Doomed (But This Garbage Has To Stop)

Ah, the return of Sox Therapy, the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd and the sounds and smells of the ballpark; roasted peanuts, red hot hot dogs and urine filling diapers everywhere.  The Sox hit a slump and we are doomed, DOOOOMMED.  So let’s start with the cold hard truth, the Sox are not playing particularly well.  They have lost four out of five, six out of nine and 13 out of 20.  That ain’t getting it done for a team that fancies itself a pennant contender.  However, that the Sox ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 12, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 36 comment(s)
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Monday, August 08, 2016

I Don’t Know What To Think

The Red Sox get to enjoy a glorious day off after a grueling 11 day, 11 game road trip that saw them go a somewhat disappointing 5-6.  It was a bit of an odd trip, if you want to see the glass as half full they could’ve been 4-7 if not for the Dustin Pedroia fueled come back victory last Sunday in Anaheim.  Conversely they could’ve gone 7-4 if they had held on in the first two David Price starts (the Hanley error game and the Cano homer game).  In the end I think it’s fair to say they left a ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Thoughts on Andrew Benintendi

As you likely know by now the Sox have called up outfielder Andrew Benintendi with Michael Martinez being DFAd to make room for him.  According to WEEI Benintendi and Bryce Brentz will share time in left with Brock Holt returning to his more productive utility role.  The Mariners send lefty Wade Leblanc to the mound tonight so presumably Benintendi will spend the first couple of hours of his big league career as a well paid spectator.

I have had the opportunity to see Benintendi in person on a ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 39 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Tire Fire Brigade

I shared this little bit of data in the OmniChatter after Ziegler surrendered the homer to Cabrera.  It seems like a relevant discussion point at the moment as the Sox embark on a long and crucial road trip.  This is the list of Red Sox relievers in 2016 and their current streak of games pitched without allowing a run (the bold are on the active roster);

Koji Uehara (DL) - 4
Junichi Tazawa - 3
William Cuevas - 2
Matt Barnes - 1
Noe Ramirez - 1
Joe Kelly - 1
Clay Buchholz - 1

Craig Kimbrel - 1 ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 27, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How Good Does Pomeranz Need To Be?

Boston is 1.5 back of the division lead, 2 up (3 in the loss column) on Toronto. They’ve added Drew Pomeranz for the stretch run. How good does he need to be for them to take the division?

I’m going to look at this somewhat simply because I’m crunched for time.

villageidiom Posted: July 19, 2016 at 03:23 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Why I Love The Pomeranz Trade/Why I Hate The Pomeranz Trade

Why I love acquiring Drew Pomeranz for Anderson Espinoza;

We overvalue prospects - By the time Jake Peavy’s first start with the Red Sox was over he had more wins than Frankie Montas (who I adored) has had in three years since.  Prospects give a team value not only by becoming stars but by allowing you to trade for players.  I’d rather not have dealt Espinoza but I don’t mind the Sox dealing one of those big four prospects.

Drew Pomeranz is pretty good - Like Espinoza Pomeranz was once a ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 14, 2016 at 08:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Monday, July 11, 2016

A Little Bit of Fun

I know Nasty Nate would never forgive me if I didn’t hand out some fake awards.  That guy is all about the awards!

MVP – Mookie Betts
– The competition here is stiff but Mookie gets my nod.  I feel like he has just been a bit more consistent and as the leadoff hitter I think he sets an important tone for the team.  He is leading the team in WAR at 4.1 and his homer in Texas off Matt Bush is one of the defining first half moments.

Cy Young – Steven Wright – Honestly I think you can ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 11, 2016 at 02:32 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Your Red Sox All Stars

On the heels of yet another frustrating loss (and man, is it me or is every loss “frustrating” in some way these days, there’s no simple loss lately) I think it is worth taking a moment to appreciate the Sox All Star representatives.  While the season has been alternately thrilling and exasperating there is a lot to see here and I think it bodes well for the future.  Here are your six (!) Red Sox All Stars with some other relevant data;

David Ortiz - 40 years old - last year
Craig Kimbrel - 28 ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 06, 2016 at 10:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Monday, July 04, 2016

Not Half Bad

We’re halfway through the 2016 season, and Boston is sitting with a 44-37 record. Jose’s preseason feeling was that this was an 83-79 team, and halfway through the season they are within range of that, with a couple extra wins in the bank. The shape of that record, with command of first place for a couple months followed by a disappointing June, has people feeling like it’s time to panic. But taking my usual optimistic approach I’d say they’ve done pretty well.

villageidiom Posted: July 04, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Not Major Leaguers - On The Move

It’s been awhile since we took a peek at the minor leaguers and I figure an off day is as good a time to take a look at them.  While not all players have been promoted that is the group of guys I am especially interested in today;

1B - Chris Marrero - Pawtucket - Deven’s cousin did not actually get promoted, yet, but he certainly has to be on the big boys’ radar.  The right-handed slugger has kicked around for awhile and earned a spot on the IL All Star Team.  He seems fairly versatile with ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Is It Time To Panic?

Well, yeah.

OK, maybe not panic exactly but the time is now for the Sox to get their collective heads out of their posteriors and start playing better.  There is plenty of time for all sorts of analysis and discussion but really it comes down to the very simple issue of pitching better.  The Sox have surrendered 60 runs in their last ten games and honestly I would have pegged the number as a lot higher than that.  Incredibly they have managed to 4-6 in those ten games and it is possible we ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Return of The Duke

Watching the Sox lose their second very winnable game in three days last night I was struck by something.  This team reminds me greatly of the late-era Dan Duquette clubs.  This is not to rip on the Duke who generally got a raw deal (note to Karl: he’s still not better than Theo) but the late Dan Duquette era was marked by a “stars and scrubs” format that the current Red Sox have very similarly followed.  This is not a bad thing on its own.  Like those teams with Pedro, Manny and NOMAAAAAAAH ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 23, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Trading Partners

It has been a bit less than two months since my triumphant/disappointing/flatulent return to Sox Therapy where I proclaimed we didn’t know nothin’.  I am not entirely convinced we know a heck of a lot more today but one thing I think we can feel pretty good about is that the Sox should plan on being competitive.  At 37-28 even a .500 performance by the Sox the rest of the way would put them at 85-77 and the difference between that and a Wild Card spot or even a division title is pretty minimal. ...Read More...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 17, 2016 at 03:17 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Dombrowski Method

When I watch baseball I always like to think about why teams do something.  I would rather figure out why Jonny Gomes starts over Daniel Nava than complain that the manager is a moron or why Josh Reddick gets traded for Andrew Bailey than whine about the GM.  That’s not to say that I never voice those complaints but I always like to have a handle on what teams are doing.

In the case of the Red Sox I think Dave Dombrowski’s tenure is quickly coming into focus.  For many years we had Theo ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 13, 2016 at 11:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Monday, June 06, 2016

Cascading Problems: The Bullpen

Have problems in the rotation led to problems in the bullpen? If so, it’s not because a bad starter is in the bullpen.

villageidiom Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Friday, June 03, 2016

The First Third

So with the Sox a third of the way through the season after last night’s homerpalooza if I read my Moneybag correctly that means we now know what we have.  Some thoughts on the first third;

1. David Ortiz.


2. John Farrell is still manager of the Red Sox.

Whether you like him or not, this is good news because if he wasn’t manager today that would mean the Sox started slowly. As it happens the Sox are off to a very strong start on a 96 win ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 03, 2016 at 01:17 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Three Questions: June 2016

1. What will the Red Sox rotation be by the end of the month?

2. What additive moves should Boston make?

3. On what date will David Ortiz pass Ted Williams on the career HR list?


villageidiom Posted: June 01, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Monday, May 30, 2016

Feeling A Draft

On June 9 the Red Sox and 29 lesser teams will begin the process of drafting the future players we all get way too excited about that never accomplish anything.  Unfortunately for the third time in four years the Red Sox have a high draft pick, this time picking 12th.

I am no kind of draft wizard but I have a Baseball America subscription and if that doesn’t entitle me to opine on the draft, I don’t know what is.  Picking at 12 the Sox would have a lot of uncertainty even if the draft ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 30, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Feet of Clay

It is hard to argue that Clay Buchholz has earned any right to make his next scheduled start.  At this point with Eduardo Rodriguez nearing readiness and Roenis Elias lighting it up in Pawtucket if Buchholz starts Tuesday it will be both a surprise and a mistake.  Watching Buchholz get pounded last night I found myself thinking about the upcoming draft, prospect watching and what Buchholz represents on that front. 

Buchholz is a former high draft pick (supplemental first, compensation for ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 27, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Friday, May 20, 2016

More About Guys Who Are Not Major Leaguers

So the minor league season is moving along smartly and that requires some less than smart analysis.  I am just the man for the job!  Let’s take a look at the kiddie korps! (yes I know I spelled it wrong, shut up!);

1B - Sam Travis - AAA - .281/.338/.438 - Travis impressed in Fort Myers and the 22 year old is adapting well at Pawtucket.  The K/BB rate is taking a bit of a hit which is somewhat predictable but his K rate is league average and he looks to be growing into the power the Sox hoped ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 20, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 51 comment(s)
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Monday, May 16, 2016

The Quiet Star

It’s probably not accurate to say that Xander Bogaerts is flying under the radar but…well he seems to be flying a bit below radar detection levels.  When talk turns to this team people gush (rightly) about David Ortiz and Mookie Betts and the contributions from guys like Travis Shaw and Brock Holt seem to get the lion’s share of the attention.  The one time uber-prospect is blossoming into a star in front of our eyes.

He had a rough rookie year that I have always believed was caused by being ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 16, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

How Fun Is That?

image of Ortiz hitting the walk-off double, with caption ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?

villageidiom Posted: May 14, 2016 at 10:41 PM | 58 comment(s)
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The List

God I love this man…

7/26/03 - Armando Benitez - 5-4 - single scored Jeremy Giambi (10th) - listening on the radio
9/23/03 - Kurt Ainsworth - 6-5 - solo home run - on an airplane
4/11/04 - Aquilino Lopez - 6-4 - home run scored Bill Mueller (12th) - at Easter dinner
6/11/04 - Tom Martin - 2-1 - single scored Johnny Damon - I was there
10/8/04 - Jarrod Washburn - 8-6 - home run scored Pokey Reese - I was there
10/17/04 - Paul Quantrill - 6-4 - home run scored Manny Ramirez (12th) - I was there ...Read More...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 14, 2016 at 07:12 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Friday, May 13, 2016

How Do You Change the Lineup?

With Jackie Bradley channeling Babe Ruth the Red Sox lineup the question of how long (if at all) JBJ should be batting ninth.  Obviously Jackie isn’t THIS good (who is?) but he is answering the question of whether the bat will play pretty conclusively.  The rest of the lineup is generally going pretty well.  Let’s start with the question of what will these guys do the rest of the year.  There are any number of ways but for simplicity sake I’m going with FanGraphs wOBA calculation (based on ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 13, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

In Praise of the Coaching Staff

The Red Sox made it 14 out of 19 with a third straight vaporizing of the Athletics.  In that stretch they are averaging 6.4 runs/game and on the season only the Cubs are averaging more than the Sox’ 5.8 runs/game.  On the mound the Sox are not quite as effective but it seems that there are good performances more than bad with just a couple of weak links ($45 million worth of weak links in Buchholz and Price) dragging the outcomes down.

What strikes me looking at this team is that I feel like I ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 08, 2016

It Ain’t Never Dull in the Bronx

The Sox had a frustrating weekend finished off with a terrific victory on the back of an absolute gem from Steven Wright.  It was not a weekend without talking points and to get us rolling to start the week I thought I’d address a few things;

- Friday was as frustrating a loss as the Sox have had in an awfully long time.  They left 13 men on base and to say they were frustrated with the strike zone is an understatement.  On the whole I think Kulpa was consistent though not particularly good ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 08, 2016 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Talkin’ Baseball

With a month of baseball in the books I thought this might be a useful time to dig into the biggest decision the Boston Red Sox have made in the past nine months; that’s right, the decision to replace Don Orsillo with Dave O’Brien.  Obviously we all have our opinions of the people involved and with the season rolling I’ve got some observations and thoughts.  I’m sure you do too.

Dave O’Brien: Let’s start with this, Obie is very very good as an announcer.  If you built a generic announcer you ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 05, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Monday, May 02, 2016

Three Questions: May 2016

Three Questions: May 2016

1. Is it time to cut Buchholz loose?

2. Who are the 2016 All-Stars among position players on this team?

3. Which is more likely this season: the Red Sox remain in first place, or the Yankees remain in last place?

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Gettin’ It Done

OK, so the Sunday night games were a bit harrowing and not all is perfect but your FIRST PLACE RED SOX (going to enjoy it while I can) wrapped up a nice stretch of 8-2 baseball with a thriller on Sunday night.  It is easy to say the competition, the slumping Astros, the pitiful Braves and the last place Yankees (going to enjoy that one while I can too), was not good but 8-2 is 8-2.

What is encouraging is the contributions are getting throughout the roster.  Guys like Mookie, the red hot ...

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:29 PM | 28 comment(s)
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