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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1898 Results

Congratulations to Kid Nichols, the Most Meritorious Player of 1898!

DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2022 at 10:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Well At Least April Is Over

To be fair I also considered “that sucked” as a title for this piece and frankly that would have been just as accurate.  Sometimes there are things you can say and sometimes there aren’t.  This is one of the latter times right now.  We can talk about the failure to get a right-handed bat in the outfield or a platoon partner for Bobby Dalbec but the reality is that the problems on this team are the guys that we shouldn’t have to worry about.  Xander Bogaerts (.918 vs .862) and JD Martinez (.906 ...

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: May 01, 2022 at 09:46 PM | 76 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Lining Up The Minors

With the big club clicking like a well-oiled machine (shut up, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) I thought it might be a good time to take a look at what is happening on other teams who go by “Red Sox.”  And just in the interest of keeping it simple let’s acknowledge here and now that all numbers in this piece suffer from small sample size warnings.

1B - Triston Casas - AAA - Honestly there is no way that Casas wouldn’t be the player I would focus on here.  Bobby Dalbec is not exactly ...

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 29, 2022 at 09:26 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1898 Ballot

Here are the specific rules for this election:

Candidate Eligibility: Any North American professional baseball player is eligible for the Most Meritorious Player (MMP) award including players on independent teams. Voters should consider the player’s on-field contribution to Major League Baseball (MLB) team(s) in that season only. If part of the season was spent outside MLB, that value may be considered as well. However, the player’s on-field contribution should be judged in relation to the ...

DL from MN Posted: April 26, 2022 at 01:30 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Predictions of Ridiculousness

Last year towards the tail end of the season I charted the Sox’ path to 92 wins.  In what turned out to be a bit of serendipity the Sox in fact wound up with 92 wins on the dot (thank you Raffy Devers).  With that bit of good luck I had planned on doing a semi-tongue in cheek prediction for 2022.  I didn’t quite get around to it but what the hell, 16 games isn’t that far.  With that in mind here is my 2022 Boston Red Sox prediction!  It will likely be fun to see how accurate the overall is (I ...

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 25, 2022 at 04:28 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: The First Big Test

The 2021 Red Sox were in many ways a bully team.  They had their way with lesser opponents finishing with the third best record in the league against sub-.500 teams but the 7th best against teams over .500.  They also led the league in games played against teams over .500 (94) courtesy of their division.  Not much is changing schedule-wise in 2022 with the AL East being a grind so if the Sox want to ascend to last year’s success they will need to beat the best.  After a relatively mild early ...

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 19, 2022 at 08:17 AM | 67 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: A Lovely Day and a Lousy Game

Well the good news was as Opening Days go that one was a humdinger weather wise.  It was absolutely gorgeous in the ballpark which looks fantastic.  Looks like they’ve done some pretty aggressive painting and cleaning and Fenway is in wonderful shape for a 110 year old girl.  When I arrived at the ballpark I made a beeline for the new section above the bleachers in right center field.  I have to say based on a ten minute stroll up there…I am going to make it my business to catch a game from ...

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 15, 2022 at 07:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Some Thoughts on the First Series

This is genuinely just a series of random thoughts;

- This weekend really was a microcosm of this team.  The top of the lineup looked solid save for Kiké (and I really need the e with the accent to be easier to access on my iPad).  They need to get some help at the bottom of the order.  Particularly on Friday the bottom of the order seemed to be leaving a small village out there.  The starters looked good I thought.  Houck struggled to put people away a bit but the Yankees didn’t really do ...

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 10, 2022 at 10:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1897 Results

Congratulations to our 1897 Most Meritorious Player: Kid Nichols!

DL from MN Posted: April 06, 2022 at 04:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: I guess we’re still doing this?

After last year’s bloodbath/cliffdive/whatever you want to call it, it can be hard to summon up much real enthusiasm for this year’s team.  It’s maybe a mediocre team on paper with a slight chance of being better but a real chance of being much worse.  It’s pretty impressive to have a roster that makes it both obvious how cheap the owners are - $136mil opening day payroll - while also being totally overpaid (I’m looking mostly at you, Jason).  If you want to be kind to the FO, this is a ...

Moses Taylor loves a good maim Posted: April 06, 2022 at 01:57 PM | 27 comment(s)
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