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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 01, 2020 at 11:34 AM (#5927364)
Man, without Sale that rotation isn't very encouraging.

Don't get me wrong, all of those guys at their best are different flavors of awesome. But I think there's a real possibility that Rodriguez regresses, Eovaldi gets hurt before Patriots Day, and then it doesn't matter so much how Perez and Johnson do because they would both need to be perfect to let the bullpen recover from the games those two don't start.

I agree that it beats the alternative of having Sale in the rotation before he's ready.

   2. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 01, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5927368)
One thing about this year’s team compared to last year’s is I think they are better equipped to handle rotation injuries. They will be more committed to openers this year than they were last year and I also think the uncertainty about the bullpen brings with it a bit more depth for that sort of thing. Guys like Tanner Houck, Josh Osich, Colton Brewer, Hector Velazquez etc...I think give them a bit more in terms of options if they have to go opener for a bit.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: March 01, 2020 at 12:36 PM (#5927372)
I had never heard of Marcus Wilson before reading this. Apparently he's the trade return for Swihart and had a good year in single and double A.

For OF depth, I think we might see Peraza there more than Lin.
   4. Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging Posted: March 01, 2020 at 06:10 PM (#5927398)
   5. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 01, 2020 at 06:51 PM (#5927401)
From what I’ve read about him Wilson is an athlete but not necessarily a baseball player. He kind of slots in as the fourth outfielder largely by virtue of his presence on the 40 man roster. The NRI outfielders are; Andreoli, Nick Longhi, Rusney Castillo, Cesar Puello and Duran. Castillo obviously isn’t going to be on the roster, Longhi doesn’t seem like a serious prospect, Andreoli and Puello seem like they might actually have a shot but Wilson is actually on the 40 man which would seem to be a significant edge. That leaves Duran who good spring start aside isn’t really ready. Best case for him is probably a September call up.
   6. Bad Fish Posted: March 05, 2020 at 11:44 AM (#5928306)
They just signed Collin McHugh for the kind of pocket change I could find the seats of a junkyard Vega. He has a high floor with a potentially useful ceiling. The over-reaction to 30 year old, non-all-star free agents vs. controllable prospects has gotten stupid.
   7. Chip Posted: March 05, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5928311)
Also say goodbye to Hector Velazquez, who was released to make room for McHugh on the 40-man.
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 05, 2020 at 02:12 PM (#5928343)

Also say goodbye to Hector Velazquez, who was released to make room for McHugh on the 40-man.

Is McHugh any better? I really dont get this move.
   9. villageidiom Posted: March 05, 2020 at 03:28 PM (#5928364)
Is McHugh any better? I really dont get this move.
Well, first of all he's injured, so he fits Boston's pitching profile better.

Second, McHugh (when healthy) has more potential to eat innings as a starter than Velazquez. HV averaged under 3.2 IP per start in MLB; CM averaged a little over 5.2.

Third, McHugh is likely to pitch those innings better than Velazquez, maybe even much better. And that's not a knock on Velazquez.

But really, I think Boston's interest in McHugh was less about the quality and more that they weren't projected to have as much pitching salary on the injured list as they're comfortable with.
   10. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 05, 2020 at 09:27 PM (#5928420)
McHugh put up a 1.99 ERA in 2018, the dude can pitch. He’s not healthy Yet but he’s likely to be significantly better than Velazquez when he is. The Sox may not have a ton of great pitchers at the moment but I think they have plenty of guys that can pretend to be Hector Velazquez this year. Last year they had guys who weren’t there yet, this year guys like Brice, Houck, Weber, Hildenberger and later in the year maybe Mata can jump in. I don’t think they had that sort of depth last year. They were relying on Johnson and Velazquez (who both did a great job in 2018) and when they struggled (plus Eovaldi getting hurt) the pitching got thin quick.
   11. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 08, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5928871)
Pictures from today.. The combination of turning the clocks ahead and the mojitos going down easily last night meant I didn't get there early enough today to see the minor leaguers. Tuesday hopefully. In the bad picture of a nitwit in an orange shirt making a face for the TV camera my best friend saw me while he watched the game and his two kids wanted me to stick my tongue out so I obliged.

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