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   1. Pony-Upton Posted: March 28, 2010 at 03:20 PM (#3487498)
What do y’all think? Ortiz over 850 OPS or below? Reddick useful in the major leagues or no?

If you look at Papi's stats from June on last year, he put up a 910 OPS, so if his health level remains the same, then hell yeah he beats 850 ! Reddick probably needs a full year at P'tucket. Given that, he'll be useful when needed, but with Hall's OF experience they may not call him up until Sept.

This team is better than last year's when they managed to get to 95 wins again, so is 100 wins a stretch (insert usual health caveat) ?? I say not much of a stretch ! color me ...psyched..
   2. Darren Posted: March 28, 2010 at 05:02 PM (#3487536)
No way they win 100. If they start getting close, they'll acquire Gagne again to keep them to their goal of 95.
   3. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 28, 2010 at 05:11 PM (#3487540)
I'd say there's about a 10% chance the Sox win 100 games. I'd put Ortiz' OPS at right around 850, with more downside risk than upside potential, though it's not out of the question he can push it up around 900. But he's in his 30s and he's hefty, and expecting him to repeat the last few months of last season wouldn't be wise even without two straight years of decline.
   4. tfbg9 Posted: March 28, 2010 at 05:20 PM (#3487546)
They haven't won 100 games since way way back in 1946, or when Andy was just a NYY teenaged fanclub bandwagoner.

It'd be great.
   5. Darren Posted: March 28, 2010 at 05:22 PM (#3487547)
Ortiz's physique looks pretty good, from what I've seen. I'm not sure how much of a role that will play but it can't hurt. This is going shock everyone, but I'll take the projection over 1,000 fan scouting reports--especially Jose's after that Ramon Ramirez fiasco! :)
   6. Dr. Vaux Posted: March 28, 2010 at 05:35 PM (#3487552)
Buchholz probably wishes nobody was watching.
   7. Joel W Posted: March 28, 2010 at 08:05 PM (#3487602)
The thing about Papi, which I think we learned last year, is that when he's locked in he's going to look great, and when he's not he's going to look absolutely f'ing atrocious and we're all going to want to sack him and say good-bye. All we can hope, I think, is that there are longer stretches of locked in and shorter stretches of crap than last year.

Vaux, has Buchholz looked that bad, or is that just a general commentary on his psyche?
   8. Dr. Vaux Posted: March 28, 2010 at 08:09 PM (#3487605)
I haven't seen it, but I've heard two of his starts before today. He's walking a lot of batters and throwing over to first a lot. Castiglione said today that he was ordered not to throw over unless told to by the dugout. He didn't walk anyone today, and struck out eight, but in giving up 4 runs over the first 2 innings, he didn't inspire confidence even so.
   9. Famous Original Joe C Posted: March 29, 2010 at 12:43 AM (#3487683)
Ortiz...let's say .260/.360/.500. So, just over.

96 wins, wild card.
   10. Darren Posted: March 29, 2010 at 12:58 AM (#3487687)
Ortiz says: "Take that, scouting illiterate #######!"
   11. John DiFool2 Posted: March 29, 2010 at 03:09 AM (#3487720)
Vaux, has Buchholz looked that bad, or is that just a general commentary on his psyche?

He retired like his last 13 batters, 7 K's no walks.
   12. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: March 29, 2010 at 05:40 PM (#3488001)
I need next Spring to get here quick, my scouting report has gone to hell in a handbasket!!!

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