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Sunday, April 10, 2022

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 a lot of damage despite that.  Eovaldi and Pivetta I thought both looked good.  The bullpen is a work in progress but Cora has seemed like he is really good at finding the hot hand and riding it out there.  I think he manages the bullpen as well as any manager we’ve had in my lifetime maybe with the exception of Jimy Williams.

- Garrett Whitlock (did anyone catch why he wasn’t used on Sunday night?) signed a 4 year deal this weekend.  That’s pretty encouraging.  I’m curious if the Sox have a long term plan in mind for him or if they are going to keep riding the bullpen thing with the possibility of using him as a starter or if they are going to say “no, he is a starter/reliever.”

- Christian Arroyo understandably looked a bit rough in right field on Sunday night.  We can give him time of course and shouldn’t make too many judgments on his abilities based on one game but at the same time I think Chaim Bloom needs to be searching for a right handed bat off the bench out there.  I don’t think there is anything that highlights how good these guys are as watching other Major Leaguers play unfamiliar positions. 

- Early thoughts on Trevor Story are that he is going to be an excellent second baseman.  This isn’t exactly a shock but I thought he looked a lot more comfortable than I would have expected from a guy who hasn’t played there and didn’t have a full spring training under his belt.

- I am locking in on Kutter Crawford.  He was great Sunday night in relief and I think he can be an effective arm out there.

One series in the books.  Onto Detroit.

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 10, 2022 at 10:56 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: April 11, 2022 at 10:58 AM (#6071145)
To expand on what Hernandez said on mic on Sunday, we're not going to go the whole season with CF and RF hitting a combined .000. I mean, what's the old adage about a good #9 hitter extending the lineup? Well we have a leadoff hitter who has no hits. That's going to extend the dreadful bottom of the order.

Yeah I hear you on Crawford, but Diekman in the 9th last night? Man, that was nice. Mixing 95 MPH with 80 MPH, with all kinds of movement.
   2. Darren Posted: April 11, 2022 at 11:20 AM (#6071149)
The Sox have this Cordero guy who had a .931 in AAA last year and is at 1.237 this year. They should bring him up and give him a shot!

- Garrett Whitlock (did anyone catch why he wasn’t used on Sunday night?) signed a 4 year deal this weekend. That’s pretty encouraging. I’m curious if the Sox have a long term plan in mind for him or if they are going to keep riding the bullpen thing with the possibility of using him as a starter or if they are going to say “no, he is a starter/reliever.”

The radio guys were saying they only wanted to use him for 1 ip in the first game because they planned for him to pitch multiple innings behind Hill. Having used him for 2+ on Friday, I'm not surprised they stayed away from him Sunday.


   3. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 11, 2022 at 11:22 AM (#6071150)
Thanks Darren. That makes some sense.
   4. Russ Posted: April 11, 2022 at 12:22 PM (#6071153)
Long press on the e key (actually for any letter) will bring up the accents on the iPad/iPhone. #AngloQCskills
   5. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 11, 2022 at 12:55 PM (#6071156)
Yeah but I'm actually using a bluetooth keyboard with it and I don't know how to do it. On my computer at work I know Alt+0233 gets me there (or should I say géts mé théré).
   6. Darren Posted: April 11, 2022 at 01:18 PM (#6071158)
Enrique is a good angle.
   7. NaOH Posted: April 11, 2022 at 01:34 PM (#6071159)
Yeah but I'm actually using a bluetooth keyboard with it and I don't know how to do it. On my computer at work I know Alt+0233 gets me there (or should I say géts mé théré).


If a Bluetooth keyboard on iPad behaves like a keyboard and a Mac, it's hold Option and E, release and then press E again.
   8. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 11, 2022 at 01:41 PM (#6071160)
Oh awesome! Thanks I haven't tried that!!!
   9. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: April 11, 2022 at 07:06 PM (#6071201)
Arroyo looked awful on a ball hit off the wall, then made a nice catch sliding on one knee coming in on a ball.

You know which Red Sox OF also sucked at fielding balls hit over his head, but made good plays on balls hit in front of him? Jim Rice. Just as an aside, I'm not further comparing Arroyo to Rice.
   10. pikepredator Posted: April 12, 2022 at 08:58 AM (#6071248)
Certainly not the end record we were hoping for, but at the same time it could have easily been 3-0 Boston. All competitive games and the offense should be better than it's been so far.

Signed, eternally optimistic.
   11. Darren Posted: April 14, 2022 at 02:03 PM (#6071708)
Not great news on the Xander/Devers front: According to Heyman, the Sox and each of these guys are $100 million (maybe more) apart. The Sox reportedly offered Xander 4 years/$90 million, which sounds very low to me. With Devers, he's apparently looking for a "Red Sox for life"-type deal and they want to go shorter. That sounds more reasonable to me, depending on the money.
   12. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 14, 2022 at 09:13 PM (#6071780)
Well, it is only a week into the 2022 season, and if anybody was thinking that the Red Sox infield of the future was going to involve minor league wunderkinds Nick Yorke and Marcelo Mayer...they've done nothing to change that view:

Nick Yorke is hitting .400 so far in high-A (8-for-20), just turned 20 on April 2nd.
Marcelo Mayer is hitting .455 so far in low-A (10-for-22), turned 19 last December.

These two guys are on a bullet train for Boston.
   13. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 14, 2022 at 09:24 PM (#6071782)
I am fired up for tomorrow. Haven’t been to Opening Day since 2019. I probably hadn’t missed consecutive Opening Days since the 80s.

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