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   101. SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2007 at 11:34 PM (#2380886)
12.5 games is big lead.


While going forward the 12.5 may be the most relevant number, it's not the club's actual lead at the moment.
   102. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 27, 2007 at 11:54 PM (#2380891)
11.5 over the orioles is nice too, 12.5 over the hellspawn from the bronx is what we we really care about.

it's amazing that the largest lead the 2002 Sox ever had was 4 games.
   103. Xander Posted: May 28, 2007 at 12:28 AM (#2380903)
I seriously can't start thinking about clinching the division until August. I've got my hopes up too many times.
   104. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: May 28, 2007 at 12:44 AM (#2380911)
I seriously can't start thinking about clinching the division until August. I've got my hopes up too many times.

More like September 15th
   105. Phil Coorey. Posted: May 28, 2007 at 01:03 AM (#2380923)
I won't be happy till I see all the others are eliminated
   106. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: May 28, 2007 at 01:09 AM (#2380929)
You guys are hard to please. I'm already pretty damn happy.
   107. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 28, 2007 at 01:37 AM (#2380940)
yeah, i can't complain. they're 33-15 without significantly overperforming for the most part. the pen might not be as good as it seems right now (Okajima won't be under a 1.00 ERA all season) but other than that, Ortiz and Manny aren't really at the top of their game, and any slowdown from Youks and Lowell will probably be matched by Drew and Crisp improving (they're both below 80 OPS+, they're simply not that bad). and i don't think any of the starting pitchers, with the exception of Beckett, is really doing anything super impressive.
   108. dave h Posted: May 28, 2007 at 02:04 AM (#2380952)
I won't be happy till I see all the others are eliminated

102.
   109. Darren Posted: May 28, 2007 at 02:09 AM (#2380956)
win predictions, dave?
   110. dave h Posted: May 28, 2007 at 02:09 AM (#2380957)
Nope, magic number.
   111. Phil Coorey. Posted: May 28, 2007 at 02:47 AM (#2380968)
This lead is amazing. But after the previous 4-5 seasons. I would just prefer September to arrive quickly.

Schilling is a great concern, while I am happy with Dice K. Lester will be a great lift for a team that could get stale in a hurry.

Big series vs. the Indians this week, especially Schillings start.
   112. PJ Martinez Posted: May 30, 2007 at 02:21 AM (#2383832)
Bump.
   113. Jon T. Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:01 AM (#2384001)
Damn, it keeps getting better.

The only thing I would really at the trade deadline would be to pick up a power arm for the bullpen and maybe a Dave Roberts type of outfielder.
   114. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:07 AM (#2384022)
pick up a power arm for the bullpen
Clay Buchholz?[
maybe a Dave Roberts type of outfielder
Jacoby Ellsbury? Or, better, Coco Crisp?
   115. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:08 AM (#2384027)
Big series vs. the Indians this week, especially Schillings start.

well, that went swimmingly.
   116. Chip Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:09 AM (#2384032)
The only thing I would really at the trade deadline would be to pick up a power arm for the bullpen and maybe a Dave Roberts type of outfielder.

Yes to the first; the second is currently occupying centerfield at Pawtucket.
   117. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:12 AM (#2384041)
also, they're back above .700 on the season. their record if they keep this up? 114-48.
   118. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:41 AM (#2384091)
To answer with a little less righteous exuberance, it's too early to say much about the trading deadline. The Sox have enough old and injurable players that we probably don't know what their needs will be come July 31st. Right now, when they're playing .700 ball, they don't have any real needs, I think they ought to give the kids a shot before blowing talent on a pretty good reliever. (And "pretty good" is all they're gonna get without surrendering Bowden.) But someone will get hurt at some point, and the team's needs may change.
   119. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:44 AM (#2384096)
The Sox have had a really terrible minor league season for trades. Their best prospects have been so good that they're off the table. Their mediocre prospects have not been good. I guess there might be someone out there hankering for Brandon Moss or David Murphy, but I doubt they'd be able to get anyone much better than Brendan Donnelly for the AAA outfielders, and I doubt that another Donnelly was what jon meant by "power arm."

All things considered, it's been a great year in the minors, because the entire point of having a minor league system is to develop elite talents - particularly so for a big payroll club - but it probably makes for a boring or frustrating trade deadline.
   120. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: May 30, 2007 at 03:55 AM (#2384098)
pick up a power arm for the bullpen

Manny Delcarmen!!! Jon Lester in September!!
   121. Darren Posted: May 31, 2007 at 10:54 PM (#2386567)
Their mediocre prospects have not been good. I guess there might be someone out there hankering for Brandon Moss or David Murphy,


Those are their mediocre prospects.
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