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5/17 Here come the Asters

Discussion in '2019 Red Sox Game Threads' started by Coachster, May 17, 2019.

  1. Coachster

    Coachster Member SoSH Member

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    Frederick Alfred Porcello III vs. Gerrit Cole.

    Here's a fun fact. Cole is married to Amy Crawford, who played softball at UCLA (my alma mater, so a soft spot exists!). Crawford's brother is Brandon Crawford, the Giant's shortstop. Small world.

    Partly cloudy at game time, temperatures in the high 60's. Getting on to baseball weather.

    We won't have to see Jose Altuve, but here's some Asters facts:

    • The Asters lead the majors with a .282 team batting average. The Twins are second at .262 and the league average is .244.
    • The Asters lead the majors with a .354 on-base percentage. The Cubs are second at .346 and the league average is .319.
    • The Asters lead the majors with a .512 slugging percentage. The Twins are second at .495 and third place is the Mariners at .462. The league average? .418. The Marlins are in last at a pitiful .307.
    • The team OPS+ for the Asters is 131, which is better than that of Justin Turner Paul Goldschmidt, Ronald Acuna, Manny Machado, Bryce Harper and a host of other studs.
    In addition, they own the best record in baseball at 29-15, have the best run differential by a mile (plus-87, with the next best being plus-62) and have the longest current winning streak at eight games. As far as the pitching goes, they are sitting with the second-best ERA in the AL heading into Thursday. Suffice to say this team is awesome.

    So on paper, it doesn't look great. However, you don't play the game on paper, so let's win the damned thing.

    Finally, today is the birthday of Sox-for-a-minute Carlos Pena, and actor/ director/ photographerDennis Hopper. I leave you with this, to get you ready for the game.

     
  2. Adrian's Dome

    Adrian's Dome Member SoSH Member

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    Fix the date before you jinx this shit all up.
     
  3. Coachster

    Coachster Member SoSH Member

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    Done. Thanks.
     
  4. bellowthecat

    bellowthecat Member SoSH Member

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    I wonder if we'll see the Sox disguise their pitching signs as aggressively as they did in the ALCS. That was something else. Anyone know if other teams have done it when playing the Astros this year?
     
  5. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Fix the "Astors" before you jinx this shit up
     
  6. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    The trouble with using asters in your perennial garden: they can be very aggressive. I had to pull mine out, which killed me, as they were so pretty. Good if you want a monoculture.
    I would like the Sox to defeat them, but they must be rigorous and highly focused.
    Geaux, Sox!
     
  7. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

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    Maybe the thread starter is trying to say that the Houston team is a bunch of little flowers this year, but, unfortunately, they aren’t. Beat them.
     
  8. Mueller's Twin Grannies

    Mueller's Twin Grannies Member SoSH Member

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    Ricky's binky being gone is concerning, so I hope the team just tells him it's still Sandy, but incognito.
     
  9. S. H. Frog

    S. H. Frog Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    Asters are a sold team with an ax to grind. Last year's ALCS was the really good playoff baseball, game 4 especially. The best thing about game 4 is that it was Houston's game. Relentless comeback pressure in tight games is what they beat the Dodgers with in 2017, and the Sox won that game last year.
     
  10. E5 Yaz

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  11. Coachster

    Coachster Member SoSH Member

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    I meant the flowers. I was saving the rich assholes for tomorrow.
     
  12. normstalls

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    Anyone know why no JBJ? Managers decision or banged up?

    Nunez at DH is not giving the Sox much - might as well have JBJ in CF and get plus OF defense all around.
     
  13. bigq

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    Going to the game tonight. Will do my best to ensure the correct team wins. The Red Sox did pretty well against these guys seven months ago. Hope to see it continue.
     
  14. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Does David Price put his dog in a kennel for this weekend, or what?
     
  15. E5 Yaz

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    Planning the parade before winning, huh?
     
  16. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    who bought them?
     
  17. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    it's righty starters all weekend for Houston. I'm deeply concerned JBJ is not in there.
     
  18. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    These Astors are obviously a serious bunch of fellows.
     
  19. Coachster

    Coachster Member SoSH Member

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    I take this starting the game thread thing seriously. I'm planning to push through at least till the end of the month. All the Sox have to do is win.
     
  20. joe dokes

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    Perhaps even titanic.
     
  21. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Watching MLB.TV and IT is going to be broadcasting from Fenway tonight. Looks like rain happening at the ballpark. Any local weather prognosticators with predictions?
     
  22. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Nicely done. That sinking feeling.
     
  23. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Member SoSH Member

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    The rain will be stopping soon. Maybe some scattered showers around first pitch, but I don’t foresee a delayed start or any delays once action starts.
     
  24. SemperFidelisSox

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    "After watching the Patriots win and with the Red Sox beating us last year, there's no other city that I would like to beat more this year than Boston” - Bregman.

    Shut this clown up.
     
  25. E5 Yaz

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  26. Major Major

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    Thank you. Enough with this unctuous millennial prick.
     
  27. chrisfont9

    chrisfont9 Member SoSH Member

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    Astors hitting 131 OPS+ with a .304 BABIP. So yeah, hopefully they regress away from the mean this weekend.
     
  28. InsideTheParker

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    He's an annoying opponent, but I can't help thinking I'd like him if he were on my team.
     
  29. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    Send these watercress eating fuckers back to Houston with their monocles stuck firmly up their asses.
     
  30. Joe D Reid

    Joe D Reid Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    A brief Friday afternoon (west coast time) anecdote indirectly involving Gerrit Cole.

    I'm in a long-running fantasy baseball keeper league. One of the league's traditions is for me and a friend to write up "analyses" of the first round or two of the draft, somewhat in the style of what you'd see on a real sports blog after a real league draft but generally with more literary references and dick jokes.

    The year in question, a new owner joined the league and picked Cole in the first round. Not knowing the new owner, I wanted to make a joke that didn't drag either the owner or the wisdom of the pick. So I ended up writing: "I am opposed to this pick on aesthetic grounds. 'Gerrit' is not a name; it is a sound that an old-timey prospector makes to his horse. Parents of America, please stop saddling your children with prospector gibberish names."

    Turns out the new owner's infant son was named Gerrit.

    I later edited the post to the Nathan Fillion finger-waving meme.
     
  31. staz

    staz Intangible Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Sitage, bitchage
     
  32. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Member SoSH Member

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    Does everyone in this lineup have a .900+ OPS?
     
  33. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Easy and rather uneventful.
     
  34. benhogan

    benhogan Baynes Hogan SoSH Member

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    agreed, thought the same thing
     
  35. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Member SoSH Member

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    Why is there an Aaron Boone commercial on NESN?

    Fuck that.
     
  36. staz

    staz Intangible Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Freddie Lynn, glove completely over and behind the fence, in Bloomington, was better.
     
  37. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    "This guy is firm all night long."
     
  38. S. H. Frog

    S. H. Frog Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    Oh right. I remember that guy making plays at third.
     
  39. staz

    staz Intangible Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Josh forgot Fenway. Sad.
     
  40. strek1

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    10D might contemplate changing his approach. This swinging at the first pitch thing is getting old. As the lead off guy the job is to get on base. At least to start the game take a couple. If the pitcher is off on any given night you might get on base the easiest way possible - via the walk.
     
  41. DennyDoyle'sBoil

    DennyDoyle'sBoil Found no thrill on Blueberry Hill SoSH Member

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    Off the bat it seemed like it was hard enough to be either a home run or foul but I guess not.
     
  42. Fred not Lynn

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    How’s he feel about ice hockey?
     
  43. chrisfont9

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    I love watching Porcello pitch.
     
  44. boxosII

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    win it for Frank Booth
     
  45. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Pedey makes that play.
     
  46. S. H. Frog

    S. H. Frog Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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  47. pokey_reese

    pokey_reese Member SoSH Member

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    Damn. That was going to be tough, but gotta get an out there.
     
  48. chrisfont9

    chrisfont9 Member SoSH Member

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    What's with all the yellow? Is all the gear covered in pollen?
     
  49. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    Not a big fan of the hats, sorry.
     
  50. Major Major

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    Agreed. He's a damn good player and I would find a way to like him.
     

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