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  1. grimshaw

    September call-ups

    May as well start this one since Jon Abbey just did the Yankee version. The Sox have a much tougher than normal September with 5 series remaining against playoff level opponents. They can basically play a lot worse and still mathematically seal the #1 with more than a week remaining. This...
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    Should we revise the error stat?

    https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jackie-bradley-jr-and-the-error-rule/ The above article brings up an IMO fascinating point about the fairness of assessing errors on balls with low fielding probability, Our own David Laurila brought up the play on Friday that clanked off JBJ' glove, which...
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    What to do in a pinch?

    Figured instead of a reactionary roast-fest of Cora not batting Moreland in the 9th, it may be interesting to explore the merits of pinch hitting. Baseball reference has few basic stats on team pinch hitting ,so for simplicity just using batting average here. Over the past 5 seasons the Red...
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    Help from the System: Red Sox Minor League Relievers

    Nice to see Lakins settling in as a reliever. 2 runs in 20 innings since transitioning to the bullpen. I'd like to see him bumped up to Pawtucket. Wonder if he's trade bait.
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    Danny Diaz

    Age: 17 Position: 3b An IFA signed this year from Venezuela. Already has 6 home runs in the DSL in 102 at bats which is a high amount - especially for someone that young. Most players are lucky to hit a handful. Devers and Bogaerts each hit 3 as 17 year olds for reference. One to watch for...
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    Eric Filia

    DOB - July 6, 1992 1b/OF (probably 1b) Recently acquired as the PTBNL in the Elias deal from Seattle. I saw this scouting report linked from Soxprospects: http://baseballcensus.com/2018/01/24/seattle-mariners-eric-filia-scouting-report-baseball-player-evaluation-video-january-2018/ He grades...
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    Everlouis Lozada

    The diminutive (5'7'' 150 lbs) 19 year old switch hitting 3b is off to a .367/.441/.433 start in an interesting Greenville lineup. He was an international acquisition in 2015. In his brief minor league career he seems to be an on base guy with decent walk and k rates. He held his own in the...
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    2018 MLB Predictions Thread

    We are a week away. Let's get it in writing. AL East Yankees - 98 Red Sox - 94 Blue Jays Rays O's I think the Jays hover around the wild card race and then finally cash in their chips in late July. Ditto the O's, though they will actually suck before finally relenting. AL Central Indians -...
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    Pitching Depth

    Same deal as positional players. Here's a round up of the guys in camp and their odds of contributing. This is keeping in mind Watson or another lefty could still be signed. Starters - Jalen Beeks - 24 was lights out in Portland last year and pitched well in AAA. He is the one prospect who...
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    Positional depth

    Obviously the roster isn't completely set yet, but game action is less than two weeks away. I thought it would be interesting to talk about the non starters and NRI's who could potentially have a shot due to injuries or trades. 1b - Sam Travis - 24. If he has a great spring and there are some...
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    Ranking the GM's: The draft history

    New threads are good. New threads are better during god awful off-seasons. I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at GM's and draft histories to see who hit and whiffed the most. I'll start with Dick O'Connell because eff that Pinky Higgins guy and end with Theo since...
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    Hall of Fame 2.0

    I get unreasonably worked up about the Hall of Fame voting process and glaring omissions combined with unworthy candidates. To be fair - some players who weren't all that great now in retrospect were elected many years ago when they were worthier, so this is weighted more towards the snubs. If...
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    Free agent predictions

    Let's get it on paper for the top free agents. Team, years and total salary. And don't forget the Stanton bonus question at the bottom. C Lucroy 1/12 Rockies 1b Hosmer - 5/100 Rockies 8/144 with Padres (5/105 then opt out or 3/39) Santana - 3/48 Indians 3/60 with Phillies Duda - 2/26 Rangers...
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    Playoff predictions

    These are some great match ups, and as pumped as I can remember to watch them all. Who ya got? NYY over Minnesota Houston over Boston in 5 NYY over Cleveland in 5 Houston over NYY in 7 Arizona over Col Arizona over LAD in 5 Chicago over Washington in 5 Arizona over CHI in 6 Houston over AZ in...
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    Offseason 2017/18

    Hopefully still 2 months away, it's never too early for idle speculation. The starting pitching is set already, unless Price takes a turn for the worse and needs surgery. The pen could return more or less in tact minus Reed, and with Smith and Thornburg possibly displacing Hembree or Barnes...
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    Hall of Fame 2018

    Here is the full (unofficial) list of first timers and minimum 5% qualifiers - https://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/hof_2018.shtml I'll just summarize First the returnees with rounded off 2017 percentages- Trevor Hoffman - 75% Vladimir Guerrero - 72 % Edgar Martinez - 59% Roger Clemens -...
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    The Local Crews

    We have a Jonny Gomes thread, but somehow not a local broadcaster thread. So now we do. What do you all think about the quality of our guys? Mostly, I want to be entertained, have fairly balanced analysis and criticism, and a voice that knows when to shut up. Red Sox - I won't rehash my DO...
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    Let's talk Hanley

    First the good: a) He has been a good teammate b) His triple slash on its surface isn't awful .250/.337/.443 And now everything else: His OPS plus is 101 and wRC+ is 99 and he is being paid 22 million a year as a clean up hitter at a non-premium defensive position. He has been replacement...
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    Time for Clemency - Is Roger overdue?

    It has been 20 seasons since Roger Clemens last threw a pitch for the Red Sox and his career ended 10 years ago, several months after Suzanne Waldman adopted him in the booth. Along with Bonds, McGwire and company, he was a poster boy for one of the darkest eras of the sport. After several...
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    Gone but not forgotten - Dombrowski's Dealings.

    Because I'm a masochist, figured it would be a good thread to trace the guys we lost since DD took over. I'll do prospects only since the Following Former Red Sox thread exists. Moved in the Kimbrel deal Logan Allen - 11 k/9 as a 20 year old in low A ball with a 1.01 WHIP. 18 walks in 46...