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  1. shaggydog2000

    How many of these pitchers with one career Red Sox save do you remember (2000-2021)?

    What we need is a test where you have to pick the names of obscure Sox players from a list where the other half are lesser known sitcom characters from the 80's. I used to play a game with a co-worker years ago where we would try to name the most obscure Celtics player. He'd just sneak up...
  2. shaggydog2000

    How many of these pitchers with one career Red Sox save do you remember (2000-2021)?

    I had to look up their stats to see if I was actually just remembering the other Josh Smith, but it looks like Josh D never pitched in the Majors for the Sox. Neither face looked familiar though.
  3. shaggydog2000

    How many of these pitchers with one career Red Sox save do you remember (2000-2021)?

    Only a few. Are we sure Robert Person isn't a fake name a 12 year old came up with under pressure? If you asked me if there was a player named Wayne Gomes who played for the Sox I would have said he was a hitter. No recollection of a pitcher by that name. I don't recall Willie Banks, Chris...
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    Jarren Duran

    He had 8 Hr in 199 (official MiLB) games coming into this season, and has 4 hr in 9 games so far this season. I guess he did make some changes to that swing.
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    J.D. Martinez: Hips Don't Lie

    If you don't want to be disappointed by celebrities, don't read too much about them.
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    Bullpen '21

    I think the chances of any player who isn't a consensus top 100 prospect being worth 10 WAR over his career has got to be pretty low. Even him playing a full season in the MLB has got to be low.
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    Starting Rotation '21

    The percentage of batters struck out is a better number to look at for that, since more guys on base in a badly pitched game will give you more chances to strike people out. He struck out 21.2% in the first 3 and 23.2% since then, so I think the difference is just noise and seeing more batters.
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    Angels to release Albert Pujols

    If you add 3 years to his age, that puts his peak seasons between age 26 and 32, which makes pretty good sense. And puts him at 35 when he signed with the Angels, and about 40 when he completely drops off and is a below average hitter. All pretty reasonable as an aging curve.
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    Angels to release Albert Pujols

    Perfection.
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    Angels to release Albert Pujols

    Those guys had to present new documents after 9/11 because they were applying for visas, my understanding was that he was already a citizen or pretty far down the naturalization path by then and wouldn't need to provide any more docs like that. One of the reasons he dropped in the draft was...
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    Angels to release Albert Pujols

    Records in the Domican can be pretty lax. A lot of births take place at home, so the most convenient way to track age is by baptism instead of birth records, but even those are spotty. He moved to the US around what was supposedly him being 16, but if you were a baseball playing 18-19 year...
  12. shaggydog2000

    2020/21 UEFA Europa League: Galloping to Gdansk

    I think it's the best lineup I could figure out. You could nominally move Saka to LB and Xhaka to midfield, but we know he ends up dropping into that LB area anyway while the nominal LB is freed up and moves forward. My guess is that Saka is going to play where Tierney would have anyway if he...
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    Benintendi to Royals for Franchy Cordero, Mets RHP prospect Josh Winckowski, and 3 PTBNLs

    So he's sort of like the old Tampa Bay Bucs? He can't hit balls in the zone, can't hit balls out of the zone, and can't figure out what else he can swing at?
  14. shaggydog2000

    Maybe the Red Sox are good?

    Your own bullpen always looks worse than other teams because you see the frustrating walks and bombs as a pattern. Pitching is hard, and overall the Sox bullpen has been pretty good at it. I think the idea wasn't just that you'd throw a bunch of crap at the wall and see what sticks, but also...
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    Maybe the Red Sox are good?

    Well, their bullpen is 7th in the MLB by ERA, 3rd by FIP, 4th by xFIP, and 3rd by WAR (which is based on FIP). So maybe their weakness is less obvious than you think from watching them? The outfield and first base could definitely use an upgrade though.
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    Arsenal 20-21: Artetenal and/or Kia Joorabchian Futebol Clube

    The double down-grade of Tierney to Xhaka at LB and Xhaka to Ceballos in midfield is just so massive. Hopefully Tierney can be back for the next leg. I know if it was up to him he'd just duct tape his body back together and head on out there. Also playing Chambers at RB over Bellerin and not...
  17. shaggydog2000

    Arsenal 20-21: Artetenal and/or Kia Joorabchian Futebol Clube

    That didn't start well, and kept getting worse. But somehow they did just enough to keep hopes of a final alive. I don't know if that's good or bad.
  18. shaggydog2000

    Alex Verdugo - on-field discussion thread

    I think there is a combination of increased risk causing a discount because the higher WAR players always have high yearly salary but are also longer, and a compression effect from the salary cap. All the dollars as you get closer to or over the cap cost you more in either opportunity cost or...
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    Arsenal 20-21: Artetenal and/or Kia Joorabchian Futebol Clube

    It's luck. And Arsenal simply aren't good enough to overcome bad luck in individual games, and aren't deep enough to overcome bad injury luck.
  20. shaggydog2000

    Maybe the Red Sox are good?

    I agree completely.