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  1. grimshaw

    Red Sox in season discussion

    B-Ref has the Yanks as #1 in defensive efficiency too. They were 12th last season.
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    A stat the Sox as a team are leaving the other 29 teams in the dust in is Total Zone Fielding Runs Above Average. It's the net amount players above or below average runs saved as a team is worth. The Sox are at +37. Only one other team is 30 (Guardians) or better. The White Sox are a league...
  3. grimshaw

    Jarren Duran: Improving in His Second Shot

    Probably belongs in the trade stuff thread, but tangentially relatd to Duran. The single biggest gaping, bafflingly difficult for them to fill hole the Red Sox have had the past few seasons has been 1b. The single biggest upgrade they can get without wasting resources and continuously throwing...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    It's not even just their schedule of which they have 20 series against over .500 teams and 9 vs under .500 the rest of the way. Compare that to the Twins (12 and 17), Guardians (11 and 17), Jays (16 and 13) and Rays (18 and 11 but have already played the Yanks 9 times). The Rangers and White...
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    Jarren Duran: Improving in His Second Shot

    Aside from Duran, here are the list of outfielders under control for 2023: Franchy Verdugo Arroyo Refsnyder JBJ has a mutual option. Not a motley crew unless statcast starts translating to immediate success. There is no way they are trading Duran (unless outfielders come back I guess)...
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    Red Sox Trade Deadline 2022

    I don't think a minor upgrade at 1b is where I'd give up resources given there is still a chance Cordero, Dalbec and/or Casas could beat Aguilar's very modest production in the 2nd half. If the price for Bell was in the ballpark for what they gave up for Schwarber that's something I'd do as a...
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    7 Burning Questions

    It's September 3rd. The Sox are tied for the last WC spot 1) Who is your primary 1st baseman? 2) Is James Paxton in the rotation, the bullpen or on the DL? 3) Assuming health, is Chris Sale performing better or worse than last season? 4) Which of these position players are on the roster...
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    Downs up, Norwood wide right

    There's no reason to give up on a 23 year old in AAA not far removed from being a top 100 prospect. The guy can play shortstop which means he could probably fill in at other positions - something they may consider if it's apparent he won't be a major league starter. It would be foolish to DFA...
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    Divisional Balance and the historic 2022 AL East

    I'm not really counting this season because of how the past off-season went. I just think in general, small market teams will be able to do soft rebuilds instead of spending years hoping everything breaks right with their drafts and competitors windows closing. The Royals, Orioles and Pirates...
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    Divisional Balance and the historic 2022 AL East

    I think until at least the next collective bargaining agreement we are going to start to see more parity than ever for several reasons: -Extra playoff spots and games = more incentive for marginal teams to try and compete for all that extra revenue. -Fewer impact trades as a result of the...
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    A Time for Choosing: Are the Red Sox going to make the playoffs?

    I guess it comes down to more what I think they do vs what I hope they do. I would hope it's the latter but realize that could be a stretch. Regardless, June 27th through August 1st is brutal and I think they'll be .500ish and sellers.
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    A Time for Choosing: Are the Red Sox going to make the playoffs?

    It would really depend on what contention meant. If it's within 3 games of a the 3rd wild card slot, I don't see them standing pat or adding. Would the fanbase care that much if they were an 83 win team? They don't need to add lottery tickets, they need to add talent which isn't going to be...
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    A Time for Choosing: Are the Red Sox going to make the playoffs?

    After flipping a coin I voted no. My gut feeling is that they are sticking to the rebuild and in a sellers market will move some short term contracts for near MLB ready talent. If that means dealing Xander, then make the move. That's maybe when we start to see AAA guys come up. If you win...
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    How to get back in this thing

    Or worried about that Trout albatross.
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    Barnes to the IL w/ right shoulder inflammation .

    Solution: Replace the current fluid with Moxie.
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    Red Sox as Buyers, In Season and Beyond?

    It's tough to speculate what they would do because of who is producing, who isn't, and looming potential upgrades in the minors. Duran being ready or not is holding them hostage a bit. He could very well play below average but still have more overall value than Hernandez and JBJ. Franchy is...
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    Red Sox as Buyers, In Season and Beyond?

    Despite all their success it would be nice to have consistent above average production at 1b for the first time since Mike Napoli. Sox collective 1b since 2014: .241/.321/.432 wRC+100 which is 24th in MLB. 5 of the 6 teams below them are small market.
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    Do the Celtics have an Image problem?

    +1. It's a little bit less annoying than hearing fans complaining about one-sided officiating. I get zero sense that the announcers are biased against the Celtics as a neutral fan. I would think the more difficult part of the job as a national announcer is to not get caught up by the home...
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    Red Sox in season discussion

    And I get the WPA added argument as well, but wouldn't most competent starters succeed better in high leverage relief situations? It's also not impossible that he'll be better than Pivetta and his ilk as a starter moving forward. I think it's better to see what his full capabilities are.
  20. grimshaw

    Red Sox in season discussion

    Thank you. The second part is what seems to be lost on those supporting Whitlock's move to the pen. 150 innings at 4.5 million a year through conceivably 2028 when he's 32? Doesn't seem like a terrible idea to try that first.