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  1. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Here comes the three-batter minimum...

    Bob Nightengale reporting that teams are being told to expect a three-batter minimum for relievers (or finishing out an inning): View: https://twitter.com/BNightengale/status/1204112681017307137?s=20 This seems like it would fundamentally alter roster construction and potentially spell the...
  2. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    WS balls making it hard to throw a slider

    Interesting piece from Verducci here on the World Series baseballs being different from regular season balls, making it hard to throw a slider well: https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/10/29/world-series-baseballs-leather-justin-verlander-yu-darvish-ken-giles-kenley-jansen Pitchers and coaches from...
  3. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Why I'm not worried about the offense...

    The spate of games since the All-Star break has been ... frustrating, to say the least. The offense at times looks like it will never score a run again. This has led to any number of calls for a trade, a middle of the order bat, a human sacrifice, whatever. However, I think there's good reason...
  4. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Chavis to Portland, Devers to ... ?

    Salem just announced that Michael Chavis (along with Chad de la Guerra) is coming to Portland: Hey - Chavis and Devers play the same position... Seems like something is up. Normally, this would be mildly interesting, but I've got tix to see the Sea Dogs tomorrow night and would REALLY like...
  5. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Pomeranz is out. Who's in?

    Pom leaves his start today with a tight left tricep: Luckily, Sox don't need a fifth starter for a couple weeks, by which time Price may be ready, but they do need a fourth starter. Another Brian Johnson start? Back to Kendrick? He's not on the 40-man, but Wright still is, so any chance...
  6. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Selsky makes the team

    Steve Selsky? Is Sam Travis not fully healthy? They don't want to start his clock?
  7. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Keith Foulke's role in the Sox org

    Not particularly well written (the pun in the opening sentence is brutal), but an interesting look nonetheless into how Keith Foulke is being used as a "bullpen mentor" for the Sea Dogs and elsewhere: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/07/29/foulke-provides-relief-for-sea-dogs-relievers/...
  8. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    So, 19 at-bats and Travis Shaw is a shoe-in?

    The Boston Herald has a piece today where John Farrell is quoted saying they're going to be playing Travis Shaw a bit in LF going forward this spring, trying to increase his versatility. Because, you know, he's "playing his way onto the team," and then we're told that Shaw "leads the team" with...
  9. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    The Red Sox and the Big Inning

    One sometime criticism of Farrell I've seen thrown around (and even uttered myself) is that he doesn't seem to be able to limit the damage. That the Sox have a tendency to give up the big inning, and thus be out of contention for the rest of the game. So, I thought I'd see if that were true.   ...
  10. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Brock Holt: Look! Something Shiny!

    With Drew coming on board, I'm hoping the plan is to jettison Herrera and keep Brock Holt, as the Sox now have plenty of back up at shortstop, and Holt can handle 2B, not to mention the 1200 chances at short Holt has had in the minors. It's interesting that he's only got 11 games and 28 chances...
  11. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Where would this team be without the bullpen?

    With a couple of exceptions, the bullpen is off to an amazing start. Some numbers for consideration:   69.2 IP 59 H 16 BB 63 K 18 R (17 ER) 2.20 ERA Bullpen ERA- of 56   It's also notable that 15 of the 18 runs have been given up by Badenhop and Mujica.    Back them out and you've got 50 innings...
  12. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Steve "Sucko" Lyons

    Can someone help me understand how Steve Lyons is all of a sudden weaseling his way into the Boston sports media market?   He was horrendously bad as the third chair with Dale and Holley, just unknowledgeable and with a difficult time getting into the flow of the broadcast, then just awkward and...
  13. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Netflix and HBO Go in Hong Kong

    I'm traveling on biz and neither the Netflix or the HBO Go will work here in Hong Kong - gives me an error message on the iPad about it not being allowed in this country or some shit.    Anyone have a way to bypass? I need some Breaking Bad and GoT to lull me to sleep over here. 
  14. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Rondo is the new captain

    Disappointing game tonight. Kelly looked good. Rondo looked eh.    But the big news - at least to me - is that they've made Rondo the captain. Is it just because he's the most tenured player at this point and SOMEONE has to be the captain?    Or is Rondo really the captain of this team, like...
  15. MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

    Protecting the Shields -- The Nick Cafardo Thread

    I know there's a whole thread devoted to Nick Cafardo's abominable Baseball Notes column, but http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2009/01/18/deep_thoughts_on_players/"]this week's[/url] deserves its own thread by way of it just being abominably bad. The premise of the main body...