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  1. BaseballJones

    2019 Ravens: College Offense Run Amok

    Time to talk about the 2019 Ravens in more detail. Looking more and more like a juggernaut. What's making them tick? Well first off, obviously Lamar Jackson, who has been great. But interestingly, he's basically the same player he was in college - just, you know, better, because he's not...
  2. BaseballJones

    2019 Pats: Best WR Corps Ever?

    Ok well now that AB is with New England (I can't believe I can type that), as of this moment, here's the WR group: Antonio Brown Josh Gordon Julian Edelman Demaryius Thomas Philip Dorsett N'Keal Harry Jakobi Meyers Gunner Oslzewski Ok so we can' put Gunner and Jakobi in the mix yet because...
  3. BaseballJones

    Red Sox non-star team (since 1975)

    Ok so a little fun as the season winds down. Not looking for guys who were stars, but second-tier guys (yes you are welcome to be the judge of that). Making the best team of non-stars from 1975-present. Position players C - Jason Varitek. Three-time all-star, but not really a *star*...
  4. BaseballJones

    Slices of the Blame Pie

    I want to preface this by saying that I'll *happily* take the past four years every four years. Two division titles but losing in the divisional playoffs, one WS title, and one .500 season. I'd also happily take these past two years, trading a WS for a crappy season. I'm good with it, though...
  5. BaseballJones

    2019 from this point on

    None of us wants to give up on this season. But the division is over, back 13.5 games. 5.5 back in the WC, with three teams ahead of them. That's not over, but it's a steep hill to climb with just 49 games remaining. Here's how many H2H games the Sox have left with the three teams in front...
  6. BaseballJones

    Trending Now

    The thread to track Red Sox trends (or otherwise named: cherry-picking the latest numbers). To start, here's a few... - Since London, the Red Sox are 15-7 (.681), outscoring their opponents 157-121 (+36 run differential). The offense over that stretch is averaging 7.1 runs per game (!), but...
  7. BaseballJones

    The Evolution of Basketball

    Inspired by the positionless-NBA thread...did a little looking at https://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_stats_per_game.html Compare 2018-19 with, say, 1985-86, with that great Celtics' team, but with other legendary teams still going strong too (and the Pistons just about to start...
  8. BaseballJones

    Has Mookie peaked?

    One of the biggest differences between this year and last is Mookie Betts. This year he's been a very good major league baseball player: 12 hr, .267/.388/.463/.852, 123 ops+, 3.2 bWAR. Last year he was otherworldly: 32 hr, .346/.438/.640/1.078, 186 ops+, 10.9 bWAR His regression from...
  9. BaseballJones

    One player from another team you'd love to add to the Patriots

    Free acquisition, contract doesn't matter for this exercise. It certainly would be harder to do if we had to take contracts into account. The Pats are the beneficiary of a weird new expansion draft where every player on every team is exposed, and the Patriots get to pick ONE player from the...
  10. BaseballJones

    Who had the better career....?

    For various reasons, these four are the four that I want to compare. Who do you all think had the better career, and why? If you could choose one of these guys' MLB careers, which one would you have picked, and why? (a) Mike Mussina (b) Curt Schilling (c) Andy Pettitte (d) David Cone All...
  11. BaseballJones

    Decisions to be made

    An interesting conversation on sports radio this past week on the topic of: Who does Tom Brady think is the best receiver he's ever had the pleasure of throwing to. Doesn't have to be a WR. And a corollary: If Brady had to complete one pass to win the Super Bowl (call it....12-18 yards, so...
  12. BaseballJones

    The Home Grown Red Sox

    It's not always cut-and-dried as to whether a player should be categorized as "home grown", because a player may have spent five years in another team's minor league system and then traded to your team during his last year of AAA before getting promoted to the majors. So technically he made it...
  13. BaseballJones

    Rating the Pats' position groups

    Two categories to consider: (1) top-end talent, and (2) quality depth. Here's how, on a 1-5 scale (5 being best), I'd rank each position group as of right now - understanding that things can/will change. QB Top-end talent: 5 (Brady is elite) Quality depth: 3 (Hoyer is a modest veteran...
  14. BaseballJones

    Greatest RHH of all time?

    I'm honestly not sure if this should be here or in MLB or in P&G so mods, please place it accordingly. There's an article up on ESPN right now on Albert Pujols. Just how incredible he was. It got me thinking of who's the greatest right-handed hitter baseball has ever seen. After thinking...
  15. BaseballJones

    The WR Corps

    From the Pats 2019 roster thread, here's who they currently have: WIDE RECEIVER (13) Julian Edelman Josh Gordon (suspended) Demaryius Thomas Phillip Dorsett N’Keal Harry Bruce Ellington Maurice Harris Braxton Berrios Damoun Patterson Jakobi Meyers UDFA Xavier Ubosi UDFA Ryan Davis UDFA Matthew...
  16. BaseballJones

    Starting Pitching 2019

    I look on paper and I see an outstanding rotation. These first three games doesn't change that overall outlook for me, but man what a craptastic start for the Sox' starting pitchers. Sale: 3.0 ip, 6 h, 7 r, 7 er, 2 bb, 4 k, 3 hr Eovaldi: 5.0 ip, 8 h, 6 r, 6 er, 2 bb, 3 k, 3 hr ERod: 4.1...
  17. BaseballJones

    GOAT - position by position

    Inspired by the Gronk thread and which teams have the most GOATs at their respective positions...I know YMMV here. There's no way that any two of us will agree on all these positions, never mind hundreds of us agreeing. But here's what I got (note that I'm only picking one RB, one WR, one OT...
  18. BaseballJones

    NFL Overtime

    I just went through every game from 2016-2018, and there were 45 overtime games over the three seasons (including playoffs). Here were the results: - 10 times (22.2%) the team who got the ball first in OT immediately drove for the GW touchdown - 14 times (31.1%) the team who got the ball...
  19. BaseballJones

    Why Are the Patriots So Good?

    Let's recap briefly. In the TB/BB era (2001-present), - The Pats have gone 220-68 (.764) in the regular season. - They've won 16 division titles in 18 seasons. - They've gone 30-10 in the playoffs. - They've played in 13 AFC Championship games, winning 9. - They've played in 9 Super Bowls...
  20. BaseballJones

    Boston Sports Word Association

    All four major sports....what do you associate with these words, phrases, or numbers: 1. Game 6 2. ____ F#$&ing ____ 3. #24 4. Most hated rival team 5. Most hated rival athlete 6. Most hated rival athlete you also respect(ed) the most 7. Boston sports moment you'd most like to have back...