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  1. TheYellowDart5

    Yankees Sign NL Home Run Champion For $3 Million

    Alvarez only really makes sense if you want him to platoon with Holliday; he can't play the field at all. Carter is really nothing but home runs; he's an awful defender and base runner and can't make contact otherwise to save his life. He had the same wRC+ as Wilmer Flores last year. That said...
  2. TheYellowDart5

    Bill Simmons: Valuing Trades More Than Friendships

    Another Bill Simmons thread turns tragic.
  3. TheYellowDart5

    ALDS: Indians vs Red Sox

    The big concern has to be the at-bats by Betts, Bogaerts and Bradley, particularly the latter two, who have been awful since the calendar flipped to August. Bogaerts was so bad tonight that, if there existed any other realistic option on the roster, I'd bench him for Game 2; Kluber's breaking...
  4. TheYellowDart5

    July & August & September Minor League game thread

    Jason Groome's GCL debut: 2 IP, 3 K, five swings and misses in 19 pitches.
  5. TheYellowDart5

    The Bullpen Thread

    For what it's worth with Papelbon, he was mostly fine before going on the DL with an intercostal strain in early July: 24.2 IP, 9 ER, 2 HR, 8 BB, 19 K. Those aren't sterling numbers, but they're more than adequate for a seventh- or eighth-inning reliever, especially in this horror show of a...
  6. TheYellowDart5

    Farrell on the hot seat

    For what it's worth, I'm not gung ho on the "Fire Farrell" train (or what have you). But it is frustrating to see this team make mistakes on things they should be prepared for or know, and that falls on the manager and his coaching staff. And that's regardless of whether or not Kimbrel missed...
  7. TheYellowDart5

    Farrell on the hot seat

    Does this team just not read advance scouting reports? Two runners thrown out by George Springer despite everyone knowing he has a cannon for an arm. Two home runs for Colby Rasmus on fastballs down and in despite the fact that you should never, ever throw him that pitch. These are basic, simple...
  8. TheYellowDart5

    Red Sox announce Dave Dombrowski is their new president of baseball operations.

    For everyone worried about Dombrowski emptying the farm system: If anything, this organization seems ripe for a harvest (so to speak). The Red Sox are loaded with high-upside, low-minors prospects with a barren upper part of the system and nothing in the way of impact pitching any time soon. The...
  9. TheYellowDart5

    Who plays 1B next year?

      There are nearly 700 plate appearances at Triple A to show that Shaw is nothing at all to be excited about, and that's a level that he repeated, too. It's nice that he's hit well so far, but he's a very long shot to keep that up.     Ah, didn't know that on Craig. Agreed that the chance is...
  10. TheYellowDart5

    Who plays 1B next year?

    The fact that Craig hasn't been called up to take Napoli's spot suggests that he's not in the team's plans for the present or future. He'll be here in September once the minor-league season ends, but I wouldn't be surprised if he rides the pine for most of the month and gets moved in a salary...
  11. TheYellowDart5

    Koji to the DL with a broken wrist

      And hey, Uehara won't be wasting his last innings on a go-nowhere team. Him getting the last six weeks of the season of isn't the worst thing to happen, though it means that any lead of three runs or fewer is almost guaranteed to be blown from here on out.
  12. TheYellowDart5

    Will John Farrell still be the manager after the season?

    I wonder how much of guys like Napoli and De Aza continuing to get playing time is about keeping the clubhouse for Farrell. Benching veterans despite struggles or uselessness for the future in favor of guys who are untested, raw or haven't produced/"earned it" seems to me like the kind of thing...
  13. TheYellowDart5

    Why Not JBJ?

      God forbid these guys actually enjoy the game they're playing. Better to have nine Paul O'Neills out there, smashing water coolers and throwing tantrums with every loss?
  14. TheYellowDart5

    Garbage time again: what's the plan this time?

      Two out of three ain't bad.
  15. TheYellowDart5

    Will John Farrell still be the manager after the season?

    Since the All-Star break, the Red Sox are 2-12, headed for 2-13. The team came into the second half with a small shot at contention and instead fell flat on its face and has looked awful in every facet of the game for the last two weeks.   Obviously, it's not Farrell's fault that his rotation is...
  16. TheYellowDart5

    Nava activated from DL, Merrero sent down

      It really is a shame that Nava can't hit lefties at all, because he and Holt could probably form a decent platoon at first base or he could make Victorino expendable in right. I guess if De Aza gets moved, he could become the lefty half of that platoon in right, but as is, he's in for a lot of...
  17. TheYellowDart5

    Send Jedi to the Glue Factory

      If that's temporary, fine, so be it. If it's intended to be permanent, then it's proof that the people running this team can't be trusted with it any longer.
  18. TheYellowDart5

    Napoli: 'I Don't Feel Too Comfortable'

      Hanley Ramirez can barely play leftfield and has no experience playing first. What is there to suggest that he could be even a competent first baseman right now? His only viable defensive position is DH; anything other than that is inviting disaster.
  19. TheYellowDart5

    Napoli: 'I Don't Feel Too Comfortable'

      And play who in his place? Nava's hurt, Craig flunked his first chance, Shaw is unlikely to do any better. Hanley Ramirez is not a serious option.   Napoli has a long leash simply by virtue of the fact that he has no viable backup. Maybe Craig gets called back up and he and Napoli go into a...
  20. TheYellowDart5

    If we're sellers, who do we sell?

      D'oh, I could've sworn he was past 30—at least, he looks the part. Still, rest of the point still stands.