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  1. HfxBob

    May: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    You're right, it's totally unacceptable. But I tend to view it through the lens of the 2022-2024 Red Sox being definitively mediocre teams, which makes their results tend to appear extremely random and weird and erratic, while constantly hovering around the .500 mark.
  2. HfxBob

    May: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    There probably is an answer of sorts lurking in how the teams of the last few years are constructed. For whatever reason they're just not 'built for Fenway', it seems.
  3. HfxBob

    May: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    Yeah, you're right. It's 4 games so it can probably be chalked up to randomness. Weird, though. When you add on the 2023 numbers it gets extra weird.
  4. HfxBob

    The Frailty of the Modern Pitcher

    You could also look at the fact that there were only days between trading Sale and signing Giolito. In retrospect the moves seem pretty closely connected.
  5. HfxBob

    The Frailty of the Modern Pitcher

    I'm not sure I understand the importance of who called who first.
  6. HfxBob

    The Frailty of the Modern Pitcher

    What about the fact the Red Sox paid $17 million to get the deal done? That suggests some motivation.
  7. HfxBob

    The Newest Vaughn

    For me the concern isn't about forgetting how to hit. It's more about the gulf between minor league and major league pitching.
  8. HfxBob

    The Newest Vaughn

    I also look at K/BB ratio. A K/BB ratio of 4 to 1 or higher is generally unsustainable, a sure ticket out of MLB. We saw it with Middlebrooks and then Dalbec. In his last 53 MLB games, Grissom has: 45 K's 7 BB's Also, in those 53 games he has 0 home runs, after hitting 5 in his first 26...
  9. HfxBob

    Hal Steinbrenner warns of lower payrolls after 2024: 'Simply not sustainable for us financially'

    I disagree to an extent. 8 teams paid tax for 2023, forking over a total of just over $200 million, both records. But the penalties are onerous and they certainly have a big impact on spending, as they were designed to.
  10. HfxBob

    Following Former Red Sox 2024...

    Does lamenting the loss of Mookie put you in the FOM? If so I guess it would apply to Sox fans who lamented the loss of Ruth, too.
  11. HfxBob

    Garrett Whitlock shutdown after soreness in his elbow, back in BOS for testing

    I think most would agree. But we all know why it is the way it is and why it won't change, it's all driven by the dollar.
  12. HfxBob

    Following Former Red Sox 2024...

    LOL what. Here's an article about Sale's mentoring of Houck. https://www.bostonherald.com/2024/05/08/red-sox-chris-sale-tanner-houck-braves-exclusive/
  13. HfxBob

    Plummeting Ticket Prices

    I don't see how they can be disinterested in an asset that's worth $5 billion or more. I think it's more that they've committed themselves to doing things a certain way-rebuilding the farm and controlling payroll-but this entails a lot of risk of turning off the fans. They seem conflicted...
  14. HfxBob

    May: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    Right. It's cumulative but also comparative.
  15. HfxBob

    May: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    Re: Abreu - the only issue is whether he can hit lefties. Cora doesn't seem very confident that he can.
  16. HfxBob

    Chris Sale (plus $17mil) traded to Atlanta for Vaughn Grissom

    Per mlb.com: https://www.mlb.com/glossary/transactions/vesting-option "In most cases, a vesting option that fails to vest can still be exercised as a club option." Of course there has to be a "in most cases" qualifier, but this is the general rule.
  17. HfxBob

    May: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    The more I think about it the more it blows my mind that the Sox hired Dillon Lawson as a hitting coordinator after the Yankees fired him. The Yankees offense the last few years was one-dimensional, home run or nothing. Swing hard in case you hit it. What exactly did they see in this guy's...
  18. HfxBob

    5/18: HoucKutter v. (don't really care)

    But is there any basis for confidence in their ability to do so?
  19. HfxBob

    Garrett Whitlock shutdown after soreness in his elbow, back in BOS for testing

    It was a very reasonable deal they did with Whitlock. The final two years on it, which would be his first two free agent years, are both team options. I expect they realized it was possible he would end up as a reliever, too. But obviously the first priority was to try him as a starter...