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  1. EricFeczko

    Damien Harris tees off on BB over 2022 offense

    McCorkle is so bad at NFL he was named McCorkle from birth. McCorkle is so bad at NFL that his stats are worse when he’s given the freedom to throw and little pressure ( early 2022 ) than when he’s repeatedly sacked and hurried by a weak OL ( late 2022 ).
  2. EricFeczko

    Is It Over Now? Chiefs/Niners SB Thread

    What’s really important is that the NFL finally got an in-game DJ for its boring game ( about 13 minutes of action in 3 hours and usually dominated by the best QB ). Furthermore, it’s Tiesto! I hope they feature him during the 30-second long breaks in between 5-8 second plays. Clearly they’re...
  3. EricFeczko

    It's the halfway mark. Where we at?

    The 2023 team is like the Clay Buchholz of teams.
  4. EricFeczko

    It's the halfway mark. Where we at?

    I don’t think using June as a basis for evaluating midsession baseball offense is legitimate to begin with, it’s an Eric Van-esque approach. My point was that the offense wasn’t just bunching runs in June against the Yankees. If you’re expecting 2004 level offense, then no it’s bad. However...
  5. EricFeczko

    It's the halfway mark. Where we at?

    Yes. I was at the twins game on Tuesday, where they scored in the double digits as well. Over the past 30 days they scored 124 runs in 28 games. In June they’ve scored 4 or more runs in 12/26 games ( 3/6 against the Yankees ). Again, what exactly is disappointing about the offense? I think this...
  6. EricFeczko

    It's the halfway mark. Where we at?

    Agree with this wholeheartedly — this is a fun high variance team to watch and see if they grow. As others noted, the Red Sox are averaging nearly 5 runs per game ( good for 4th in AL ) and hover around the top third for wRC+ — they’ve had up’s and downs for sure — Devers aside, how has the...
  7. EricFeczko

    It's the halfway mark. Where we at?

    Pretty much what I expected from the start of the season. A very good offense — despite all the Eric Vanning on the board — combined with below average starting pitching makes for a team that lives or dies by its offense. Bullpen is fine. I’m a bit more optimistic on the starting pitching...
  8. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    Ditto -- try to save the bullpen for games that you need. Kluber may not have many starts left, its fine to overuse him as long as he doesn't get too in the way.
  9. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    Yeah, but at the same time the QO threat was always there, so the leverage existed for the kind of discount Texas got (2 years with a vested option). I agree, with hindsight, I would probably resign Eovaldi -- and the foresight is probably even money too. Even with the QO, hard to say whether...
  10. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    Like Sale did in his final season, Kluber fell apart towards the end of 2022 -- including a large velocity drop in the middle of the season. Signing him vs using it for anything would've made more sense -- much like Masterson's signing was super questionable and clearly nostalgia/intangible...
  11. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    Its less Kluber vs. name-a-pitcher and more Justin Masterson redux -- throwing 10 million away at a clearly over-the-hill pitcher (when looking at peripherals) is just not worth it.
  12. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    I was thinking the same thing -- hard to say whether the QO is ultimately worth it -- but in hindsight, Eovaldi probably makes us a solid competitor in 2023/24. EDIT: That being said, hard to predict Sale/Paxton's re-emergence, and Bello's emergence, which underscores the short-term vs...
  13. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    Its not over but its not great -- red sox average 5 and half runs per game in terms of scoring -- even behind its hard to count out this offense
  14. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    With Pivetta gone -- absolutely -- here's pitching performance over the last two weeks:
  15. EricFeczko

    5/21 Bloom's Gambit

    Carpenter didn't even look good on that at-bat -- Kluber just can't find the plate with sub-90 MPH junk.
  16. EricFeczko

    What does 2023 look like?

    I think its just a reflection of the fact that Chaim inherited a farm system with a track record of terrible pitching development stretching back nearly two decades to Theo Epstein. Its going to take more than 2-3 years to overcome that. EDIT: Its much easier just to point to team ERA to say...
  17. EricFeczko

    Mookie redux

    Actually, I posted the first reply in a couple of years because wongers hit some dingers. I thought it would be fun to stir up a little trouble. I can see how one might take a Mookie focused view from that first post. I agree that the focus on Mookie’s performance is a little silly — he looked...
  18. EricFeczko

    2023 Starting Rotation

    So far, and retrospectively, Chaim's avoidance of the SP market looks somewhat prescient. There's about seven FA starters that haven't been bad to start the season, that's about it -- most of them are not on long or even multi-year deals: Kershaw -- (#4 ranked -- 1 year deal ) Zach Elfin -- 3...
  19. EricFeczko

    Mookie redux

    Since the trade Mookie has put up about 14 fWAR over 4 seasons (one shortened in 2020). Adding in David Price's contributions we're looking at about 15 fWAR total. Both Mookie and Price cost about 55-56 Million AAV. In the meantime, Verdugo has put up about 6-7 fWAR, while costing...well...
  20. EricFeczko

    Is Connor Wong a starting catcher?

    If wong continues to perform like Adley Rustchman, we might have a top 5 catcher on our hands. More and more, the Mookie deal is looking fairly decent across the board -- trading an increasingly expensive FA for cheap talent to rebuild.