May 8th Mother's Day Miracle to Turn Around Season

Petagine in a Bottle

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Let’s not kid ourselves, they’ve got a great trade chip in Devers, and a maybe in Bogaerts, complicated by the no trade, and then some potential value in Eovaldi, Hernandez. I don’t think they will rebuilding this team with those guys and if they lose x and Devers, they will have massive holes to fill. This year is bad, next year could be worse.
 

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Different sport, but Canadians were in SCF last year and were a shit show this year.
Different sport and an anomalous COVID playoff format that guaranteed a Canadian finalist. I think most would acknowledge that the Red Sox overachieved last season, but no one expected this type of regression.
 

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Another good day for the pitching staff, and another no-show by the offense. It's really, really getting old. And depressing.
 

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First I gave up watching them days ago, then stopped getting notifications on my phone as it was too frustrating. Now only checking in the game thread. I refuse to watch them again until they win at least two in a row. Which it appears may never happen.
 

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First I gave up watching them days ago, then stopped getting notifications on my phone as it was too frustrating. Now only checking in the game thread. I refuse to watch them again until they win at least two in a row. Which it appears may never happen.
I left about an hour ago to run an errand. I imagine it was a crisply played game, with smart moves, and. . .well, we just got edged out by an equally solid team.

My teachers always said I had a good imagination.
 

E5 Yaz

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We had a three-man bench:

JBJ hit for Dalbec
Franchy ran for JDM
Plawecki hit for JBJ

I don't not what that says, other than maybe we don't need 14 pitchers
 

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We had a three-man bench:

JBJ hit for Dalbec
Franchy ran for JDM
Plawecki hit for JBJ

I don't not what that says, other than maybe we don't need 14 pitchers
They also used seven pitchers today to cover nine innings. I think they need about five more roster spots, period.
 

Ale Xander

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They need their starters to be allowed to go longer so they need fewer relievers
 

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Simple as this. But Bloom had success with his "openers" in TB so this is going to be the hill he is going to die on.
Yeah, but the philosophy and makeup in Tampa was different. The Rays opener often went no more than 1-3 innings. They had a couple of "bulk" pitchers who were more like starters who would then come in for 4-5 innings so in affect they were pitching later into the game. They also had one or two guys capable of closing the door. The Sox only wish they had that hill to die on and unfortunately may die depending on Rich Hill.
 

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Simple as this. But Bloom had success with his "openers" in TB so this is going to be the hill he is going to die on.
We need to stop pretending that this "philosophy" is exclusive to Bloom (or to GMs with Tampa roots). The trend of starting pitchers throwing fewer pitches and not going deep into games is league-wide.

Teams with the most starts of fewer than 80 pitches and their average innings per start (league average = 4.9):
Twins = 19 (4.8)
Orioles = 18 (4.3)
Rays = 18 (4.0)
Diamondbacks = 16 (4.8)
Red Sox = 16 (4.8)
Cubs = 16 (4.2)
Pirates = 16 (4.2)
Rangers = 16 (4.3)
Reds = 15 (3.9)
Angels = 13 (5.1)
Dodgers = 13 (5.2)

For the season, there have been only 39 instances of any starting pitcher exceeding 100 pitches in a game. Only one team has had more than 3 (Padres with 5), the Red Sox have had two (both Eovaldi), and nine teams have yet to have it happen at all.