Adam K, and His Nonsense

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    Adam K, and His Nonsense

    This guy is the worst so-called sports writer I have ever had the misfortune of reading. What is he, about 12 years old? He knows as much about baseball as my first wife did (I married her In Germany in 1948). Of course the Red
    Sox have a chance to make the playoffs. A gain fo 6 or 7 games, can be (and has already been) accomplished in a couple of weeks. Here are four good reasons:


    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)


    Holt, Bradley, Betts and Bogaerts---all improving


    Health and Insurance.----all 4 East opponents are hurting


    A good young catcher (with another waiting in the wings)

     
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    This guy is the worst so-called sports writer I have ever had the misfortune of reading. What is he, about 12 years old? He knows as much about baseball as my first wife did (I married her In Germany in 1948). Of course the Red
    Sox have a chance to make the playoffs. A gain fo 6 or 7 games, can be (and has already been) accomplished in a couple of weeks. Here are four good reasons:

     

    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)

     

    Holt, Bradley, Betts and Bogaerts---all improving

     

    Health and Insurance.----all 4 East opponents are hurting

     

    A good young catcher (with another waiting in the wings)



    Who did they beat? Houston.

    Best 1-2 in the league? Best 1-2 count if supporting cast is also good.

    What about the following:

    1. Felix and Iwakuma

    2. Kazmir, Gray, Samardzjia, Hammel and Chavez

    3. Sanchez, Scherzer, Porcello

    And what about the 9.5 game deficit in division and 8 games and 8 teams in WC?

     
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    I love that the Sox are 4-2 since Pierzynski left, but I think the Sox are very much a long shot for the playoffs.  9.5 games out in a division with four decent teams besides us. 

     
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    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)


     


    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.


     


    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).


     


    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.


     


    Compare the 2014 lines of Buchholz and rookie lefthander Roenis Elias, who currently slots at No. 4 in the Seattle rotation:


     


    CB 14 GS, 79.2 IP, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, ERA+ 74


     


    RE 19 GS, 113 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, ERA+ 83


     


    Clay Buchholz was brilliant on Sunday against the Houston Astros, but compare that start to the three-hit shutout tossed by Elias on June 1 against the Detroit Tigers:


     


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    After having thrown 101 pitches through eight innings, Elias went out in the ninth and retired Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in order.


     


    My point is that you can't place too much emphasis on one brilliant performance.

     
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    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)

    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.

    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).

    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.



    The 3 lowest scoring teams evens out the 2 highest scoring?  Also the Mariners play half their games in Seattle.  Still, Seattle has a very good and impressive staff but ballpark factors does help them to some extent.  Still I don't think the Sox have the best pitching, that is just absurd. 

     
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    The 3 lowest scoring teams evens out the 2 highest scoring?  Also the Mariners play half their games in Seattle.  Still, Seattle has a very good and impressive staff but ballpark factors does help them to some extent.  Still I don't think the Sox have the best pitching, that is just absurd. 


    Seattle's AL West opponents rank 1st, 2nd, 9th and 14th in runs scored in the American League (the Mariners rank 11th).

    Boston's AL East opponent rank 4th, 7th, 12th and 13th in runs scored in the American Leauge (the Red Sox rank 15th).

     
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    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)

     

    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.

     

    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).

     

    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.

     

    Compare the 2014 lines of Buchholz and rookie lefthander Roenis Elias, who currently slots at No. 4 in the Seattle rotation:

     

    CB 14 GS, 79.2 IP, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, ERA+ 74

     

    RE 19 GS, 113 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, ERA+ 83

     

    Clay Buchholz was brilliant on Sunday against the Houston Astros, but compare that start to the three-hittter thrown Elias on June 1 against the Detroit Tigers:

     

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    After having thrown 101 pitches through eight innings, Elias went out in the ninth and retired Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in order.

     

    My point is that you can't place too much emphasis on one brilliant performance.




    Yes you can! How many performances like that one have we seen that did not precede more of the same? Houston is not Toronto, but todays Toronto is not the same either. And Houstin's main problems are not with their offense, it's with their pitching and defense. The Sox have the talent to play .640 baseball the rest of the way. They are an entirel;y different team than they were a month ago. And the thing that is being missed is this: these young kids are getting better. They are not nearly as injury-prone as any of the other 4 division teams. Doesn't mean there'll be no DL's, but I think there are fewer than the older guys will have, and we have better replacemtns. Isn't there another catcher down there supposed to be an improvement over Vazquez, eventually? Can the Rays say that? Baltimore is a pretty good team, but not as good as the Red Sox. No way!

     
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    Buchholz also gave up 3 HRS, in a Pitchers Park, in Seattle, against a team that is not noted for HRS. this year. That has me nervous.

     
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    I love that the Sox are 4-2 since Pierzynski left, but I think the Sox are very much a long shot for the playoffs.  9.5 games out in a division with four decent teams besides us. 




    A long shot for sure, but based on the strength of the rest of the division, it's too soon to call it over.

    Whether the Sox pitching is the best in the league or not, it is good enough for the Sox to make a run at it if they can get the offensive support.   I am encouraged by what I've seen the last handful of games.

     

     
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    In response to maxbialystock's comment:

    I love that the Sox are 4-2 since Pierzynski left, but I think the Sox are very much a long shot for the playoffs.  9.5 games out in a division with four decent teams besides us. 




    A long shot for sure, but based on the strength of the rest of the division, it's too soon to call it over.

    Whether the Sox pitching is the best in the league or not, it is good enough for the Sox to make a run at it if they can get the offensive support.   I am encouraged by what I've seen the last handful of games.

     



    They've got four series with other AL East teams the 2 1/2 weeks after the ASB.

    If they can continue to hit with runners on against those teams, they can make some progress in the division.

    You are right about the pitching. It's good enough to get them back into the race.

     
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    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)


    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.


    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).


    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.


    Compare the 2014 lines of Buchholz and rookie lefthander Roenis Elias, who currently slots at No. 4 in the Seattle rotation:


    CB 14 GS, 79.2 IP, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, ERA+ 74


    RE 19 GS, 113 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, ERA+ 83


    Clay Buchholz was brilliant on Sunday against the Houston Astros, but compare that start to the Sunday three-hittter thrown Elias on June 1 against the Detroit Tigers:


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    After having thrown 101 pitches through eight innings, Elias went out in the ninth and retired Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in order.


    My point is that you can't place too much emphasis on one brilliant performance.


    Yes you can! How many performances like that one have we seen that did not precede more of the same? Houston is not Toronto, but todays Toronto is not the same either. And Houstin's main problems are not with their offense, it's with their pitching and defense. The Sox have the talent to play .640 baseball the rest of the way. They are an entirel;y different team than they were a month ago. And the thing that is being missed is this: these young kids are getting better. They are not nearly as injury-prone as any of the other 4 division teams. Doesn't mean there'll be no DL's, but I think there are fewer than the older guys will have, and we have better replacemtns. Isn't there another catcher down there supposed to be an improvement over Vazquez, eventually? Can the Rays say that? Baltimore is a pretty good team, but not as good as the Red Sox. No way!

    I like your optimism, but ...


    In his seven starts since his brilliant outing against the highly regarded Detroit Tigers on June 1, Seattle lefthander Roenis Elias has posted an ERA of 6.46 (which rivals the 6.44 ERA Clay Buchholz had in his first seven starts this season and the 6.11 ERA Buchholz carried into Sunday's game).

     
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    Bogaerts is not "improving". 

    We can hope he will, but as of now, he is struggling. 

    I hope I get proven wrong...it wouldn't be the first time... but while being 8 back in the WC standings does not seem "out of it" in the traditional sense of the word, having 9 teams ahead of you is pretty daunting.

    I do think passing Minnesota and the White Sox is not so scary, but Tampa bay is playing well, the Yanks are still tough, and Cleveland, Toronto, KC, Seattle and LA are all just plain better than us.

    I would not mind seeing us make a trade to improve us this year, but it also has to help us in 2015 and beyond for me to support it. That kind of trade will be hard to make. Teams are desperate and overpaying for team controlled good players is not exactly what we should be looking at right now, unless someone like Stanton (with an extension as part of the deal) is put on the July trading block.

    To me, trading Peavy and Gomes could actually help our team (sort of addition by subtraction as you will). We could start de la Rosa and Workman more often or give Webtser or Ranaudo a look. Betts, JBJ, Holt, Nava and maybe Vic at some point can all easily make up for the loss of Gomes.

    Trading Badenhop could give Doubront and a prospect a chance to pitch more from the pen.

    Trading Drew is hard to improve on for just 2014, since I don't trust Middy, Cecchini or Marrero at this point.

    Trading Ross and replacing him with Butler or Lava would be a step back for 2014.

    Trading Miller would hurt 2014, but if the return value would be a good boost to our future, I'd seriously consider it, assuming we are closer to the last WC slot by the deadline. Otherwise, I'd trade him and start thinking of 2015 and beyond.

    If we are still 8 out by July 31st, we need to extend Lester and Uehara or come to a contractual understanding with them, or trade them for some very nice prospects.

     

    Sox4ever

     
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    Bogaerts is not "improving". 

    We can hope he will, but as of now, he is struggling. 

    I hope I get proven wrong...it wouldn't be the first time... but while being 8 back in the WC standings does not seem "out of it" in the traditional sense of the word, having 9 teams ahead of you is pretty daunting.

    I do think passing Minnesota and the White Sox is not so scary, but Tampa bay is playing well, the Yanks are still tough, and Cleveland, Toronto, KC, Seattle and LA are all just plain better than us.

    I would not mind seeing us make a trade to improve us this year, but it also has to help us in 2015 and beyond for me to support it. That kind of trade will be hard to make. Teams are desperate and overpaying for team controlled good players is not exactly what we should be looking at right now, unless someone like Stanton (with an extension as part of the deal) is put on the July trading block.

    To me, trading Peavy and Gomes could actually help our team (sort of addition by subtraction as you will). We could start de la Rosa and Workman more often or give Webtser or Ranaudo a look. Betts, JBJ, Holt, Nava and maybe Vic at some point can all easily make up for the loss of Gomes.

    Trading Badenhop could give Doubront and a prospect a chance to pitch more from the pen.

    Trading Drew is hard to improve on for just 2014, since I don't trust Middy, Cecchini or Marrero at this point.

    Trading Ross and replacing him with Butler or Lava would be a step back for 2014.

    Trading Miller would hurt 2014, but if the return value would be a good boost to our future, I'd seriously consider it, assuming we are closer to the last WC slot by the deadline. Otherwise, I'd trade him and start thinking of 2015 and beyond.

    If we are still 8 out by July 31st, we need to extend Lester and Uehara or come to a contractual understanding with them, or trade them for some very nice prospects.

     

    Sox4ever




    I'm not even thinking WC at this point.

    I don't the WC coming out of the AL East.

    There are only two teams above .500 in this division.

    It's win the division or go home for all of us.

     
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    Buchholz also gave up 3 HRS, in a Pitchers Park, in Seattle, against a team that is not noted for HRS. this year. That has me nervous.




    That was then; he's a different pitcher today than he was even a week ago. Sunday's performance was no accident. He looked comfortab and confident (quite a change!)

     
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    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)

    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.

    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).

    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.



    The 3 lowest scoring teams evens out the 2 highest scoring?  Also the Mariners play half their games in Seattle.  Still, Seattle has a very good and impressive staff but ballpark factors does help them to some extent.  Still I don't think the Sox have the best pitching, that is just absurd. 



    Just think if Buchholz had thrown a no-hitter yesterday, how much more absurd it would be.

     
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    They've got four series with other AL East teams the 2 1/2 weeks after the ASB.

    If they can continue to hit with runners on against those teams, they can make some progress in the division.

    You are right about the pitching. It's good enough to get them back into the race.




    Good point about games against the division.  The Sox have to be able to make up some ground in these head to head series.

    I'm ready for an epic run!   LOL

     

     
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    In response to bosoxmal's comment:

     

     

     

    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)

     

     

     

    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.

     

     

     

    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).

     

     

     

    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.

     

     

     

    Compare the 2014 lines of Buchholz and rookie lefthander Roenis Elias, who currently slots at No. 4 in the Seattle rotation:

     

     

     

    CB 14 GS, 79.2 IP, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, ERA+ 74

     

     

     

    RE 19 GS, 113 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, ERA+ 83

     

     

     

    Clay Buchholz was brilliant on Sunday against the Houston Astros, but compare that start to the three-hit shutout tossed by Elias on June 1 against the Detroit Tigers:

     

     

     

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    After having thrown 101 pitches through eight innings, Elias went out in the ninth and retired Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in order.

     

     

     

    My point is that you can't place too much emphasis on one brilliant performance.



    Thank you. For the poster to even compare our 1-2 to Seattle's is comical. I'd also put Oakland there with Sonny Gray and anyone of their 2,3,4.

     

     
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    In response to hill55's comment:

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    Buchholz and Lester---possibly the best 1-2 in the league (yes, I think Buchholz will repeat)

     

    I must note that Felix Hernandez has an ERA of 2.12 in 20 starts, Hishasi Iwakuma an ERA of 2.98 in 14 starts and Chris Young an ERA of 3.15 in 19 appearances, including 18 starts.

     

    The Seattle trio has accomplished this playing in the division with the two highest-scoring teams in baseball (but also two of the three lowest-scoring teams in the American League).

     

    Clay Buchholz has an ERA of 5.42 in 14 starts.

     

    Compare the 2014 lines of Buchholz and rookie lefthander Roenis Elias, who currently slots at No. 4 in the Seattle rotation:

     

    CB 14 GS, 79.2 IP, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, ERA+ 74

     

    RE 19 GS, 113 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, ERA+ 83

     

    Clay Buchholz was brilliant on Sunday against the Houston Astros, but compare that start to the three-hittter thrown Elias on June 1 against the Detroit Tigers:

     

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    After having thrown 101 pitches through eight innings, Elias went out in the ninth and retired Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in order.

     

    My point is that you can't place too much emphasis on one brilliant performance.




    Yes you can! How many performances like that one have we seen that did not precede more of the same? Houston is not Toronto, but todays Toronto is not the same either. And Houstin's main problems are not with their offense, it's with their pitching and defense. The Sox have the talent to play .640 baseball the rest of the way. They are an entirel;y different team than they were a month ago. And the thing that is being missed is this: these young kids are getting better. They are not nearly as injury-prone as any of the other 4 division teams. Doesn't mean there'll be no DL's, but I think there are fewer than the older guys will have, and we have better replacemtns. Isn't there another catcher down there supposed to be an improvement over Vazquez, eventually? Can the Rays say that? Baltimore is a pretty good team, but not as good as the Red Sox. No way!



    Houston's problem is not their offense? Are you kidding? Let me post averages from their lineup yesterday.

    Altuve     .335

    Castro     .232

    Springer   .233

    Carter      .205

    Singleton  .184

    Dominguez  .237

    Grossman    .233

    Hernandez    .289  (rookie with 38 major league at bats)

    Gonzalez .261

     

    Team BA of .238, 4th worst in baseball

    Runs per game   7th worst in baseball

    Home Runs 4th best in baseball

    K's   worst in baseball

     

     
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    Bogaerts is not "improving". 

    We can hope he will, but as of now, he is struggling. 

    I hope I get proven wrong...it wouldn't be the first time... but while being 8 back in the WC standings does not seem "out of it" in the traditional sense of the word, having 9 teams ahead of you is pretty daunting.

    I do think passing Minnesota and the White Sox is not so scary, but Tampa bay is playing well, the Yanks are still tough, and Cleveland, Toronto, KC, Seattle and LA are all just plain better than us.

    I would not mind seeing us make a trade to improve us this year, but it also has to help us in 2015 and beyond for me to support it. That kind of trade will be hard to make. Teams are desperate and overpaying for team controlled good players is not exactly what we should be looking at right now, unless someone like Stanton (with an extension as part of the deal) is put on the July trading block.

    To me, trading Peavy and Gomes could actually help our team (sort of addition by subtraction as you will). We could start de la Rosa and Workman more often or give Webtser or Ranaudo a look. Betts, JBJ, Holt, Nava and maybe Vic at some point can all easily make up for the loss of Gomes.

    Trading Badenhop could give Doubront and a prospect a chance to pitch more from the pen.

    Trading Drew is hard to improve on for just 2014, since I don't trust Middy, Cecchini or Marrero at this point.

    Trading Ross and replacing him with Butler or Lava would be a step back for 2014.

    Trading Miller would hurt 2014, but if the return value would be a good boost to our future, I'd seriously consider it, assuming we are closer to the last WC slot by the deadline. Otherwise, I'd trade him and start thinking of 2015 and beyond.

    If we are still 8 out by July 31st, we need to extend Lester and Uehara or come to a contractual understanding with them, or trade them for some very nice prospects.

     

    Sox4ever




    I'm not even thinking WC at this point.

    I don't the WC coming out of the AL East.

    There are only two teams above .500 in this division.

    It's win the division or go home for all of us.




    I see winning the division as just as hard, if not harder.

    We are 9.5 behind Baltimore and 3 other teams between us and them.

    Choose your poison:

    9.5 with 4 teams to pass (Win division)

    or 

    8.0 with with 8 teams to pass (Win WC)

     

     
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    Well, it can be done. This past week the Reds gained 5.5 games in the standings, and it could have been more if not for a couple sloppy outings by Broxton. 

     

     
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    The nice thing about moonslav's approach is that he tries to be realistic while at the same time explaining how things can improve via trades.  I especially like his points about who we can lose without hurting the team in 2014.  And I like his enthusiasm for the game yesterday in Houston, which he attended.  The game proved nothing, but that doesn't take away from enjoy a Sox win and seeing Buchholz pitch a lot better than he has been. 

     
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    Following the All Star game, the Orioles go to the west coast for 10 games. Sox can easily get to within 4 games, (during that period we have 7 games against a hurting Toronto team)

     
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    In response to maxbialystock's comment:

    The nice thing about moonslav's approach is that he tries to be realistic while at the same time explaining how things can improve via trades.  I especially like his points about who we can lose without hurting the team in 2014.  And I like his enthusiasm for the game yesterday in Houston, which he attended.  The game proved nothing, but that doesn't take away from enjoy a Sox win and seeing Buchholz pitch a lot better than he has been. 




    Yeah, MOONSLAV, no doubt, adds a lot of positive things to this forum and we are fortunate to have him. I, on the other hand, provide a lot of negatives.

     
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    In response to BogieAt12oclock's comment:

    In response to maxbialystock's comment:

    The nice thing about moonslav's approach is that he tries to be realistic while at the same time explaining how things can improve via trades.  I especially like his points about who we can lose without hurting the team in 2014.  And I like his enthusiasm for the game yesterday in Houston, which he attended.  The game proved nothing, but that doesn't take away from enjoy a Sox win and seeing Buchholz pitch a lot better than he has been. 




    Yeah, MOONSLAV, no doubt, adds a lot of positive things to this forum and we are fortunate to have him. I, on the other hand, provide a lot of negatives.




    When we're in last place, it's hard to be realistic without some negatives coming to the surface.

    That being said, I see of positives and opportunities for more positives coming out of this year.

    1) We learned that Bogey is not an instant savior and expecting rookies to contribute in highly significant ways is not a great idea.

    2) We learned JBJ is an amazing fielder, though some of us knew it all along. We have seen him begin to improve at the plate and have something to look forward to over the next 2+ months and beyond in CF.

    3) We have had a nice look at de la Rosa and Workman. The sample sizes are too small to make definitive judgement on, but we should all like what we have seen there.

    4) Holt has been a blessing this year. He has made watching the Sox this year, more enjoyable. I hope he can keep it up, but I think we should not be surprised if he has a sophomore slump.

    5) It's been nice watching Betts & Vazquez, and I hope we can see some more kids soon, especially Webster, Ranaudo and September call-ups Marrero and Cecchini.

    6) We should be able to give Middy another look this year. That may help us decide his future with us, and what position he might end up at.

    7) We have given some key young players time to learn new positions. Some have struggled (Bogey at 3B) and some seem like naturals (Holt & Betts in the OF).

    8) We have learned that Uehara is not a god, but that he will still be nearly impossible to replace.

    9) We have learned that Lester is a true ace and should be extended before the deadline.

    10) We have the opportunity to improve our extended future by trading some players that will be gone after this year anyways.

     

     
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