Bad,Good or Great?

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    Bad,Good or Great?

    Baseball, more so than any other sport, is such a game of numbers. Stretches. Streaks. The shear volume of regular season games lends itself to making a team "appear" better(or worse) than they truly are. Case in point...a team could play for 3 months and win 10 or 12 more games than they lose(46-35) and appear to be a decent baseball team. The same team repeats its first half results and ends up at 92-70. Not extraordinary but very good and a borderline playoff team. 2 or 3 additional wins here and there and they are now considered one of the best (94-95 wins)..a couple more and now your "near elite". So in the context of a successful major league season you can be defined by 5 or six games over the course of 162. You can rise(or fall) from borderline playoff to near elite based on 3.5% of your work days. Its always fascinated me how perception, reality, fact and fiction meld together so seamlessly in that 92 to 97 win range. That all being said, I usually try and simply judge teams by the eye test. Game to game. Week to week. What I have seen from the Sox the last 2-3 weeks has been down right awful at times. With 14 games remaining its still completely up in the air as to which side of the line the Sox will end up on. And will it even matter.
     
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    So in the context of a successful major league season you can be defined by 5 or six games over the course of 162. You can rise(or fall) from borderline playoff to near elite based on 3.5% of your work days


    yeah that is kinda of weird

    just like, according to folklore,

     the difference between batting 300 & 250

    is 1 hit a week


    I have always thought of it as

    every team will win at least 60 gms
     
    and every team will lose at least 60 games

    it's what you do in the other 42 that matter




     
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    So losing a pennant by three games out of 162 or roughly 2% is similar to losing a basketball game by the score of 102 to 100. The team that beats you is two percent better than you.
     
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    We've played about like the team we are.  We should win about 94-95, which is pretty good, but injuries to the rotation have kept us from 98+.

    But as long as you make the playoffs, it doesn't make too much difference.

    If we have Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, Bedard, Papi, Gonzo and Youk ready for the playoffs, no one will remember the 67 losses.

    And if we don't, no one will remember the 95 wins.
     
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    The baseball 'gods' are a fickle lot. They make great teams look bad and break people's hearts or, in Boston, drive them crazy! They can also make good teams look 'better'.

    Boston is a great team going through a rough patch, just like every team does in a 162-game season. I think people are just frustrated that things haven't turned out like they expected. The frustration gets worse because Boston is looking up at New York in the standings.

    However, regardless of how the fans feel, stats show that Boston is a great team. 
     
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    "However, regardless of how the fans feel, stats show that Boston is a great team."

    What stats show is that Boston is an outstanding team offensively, has an average starting rotation, an average defense and a below average bullpen.  Not exactly what one would characterize as a "great team," but rather more of an interesting and entertaining one. 
     
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    The lineup has been very inconsistent, but the root of the problem has been the pitching in 2011.  Excluding Bedard and Buchholz, the Sox have had 2 very good to great pitchers and then 4 awful pitchers.  The lineup simply can't bail them out every game.  Even if the Sox had some "middle of the road" guys, some of these games may be 4-3 wins, 2-1 wins etc. etc.  Instead, it's been a slugfest one night after another.
     
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    [QUOTE]"However, regardless of how the fans feel, stats show that Boston is a great team." What stats show is that Boston is an outstanding team offensively, has an average starting rotation, an average defense and a below average bullpen.  Not exactly what one would characterize as a "great team," but rather more of an interesting and entertaining one. 
    Posted by WilcyMoore[/QUOTE]

    According to Fangraphs, our BP ranks 2nd in WAR, and our defense is 1st in UZR/150.
     
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