1. You have chosen to ignore posts from roncramer. Show roncramer's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    My feelings exactly.  When will we see a managerial change that will bring in an active manager.  The teams that win are the ones who truly want to win,  I for one will not be surprised to see the Crankees taking the division, the Sox are not a better team.  All  of the LOB by Boston or "and the Red Sox leave'em loaded" is a sign of a manager not manufacturing runs.   Angels are aggressive at the plate and on base, aggressive to the winners circle, because of the manager.
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from BOSOX1941. Show BOSOX1941's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    it's simple, to improve the sox record by 10 or more games by the end of the year, no trades need to be made!!!     just one firing or demotion to clubhouse boy..........demote or fire SIT & SPIT  and watch the sox try to win every game!!! 
    they win too many games IN SPITE OF SIT & SPIT,  and lose far too many because of him!!
     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from Comet. Show Comet's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    Make Delcarmen a starter....He is not a reliever...Masterson is a good answer for relief.....Go out and get a shortstop, any shortstop, get rid of Cora and Lugo...Don't give up on Lowrie...Hit Veritek 9th, give Lowell more time off, with Casey at 1st and Youk at third...When Papelbon has as much rest as he did in the Angel series why can't he throw the 8th and 9th, Rivera does it all the time.....Sunday, bring in Papelbon instead of Delcarmen.....Hansen needs help and Oki was just a 1 year wonder...trade him to the National league...and someone needs to let Dice-K know it's OK to throw strikes....

     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from bigfoot14b. Show bigfoot14b's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    The game strategy/managerial philosophy starts with Guitar Boy. Theo "Moneyball" Epstein has Francona handcuffed with his indefensible infatuation with this stupid approach to the game. 

    Not only is it frutrating to watch players continue to fail at the most rudimenatry facets of the game, it's boring as hell. 

    Watching four hours of station-to-staion, twelve pitch at-bats is not exciting.  The game is changing back to something that resembles real baseball.  Wonder Boy Epstein better get on board or the Red Sox will get left behind. 

    Screw "Moneyball", Billy Beane, and Theo Epstein.
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from davidap. Show davidap's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    The Red Sox are only 1.5 games back in the East. They lead the wild card by 1 game over Minnesota and 3 games over New York. There are about 9 weeks left in the season and the schedule gets pretty easy after July. Ortiz's return should help the offense and Masterson will do a fine job in the bullpen. Don't panic.

    That said, Epstein cannot stand pat and expect this team to cruise into the playoffs and win another World Series Championship. The positions of C, SS and RP must be addressed. Not in the off-season, but now.

    One team I'd talk trade with is the Washington Nationals. See what it would take to rent Christian Guzman. Guzman is having a great year at shortstop. Jim Bowden loves outfielders and pitchers, so offer Brandon Moss, Craig Hansen and Charlie Zink. Hansen just isn't getting the job done in Boston, and there's no room for Zink on the major league roster. The guy is 29 already and deserves a chance to pitch in the big leagues.

    To address the pitching, I'd ask the Astros for veteran reliever Doug Brocail. Up until his last couple outings, he had a sub-3 ERA. Right now, he's at 3.77, which isn't much worse than Brian Fuentes. Best of all, it likely wouldn't take much to acquire him. Someone like Jonathan Van Every and a random guy in A-ball would probably get it done.

    With Moss and Van Every both traded away, I'd look for veteran outfield help. Sign Kenny Lofton for the major league minimum as insurance for Ellsbury and Crisp. Lofton is a big-game player who would be a luxury as a fourth or fifth outfielder for the stretch run. Let him play at Pawtucket for a couple weeks to get into game-shape and call him up in mid-August.

    Next, I'd closely monitor some in-house candidates for promotion to the big league staff: Chris Smith, Hunter Jones, Michael Bowden, and Daniel Bard would be the four guys that interest me most (along with Zink, if he's not included in my proposed Washington deal.) It would be hard to imagine any of them being any worse than the pathetic excuses for major league relief pitching that we have right now. Open up some spots by playing the DL game with Timlin and Okajima (who Francona no longer trusts anyway) and by demoting Clay Buchholz who does not appear to be ready. Masterson performed fine when he got called up straight from AA, so I see no reason why Bowden can't make a similar jump after a start or two at AAA.

    August roster after my proposed transactions:

    1. 2B Dustin Pedroia
    2. RF J.D Drew
    3. DH David Ortiz
    4. LF Manny Ramirez
    5. 3B Mike Lowell
    6. 1B Kevin Youkilis
    7. SS Christian Guzman
    8. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    9. C Jason Varitek

    10. C Kevin Cash
    11. 1B Sean Casey
    12. INF Alex Cora
    13. OF Coco Crisp
    14. OF Kenny Lofton

    15. SP Josh Beckett
    16. SP Daisuke Matsuzaka
    17. SP Jon Lester
    18. SP Tim Wakefield
    19. SP Michael Bowden

    21. RP Jon Papelbon
    22. RP Doug Brocail
    23. RP Hunter Jones
    24. RP Chris Smith
    25. RP Manny Delcarmen
    26. RP Javier Lopez

    It's important to call those young guys up in August, just in case one or more of them pan out as a great major league relief pitcher. You want to make sure that they're eligible for post-season play.

    Then for the September roster expansion, add the following:

    26. C Dusty Brown
    27. INF Jed Lowrie
    28. INF Julio Lugo (if he recovers from injury)
    29. INF/OF Joe Thurston
    30. PH Chris Carter
    31. PH Jeff Bailey
    32. RP Hideki Okajima
    33. RP Mike Timlin
    34. RP Clay Buchholz
    35. RP Daniel Bard
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from davidap. Show davidap's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    One edit from my above post:  Masterson in the bullpen instead of Hunter Jones. Then call Jones up in September.
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from seabeachfred. Show seabeachfred's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    [Quote]When it is a close game, you wonder how Francona is going to blow the game. He always seems to make the wrong move. They guaranteed this guy a long term contract so his stubbornness is more of a problem than ever now. Maybe dumping the manager would provide a spark - Francona is one of the worst managers in baseball. People realize this - when Francona doesn't get named manager of the year when the Sox win the World Series is basically saying that the Sox win in spite of Francona.[/Quote]

    Cap and Bap, anyone with half a brain now knows that as a bench manager Francona is not the sharpest tool in the shed.  He is excellent at handling players, keeping morale in the clubhouse, and dealing with the press and pressures of competing in Boston.  However, he is a lousy bench manager.  He sees his team hitting into more double plays than Carter has pills and yet it never occurs to him to hit and run, move runners over, try and challenge the other team as Scioiscia always seems to do.

    No, he waits for the two or three run homer and meanwhile we go down in flames with double play after double play.  How many did we hit into this past series with the Angels?  Still, if some of the hitters would be doing their jobs we wouldn't be losing so many damn one and  two run games on the road.  Manny gets hot and Lowell gets cold. Pedroia gets hot and Drew cools off, and so it goes.   Then there is Crisp and Varitek.  What is it now?  Crisp is something like 0  for his last 22 at-bats, tanking as usual when we need him the most.  Varitek is pathetic.  If he is as good a team player as he purports himself to be he would do the right thing and retire or become a coach.  We most definately have to upgrade at catcher and very very very soon or we will be talking about next year.  There is still time to turn this around but we have to get our bearings and Theo has to get the right mix and Francona has to learn how to manage in the regular season as he does in the Playoffs.
     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from soxncycles. Show soxncycles's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    [Quote]Cap and Bap, anyone with half a brain now knows that as a bench manager Francona is not the sharpest tool in the shed.  He is excellent at handling players, keeping morale in the clubhouse, and dealing with the press and pressures of competing in Boston.  However, he is a lousy bench manager.  He sees his team hitting into more double plays than Carter has pills and yet it never occurs to him to hit and run, move runners over, try and challenge the other team as Scioiscia always seems to do.

    No, he waits for the two or three run homer and meanwhile we go down in flames with double play after double play.  How many did we hit into this past series with the Angels?  Still, if some of the hitters would be doing their jobs we wouldn't be losing so many damn one and  two run games on the road.  Manny gets hot and Lowell gets cold. Pedroia gets hot and Drew cools off, and so it goes.   Then there is Crisp and Varitek.  What is it now?  Crisp is something like 0  for his last 22 at-bats, tanking as usual when we need him the most.  Varitek is pathetic.  If he is as good a team player as he purports himself to be he would do the right thing and retire or become a coach.  We most definately have to upgrade at catcher and very very very soon or we will be talking about next year.  There is still time to turn this around but we have to get our bearings and Theo has to get the right mix and Francona has to learn how to manage in the regular season as he does in the Playoffs.[/Quote]

    No mention of Ellsbury stinking it up in the leadoff spot? What a surprise...
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from seabeachfred. Show seabeachfred's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    [Quote]No mention of Ellsbury stinking it up in the leadoff spot? What a surprise...[/Quote]

    Don't lose your water Niz.  Ellsbury, too.
     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from soxncycles. Show soxncycles's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    [Quote]Don't lose your water Niz.  Ellsbury, too.[/Quote]

    I don't panic over one series, Frd.

    That's your job...
     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from seabeachfred. Show seabeachfred's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    No Niz, everything is coming up roses so far on this trip just like in the Pollyanna world you're living in.  There should be a helluva lot of concern right now about our inability to win on the road, our woeful bullpen, and guys like Crisp and Varitek and, yes, Ellsbury, tanking big time for us right now.  Time's awasting,,,,or don't you see that.

    It is not to say that we can't right the ship--we can, but some things have got to be done.  We need Papi back in the worst way, we need to trade for a decent relief man and stop having Francona insisting on using a very ineffective and choking Delcarmen in key situations, and we need to get a catcher who can hit and not have to  give away  eight outs a game with the useless Varitek and the tanker Crisp.  As far as Ells is concerned, drop him down in the order and he might have some of the pressure taken off of him and just  might get ignited again.

    But for you to say there is no need for concern makes me wonder what planet you're living on, or maybe you accompanied those three people to the center of the earth and I missed you on the screen.
     
  12. You have chosen to ignore posts from joe301. Show joe301's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    Yes, Varitek is struggling mightily with the stick, but the intangibles he brings to the pitching staff can't be replaced by "Salty" (who btw has an almost identical avg and ops as varitek this season) or any of the possible trade pieces mentioned on this board.   This is defintely something that can be addressed in the offseason, hopefully with a plan similar to the Pats using 2 running backs, get a second catcher to split the load with Tek in the offseason, and you'll see his numbers go up next year with the extra rest, plus his preparation can help a new catcher and con tinue to help the pithcing staff.  And for those who question Francona, I don' t see anyone else whom the Sox have had manage win two championships in four years?  Second guess all we want, he made all the right moves in the playoffs in both 04 and 07 (remember when everyone wanted Beckett on 3 days?  Look how that turned out....).  He does somehting well that we can't, in that he knows his players, has a feel for what works and what doesnt.  It's not just X's and O's, and its not football.  As an MLB manager, you have to be a counselor, mentor, hand-holder, etc.  Just look at Joe Torre, he also is not a great X's and O's guy, but look at his track record.....
     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from bostonrcal. Show bostonrcal's posts

    What move(s) would you like Theo to make by trading deadline?

    The first move I'd like Theo to make is to move Frank to the Yankee Board.  The team is going to be OK!
    Everyone has to calm down- is there a perfect team out there?
     
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