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The Sox have about 6-7 teams to deal with for 3 wild cards. Seattle is about assured one of those with a soft Sept schedule.  Balt. came back to earth on Wed. and lost as did the Rays and Chisox.  Were needing about 3 head to head wins to overtake Os or their losing to another team.  Fridays game is DDay.

. ESPN has reduced out chances to 17% based on our upcoming schedule with the ALEast. But that could also help us if we omehow get hot again.

They keep changing it.  It was about 7% a week or so ago, then it went up.  They keep the Sox the same in their power rankings.  The fact is that they have something like 31of their remaining 44 games against the AL East.
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The Sox have about 6-7 teams to deal with for 3 wild cards. Seattle is about assured one of those with a soft Sept schedule.  Balt. came back to earth on Wed. and lost as did the Rays and Chisox.  Were needing about 3 head to head wins to overtake Os or their losing to another team.  Fridays game is DDay.

. ESPN has reduced out chances to 17% based on our upcoming schedule with the ALEast. But that could also help us if we omehow get hot again.
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Red Sox News / Re: JD Martinez Swing
« Last post by elktonnick on Today at 08:00:01 AM »
Raffy's English is like my Spanish - he can understand it, he can speak it if he has to, but he's a lot more comfortable in his native language.  His interviews are pretty funny - he listens the question in English, answers in Spanish and the translator only translates his answer (badly sometimes IMHO). 

I don't get it with JD but you nailed it - he gets that long swing and can't connect with any sorts of power.

My Spanish is pretty good. I agree that translator tends to "embellish" Raffy's answers.  We must remember Devers speaks heavily accented Dominican Spanish which is very similar to the Spanish in rural Andalusia Spain. 
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Red Sox News / Re: JD Martinez Swing
« Last post by longgame on Today at 07:42:42 AM »
Raffy's English is like my Spanish - he can understand it, he can speak it if he has to, but he's a lot more comfortable in his native language.  His interviews are pretty funny - he listens the question in English, answers in Spanish and the translator only translates his answer (badly sometimes IMHO). 

I don't get it with JD but you nailed it - he gets that long swing and can't connect with any sorts of power. 
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The lack of power really shows up.  Plus nothing worse than this team with the bases loaded and the "heart" of the order coming up.  It turned into an easy win, even with a little late game drama (got that right Fred, there's a reason Familia was dumped), but they should have scored at least 10 runs in this game.

George used to say it was the kiss of death when the Sox got the bases loaded with none out.  Now it doesn't matter how many outs.  Sure would be nice to hope that someone would hit a homer with all those guys on base.  Pathetically weak hitting team!
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Red Sox News / Re: JD Martinez Swing
« Last post by Sea Dog 23 on Today at 07:23:15 AM »
With JD aging, warts and all, imo he is still an asset on the team ad a mentor, helping other batters with their swing analysis, at least as much as Ive read, which could have been parsed by the writer. I

 In a similar vein, Raffy looks up to Cora as a mentor, Raffy being limited in English they say.  Cora's managership chances probably are 50/50 for next year.  That might have a big impact on Raffy wanting to extend with Boston.
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Red Sox News / JD Martinez Swing
« Last post by elktonnick on Today at 06:40:31 AM »
JD Martinez is and perhaps always has been a one dimensional player.  All he cares about now is his swing mechanics.  His swing has become so robotic it has been reduced to one speed one plane and one arc.  At the plate he looks more like a pro golfer on the tee about to drive a golf ball than a baseball play

Last night it became so obvious that every swing was in the same plane and same arc regardless of where the ball was thrown. His Robbie the Robot swing did finally hit the ball.  It was not that he hit the ball but more that the ball hit the bat because the pitcher clearly made the mistake of throwing the ball to the one spot, the same spot on every swing, where JD's swing plane happened to cross the plate.
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Little bit of drama from Familia but he finally closed it out. Easy win, as it should be with a team like the Pirates.

Here's hoping that Cora doesn't develop a love affair with Familia and start pulling a Darwizon with him.  He stinks and that's why he was released by the Mets and another team.  He should be a mop up man and nothing else.   He was used right tonight though because we had a very healthy lead in the ninth inning.  Three in a row for us.  We need to keep this up whether we make it back to playoff contention or not.  We have to end this season with some success and some momentum and confidence that might carry into next season.
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Xander K's, leaving the bases loaded. Missed opportunity.

Simply put, BOGAERTS IS A CHOKER, PURE AND SIMPLE----and I have always believed it.  His clutch hitting has always been horseshit and I'm worried that other teams will finally wake up to this and simply not make him an offer worth taking when he ops out of his contract with us.  That means we have him for three more years of choking in the clutch time and time again.
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Little bit of drama from Familia but he finally closed it out. Easy win, as it should be with a team like the Pirates.
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