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Started by markj, May 22, 2022, 09:14:02 AM
Quote from: Sea Dog 23 on May 22, 2022, 04:08:41 PMRobles blows the save in the 9th. Franchy left the bases loaded in the 3rd but hits a grand salami to win it.
Quote from: markj on May 22, 2022, 05:18:04 PMSweepage is always good. I hope they can play like this against >500 teams.
Quote from: MongoLikeSox on May 23, 2022, 07:07:31 AMFred, I agree with you on Robles. It's a process, not a 1-2 time tryout in the 5th or 6th inning and poof, you're a closer again. Same with Barnes. He owes a couple of personal favors from getting bailed out after being hit like HARD in the game before. Maybe some car washing and yard work at a minimum and leave it at that. Simply put, when Robles has not been walking everyone, he's been giving up bombs and line drives. Slow-road him for a few weeks. Then give him the mid-game stopper assignment for a couple games. In the end, remember how we got him for a midling prospect in a pitcher-craving market. There's a reason that value was there. I've liked the overall approach of the Red Sox play this season. Feebles seems less wind-millish, despite last night's Vazquez play, which was more on his route to home than anything, IMHO. Starters have been holding their own for the most part. Bad outings are going to happen. Last night may have been won by a Grand Slam, but it was only because others shortened their swings for the x-2 counts. They've been trying that all year a lot more than last year and it's starting to work. They'll try it some more, too, as it's proven effective. Errors are down, overall misplays are down. They did right with Franchy this time around, so far, instead of throwing in the the deep end and watch him drown for 2 months. I was much more PO'd at management last year for HOW they did Franchy than I was at Franchy. Kudos to Franchy for having the fortitude to regroup and at least try down there instead of fizzle out like many have. This team's record does not reflect their abilities with the exception of the Bull Pen. The weakest link theory is hard at work.
Quote from: longgame on May 23, 2022, 10:24:44 AMFirst of all, the mountains were much cooler! I was actually cold at night in my tent. Great hiking until the thunderstorms chased me off the mountaintops.Enjoyed listening to the game by the fire on Friday night and after hiking Saturday afternoon. The Sox seemed to have turned something of a corner. The impact of Story coming alive cannot be understated. He won't hit bombs every game, but just having him be threat in the lineup makes a big difference. Also nice to see production out of Franchy and Dalbec. Franchy is a pretty impressive athlete and if he can put it all together may be a good bench player who can back up OF and 1B, assuming there's a better every day option at 1B. Dalbec should learn from the much more selective approach Franchy takes which has resulted in him getting good counts. As everyone else said though, this bullpen is frightening. I don't get why they keep running Barnes and Robles out in high leverage situations. I think Stram may be the best right now but he can be shaky, Schreiber has made us pay attention, but its still very hit or miss with this group. Keep putting up runs and it won't matter as much, but will be important if they want to be competitive later.If and when Paxton and Sale come back, does Sale go to the pen? What about Houck or Whitlock? Can someone tell me why we have a 46 year old pitcher that can only go 4 innings on a good day?