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Started by MongoLikeSox, June 15, 2023, 09:05:30 AM
Quote"Youâ€™d be much in demand in the extensive Boston media landscape if you could offer a cohesive explanation of how the Red Sox have been run since their 2018 championship. (Such a thread would invariably start with â€œItâ€™s time for some game theory.â€) Last summerâ€™s trade deadline machinations might have been Chaim Bloomâ€™s most confusing moves yet: In dealing away Christian VÃ¡zquez but not J.D. Martinez while also bringing in Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham, the Red Sox failed to get under the luxury tax or to notably improve either their present club or their future ones. Theyâ€™re trending toward a similar spot in the standings now, and one imagines a similar approach with an emphasis on improving the starting rotation. â€" TB"
Quote from: longgame on June 30, 2023, 12:21:02 PMEverything about this team is confusing from the press who cover it to fan reactions to the slop we see on display on the field. Some people will still argue, in the face of a slew of facts to the contrary, that Bloom is doing a good job - both fans and some of the sycophantic press. They've bought the whole "develop the farm club" line after they successfully dealt away some of the best guys to come through that system. They take chances on old guys while having a young guy like Wacha that would have been available for a decent price. They can't seem to develop a bullpen. There was a time when every minute of every day at this time of year that Boston Sports Media would be raking this team over the coals. Now they talk about the Patriots 24/7/365.
Quote from: MongoLikeSox on July 16, 2023, 09:23:55 AMSo it's a little over 2 weeks before trade deadline and I still have not formed an opinion on being buyers or sellers. Being down 2+ Starters is tough. I'd love to see Crawford take a nice step forward in that direction and make us down just the 2 starters for now. Our biggest blunder is the team-wide defensive slump. These guys are playing defense with the same twisted up sphincters that killed the offense with runners on base last season. Yesterday's 3rd inning is a great example. We could have bailed Paxton out of his rough inning if we had simply played an OK defense. Instead we played awful defense with Kike leading the way yet again. 5 minutes later we're down 6 runs when we should have been down by 1. Game over. Winning teams make the play Kike missed. He cheated yet again and got burned yet again with that bad anticipation of his. A player can get caught on the wrong foot, but he had taken steps in the other direction by the time the ball hit the bat. His coaches had him positioned perfectly. I also think Wong should have caught that Devers throw. It hit him on the heal of the mitt. Bad throw yes, but Wong had time I don't think he thought he had. A Rookie mistake, perhaps. My two big questions: #1: Will the Sox hold on to winning ways last long enough this Month to be relevant despite the Starters being out? #2: Will Story's assumption of SS in August magically set the team at ease and play better overall defense?
Quote from: Sea Dog 23 on July 17, 2023, 07:04:10 AMSports Illustrated has an article up that the Sox and Cardinals may have had a casual talk about trading for Cards' 2B Brendon Donovan. He is batting about .270 this year, and his value - he is under protection through 2028. I don't know how much time MGT has spent so much energy around the SS/2B the last year. But with the mistakes made around the MIF, starting rotation, the catching, the bullpen, it seems that Boston is going down another rabbit hole yet again.https://www.si.com/mlb/cardinals/.amp/news/cardinals-slugger-loosely-linked-to-red-sox-as-trade-rumors-heat-up-nate3
Quote from: longgame on July 18, 2023, 08:58:44 AMKeep poor Arroyo on the field until he breaks. I don't get it, the guy is a solid ballplayer. We don't need another guy out of position!
Quote from: MongoLikeSox on July 23, 2023, 07:01:27 AMI'm still on the fence with this team. I'm OK with some of the young player blunders. They happen. The solid veterans have to be solid. I think I'm talking about Devers, Kike and Turner (when he's in the field). Quote from: longgame on July 18, 2023, 08:58:44 AMKeep poor Arroyo on the field until he breaks. I don't get it, the guy is a solid ballplayer. We don't need another guy out of position!Cora's seemed quite content to insert Turner in there this past week. He's not looking great out in the field. (I'm being nice) In a few weeks' time, we could see Story and Arroyo as the primary Middle Infield setup. I fear that Arroyo's holding the short straw in Cora's plans.