The Sox have won a few games, but a couple of the pitchers are getting into the 'designated' area pretty quick. Should make Breslow's parting of ways easier. Some good plate appearances from the young ones, Yorke, Meidroth, and a couple of the catchers.
It's way early to get a good look at the pitchers, who will have to carry a sizeable load this year with the lack of big bats.
The Montgomery Saga is now playing a first run in the Boston front office. I keep hearing from Breslow and his minions that "they had a nice talk", then someone else bettering that calling it a productive meaning, another in the front office saying an agreement could be in play. Then genius Cora comes in with the gem of all gems...IF WE CAN GET A DEAL DONE, FINE, IF WE CAN'T, WELL THAT'S FINE TOO......pretty much word for word of what he muttered.
How long can this bunch keep mistaking us for a bunch of rubes. We know by now that it all comes own to money and how we can get someone on the cheap. Most of us here know that this is all a game, but perhaps Henry and his flunkies like Shitty Samd can hoodwink us with some more sweet nothings.
Just put up or shut up. We might still have a chance to net Montgomery but his agent Scott Boras is not going to accept a total discount for his client. Not a very promising scenario from where I'm sitting my friends.
Last post by Sea Dog 23 - February 25, 2024, 09:58:12 AM
For any of you guys looking at future Sox stars(?), in Sunday's game Sox will start Roman Anthony in CF. Also Kyle Teel is today's roster, and could be a pinch hitter. Giolito gets the start, and probably an early hook for his health down the road.
Edit - The above lineup is playing at Jet Blue today. Sox split squad is playing at Braves park.
Last post by longgame - February 23, 2024, 02:20:14 PM
I popped on the TV for a moment. Not much of interest. Number 89 was on second while 80 was up. He hit it to SS who fumbled it so runner advanced. 87 came up and grounded out but advanced the runner to 2b. Then it was 77 who hit it weakly but the 2B made a bad throw to first for an error and the run scored. 67 was up next and walked. Sox up 7-2 with a bunch of guys you've never heard of against a Northeastern team that looks horrid.
Last post by Sea Dog 23 - February 23, 2024, 04:32:04 AM
There is much ado about nothing in the hot stove for pitchers this year, with the exception of Giolito, Isiah Campbell, pitchers on TJ/UBL and some minor league arms. One bright spot is happening with the new pitching group on board with Breslow, Andrew Bailey, and the new DriveLine coaches.
" ... the group spent hundreds of hours this winter not only formulating plans for each pitcher on the 40-man roster — 22 in total — but also for 11 non-roster invitees. The planning process was lengthy and detailed. It was an enormous process that began with going under the hood to understand each pitcher's profile, Bailey said."
Last post by longgame - February 21, 2024, 10:57:19 AM
This is brutal, not to mention Big Papi saying the same thing a month ago.
Not sure if I said this here but at this point I have zero expectations other than hoping some of the young guys can show some promise. Casas, Grissom, Duran (if he's still here), Rafaela, Abreu will be the ones to watch. Defense is going to be poor all around unless Story can cover enough range to limit weaknesses on both sides of him.
I hope this talk about a Casas extension doesn't become a distraction. Let's let the guy show that the last half of last season wasn't an anomaly and see how the league adjusts now that they have a good book on him. He only has a year in after all.
Anyhow, given all of this, I figure the default expectation for any given game will be a loss so any win will be cause for celebration.
That's my positive spin for the day. I'm sure it won't last past the first week of the season.