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  1. Lillian

    The $$$$ will be spent!

    Thank you, "CaliSoxFan..". Although strong arguments can be made that left handed hitters have some distinct advantages, my argument is not based upon that. I wouldn't want an all left handed hitting lineup, anymore than I do an all right handed hitting lineup. Of course, I'd prefer a good all right handed hitting lineup, to a bad balanced lineup. However, if we are discussing acquisitions, why not try to find someone who could provide "better balance," as you stated? So, what is so important about "balance". A pitcher can more easily find his slot, when facing a lineup consisting of every hitter from the same side of the plate. Having to pitch differently, to each hitter is made more difficult by the adjustments required to effectively deal with a succession of hitters, who bat from opposite sides of the plate. A right handed pitcher may be very effective throwing his breaking pitches to most right handed hitters. If he faces a succession of them, he can more easily get into a good groove, and just try to consistently maintain it. If he has to face a few left handed hitters, he is forced to use a different approach. The challenge of having to make that necessary adjustment simply places an added burden on the pitcher. That is the reason that a manager will try to stagger his lineup, by alternating right and left handed hitters, where possible. It is much easier for an opposing manager to manage his bullpen, if all of your dangerous hitters bat from the same side of the plate. By alternating right and left handed hitters, you force your opponent to consider bringing in different relievers, in order to navigate through the dangerous part of the batting order. Absent that balance, an opposing manager can simply leave a reliever in the game, until he reaches the number of pitches, deemed to be his limit, for that appearance. It appears that almost every position is practically set, for the approaching window of contention. Most of us would be willing to bet that the following players will be starting in 2021: LF Eloy CF Robert 3B Moncada SS Anderson 2B Madrigal 1B Vaughn C Collins and maybe McCann That leaves just DH and RF as major question marks. If the Sox extend Abreu, that leaves only RF as a hole to fill. There are several promising outfield prospects, but it's doubtful that anyone will be ready soon. That's why I agree with "Eminor3rd," who suggested adding Shogo Akiyama, if he elects to come to the U.S. Something like a 3 year deal could be a very good solution to the RF problem. Moreover, he would not likely demand so much money, that it would impede the front office's ability to sign the more needed additional pitching.
  2. Lillian

    The $$$$ will be spent!

    I care because it's desirable to have a good balance of both RH and LH hitters, especially in the heart of the order, which I assume you recognise. This team has not had that balance, for a long time. They have tried to achieve it, but almost everyone, whom they have acquired has not solved the problem. Right now, the only dangerous LH Sox hitter is Moncada and the best middle of the order prospects, who are expected to join this young team are Robert and Vaughn, 2 more RH hitters. Hopefully Collins will become a guy who might help establish a little better balance, but I'm not holding my breath. If they are going to sign one big offensive free agent, I'm confident that Hahn will not sign another RH hitter. He recognises the need for some balance and has so stated, on many occasions. I didn't intend to belabour this point, any further, but you asked.
  3. Lillian

    6/23- Sox at Rangers, 2:05, WGN

    At this point, I'm beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with Alonso. He has never been anywhere near this bad of a hitter and he is known as a good defensive first baseman. He's had plenty of playing time to shake off what had appeared to be a slump, but is now becoming more like what he is. I'm perplexed. ?????
  4. Lillian

    6/22 Games

    Palka just hit another bomb, to straight away center. 2 run shot.
  5. Lillian

    Sox sign Hector Santiago

    Can "Big Game" Shields be far behind?
  6. Lillian

    6/21 Games

    Either there is something physically wrong with him, or he is one of the biggest head cases I can remember. It may not be an injury, but if not, perhaps it's something in his mechanics.
  7. Lillian

    6/21 Games

    Yes, I forgot that Collins may stick, even after Castillo comes back. However, I thought they wanted to have him get as much catching experience as possible, which he won't do, if he stays in Chicago, because McCann needs to get the majority of the starts, behind the plate. I don't think that they want him to just DH. Well, in any case, one of the two (Collins or Palka) should get Alonso's at bats, please. Yonder still has no place on the future roster of this team. Bite the bullet already, and let him go.
  8. Lillian

    Rangers and Sox Game Thread

    That is my sentiment, exactly
  9. Lillian

    Rangers and Sox Game Thread

    I'm of a different mindset. I think we are too close to putting it all together, to be trading useful pieces, for more prospects. I'd rather see the Sox hold on to the guys who can contribute, going forward and acquire the few guys, to fill the holes. We are going to need a solid bullpen next year, and Colome can help. I'm not necessarily advocating that the Sox trade prospects, to acquire the missing pieces, however I think it's time to at least stop trading away good veterans for more long shot prospects, who may not be ready to contribute, during the window of contention. if ever.
  10. Lillian

    6/21 Games

    Palka with another good night. It's time to bring him back up, to DH and cut ties with Alonso.
  11. Lillian

    The $$$$ will be spent!

    Bingo!!! Sign him, put him in RF next year and bat him between a couple of RH hitters, in the top sixth of the lineup. He has averaged about a .400 OBP in his last 5 seasons. He had 216 hits in 2015, a record, at the time. How are his splits vs. RH pitching? Would his arm play in RF? How lively is the ball they're using in Japan? If it's not the same as the juiced ball in the Majors, he may hit for more power than his history. The Sox shouldn't need a huge power bat in RF, with Robert, Eloy, Moncada, Vaughn, Anderson and Abreu and Collins/McCann. They need a guy who can play good defensive RF, with plus range and preferably hit LH, with a good OBP. Spend the money on pitching. 2020 (Second Half Lineup:) CF Robert 2B Madrigal LF Eloy 3B Moncada DH Abreu RF Shogo Akiyama 1B Vaughn C Collins/McCann SS Anderson
  12. Lillian

    Sox sign OF Jacob Scavuzzo

    Here is a recent scouting report: https://friarsonbase.com/2018/11/24/san-diego-padres-sign-jacob-scavuzzo/
  13. Lillian

    The $$$$ will be spent!

    I really don't know what else I can say, to further clarify my position. Perhaps this will help; I agree with you that "putting a lefty in the middle of the order just simply because he is a lefty is not always the smart idea". I have never said that it was a good idea. In fact, I'll go a step further and state that it's never a good idea. The objective is to seek some desirable balance in the line up, not to insert bad left handed hitters, just to have some left handed hitters. What is needed are a couple of good left handed hitters, especially in the middle of the order. I hope that clarifies it.
  14. Lillian

    The $$$$ will be spent!

    Just to clarify my position on this discussion. Of course, a great RH hitter is absolutely preferable to a poor LH hitter, regardless of how unbalanced the lineup may be. That is obvious. Nevertheless, an ideal offense includes some balance between both right and left handed hitters. If one accepts the conventional baseball wisdom, which asserts that left handed hitters perform better versus right handed pitchers, and vice versa, and you consider that the overwhelming number of pitchers are right handed, why would you not want to have a few good left handed hitters in your lineup? It's the reason that a switch hitter like Moncada continues to bat right handed versus left handed pitchers, even though he is a better hitter, from the left side. In fact, it's the entire reason that anyone becomes a switch hitter, in the first place. This is so elementary that it shouldn't require a debate. These decisions are the responsibility of the front office and judging by Hahn's previous comments, it is apparent that he recognises the need for a middle of the order, left handed bat. I suspect that this is the reason, in addition to the $9 million, that they continue to give Alonso so much playing time, despite his disappointing production. It will be interesting to see what they do to achieve better balance in the lineup. I'm hopeful that the next left handed bat they try will be a good one.
  15. Lillian

    The $$$$ will be spent!

    Perhaps not the most important thing, but don't you agree that it is a significant factor? If so, why fill the one remaining spot, right field, with yet another RH hitter? Why not seek better balance, as most teams do?