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  1. michelangelosmonkey

    What if Yermin Mercedes keeps hitting?

    I don't think history has anything to do with unique individuals or teams. Historically Steph Curry shouldn't hit 43% of his 3pt shots...he will regress to the mean...except he happens to be Steph Curry. Historically the Cubs shouldn't have won the 2016 WS. I think history works if you say, "historically Yolmer Sanchez had 8 years of .720 OPS in the minors so his looking good in spring and going 5-5 on opening day is an illusion." But Yermin has 8 years in the minors with .860 OPS so...maybe we have something here. Still if you had said "historically guys who's first name begins with the letter Y can't hit in the majors"...well that would have made me happy out of the goofiness of it.
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    What if Yermin Mercedes keeps hitting?

    I think that's a bit too pessimistic. I'm not part of the "he hit everywhere" crowd" either because he was released by the Orioles at 24...because he had a sub .800 OPS in high A with no position. And yes he hit well after that but every year he was a couple years older than his competition...which matters in the minors. Still I think the narrative that he never really got a chance as a youngster because he had such a bad body and really had no position makes some sense...which justifies his being older than league average the last few years. I think you have to explore what you have here and it is a weird silver lining in the Eloy getting hurt thing. You get Collins/Vaughn/Yermin playing 120 games each between DH/LF/C/1B (160/100/50/50) and really learn what you have in them. If they are all good...and Eloy comes back...well that's a good problem to have. If nothing else...5 for 5 was magical for one night.
  3. michelangelosmonkey

    What we learned from Opening Day

    Fernando Tatis Jr struck out three times yesterday and committed an error. Dodged a bullet by trading that kid.
  4. Honestly did no one notice the whole farm system was shut down in 2020 because of Covid? We had a bunch of interesting prospects that looked great in 2018...then they had a hard time transitioning to Birmingham...as many many do...with hopes for them catching up in 2020 suddenly the world changed. I think this is a very big year for the Sox farm teams...maybe they are all busts but let's be patient.
  5. michelangelosmonkey

    The Andrew Vaughn LF Thread

    Carlton Fisk was 38 years old when they tried him in LF after spending 20 years squatting. As unathletic as Vaughn may be, he's 23 with fresh legs. It is a suboptimal solution but...Eloy is gone, Engel is gone all and of our OF prospects lost 2020 to the Covid. In trying times you try things out.
  6. michelangelosmonkey

    The Andrew Vaughn LF Thread

    You are tying up my argument in semantics. No one knows precisely how much he played LF in Schaumburg but we know with certainty that they were trying to get him into the lineup and were trying him at LF and as he was there all day in Schaumburg for months I suspect every day for months they had him do some LF work. The real point is LF is one of the least valuable defensive positions in baseball and the one in the outfield where you can hide a bad arm. The Red Sox managed two World Series with a terrible fielding LF. I suspect Vaughn will be a bad LF but so was Eloy. It seems the real choice you make is Collins bat verses Leury's glove...which will add more value. Nothing is certain but I'd bet on Collins bat.
  7. michelangelosmonkey

    The Andrew Vaughn LF Thread

    I'm not sure I follow...are you saying this is the long term switch of Vaughn to LF and Eloy to DH? I think this is really the thing that will make Collins our long term C. He will prove to be such a valuable left handed bat at DH this year and a passable C that it will be penciled in as full time catcher by...2023?
  8. michelangelosmonkey

    The Andrew Vaughn LF Thread

    Manny Ramirez was a terrible LF...from 2003-2007 averaging -1.7 dWAR. For reference Eloy in 2019 was a -1.4. Manny did NOT make every catch every LF should make...in spite of his terrible defense the Bsox managed to get to the playoffs in four of those five years and won two WS. We are not doomed. Vaughn played in LF frequently in Schaumburg last year. He's 23. We aren't asking him to split them atom...and honestly with Robert in CF he catches everything anyway. It is terrible that Eloy got hurt but every team goes through injuries...expect more...it's how we manage around them and I am intrigued by Vaughn LF/Collins DH mix way more than I am about a Leury Garcia LF/Vaugn DH.
  9. michelangelosmonkey

    3/26 | White Sox vs Brewers | 3:10PM CT | FS Wisconsin

    Thinking about this got me curious and I just looked at Frank Thomas's career split OPS by month... Apr: .917 May: .998 June: 1.016 July .978 August: .965 Sept: .965 Oh Frank how we miss you.
  10. michelangelosmonkey

    3/26 | White Sox vs Brewers | 3:10PM CT | FS Wisconsin

    Baseball is such an interesting sport that way...for a month you won't be able to get a guy out and then for a month he won't be able to buy a hit. The great thing about this White Sox team is they have a roster of guys that can carry the team. One month it will be Robert, Anderson and Abreu and then it will be Vaughn, Moncada and Collins as long as we have three guys always hot and Madrigal, Grandal and Eaton just getting on base...we'll score a lot of runs...and with this pitching staff...we should win a lot of games.
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    3/25 | White Sox vs Reds | 3:05PM CT | whitesox.com

    I would actually be happy for him...as long as Rodon puts up a 4 WAR as well. i strongly rooted for Sox to bring in Q...though clearly I should have spent more time doing math.
  12. michelangelosmonkey

    3/25 | White Sox vs Reds | 3:05PM CT | whitesox.com

    I love Quintana too...and I would have been happy with a him as the fifth starter...but at the moment I'd take Rodon. I like your bold prediction of a 4 WAR but he's put up 5 WAR total in the last five years and it's been since 2016 since he's been great.
  13. michelangelosmonkey

    3/25 | White Sox vs Reds | 3:05PM CT | whitesox.com

    The doom and gloom on Cease is impressive. Working on his mechanics this spring IP H ER SO Cease 11.2 7 1 11 Every other fan base would be so excited by their 25 year old starter hitting 99 on the gun....and looks to be our 5th starter. We continue to scour the silver lining trying to find the cloud.
  14. michelangelosmonkey

    3/25 | White Sox vs Reds | 3:05PM CT | whitesox.com

    I can't believe what a total disaster Cease is. Why didn't they make that trade with Pittsburgh...useless management...total idiots. Spring Stats IP H R BB SO Cease 9.2 7 1 6 7 Musgrove 13 15 10 5 11 Soxtalk gonna Soxtalk
  15. It's too bad...he looked pretty good three years ago. Four years on all we have to show for the Adam Eaton trade is Gio, Lance Lynn and Adam Eaton.