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  1. There is no way to ascertain whether, or not, missing the playoffs would lead to the changes that most of us believe need to be made. However, it seems logical that winning the division would likely diminish the prospect of those changes occurring. Therefore, based upon the probabilities, I'd vote for missing the playoffs.
  2. I'm pretty sure that few would recognize the Sox as deserving champions, in that scenario.
  3. Any team can win a series against another team. Would you honestly delude yourself into believing that the Sox were the better team? I wouldn't. I would just call it luck. How long has it been that the Sox have been playing .500 baseball? So winning the worst division in baseball, with barely a winning record, would make you very happy, as long as they won a few post season series and the World Series. It wouldn't be very satisfying for me, after watching an entire season of mediocrity. I guess that I'm harder to please.
  4. Perhaps the front office intentionally floated the idea of a possible return, in an attempt to gauge the reaction. It's hard to believe that they are so obtuse that they haven't figured it out yet. However, why should we have confidence that they know what they're doing. I don't care how this all plays out, as long as the Sox have a different manager, next season. Loyal fans deserve better than all of this unnecessary drama. This organization has managed to become very difficult to support. Frankly, even if they win the division, if their record is just a little over .500, and they succeed in the post season, it would be a hallow, tainted victory, for many. The Sox don't belong in the same company as great teams, which have compiled significant winning records, during the season. What if they played the Dodgers, in the World Series and won. Would anyone really think that the Sox were a better team than the Dodgers? Just get this season over with, and try to fix it, before this window closes.
  5. As bad as Moncada is with the bat, that's how good he is with the glove. Problem is, great fielding, terrible hitting infielders are not that hard to find.
  6. Moncada has left 6 guys on base tonight. He has simply become an awful hitter.
  7. Do any of you actually think that this team deserves to be in the post season, even if they somehow end up in it? This team doesn't deserve it, nor fan support. Let management be required to fix the obvious and egregious short comings of this organization, before the fans support it. I didn't watch, but reading the account of the completely mishandled Kopech's injury caused first inning debacle, only reinforces the notion that the people running the organization are inept.
  8. Although Payton bats left handed, he actually has better numbers vs. southpaws, this year. At least he's a real outfielder. He homered last night, as well. It was a blast. He was interviewed during the MLB Network broadcast of last night's game.
  9. Since he already has the money guaranteed on his contract with Oakland, money is probably a much less important factor than playing time and a chance to play for a team with realistic post season potential. If the following report is accurate and we compromise with an expected return date of the middle of September, that would mean that Andrus would get about a month of playing time: 'The earliest Anderson will return is the first week of September for a series against the Seattle Mariners. If he's sidelined for the full six weeks, he won't return until late September, when time is winding down in the regular season"
  10. Assuming he becomes the starting SS, until Anderson returns, where else would he get that opportunity? Are there any other contenders, that have a need at SS? There really aren't many competitive races, at this point.
  11. Rodriguez is only 21. There's no hurry. Colas is the guy who needs to be promoted. That's enough rookies, in a year that they hope to be in the playoffs.
  12. Especially when the Sox have such an obvious need for some LH thunder and a competent right fielder. They can't keep playing Eloy and Vaughn, or Sheets, in the same outfield.
  13. That's 9, in just 83 at bats, for Birmingham!!!! It's time for a promotion. The question is; promotion to AAA, or Chicago?
  14. It is virtually impossible to add 30 pounds of muscle, in a few months. Even a bodybuilder on steroids would find that to be a pretty daunting challenge.
  15. Lillian


    If he is dealing with an injury, especially if it's an oblique, the obvious question is; why is he playing? It might explain his ineffectiveness, but he would be risking aggravating the injury. It just doesn't make sense. If he has a strained oblique, he needs to go on the IL.
  16. Lillian


    As bad as he has been, this year, he has been even worse vs. RHP, which is one of the most important functions, for which he is being counted upon: In 184 at bats, vs. RHP: AVG. .196 OBP .249 SLG . 310 OPS .559 It's hard to believe that a Major League hitter can be that bad. Apparently, there is something wrong with him. There is little sign that he is about to break out. He is not having particularly good at bats and more often looks lost, at the plate. He seems to be regressing back to his early days with the Sox, when he took so many called 3RD strikes. If he is physically unable to hit better than that, put him on the IL and bring up either Burger, Sosa, or even Romy Gonzalez, once he finishes his rehab assignment.
  17. Perhaps that is why Hahn did not more aggressively pursue a trade, at the deadline. If Conforto is going to be able to play RF, as well as hit, he should be signed, whether for the duration of this season, or for both this year and next. What are the chances that he could play RF? Reports that I've seen don't suggest that he could.
  18. I don't think any of us know what the problem is with Moncada. Frankly, that's not as important as whether, or not, the problem can be resolved. His ability to hit is critical, because he is one of the few LH hitters on this team. With neither Moncada, or Grandal hitting, Sheets has to be in lineup against RH pitching. Moreover, he has to hit in the heart of the order. Less than an ideal situation, to be sure. I've been alarmed about Moncada's lack of offense, for quite some time now, and it's just not getting better. I even went so far as to suggest that I hoped that the Sox could trade him, just to avoid the possibility of having to pay him $50 million, over the last two years of his contract. If the Sox make it to the post season, how much longer can they continue to let him hit, before they have to let Burger play 3RD? Yoan is putting up some of the worst numbers in baseball and looks every bit as bad as his stats. I suggested some time ago that perhaps he needs to change his approach at the plate. Forget about trying to be a pull hitter, or hitting for power. Choke up on the bat and spray the ball around the field. Be willing to concentrate on just getting on base. Whatever he does, it has to be something different than what he has been doing. It's been far too long to be considered a "slump".
  19. Well, he would fit right in with this roster. The Sox have several guys who have been "cold" most of the year. No one has been able to sustain a real hot streak, especially with power. Jose has done the best, but even he is not hitting the long ball, as he has in years past.
  20. I don't have the split stats between the Rangers and Yankees, respectively for last year. However, I do note that he hit 31 homers last year, while batting either 4TH, or 5TH, in 356 at bats. Wouldn't we all take that production?
  21. An observation about Gallo: One of his strengths has always been his ability to draw a lot of walks. In Texas, he always hit in the heart of the order and was the Rangers' most serious home run threat. That resulted in opposing pitchers working very carefully to him, which afforded him the opportunity to be selective and just take his bases on balls. The Yankees have batted him in the lower third of the order, which is understandable, with their power packed lineup. He has even had 98 plate appearances batting 9TH. That might have forced him to be a little less selective and swing at more pitches, that were not in his wheel house. If the Sox acquire him, I hope that they would stick him in the middle of the lineup vs RHP, in front of Eloy. Perhaps something like this: SS Anderson, CF Robert, 1B Abreu, RF Gallo, DH Eloy, 3B Moncada, LF Vaughn, C Grandal, 2B Harrison.
  22. If Grandal and Moncada could start producing, from the Left side, the Sox could just play Engel in RF.
  23. The Sox have 3 older LH hitting outfielders at Charlotte, all who can handle RF, and are having pretty decent offensive years; Payton, Haseley and Neslony. They may have to just gamble that one of them can provide serviceable LH power and RF defense, because it doesn't appear that there is anyone for whom they can trade.
  24. Just to add a note about Brantley: He doesn't have the arm to play RF. He's a great hitter and I would have applauded the acquisition, at the time, however even he would not solve the current problem. He's not a right fielder.
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