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looking at the schedule, cease is starting against the dians on Thurs... right?

They have the next monday off so he'll get the normal 4 days rest for the Tues game against the dians. splitting velasquez/lopez/lambert or even calling up martin for the last place rockies on Wed seems like the smart play

 

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8 minutes ago, Leonard Zelig said:

It’s a shame they crapped the bed vs. AZ.  Obviously several other times too, but that was so bad.  

Lost 3/4 to KC

Got swept by the Dbacks

If the Sox split with KC and won even 1 game against the Dbacks then we are looking at just .5gb lol.. just so brutal

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30 minutes ago, Leonard Zelig said:

It’s a shame they crapped the bed vs. AZ.  Obviously several other times too, but that was so bad.  

The loss to Baltimore and the loss in the last game to AZ loom pretty large. 

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22 minutes ago, scotty22hotty said:

looking at the schedule, cease is starting against the dians on Thurs... right?

They have the next monday off so he'll get the normal 4 days rest for the Tues game against the dians. splitting velasquez/lopez/lambert or even calling up martin for the last place rockies on Wed seems like the smart play

 

Currently on MLB.com, it’s Kopech Tuesday, Cease Wednesday, and TBD on Thursday.

Giolito would go if they don’t change the current rotation order. Lynn could go on regular rest if they skip over Lucas, or flip flop Lucas on regular rest for Wednesday and go with Cease on extra rest on Thursday.

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7 minutes ago, South Side Hit Men said:

Currently on MLB.com, it’s Kopech Tuesday, Cease Wednesday, and TBD on Thursday.

Giolito would go if they don’t change the current rotation order. Lynn could go on regular rest if they skip over Lucas, or flip flop Lucas on regular rest for Wednesday and go with Cease on extra rest on Thursday.

they wouldnt skip giolito, that would hurt his feelings

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2 hours ago, chw42 said:

Yeah there's not a whole lot margin for error. 

Even if the Sox win, the Guardians need to lose for them to gain ground. The Sox almost need to be perfect the rest of the way and perform well against Cleveland to force a one game playoff or win the division by the narrowest of margins.

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13 minutes ago, The Beast said:

Even if the Sox win, the Guardians need to lose for them to gain ground. The Sox almost need to be perfect the rest of the way and perform well against Cleveland to force a one game playoff or win the division by the narrowest of margins.

The 1 game playoff is no more.  Unless the Sox sweep the 4 remaining games with the Guardians, Cleveland will own the tie breaker.

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9 minutes ago, The Beast said:

Damn. Well, that makes things even tougher.

Yep, but IF they do sweep those 4 from the Guardians that'd be something special.  Unfortunately they've put themselves in the position of having to do things like that.

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On 9/8/2022 at 6:35 AM, Texsox said:

I'm waiting for the Royals to play their youth and basically pack it in for the year. Them in playing for draft position will hurt us. 

Stone was talking thi very thing a month sgo, Sox played themselves into this position and have only themselves to blame, plaing their best baseball currently, and lost a half game, asking the Royals to pull them out of the abyss is comical

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Momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher. Cleveland basically has 3 reliable SPs right now in Bieber, Quantrill, and McKenzie with Plesac and Civale on the IL. All 3 of them pitched this weekend vs. Minnesota. They are also in a stretch of 18 games in 17 days, so they won't be able to skip the back 2 pitchers at all. 

Sox need to take 3 or 4 out of the 4 vs Cleveland and the Guardians need to lose a large percentage of the games where their lesser pitchers are starting. Sox need to stay hot as well and beat up on the Rockies and Tigers. That's the formula for winning this division.

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16 hours ago, Leonard Zelig said:

It’s a shame they crapped the bed vs. AZ.  Obviously several other times too, but that was so bad.  

AZ went on a winning streak. They are also in a tough division and not distant from .500. Sometimes luck is involved.  It's touch to face teams starting a winning streak or coming off a losing streak. 

Getting owned by the Royals is what hurts.

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5 minutes ago, reiks12 said:

Francona to me is the greatest manager of all time, how the f does he do it year in and year out. A lock for manager of the year considering they tried to sell and are still in a prime spot to win the central

Should have hired him in 2012 instead of Ventura!

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20 minutes ago, reiks12 said:

Francona to me is the greatest manager of all time, how the f does he do it year in and year out. A lock for manager of the year considering they tried to sell and are still in a prime spot to win the central

Also a huge feather in the cap of the Cleveland FO.

They just have a seemingly endless conveyor of serviceable players ready to fill in. As soon as a player starts to make more through arbitration, they can control the (still-team-controlled) players for more prospects to backfill the pipeline.

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