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How about those RED SOX! Part Deux

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On 2/15/2018 at 9:37 PM, pantherphan96 said:

Definitely hoping he starts out strong and gets the fans behind him early. I feel like his playoff performance against Houston was enough for most fans to give him another chance-- hope he can capitalize on it.

Not a splashy move but I'm glad we've brought back Moreland and Nunez-- if there is some positive regression to the mean for guys who underperformed last season (Betts, Bogey, Bradley, Hanley, Porcello) I feel good about our chances to win the division for a third straight year.

I love Nunez.  There was talk of him being a Yankee target, which has me worried.

Betts and Bogaerts definitely need to step it way back up this year.  They have the ability to be the centerpieces, they just need to do it.  Bradley and Porcello will be interesting because we need to find out who they really are.  I hope Porcello is not another Buchholz where he alternates good and terrible years, but if so at least we are in for a good one.  Worst case on Bradley is we have an elite defensive CF.

I am to the point with Hanley that anything we get from him will be a welcomed surprise.  Maybe my opinion is somewhat tarnished since we got him the same winter as Sandoval.  I cannot wait for those contracts to go away over the next two years.

The guy I am most excited for is Devers.

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Well, we finally got JD.  5 yrs, 110.  It is basically a 2 yr/50 million contract where JD has the option to opt into a 3 yr/60 million contract.  As a Boras client I think we can all assume he will opt out.  He also has the incentive not to go all fat and happy like another former FA.

I am often critical of him but it seems like Dombroski did really well here.  By the time he opts out in 2020 Sandoval, Hanley, and Castillo will all be off the books and we will have money to spend on the youngsters we want to be in our core.

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Roenis Road, who I forgot was on the team, has looked good so far this spring.  Hopefully he can be the guy we traded for, need a lefty out of the bullpen

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Things are definitely going about as good as can be expected so far.  Sox previous record was three games to start the season with 1ER or less from the rotation.  They went seven games this year before the streak broke today.  Xander has been amazing so far and it seems Hanley wants to earn that PA bonus.

I actually got to go to the first three games this year.  Sadly saw the Kelly blowup but the way I see it we got that one back on Thursday

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Big series against the Yanks in NY starting tonight... pitching matchups definitely not in our favor.

Mook is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, just worries me he seems to get dinged up a little every couple of games.

Price doesn't look good at all-- at this point I'll accept 200+ innings and a low 4s ERA. Luckily it looks like Porcello is a solid #2 right now behind Sale who has been as good as ever. ERod's K #s look good but the long ball is hurting him and Pomeranz hopefully can provide what he did for us last year as the 3-4 starter.

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Yeah, at this point Price is an average #4 or a good #5, simply because he can eat innings.  The lineup is terrifying though.  I really wish Swihart would get more opportunities and they would just dump Leon already.  They should have traded him two years ago when he had value.  Give the kid a shot!

I still believe the Houston will prove to be the best team in baseball but it sure does seem right to see the Sox face the Yanks as the top two teams in baseball.

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Crazy stat: Sox can go 50-51 the rest of the way and end with 92 wins! Excited to see what we have in Beeks tomorrow.

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1 hour ago, pantherphan96 said:

Crazy stat: Sox can go 50-51 the rest of the way and end with 92 wins! Excited to see what we have in Beeks tomorrow.

Detroit is certainly the right team for him to get started against.  E-Rod sure looked good against them tonight.

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It is amazing how good they are playing.  Having the Yanks playing so well may turn out to be a blessing too because they will not be so far ahead that they can lay off the gas down the stretch.  Seen too many teams do that and not be able to turn it back on.

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Absolutely, though I still hate the 2nd wild card. Hopefully Pomeranz can regain some of the form that he had last year and ERod is not out for too long. Wouldn't be opposed to adding another bullpen arm as well as I still have little faith in Hembree and Barnes in close games.

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Pearce, Kinsler, and Eovaldi were all decent pick-ups in areas of need.  I Am normally critical of  Dombrowski but I feel as if he did a really good job of filling out the roster despite having a very limited system from which to trade from.

I would have liked another RP but it may not be necessary.  At this point the Astros do have an edge at second starter and the Yankees have an edge in the pen outside of the ninth but in both places we have guys that can do the job as long as they perform.

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Pearce is a good glue guy, Kinsler adds versatility and a better glove at 2B (assuming Pedey is done for the year), and Eovaldi is an upgrade right now for the #5 spot over Pomeranz. Don't feel like we gave up all that much though a little disappointed to lose Buttrey and that 100mph gas.

Hoping that Kelly has some positive regression back to how good he was earlier this year, Thornburg has looked better in recent starts as well, and Poyner is still an option in Pawtucket.

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That was one hell of a series.  The starters will have to go deeper into games and the bullpen will have to pitch better against Houston though.  The Yankees were a very good baseball team this season, the Astros may end up being the best team that I have ever seen.

Regardless of the outcome, there is nothing that can happen at this point to make this season a disappointment.  Greatest record in Red Sox history and knocked the Yanks out of the postseason, evening the score at two series apiece all-time.

Cannot wait for Saturday.  I am struggling to think of a sports match-up where I felt you had two all-time great teams of this caliber, should be fun.

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Astros are absolutely incredible. The margin of error in this series will be slim to none. Hopefully the bats can stay hot and the bullpen performs like they did in game 4. Not sure about starting Price game 2, I would have preferred to go Sale, Eovaldi, Porcello.

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