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    Celtics vs. Bucks, Round 2 Discussion

    I had the same observation—at least once with each of JT and JB, and I think maybe more than that, they lost their leverage by trying to reach for a steal, and GA immediately drove in the opposite direction from the reach in—they had no chance. I’m not saying that correcting this will suddenly...
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    2019 Game Ball Thread: Wk. 5 at Washington

    Not exactly a “game ball,” but I think it’s very notable that Michel had 3 receptions for 32 yards. When we picked him in the first round, I kept hearing that he was one of these super backs who was both a power runner and a receiver, which was why it made sense to take him so early. Until...
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    Steven Wright suspended 80 games for PEDs

    This is just how I felt right at the beginning of the postseason, and look how that turned out!
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    SB53: Choose Your Own Adventure

    Right—in my version of this thought experiment (which I weirdly engage in all the time—maybe we all do?), you forget that you were able to choose the outcome, and you get to experience it as it happens. So it’s terrifying, but that terror is redeeemed, and then some, by the final outcome (just...
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    SB53: Choose Your Own Adventure

    I am pretty stunned by the majority wish here for a blowout, given the rules of the thought experiment. Obviously that’s what we all wish for now, because a blowout provides the highest probability of actually ending up with a W when the clock hits 0:00. But if you knew that the Pats are going...
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    World Series 2018--Red Sox vs. Dodgers

    I am fully on board with Cora’s “pedal to the metal” approach (generally known around these parts as the “Playoff Tito” managing style), but nevertheless I’m scratching my head a bit about going to Eovaldi last night when he had Barnes and Brasier available — particularly when you contrast it...
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    Red Sox are more likely to beat...

    I think the numbers 194 and 95 answer the question. The former—the Dodgers’ regular season run differential—is 12 better than the Yankees (and beats all AL teams other than BOS/HOU). The latter—the Brewers’ regular season run differential—is between the Rays and the As (closer to the Rays). All...
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    The Alex Cora Difference

    I had the same thought — he must have had a very good reason NOT to want Barnes facing the top of the order at the particular moment.
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    Rebirth of a Sale, man

    This whole discussion was giving me nightmarish flashbacks to the '86 "McNamara conceded Game 4 by starting Nipper!" debate, which led me to call up the box score to the game--which reminded me that Nipper pitched just fine (certainly by today's playoff standards): 3ER in 6 innings. And that Ron...
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    Price is right

    I completely understand (and to some extent share) the angst, but we are talking about a starting pitcher with a sub-3 ERA at Fenway this year. One of these days this guy is going to dominate in a playoff start, and it might be tomorrow. All of the people saying that we should put him in the...
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    Happy YED!

    I never tire of the, “...but I thought we were going to win!” post-loss whining. The front-running culture really shines through.
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    This is the best Red Sox team...ever.

    But you have to balance that against the possibility of the Indians taking them out altogether. In a situation like this where there is one possible opponent that seems to present a much greater threat than the others, I think I prefer Yanks/As winner followed by winner of Hou/Cle because of the...
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    The Magic Number
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    The Magic Number

    This past weekend is a good illustration of the above. Dropping 2/3 to the Astros while the Yankees took 2/3 from the Mariners didn't feel great...but it was as many good outcomes as we needed from those two series. p.s. 12 passed so quickly I didn't get a chance to post this: <iframe src=""...
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    The Magic Number

    I’ve been waiting for this point — it means that if the average outcome is that the Sox LOSE every series 2-1, and the Yankees WIN every series 2-1...still they don’t catch us.