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  1. Pozo the Clown

    Who will be the next manager?

    Buck [quickly ducking to avoid the inevitable responses] Showalter.
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    2019 from this point on

    Establish Chavis as the everyday first basemen and Marco Hernandez as the everyday second basemen. Let's see if they're ready for those jobs in 2020. Use Eovaldi as an opener, gradually building up his innings with each outing.
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    As currently constructed, the bullpen relies extremely heavily upon Barnes (as evidenced by his usage patterns). There's a less-than-zero chance that a work load that consists essentially of nothing but high stress, high leverage innings could lead to diminished effectiveness. Additionally, as...
  4. Pozo the Clown

    Stanley Cup Predictions

    Blues in 6. Jaden Schwartz.
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    Where the Red Sox have gone wrong

    If every team is doing it, how does it improve anyone's odds?
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    Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

    Sources for the bolded assertion, please.
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    Pitching Staff Working Conditions?

    Weber?!? Time for an upgrade!
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    W.S. Hangover Cures: The Devil is in the Details...

    I'm well aware that there are no metrics for "vibe" but last year, from Day 1 they seemed laser-focused on playing winning baseball.. They took the field expecting to win. This year they appear unfocused and ill prepared. I'll sum it up as follows: 2018 = Massive Swagger 2019 = Massive Stagger
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    Swihart traded to Dbacks

    With rosters expanding to 26 men next season, Swihart will be the type of asset that many teams will covet. A switch-hitting, multi-positional utility guy who can actually catch and run, will provide plenty of value.
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    Swihart traded to Dbacks

    In 2018, everything the Sox touched turned to gold. This year it's been the polar opposite. Hindsight will prove this move to be a massive mistake.
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    Rosenthal: Sale extension 5 years, $145 million

    It's quite possible that Monday's weather forecast (which calls for thunderstorms and a 100% chance of rain) has everything to do with pushing Sale's start back to Tuesday. Sorry to rain on the conspiracy theory parade...NOT!!!
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    W.S. Hangover Cures: The Devil is in the Details...

    The janitorial staff has clearly played a major role in this awful start. They need to go!
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    Johnson & Holt to IL, Walden & Lin called up

    Sincerely, Jacoby Ellsbury
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    W.S. Hangover Cures: The Devil is in the Details...

    From what I saw, Nunez appeared to have successfully checked his swing. He then waited on the home plate umpire who took a long time to point down to the 1st base umpire for the call. Of all the miscues/brain farts that have plagued the Sox during their opening road trip, this one (if it even...
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    W.S. Hangover Cures: The Devil is in the Details...

    Repeating (in baseball) is never easy. If it was, someone would've done it since the last millennium. How Cora, DD, et al, will go about seeking the elusive cure for "the hangover" should prove fascinating and worthy of its own thread (unless the Dopes disagree). Please keep the emotional...
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    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    Tilt, Part 2? Perhaps tilt is the new market efficiency. Here's to Brewer being this year's Brasier.
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    Rosenthal: Sale extension 5 years, $145 million

    From an article in The Athletic: Sale said he never once talked to Vazquez about changing the mix. Vazquez simply knew it had to be done. Sale said it was the nature of the modern game, not the radar readings, that necessitated the change. “I just think that’s kind of part of the evolution of...
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    Starting Pitching 2019

    Here's some cause for optimism: The '98 Yankees opened on the West Coast and were also 1-4 after 5 games, while giving up the following runs against in their first 8 games: 4, 10, 7, 7, 8, 7, 3 and 13. https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1998-schedule-scores.shtml
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    Report: Red Sox and X close on contract extension

    Turning the focus back to X, this extension is a very pleasant surprise. As a Boras client, I feared that X would test the market and that his decision would drag on and on and on (a la Harper/Machado). Per the article linked below: "Once Sale signed, Dombrowski didn’t think the club would be...