Will this finally be the day that the Sox return to .500? Or like Zeno, will the team keep approaching the number but never actually reach it?
Win today and we can aspire for something a bit more than just average.
Until today, I'd never started a Game Thread.
Until today, I've never been the father of a 16-year-old.
Now, this is were I'd like to say that a win would be a great birthday present. Unfortunately, the kid is not a baseball fan.
But win anyway.
1. Pitcher and DH can be the same person, and replacing him as pitcher does not require replacing him as DH and vice versa.
2. 28-man rosters through May 1, no limit on # of pitchers/non-pitchers
3. Man on second starting in extra innings again...
In mid-October, the team looked destined for mediocrity.
In mid-December, the team looked like a favorite to win the AFC Championship.
Which was the bigger mirage? Or did they end up right where they belonged?
Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour are semifinalists for the modern era vote.
Wilfork is one of seven players making the semifinal list in their first year of eligibility...
Slate has an excerpt from a new book, The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players
It's very Red Sox focused, so some of this is familiar, but it gives a bit more depth than I've seen elsewhere.
Didn't see this posted, sorry if I missed it in another thread.
(Not counting the senior/contributor nominees)
Nice to see both Ty Law and Richard Seymour on the list, but I don't think they have much of a shot with shoo-ins like Gonzalez, Bailey, and Reed.
I'm hoping that there's someone out there who has followed the time who can chime in here, but in the meantime, here are a few observations just from looking at the stats:
- Don't be fooled by the 91-71 record. The lineup was far and away the best in the NL by fWAR (33.0; Cubs were second at...
Posted on MLB.com today.
Looks like we get that West Coast road trip out of the way really early.
(p.s. As of this second, I only see the schedule through June 13, but supposedly the full schedule is available somewhere.)
Fangraphs has the Nats at 57.5% to make the playoffs, which seems a bit high to me. They have Nats and Phils finishing at about the same records, while BP has the Phils likely to be five games ahead.
Either way, there's nothing like a series against the Marlins to shake a team out of the doldrums.
[Splitting out from the MLB Game Thread]
MLB.com has a nice stat-heavy piece on the 2017 Dodgers so far. Among the findings:
ERA- is 4th best since 1920
27.4 percent hard-hit rate allowed, No. 1 in MLB
10.6 percent batting walk rate, highest in MLB, and
27.4 percent batting chase rate, second...
Last night's box score says that Doug Fister pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs (both earned) and 5 hits (1 HR) throwing 108 pitches.
The box score is lie.
What Doug Fister actually did can be best described as two completely separate things:
Thing 1. Fister threw seven scoreless innings...
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