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X certainly deserves some of the blame ... but Devers came up twice tonight with runners in scoring position and hit a ground ball to second and that little nubber
 

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I tend to think they were (smartly, I’d add) never planning to resign X. If he is looking for FU money it won’t and shouldn’t be here. Can’t be sentimental, especially not about a losing baseball team.
 

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And this is why, despite those who will say "they're still in it," there's no chance of them making the playoffs. The Blue Jays, Rays and White Sox all won tonight, each gaining a game on Boston. Seattle and Baltimore lost, but won't lose any ground to the Red Sox. The Twins are still playing but evenif they lost, they lose no ground. And another day goes off the calendar for the team, the Red Sox, that has played more game already that all of them except Seattle.
 

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.? I understand all the screaming about pham’s jump, but of course if he got a great jump the catcher would have just thrown it to first and then the inevitable out by X would have been even more annoying. Bloom has the classic damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Let X go and the press and fans go nuts on you. Sign him for big bucks and spend more years watching him never do anything in the clutch
 

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.? I understand all the screaming about pham’s jump, but of course if he got a great jump the catcher would have just thrown it to first and then the inevitable out by X would have been even more annoying.
Yep, and if the catcher makes a good throw to second, they even might have a chance at a double play because Devers was only halfway down the line when the force was made
 

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If he opts in, 3/60 with a 20m vesting option is a fine deal for Xander. If he opts out, you let him walk and the team will say he's the one who didn't want to be here.
 

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.? I understand all the screaming about pham’s jump, but of course if he got a great jump the catcher would have just thrown it to first and then the inevitable out by X would have been even more annoying. Bloom has the classic damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Let X go and the press and fans go nuts on you. Sign him for big bucks and spend more years watching him never do anything in the clutch
Of course, you are probably right. On the other hand, it's difficult to understand the thought process of a runner hesitating or even taking a step back to first on a dribbler in front of the plate. If the catcher throws the apparently crippled Raffi out at first and there are men on second and third, and X hits a bloop, it's a win instead of a tie game. Bad baseball.
 

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It’ll be a fascinating offseason. It always felt like 2022 was the end of a window with JDM & Eo as free agents and X potentially opting out. The big frustration of course is that they‘ve really only been seriously competitive once since 2018.

On the plus side, this season has allowed Bloom & Co to gather data for upcoming decisions. For example, they know that Crawford is a legit rotation option. And Schreiber has solidified his place in the pen. And also that there is really no need to offer the declining JDM a QO. And that Duran is not the long term answer in CF.

The reality is that injuries didn’t do them in this year (& no, they are not suddenly going to be healthy in the next week). They have a lot of holes to fill and there are not a lot of reinforcements coming fr the farm in 2023 (at least on the position player side, beyond Casas)
 

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I tend to think they were (smartly, I’d add) never planning to resign X. If he is looking for FU money it won’t and shouldn’t be here. Can’t be sentimental, especially not about a losing baseball team.
He's a fine player, but this is a team who has drafted infielder after infielder the past few years. Can one of them be the shortstop of the future?
 

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He's a fine player, but this is a team who has drafted infielder after infielder the past few years. Can one of them be the shortstop of the future?
I'm not sure that I'm willing to wait 2-3 years for a prospect to maybe make it to the bigs.
 

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At what point do we start considering Kutter to be a legit addition to the rotation?

what he’s done against serious competition is astounding.
 

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.? I understand all the screaming about pham’s jump, but of course if he got a great jump the catcher would have just thrown it to first and then the inevitable out by X would have been even more annoying. Bloom has the classic damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Let X go and the press and fans go nuts on you. Sign him for big bucks and spend more years watching him never do anything in the clutch
Youre 100% right, what I was reacting was just an awful delayed jump, like he didn't see the ball at all out of the bat. It was odd.
 

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Haven't watched more than once, but didn't Chapman balk on that double steal attempt? A better question... can a lefty ever balk ?
 

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Haven't watched more than once, but didn't Chapman balk on that double steal attempt?
FOX said after the commercial break that it appeared that the Yankees had called for a daylight play to second. Chapman turned to make the pickoff throw and noticed X running. If that was indeed the case, Chapman already had eliminated the balk possibility by turning to make the pickoff.
That's also a different scenario than what happened to the Red Sox last week when a pickoff throw went to Devers, who wasn't in the vicinity of the bag, causing a balk
 

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I felt sick last night when I heard that Hensley Muelens was one of the NYY hitting coaches. I have wanted the Sox to get him ever since I saw him manage in the Caribbean WS.
I have zero faith in Cora's coaches now. The front office needs to get involved in making improvements there.
Either Devers is still hurting or he needs some coaching, stat. He's not the only one, but he has so much natural talent.
FAUX quoted Cora as saying the Sox can still "hit their way on" to the post-season. Bad PR b/c it invites a lot of scorn, given recent performances by some of the Sox.
 

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The Sox seem completely unaware of what to do in a lot of situations. I imagine a lot of it is a function of the revolving door of players and guys not being familiar with each other, but it’s frustrating to see happen time and time again. I don’t know what it is; lack of coaching, poor prep, no leadership, etc but it doesn’t really reflect well on anyone.