July 26 Braves@Fenway

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Casas has the best command of the strike zone at an early age of any Sox hitter since ….. Youk?
Youk was called up a few years later at 25/26. His command of the strike zone was one of a kind…Greek God of Walks, etc.

Rizzo may be a better comp, but either way hats off to Casas for continuing to learn and maintain consistency.
 

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Sadly, didn't get to watch tonight. Happily, it was because I was at a concert with my dad. Sadly, it is my last night home before I have to go back to where I currently live.

Anyhow... I fucking love this team.
 

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Funny you mention Casas. Earlier in the year we heard about veterans last year being all veteran-y about Casas's "routines."
This year, he's talking about teammates helping him.
I also think Martin is an underrated or underreported clubhouse force.
Duran, too. He said last year he was kind of sheepish and intimidated, this year, his teammates have been awesome for him.

Nobody has named anyone in particular, but you can kind of read between the tea leaves on it.
 

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In a series, with Sale and Story back? The Sox are actually a pretty complete team.
It is really cool to see how they are coming together. The playoffs find your weak links, though, and we have a few. Could win a series. Could also have an August lull. I’m not trying to be an ass, just feel like they are a work in progress.
 

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It is really cool to see how they are coming together. The playoffs find your weak links, though, and we have a few. Could win a series. Could also have an August lull. I’m not trying to be an ass, just feel like they are a work in progress.
You are more right than you know. They are progressing, and there's at least a non-negligible chance that some of those weak links become less weak as they continue to do so.
 

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Re Wong, here's his SoxProspects write up:

Moves well behind the plate, and has improved his receiving and framing skills to the point where he is considered solid with both. Has also played second base and third base in pro ball, and even played some outfield in college, but has caught exclusively since trade from the Dodgers. Has been able to develop a good rapport with pitchers and become someone they like throwing to and have confidence in. Potential solid-average defender.
 

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Re Wong, here's his SoxProspects write up:

Moves well behind the plate, and has improved his receiving and framing skills to the point where he is considered solid with both. Has also played second base and third base in pro ball, and even played some outfield in college, but has caught exclusively since trade from the Dodgers. Has been able to develop a good rapport with pitchers and become someone they like throwing to and have confidence in. Potential solid-average defender.
Interesting that this scouting report didn’t mention his cannon that has become an amazing weapon in controlling the running game (shown again tonight in the 9th inning).
 

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Wasn’t able to catch all of the game tonight… suprised Schrieber (a lot of pitches yesterday, fresh off IL) over Martin in 8th,

Any explanation given?
 

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Wasn’t able to catch all of the game tonight… suprised Schrieber (a lot of pitches yesterday, fresh off IL) over Martin in 8th,

Any explanation given?
Would have been 3 days in a row for Martin, and they specifically kept Schieber down last weekend to make sure he was readyvto go two days in a row (pitched Saturday and Sunday, IIRC). I think it's a "no explanation needed" kind of thing.
 

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Very impressive to beat a team this good twice in a row.
I thought so, but according to @DennyDoyle'sBoil upthread, the Braves stink, so these victories don't mean that much.
They stink. Overrated.

"But we have four players OPS-ing over .900 and an incredible rotation and bullpen. Ohh, we're 30 games above .500," blah blah blah. Horseshit.

Posers. Pretenders. They stink. They can take their pythag and stick it where the sun don't shine. They are horrible. Barely a wild card team.
 

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Yeah, its been homers. Bad luck on his part, maybe location issues (which could always be arm related)... Here's to hoping the wind is blowing out tonight.
From the pre-game gamethread...
The homer to Casas was a hanging slider. But the Raffy one? That ball almost bounced ( According to Statcast, the pitch was 1.06 feet off the ground, the third-lowest pitch hit for a homer in MLB this year [reference] ) So a bit of bad luck and bad location.
 

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Would have been 3 days in a row for Martin, and they specifically kept Schieber down last weekend to make sure he was readyvto go two days in a row (pitched Saturday and Sunday, IIRC). I think it's a "no explanation needed" kind of thing.
I kinda get it, but they had an off day Monday and an off day today and he only threw a third of an inning Tuesday (5 pitches) so there is no 3 days in a row situation.
 

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Casas has the best command of the strike zone at an early age of any Sox hitter since ….. Youk?
Not as good, but I thought Benintendi was not bad when he first came up. Then in his second year he started swinging at everything.
 

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Hmmm. 2 out of 4 days off this week. Odd so soon after the ASB. However given the weather forecast tonight maybe good timing.
 

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I was there last night - FANTASTIC night. Great weather, great baseball, the crowd was really into it. I was right next to the Braves dugout so we were in the middle of a lot of Braves fans who were all very nice. I could have done without the tomahawk chop, but you can’t have everything, I suppose…
 

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I was there last night - FANTASTIC night. Great weather, great baseball, the crowd was really into it. I was right next to the Braves dugout so we were in the middle of a lot of Braves fans who were all very nice. I could have done without the tomahawk chop, but you can’t have everything, I suppose…
I didn't think that Braves, or Florida State or Kansas City Chiefs fans did their tomahawk chop thing at away for them games. Just guessing about that though. Glad you had a good night at Fenway.
 

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I am genuinely annoyed that there is no game tonight, which means that this team is more than filling its baseline function as an entertainment project. At this point, what's the worst case scenario for this season? They miss the playoffs but I spend the winter watching supercuts of Wong nuking fools? That sounds great!
 
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I am genuinely annoyed that there is no game tonight, which means that this team is more than filling its baseline function as an entertainment project. At this point, what's the worst case scenario for this season? They miss the playoffs but I spend the winter watching supercuts of Wong nuking fools? That sounds great!
If we could "LIKE" posts, I would "LIKE" this post. (And yes, I like this post.)
 

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I am genuinely annoyed that there is no game tonight, which means that this team is more than filling its baseline function as an entertainment project. At this point, what's the worst case scenario for this season? They miss the playoffs but I spend the winter watching supercuts of Wong nuking fools? That sounds great!
I see a positive out of no game tonight, for the very reason you cite. The three days off in a week has allowed the Red Sox to give Wong ample rest as he carries the load behind the plate. He's been better than we could have expected, but he's still slight for a catcher. Having these offdays can only benefit him.
 

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I am genuinely annoyed that there is no game tonight, which means that this team is more than filling its baseline function as an entertainment project. At this point, what's the worst case scenario for this season? They miss the playoffs but I spend the winter watching supercuts of Wong nuking fools and Casas nuking fools and Duran doing Rickey Henderson shit and Masa smoking line drives? That sounds great!

This is a great post. Agreed 100%, but also fixed it. lol
 

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I see a positive out of no game tonight, for the very reason you cite. The three days off in a week has allowed the Red Sox to give Wong ample rest as he carries the load behind the plate. He's been better than we could have expected, but he's still slight for a catcher. Having these offdays can only benefit him.
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According to mlb.com, the Red Sox-Giants game is the Watch Free Game tomorrow night
 

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I was there last night - FANTASTIC night. Great weather, great baseball, the crowd was really into it. I was right next to the Braves dugout so we were in the middle of a lot of Braves fans who were all very nice. I could have done without the tomahawk chop, but you can’t have everything, I suppose…
I didn't think that Braves, or Florida State or Kansas City Chiefs fans did their tomahawk chop thing at away for them games. Just guessing about that though. Glad you had a good night at Fenway.
My second favorite* all time in person baseball memory was going to this game with my dad, first base loge. When Jeff Frye stole home off Glavine, all of Fenway started doing the Chop. Pre-9/11 irony at its finest.

*first - three months later giving a security guard $20 at the old Stadium to get me in to see Pedro’s 17k masterpiece.
 

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My second favorite* all time in person baseball memory was going to this game with my dad, first base loge. When Jeff Frye stole home off Glavine, all of Fenway started doing the Chop. Pre-9/11 irony at its finest.

*first - three months later giving a security guard $20 at the old Stadium to get me in to see Pedro’s 17k masterpiece.
• Best usage of $20 ever I'd bet,

I watched Pedro's first game as a Red Sox, on TV, which was also opening day in 1998. I knew he'd pitched extremely well for LA and Montreal, but this is a different league with the Yankees and Indians in it, and nothing is guaranteed. I just got the feeling watching that one game that if they throw this guy out there every five days they're going to have a great chance to win. Turned out about right.