Monday, March 27, 2017
"CL" determines how susceptible a team is to both offensive and defensive clusters of hits. The total combined score can give you a pretty good assessment of how well they did. Unless you are the 2016 Red Sox. Despite winning the AL East, Boston had the 28th ranked CL (out of 30). In fact, you really have to question the stat when you see that the Angels and Padres topped the list for 2016 (religious overtones, anyone?). But, we have to remember that 'CL' is less a reflection of talent than it is just dumb luck—since hit "clustering" is pretty much out of a team's control. Anyway, the bottom line is that with some improved 'Cluster Luck' in 2017, the Red Sox should be even better than the 93 wins they got last year. And that's after losing David Ortiz and "the best final season ever". We shall see.
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newly-acquired set-up guy going down with a trapezius muscle spasm? Tyler Thornburg—who hasn't pitched since March 1st because of another medical issue—missed today's scheduled action because of the new injury. Given the point we are at in Spring Training, it's likely Thornburg will land on the disabled list to start the season.
the Red Sox are looking for a 'back-up' to fill in for Wally when he just can't perform his mascot duties. Hey, they get sick, too. We can just hear the conversation now: "Wally, you look a little extra green this morning—better take the rest of the day off." In any event, if you are under 5'8", have a driver's license and can wave a wicked big flag, you might be in luck. Well, you also need actual experience as a mascot—so that leaves all of us out. Also, you have to "perform under extreme temperature conditions" and "maintain and react to a flexible schedule." Fuggetaboutit! If you are interested, though, apply HERE.
Dave Sheinin predicts that the Red Sox will again top the AL East in 2017—finishing ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays. As far as expectations go, Sheinin pulls no punches: "The season is a success if: they go all the way. Nothing else will suffice in Boston this year, after GM Dave Dombrowski pulled off the blockbuster trade of the winter, prying [Chris] Sale away from the Chicago White Sox for the hefty price of four top prospects." Needless to say, our expectations are just as high.
cut their roster to 38 players today by sending C Blake Swihart and SS Devin Marrero to AAA Pawtucket and reassigning 1B/DH Sam Travis to minor league camp. Travis, who was having his second straight hot Spring, is tabbed as the #4 prospect in the organization. Both Swihart and Marrero have minor league options left—but Swihart has the best chance of cracking the major league roster if injury or poor performance arises with either Sandy Leon or Christian Vazquez. Among the 38 remaining players on the roster, six are non-roster invitees.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
David Price's elbow was assessed as showing "improved strength" in his latest test—meaning he'll be out until sometime in May. Translated from the 'Yawkeyese': you might see him before the All-Star Break. Price will continue with "light catch" (whatever the hell that is), and we're sure that—in a few weeks—we'll hear that a lack of improvement will push the lefty's debut into August. Get prepared for a "Price-less" 2017.
Friday, March 24, 2017
the role of David Ortiz on the 2017 Red Sox remains undefined. While multiple sources have suggested things like broadcasting, roving instruction or marketing—nothing has been solidified. Apparently, the main reason is that Ortiz is so busy with a multitude of non-baseball activities. Team President Sam Kennedy recently stated, "We will continue to chat and put something together when the time is right for him". It seems clear that Big Papi will not be a ubiquitous presence around the clubhouse—at least not at the start of the season. Stay tuned.
That's how many Twinkies Moncada once ate in a single week—clearly dealing with one of the ultimate questions of life. Of course, he also bought a $500,000 Lamborghini with part of the $31.5 million the Red Sox handed to him. Despite that windfall, Moncada could not be bothered taking mandatory English lessons. Between this kind of attitude and his predilection for Twinkies, he may or may not fulfill his awesome potential. While Moncada will start the 2017 season in AAA, look for him to be a fixture at second base for the White Sox from about this coming June until roughly 2030.
Thursday, March 23, 2017