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Old 05-16-2013, 08:51 AM
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Danks and Beckham will return soon.

Danks will provide needed depth and innings in the rotation. This allows significant flexibility (6-man rotation, skipping starts, future double headers, long relief help, etc.).

Beckham will improve the infield defense, which will help the pitchers. Robin will be able to use Keppinger more as a super-sub and pinch hitter, strengthening the bench.

The pitching has been superb.

The weather is improving and yesterday's warning track flies with RISP will become tomorrow's three-run homers. This is how the Sox offense has been since 2000, and especially since the Cell was renovated.

Maybe Dunn going back to his Nationals-era swing will see a return to Nationals-era production? I'll take a .250 average and and .850 OPS from this point forward.

Rios has avoided his typical "odd year slump." He's the best #3 hitter we've had since Jermaine Dye.

Things have gone as bad as possible with the hitting. It is fair to expect they will "progress to the mean."

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:08 AM
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Sox have actually racked up 10+ hits in 3 straight games for the first time this year. Actually, if you go back since they got dominated by Matt Harvey, who is just excellent, they've got 72 hits in 7 games.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:27 AM
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I share your optimism. Maybe this team will start to turn it around. It's hard to believe that they have the same record this year (17-21) as they did last year after the same number of games. The start of this season has been a replay of the last couple of weeks of the 2012 season. Being out of first place by only 5 games isn't that big of a mountain to climb. Hopefully we can still get into the 2013 Playoffs.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:40 AM
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Detroit will be going down.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:41 AM
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When Beckham comes back, who sits at 3rd?....Keppinger or Gillaspie?
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:00 AM
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When Beckham comes back, who sits at 3rd?....Keppinger or Gillaspie?
I think Keppinger gets more off days, but will still play more than a typical bench player. I could see Robin rotating days off for maintenance and sliding Kepp in all around.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:19 AM
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The good news is they won a series against a bad team and hopefully gives them momentum for the next two series against decent teams.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:10 AM
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When Beckham comes back, who sits at 3rd?....Keppinger or Gillaspie?

Surely Gillaspie has to play himself out of a starting job. Keppinger has already done that, for now at least.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:41 AM
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Hitting is contagious. Let's hope it spreads and multiplies. Dunn waking up will make PK better, and PK didn't get too old overnight... he'll hit at some point at least for a while. When things are going badly it is easy to believe that it will stay that way. Just like good streaks come to an end, so do bad streaks. When almost an entire team is sputtering at the plate you are going to lose games. If one or two guys start hitting we will win games because we're not giving up that many runs.

I think our defense will improve with Beckham's return and he is clearly more valued by some people already. Also, the defense has been as bad as it can be, I reckon, so the only way is up.

Jones should find his control, shouldn't he? That will be like adding another arm in the pen. Ohmygosho might also gain some needed confidence after a 1-2-3 inning. Starting pitching??... well, just keep it going boys.

The manager taking real, tangible action seems to have helped, at least in the short term.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:48 AM
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A big problem this year has been mental space-outs. That weakness is not intractable and is correctable, so there's a reasonable chance we see nice improvement just in that area.

We're only 5 behind Detriot, and they've already used up 6 games against the Astros.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:43 AM
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No dark clouds allowed...
You might want to make the stipulation "no reality allowed", because you don't have to be a dark cloud to ruin this thread.

Okay I'll try.

We're on a winning streak!
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:59 AM
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Danks will provide needed depth and innings in the rotation. This allows significant flexibility (6-man rotation, skipping starts, future double headers, long relief help, etc.).
I have always thought that Axelrod is a classic swingman -- a pitcher who makes an occasional start but who is really best suited to be a long man in the bullpen. I hope that the Sox go with Sale, Peavy, Danks, Quintana and Santiago as their rotation going forward.

Danks, Santiago, Sale and Quintana would give the Sox four lefties in the rotation but in the AL Central (with the good lefty hitting in the division), that's a good thing.

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Beckham will improve the infield defense, which will help the pitchers. Robin will be able to use Keppinger more as a super-sub and pinch hitter, strengthening the bench.
I agree. The silver lining in Beckham's injury is the fact that Sox started playing Gillaspie every day. The Sox are stronger with Gillaspie at 3B, Beckham at 2B and Keppinger as a super sub filling in at 3B, 2B,1B and DH.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:26 AM
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3 game winning streak, and we still get to play a team worse than us! Yes!

Maybe we could petition the league to play the Twins and Angels every week?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:06 PM
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The Sox have over 100 games yet to play. And so does every other team in the league. Their ace-in-the-hole is their pitching. The Sox have one of the better starting rotations in the AL. And the bats will heat up along with the summer trade winds at the Cell.

And just maybe our luck is turning around. Last night's come from behind win over the Angels was a gift from an underperforming Angels' team.

Despite the predictions of doom from some, the Sox should be fine over the long haul. We'll see if they have enough to catch and surpass the Tigers.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:16 PM
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My silver linings-
  1. Dunn and Viciedo both seem rejuvenated at the plate- if Keppinger returns to career norms, Beckham returns (looked pretty good at plate before injury), PK gets back on track- could be a decent run producing offense...albeit without much speed.
  2. Gillaspie is a real find at 3rd- reminds me of the Herbert Perry acquisition in 2000- fills a real hole with giving up anything.
  3. Santiago is such a better starter than reliever- he needs to stay in the rotation when Danks comes back. Ax goes to pen as the long man- could be a nice fit- he'll come in to replace a LH starter- and should face line ups loaded up with RH hitters.
  4. .500 record has you in the Central race right now- we can get there within a week- if we're .500 and in the race at Memorial Day- with our injuries- I'll be happy.
  5. Teams ahead of us all have flaws- I had this team at 83 wins before the season- I'll be happy if we make a decent run and keep it interesting into September-
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