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Old 04-03-2013, 06:22 PM
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I wonder how it looks based on prognostications. Teams like the Jays and Royals are highly touted. We play the ultra hyped Nationals early (their hype approaches the hype the Rangers got from 2010-2012). I'm not so sure it's so damn easy in April.
Good point, especially on the Jays.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:29 PM
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If my math is correct, through the first thirty games last year the Sox were 13-17, 5 games out.
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I don't know if that's right...

We better start hot this year. Statistically, we have the easiest schedule in baseball to start the year (based off last year's standings). Our second half is especially brutal by comparison.
It's not. They were 11-11 in April, followed by 18-11 in May.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:33 PM
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:34 PM
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Good point, especially on the Jays.
I'm thinking they are over-sold. Or at least it will take them a while to mesh together. Glad we're playing them early. We'll see, though.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:36 PM
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It's not. They were 11-11 in April, followed by 18-11 in May.
They were 13-17 on May 7th for their low point and then finished strong for the rest of May including that nice sweep in TB.
We were in first almost every day the rest of the way until late September with the meltdown.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:37 PM
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It's not. They were 11-11 in April, followed by 18-11 in May.
It is correct for the first 30 games of last season (April 6 - May 7). On May 7 they lost a DH to Cleveland and at the end of the day were 13-17, 5 games back of the Toons. But they went on a 12-1 romp the second half of May.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/ga...ate=2012-05-07

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Tm	W	L	W-L%	GB	RS	RA	pythW-L%
CLE	17	11	.607	--	128	124	.515
DET	14	14	.500	 3.0	117	121	.485
CHW	13	17	.433	 5.0	116	118	.492
KCR	9	19	.321	 8.0	109	144	.375
MIN	7	21	.250	10.0	95	159	.280
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:46 PM
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Hope the Sox can get the sweep tomorrow and start beating the Royals like they're suppose to.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:49 PM
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Really nice way to start off the season against a team we really needed to play better against. Peavy and Sale have been great these first two games. As a side note, maybe Farmer and DJ aren't so bad to listen to on the radio after hearing KC radio guy Rex Hudler give an interview on The Score this morning.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:54 PM
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They were 13-17 on May 7th for their low point and then finished strong for the rest of May including that nice sweep in TB.
We were in first almost every day the rest of the way until late September with the meltdown.
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It is correct for the first 30 games of last season (April 6 - May 7). On May 7 they lost a DH to Cleveland and at the end of the day were 13-17, 5 games back of the Toons. But they went on a 12-1 romp the second half of May.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/ga...ate=2012-05-07

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Tm    W    L    W-L%    GB    RS    RA    pythW-L%
CLE    17    11    .607    --    128    124    .515
DET    14    14    .500     3.0    117    121    .485
CHW    13    17    .433     5.0    116    118    .492
KCR    9    19    .321     8.0    109    144    .375
MIN    7    21    .250    10.0    95    159    .280
My mistake. I'd forgotten about the late-May surge.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:05 PM
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I was thinking the same thing, but twice today with two outs and runners in scoring postion, Sox hitters had good at bats and hit the ball well. Today the killer as far as scoring baserunners was Flowers trying to score on a pitch in the dirt. I don't know if anyone shouted for him to break for home. Keppinger didn't seem to be waving him in. But again, he homered to break the tie, putting the Sox ahead for good, the game-winning hit, and caught a good game.

Today's game wasn't particularly well-played. Aside from the baserunning mistake and issues in left, the defense was solid, though, and the pitching very good. As in the opener, the Royals were facing a pitcher they had hit well in the past and really couldn't put anything together. The Ramirez error appared to be the fault of Viciedo who didn't seem to be calling for the fly and didn't seem to care that Ramirez was. Booting a two-out hit and allowing the runner to score from first led to half the Royals' scoring so far this week. The Royals later scored a fundamental run by scoring a leadoff double without hitting the ball out of the infield. That would have been huge if the Sox bullpen hadn't shut down the Royals with the bases loaded and the tying run in scoring position after the Wise error.

I don't know what was going on with the Sox in left today. Viciedo is still developing defensively as an outfielder, some of his minor league development being spent at third base. The mistakes seemed to be mental. Maybe he will learn from them. De Aza and Beckham made some nice plays on defense, though.

Today, it again came down to the pitching. Peavy had a very nice start. The bullpen did its job working its way out of a bases-loaded jam. Santana did well with his breaking pitches, was able to throw them for strikes, but the Sox beat him on his fastball. The home runs provided a little margin for error, that was needed today because of some poor play in left. Fortunately the pitching was good enough that the Sox didn't need the run(s) they didn't score after loading the bases with one out.

Dunn looked much better offensively today, especially being more active early in the count. Going for the sweep, the Sox will be facing Guthrie, who is coming off a very good season. Maybe, despite looking so good in spring training, early in the season is the best time to catch the Royals, as it was last year.

Really, it's nice to start off the season with a couple of wins at home, especially against two pitchers who were supposed to be key in turning around the Royals fortunes.
Nice job TDog. I really enjoy your posts. You could do this for a living.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:32 PM
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There's no point talking about strength of schedule. This is the American League. The only true pushover just moved over from the NL Central. We need to win games, regardless of the opponent. Wins against division opponents are even better.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:37 PM
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There's no point talking about strength of schedule. This is the American League. The only true pushover just moved over from the NL Central. We need to win games, regardless of the opponent. Wins against division opponents are even better.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:09 PM
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As long as the schedule calls for the Sox to play division opponents as much as they do then it is imperative to win in the division. Off to a great start. Keep winning series and eventually we'll look up and be comfortably above .500.

Actually not too surprising that we would win against Shields and Santana...hopefully we'll take care of Guthrie, Chen, any no name lefties that we face this year, ect.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:10 PM
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Just got back home and saw the score. Very impressed...two wins against the ****ing Royals and they actually scored more than three runs in a game.

Hard to be upset about anything right now...maybe they can actually have "Catfish" Guthrie's number tomorrow.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:13 PM
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Nice job by the bullpen to get out of that seventh inning. The game could have gotten away there. Last year, Kansas City probably scores three or four runs there and turns the game around. Hopefully this opening series is a sign the Sox are gonna flip the script on the Royals this year.
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