Anonymous said: Do you really think the Red Sox have a chance? We have seemed pathetic.
Listen, things have been bleak, there is no doubting that. But there are a lot of things to like about this team as well.
Our pitching has been good for the most part, especially recently. Lester is having a career year. We are getting a lift from our youth. And Clay has a 2.77 ERA since coming off the DL. The back end of our bullpen is excellent. Miller, Tazawa, and Koji have made it really a six inning game for the most part.
As for offense… Pedey is back to looking like himself. Papi is batting .284 over the last 28 days. JBJ has been on fire batting .284 in the last 28 days but even hotter more recently batting .393 in the last two weeks. This is all with Xander being basically an automatic out since the beginning of June. He is still projected to be a total stud and I believe the break will do him some good and he can still turn it around. Nava has been his old self since returning batting .293 in the last 28 days and even better with a .369 OBP in that time. Gomes is still crushing lefties with a .306/.403/.429 slash line this season. Nap is going to do what he does, which is bat .260-.270, draw walks, strike out, and hit bombs.
It isn’t like we don’t have the pieces, we just need them to play to their ability. Our problem has been under performing and we are beginning to turn the corner. I think we would also benefit from adding a piece or two. If it doesn’t work out then we can always trade in August on the waiver wire.
If the Red Sox won half the games they’ve lost by 1 run this year, they’d be 53-42 and in first place. That is a lot of games that one moment changes everything and a lot of bad luck has been going against us. That may change in the second half. We play almost all AL East in September. If we can be good and hold our own the rest of July and August we have a chance to make up serious ground playing within the division.
Fangraphs predicts (take that as you may) that it’ll take 85 wins to win the AL East. We would have to go 42-25. It’d take a magical second half but I think we have the guys to do it.
Anonymous said: No I'm talking about when Midds comes back. Both Roberts and Herrera couldn't be on the roster then, roster crunch. Although Roberts also plays the OF so he could take Carp's spot on the roster.
I imagine Roberts will be DFA’d when Midds comes back.
Anonymous said: The not losing any more ground thing makes sense. Just odd that Roberts was signed to a MLB deal and they have to move the 40 man roster around to accommodate him. Roberts can play 2b (but the Sox don't need that) and he can't play SS so he's not a utility guy per se.
Well Wright is supposed to be out until May so there is a chance he could be moved to the 60 day DL. We don’t really need a back up SS because that is what Herrera is. Roberts is strictly here to play 3B, I’m fairly certainly, though he has had some major league time in LF as well.
Anonymous said: Think this means Middlebrooks is in worse shape than they are letting on?
I’m not so sure it is that. It is easy to first think that. Maybe he will take a little longer than the 15 days. It is a clear upgrade over Holt or Snyder, which are the other options. With the start the Sox have had maybe they don’t want to risk losing more ground.
Red Sox sign INF Ryan Roberts.
Interesting news a day after Red Sox place third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day DL with a grade 1 calf strain. Roberts presents himself as a platoon player with Herrera at third.
Herrera va RHP .272/.336/.331
Roberts vs LHP .305/.345/.500