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Cherington has not only done a terrific job of building a roster, he's done it in a way that doesn't mortgage the farm. This guy's good!
1 month, 1 week ago on Just When You Thought You’d Never Hear “Grady” and “Red Sox” in the Same Sentence, Ever Again
Bagwell should get the Hall Call eventually. Time will come when the suspicions of voters will give way to the fact that players still had to work for their achievements. The PED era will never be forgotten, but it shouldn't define every player from that period or invalidate the accomplishments of that time.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Jeff Bagwell and the Hall of Fame
Your last sentence encapsulates the discussion: Pitchers will throw first-pitch strikes as long as batters remain patient. If/when batters find themselves down in counts quickly for being too selective, or too set in their ways, the pendulum will move in the other direction and pitchers will modify their approach.
Apart from this, can it be said that the Red Sox lineup was able to capitalize because of its depth and talent being greater than that of most opposing bullpens? Whether the pendulum is at the extreme left or right, a talented batting order should generally prevail. No?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Pre-Emptive Strike
Well written and cogent piece. If a single-year, seven-figure contract would get Drew back on the roster, there would be little debate. As it appears, we have a good chance at signing him, but I'd feel better if the Sox went in the direction of a Jeff Francoeur, a Gold-Glove OF who is accustomed to platooning. He's 30 and coming off a $7.5 million contract. Adding him would give defensive security to RF if Bradley slumps and Victorino has to move to CF. Nava and Gomes could remain in LF.
2 months, 1 week ago on Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks, Too
Every team has its Achilles heel. The Cards should have the ability to contend with anything the American teams throw at them. Barring injury, Strong will have his team focused and in a position to win every week.
That said, I don't think it's a Top 5 team. Maybe Top 10 by virtue of record, but Louisville won't surprise another BCS team this postseason.
7 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Louisville Cardinals
@CFBZ Agreed, but it should be amped and ready for season opener.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
@BigTeaBone Interesting order. I don't share your confidence in Cincinnati or UConn, but I expect UCF, Houston and USF to be better than you expect.
Just saw the news: academically ineligible. This hurts but not as much as Sims. Coogs have some depth at WR.
9 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Houston Cougars
@aztecfan1 Why do you expect a freshman to start? I think Holder has one CB slot sewn up. What about Whittaker for the other?
9 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: San Diego State Aztecs
@CFBZ Sims's departure seems to be the story so far. Here's hoping someone else emerges to give this team a spark.
Paul Petrino has his hands full but, as an independent for 2013, the Vandals have nothing to lose.They can -- and should -- leave it all on the field each week. Those two home games -- Temple & Old Domion -- may seem the only legitimate opportunities for Ws, but just let someone overlook them and Idaho spoils their season.
9 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Idaho Vandals
Truth is the school really needs the visibility. UMass needs to get out of Foxboro though. That'll improve the bottom line.
9 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: UMass Minutemen
I'm actually really high on this program. They've got a tough schedule, so I agree that the wins will be few, but the losses shouldn't be as lopsided as last year.
@CFBZ One thing UMass definitely has going for it: the arrival of Georgia State in the FBS.
9 months, 1 week ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Temple Owls
@CFBZ Not in Moscow...
The fans like Coyer but he's not a pro set QB.
Regardless of how other teams fared last year, Temple is going to be much different this year. There are no easy wins on the schedule.
@CFBZ Coyer's move is a done deal. Temple wants to stretch the field and his throwing ability doesn't allow them to do it in the manner they want to.
I don't share your optimism about this team's potential under a rookie head coach, with the loss of so much talent, with a wholesale scheme change and with so much travel. ...
@CFBZ Navy is virtually always undersized, no matter the opponent. The flexbone, when executed well, helps overcome that disadvantage to a degree ... but you still have to stop the other team from scoring too.
Keenan Reynolds and Noah Copeland give the Mids some hope on offense, but the D needs to improve because the flexbone, when effective is going to eat up clock but not necessarily run up the score. Navy put up 56 points at East Carolina last year, but averaged 25. The D held VMI to just three points, but gave up an average of 25.6.
As narrow a margin as 0.6 points is, it doesn't add up to Ws.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Navy Midshipmen
Congrats to the seniors for their endurance. A new head coach every season is no bargain.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 Pre-Season Preview: Arkansas State Red Wolves