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    So many things happened the past two innings that just said we weren't meant to win this game. Wasted a great start by Giolito, too. Also shows we still have a ways to go before we match up well enough with the big boys of the division to win.

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    Was fun to watch Lucas seem to find that extra gear those last couple innings he threw. Hopefully that carries over.
    Riding Shotgun on the Sox Bandwagon since before there was an Internet...



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    • #3
      It used to be that the Sox would embarrass themselves on a national broadcast.

      This time, ESPN embarrassed themselves, but the Sox were at least competitive.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Frater Perdurabo View Post
        It used to be that the Sox would embarrass themselves on a national broadcast.

        This time, ESPN embarrassed themselves, but the Sox were at least competitive.
        ARod politicking for JR's yes vote on his Mets bid was embarrassing.

        If MLB was going to experiment with all these gimmicks this season, they should have gone with the robot umps calling balls and strikes. I don't remember what inning it was, but that called 3rd strike on Grandal, it was at his shoulders, that ended the inning with runners on was terrible.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MrX View Post

          ARod politicking for JR's yes vote on his Mets bid was embarrassing.

          If MLB was going to experiment with all these gimmicks this season, they should have gone with the robot umps calling balls and strikes. I don't remember what inning it was, but that called 3rd strike on Grandal, it was at his shoulders, that ended the inning with runners on was terrible.
          The umpiring this season has been atrocious. Good thing Hawk retired, he would have had a dozen strokes by now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post
            The umpiring this season has been atrocious. Good thing Hawk retired, he would have had a dozen strokes by now.
            There is no reason to have humans calling balls and strikes anymore. It's just terrible.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dumpjerry View Post
              The umpiring this season has been atrocious. Good thing Hawk retired, he would have had a dozen strokes by now.
              It feels like umpires are expanding the strike zones, maybe in an effort to move games along faster. From what I've seen it's been consistently in the direction that borderline pitches are being called strikes, rather than the other way around. As long as it's the same for both sides, the players just need to adjust.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ChiTownTrojan View Post

                It feels like umpires are expanding the strike zones, maybe in an effort to move games along faster. From what I've seen it's been consistently in the direction that borderline pitches are being called strikes, rather than the other way around. As long as it's the same for both sides, the players just need to adjust.
                It would be one thing if they were expanding the strike zone consistently, but the problem is there is no consistency with what is a strike and what isn't. I wonder if the issue is there wasn't a spring training, which is something umpires needs as well evidently.

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                • #9
                  Shades of Game 3 of the 2000 Division series, when the Mariners exploited Frank Thomas at first with a walk-off drag bunt to win the series. You cannot compromise on defense in a game like that if you want to win. The Indians identified and targeted that weakness before the inning began. WHY was Yasmani Grandal playing first?

                  Not exactly the playoffs, but not that different either. Sox first time on ESPN Sunday night in "several years" -- and playing the team they have got to beat, in a classic pitchers' duel.
                  Last edited by FourGoldGloves; 08-10-2020, 11:22 AM.

                  Four Sox Gold Gloves in 1960.
                  One position player Gold Glove in the last 21 years.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MrX View Post

                    ARod politicking for JR's yes vote on his Mets bid was embarrassing.

                    If MLB was going to experiment with all these gimmicks this season, they should have gone with the robot umps calling balls and strikes. I don't remember what inning it was, but that called 3rd strike on Grandal, it was at his shoulders, that ended the inning with runners on was terrible.
                    The Grandal one was a horrible, potentially game-changing call. There was also one a little earlier--I think it was Luis Robert? Where he took three balls but two were incorrectly called strikes and he ended up striking out.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KW1989 View Post
                      The Grandal one was a horrible, potentially game-changing call. There was also one a little earlier--I think it was Luis Robert? Where he took three balls but two were incorrectly called strikes and he ended up striking out.
                      Most of the bad ball-strike calls against the Sox have come in crucial situations this year. I think a lot of the Sox offensive struggles are related to the horrible inconsistency of the strike zones. Kittle has it right, there is no reason for humans to be calling balls and strikes in this modern era of baseball.

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