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Gagne Fall-Out

Let's go back for a second and look at the (sort of) end results of the Gagne trade late last year with the Rangers.

At the trading deadline last year, the Sox got Eric Gagne and eventually a "sandwich pick" in this year's draft for two mid-level, major league-ready prospects outfielder David Murphy and lefty pitcher Kason Gabbard, and far-from-ready outfielder prospect, 19-year old Engel Beltre. I'll use a five-to-minus-five scale.

Murphy is having a hell of a year and has some shot at the taking the R.O.Y. - though not if Jacoby has anything to say about it. He has 10 homers, 48 RBIs, 20 doubles, .463 slugging and .313 OBP. Ok, so maybe the Sox were not too high on him because he does not walk much and strikes out a lot. But, he's slugging the ball and can play all the outfield positions. Seems like he might be a keeper for the Rangers. -3

Gabbard seems to be on a shuttle between Arlington and Oklahoma, home of their Triple-A squad. He has started 10 ga…

Winning the 6th and 7th

This season we have seen many fine (used here loosely) examples of why the Sox have designed their offense around building up other teams' pitch counts while trying hard to get their pitchers deep into the game. The reason: very few teams ever have more than two pitchers they can rely on in the late innings to get more than one out. Last year, late in the year especially, the Sox were blessed to have Manny D. set up for Oki to give it to the indomitable Pabst.

This year, the math hasn't worked out quite so cleanly.

I'll talk about the why later. But the point I'm trying to make here is that in the major leagues, the way you win games is by winning the race to face the other team's bull pen.

With the exception of the old Reds with Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, and Randy Myers, almost no team can consistently shut their opponent down for the last three innings of the game. So, you want two things:
Your starting pitcher must pitch to contact and go deep in the game. It …

Life Missing Papi

So Big Papi is down and out for a while, probably at least a month. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

There is no good news here. So, moving forward, the Sox called up youngster Chris Carter (first base and bad outfield) who we picked up indirectly for Wily Mo Pena. The Sox now have to figure out how to put the best B squad out there every day sans Papi.

The Sox should let Carter hit some DH and play some left field, especially if sinkerballer Justin Masterson is pitching. The reports on Carter is that he can really hit, but that he can't play defense and has a terrible arm. So, let him play left in the Fens some where the need for an arm is minimal. Outside of that, Tito should play Coco in center and Jacoby in left. Related to what I said above, this lineup is less needed with a starting pitcher that throws lots of grounders and in the not-too-spacious outfield of Fenway Park. You don't have much benefit to a speedy leftfielder infront of the monster.

Another possibility is …