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Don’t try to spin this move as “restructuring debt” or freeing up space for the future. In essence what the Sox did was throw in the towel for not just the rest of this season, but probably for the next two or three. I understand the notion of cutting dead weight and trying to get younger but that ***umes that all of the prospects don’t end up like Billy Beane in ‘Money Ball’, particularly since that strategy has become religion in Beantown. What the trade means for the rest of 2012 is: See you in 2013. Without Gonzalez, the Red Sox lose their most productive hitter, albeit one having a down year by his standards. Without Beckett, they'll be forced to plumb the depths to fill his spot in the rotation, either with sinkerballer Aaron Cook or right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. But this move was made with the future in mind. Before the deal, the Sox had roughly $100 million in guaranteed salary already committed to 2013. Now they have less than $40 million. They basically have as much to spend as an expansion franchise building its roster from the ground up, but with the added bonus of a core that includes Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Will Middlebrooks, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and presumably David Ortiz.
Posted by: Smacchat




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Too bad the Dodgers blew the first two games.....Both those games should have been won by the Dodgers, now going back to St. Louis having to win 2 games will be difficult. Should be a great game 7... Yes, I'm looking ahead but I hope the team isn't.
Posted by: Douglas
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Dodger folks, stop the coulda, shoulda , woulda. Just beat us the next 2 games. GOOD LUCK! If , stop crying about injuries, what should of happened, wahhhh! If u win, kudos to u!. RED OCTOBER! My guy was mis understood! its a long offseason to ponder.......
Posted by: Stephen
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We (cards fan) have been out hit every game this series, with the exception of todays game. Which is one of the two we lose. Funny how the game of baseball works. Timely hitting, and clutch pitching all series. Hopefully we can close it out in 6, but it would be great from a fans point of view for it to go 7. Either way, I think the winner of the NL wins it all. Lets go cards.
Posted by: Kris
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In game 7 we have Si Yung.
Posted by: David
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Zack Greinke validated his worth today. Our back against the wall and ineffective with the curve, he altered course and shut them down. It's been a crazy series and the pressure is still immense, but who better to usher us into game 7 than our CY Young and guardian of everything blue. If we get to game 7 then anything can happen. But let's worry about game 6 before we go Kung RYU Fighting!
Posted by: Scott
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Stephen Blake I'm definitely pulling for a close Dodger win in Game 6, so that Game 7 will be up for grabs. I just can't imagine a close series like this without a Game 7 ending.
Posted by: Kevin
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Series in review: Cardinals edged out two cheap victories in games 1 and 2, were dominated in game 3, got lucky because Hanley's broken rib was aching him, and dominated in game 4
Posted by: William
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The Dodger ship is sinking fast as they continue to be anemic offensively. They seemed to parlay timely hits into wins during the first half of the year but it looks like they’re paying the piper now. When they don’t cash in on their opportunity they usually don’t create another and the law of averages seems to be catching up with them as they’ve lost six of ten and now find themselves 2 games out of first in a division they’ve lead for all but two weeks of the season. Before the excuse was that Kemp was not in the lineup but he’s back now and in fact struck out on a check swing with a chance to tie the score as the Dodgers were down one. Then with the tying run on base in the 9th LA went 0-2 and couldn’t bring him around. Donny Ballgame needs to do something big to shake things up because the early season intoxication that Magic and the new ownership served up has worn off and unless they make another beer run they’re in for huge hang over.
Posted by: Nicky The Fish
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This game is in a strange way a no lose situation for the Giants. Either they lose this one (which everyone seems to be taking for granted anyway) and try to beat the other starters later OR they win and completely shellshock the Tigers and their fans. That's why I'm not really all that nervous about this one.
Posted by: Flyguy623
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Vet lander is great, but he lost more than 2 games this year. Do I believe they can beat him twice? No, not really. I was just making fun of all the predictions pal. I think this series will go six or seven and either team could win it. It will be fun
Posted by: AlwayzChilly
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All I used to hear was the AL has better hitting. Now they also have better pitching? Crazy that they keep losing to the NL in games that matter, huh?
Posted by: Vonsteve6868
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Alright Giants, as a White Sox fan, I ask you guys to beat the hell out of the Tigers.
Posted by: AMST
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I cant wait for all the excuses to start flying from the San Fran faithful after the game tonight.
Posted by: MiggyforMVP
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Nice win by the A's , they just need 2 more , Both teams are great, but the A's showed the Tigers that their arms are able to silence the bats of Detroit
Posted by: SFBeachdude
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I really, really, really don't see either Bay area team winning out in these series, especially the Giants playing in Cincinatti(I know homefield doesn't mean as much in baseball, but Reds are too good)
Posted by: MoneyBall
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A's are more relevant than the Tigers .... more wins than the Tigers in a tough division with less than half the salary of the Tigers.. you guys got lucky with fluke game 2 win
Posted by: Urgoingdownchump
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Fans don't show up when you play in a football stadiums and trot out AAA teams every year and have no restaurants near by or bars , clubs ... you don't know yet ofcourse because you guys have 1 freaking baseball team in Michigan and some how they all proposed for a stadium and spend the money on it
Posted by: Oaklan 1As
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for a bit LA fans forgot who the better franchise is. After losing the division by double digits and having the same team knock you out of the WC dispite having a fraction of the payroll, its all coming back to them. Go SF....more
Posted by: LMJdaDuck
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Dodger fans plan on paying $20 for a beer next year since you;re payroll has inflated so much. Nothing like paying that much for concessions to watch a losing team. hahahahaahahah...more
Posted by: Needlza1m
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To the Dodgers and their fans: Na na naaa naaa, Na na naaa naaa, hey hey hey GOODBYE!...more
Posted by: Thaisport_SF
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Over the past 30 days the Dodgers have been doing their best Yankees impression by spending endless amounts of money on whatever was available in the marketplace to get them the season and hopefully the postseason, with the optimal result being a World Series. If they fall short then they’ll do their best to unload any dead weight and try to squeeze as many runs at the ***le as they can with this group and hope they don’t end up in the same BK court as Frank Mc. That reciprocal to “Money Ball” philosophy has worked in NYC even though they haven’t been fitted for rings lately but because of the lucrative cable and merchandising and the ‘Mother Ship of ESPN” televising more hours of Yankee games than all the political commercials combined they seem to make up any cost expenditures and keep the machine going. It’s a game they’ve been playing for quite some time but you have to be in a marketplace conducive to the requirements but LA is one of them. Unfortunately, for the Dodgers they had plenty of star power before, with a Triple Crown treat in Matt Kemp and Cy Young award winner in Clayton Kershaw and that wasn’t enough to even make the post season let alone the big show. So what’s the problem? Well, all the stick in the world doesn’t do you any good if you don’t get the hits when there’s ducks on the pond and with runners in scoring position the Dodger bats were dormant before which was their achilles heel, and the problem persist today even with threats throughout the lineup. With two chances to pull within a ½ game of the lead in the NL West the Dodgers left 16 men on base against the sub-.500 marlins including 2-17 with runners in scoring position. Then followed that up by getting shut out by the Rockies the next night and now find themselves 3 games out with 33 games to play and the most difficult schedule of the top three teams in the West. At the end of the day the Dodgers don’t need a Yankeeish lineup of future Hall of Famers, what they need are “moneyballers” that can get a timely hit when necessary. That seems to be a commodity that is trading for a premium this time of year, and one that the new management should have looked for as they were droppin’ 400 million plus.
Posted by: Nicky The Fish
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People who think the Rays are just on a hot streak and not very good are blind. They are about to make the playoffs 4 of 5 years. Their Pitching is the best and will be for several years. Take notes
Posted by: Besttampasportsfan
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Melky who? Giants 5-1 w/out Melky after finishing off a sweep of the formally first place Dodgers in La. Teams that are extremely hot before and after but not during playing the Giants. Dodgers coming off 7-3 road trip playing in Pitt, Atl, Miami. Rockies were hot before and after the Giants and Padres are smoking everyone right now including sweep of pirates well until the Giants came to town.
Posted by: Baseballisfornerds
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I think the Twins have a good chance of beating Roy Oswalt and the Rangers tonight, Scott Diamond pitching for Minnesota is 10-5 with an era at under 3.00 (2.95) for the season and Roy Oswalt is 4-2 with an era of 6.04 this year...The Tigers have already won today drawing even with Baltimore at just a half game behind the A's for the second WC spot,,,Oakland needs to beat Tampa Bay tonight to tighten that entire WC picture, however if the A's lose tonight then Oakland will fall back into a 3 way tie with the Tigers and Orioles for the #2 WC...And I certainly do NOT have much faith in the A's starter Tyson Ross (called up yesterday to replace Bartolo Colon) he is just 2-8 with an era of 6.35. The Rays on the other hand are also starting a below average pitcher tonight in Alex Cobb 7-8...4.74 so two good pitching teams but probably a high scoring game 1 of this 3 game series...Surprisingly the Over/Under on tonight's A's/Rays game is only 8 runs at the moment.less
Posted by: Kazoo
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The Pirates are not doing very well. The series this weekend against the Reds is "bigger" than the Pirates series next week, neither are much more critical than just a normal series.
Posted by: Jrhcardinal
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perfect game and epic failure - exactly!
Posted by: Luvthegame
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