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Before the season I was drooling over an 11 and 1 record. With Jurk, I think this team legitimately could have run the table in the ACC. With Grosel, I think they still have a really good shot the rest of the way, but he needs to limit mistakes, and the coaches need to put him in the position to do that. They have the kind of personnel to play the short to intermediary game, and just take chunks out of the field. Think the Pats offense early on in Brady’s career. All positive yardage, limit turnovers and penalties, let your receivers break a big play here and again, but always be moving forward. Score points whenever they are attainable, leave nothing on the table.
Then the defense needs to do the exact opposite. Force mistakes, and create key turnovers. If a team gets to the red zone, limit them to FG chances.
Is this a National playoff team? Absolutely not. Can they compete with the Georgias of the world…definitely not. Luckily, you only need to play the schedule, and worry about that after the fact when you get a team like that on New Year’s Day.
Not as a Deadline Target...
But possibly in the offseason as a FA signing. They’re likely going to need to go out and get another pitcher at this point, with ERod likely moving on. I don’t think Bloom is adverse to spending money as long as it’s spent in a smart way, and big money for a couple of years of Mad Max would be smart. He IS adverse to completely draining a farm he’s just building back up.
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You just added another feather in his cap with that one. He went out and took a kid significantly under slot value with his first rounder, and was able to go over slot with Blaze Jordan, both of whom are now considered to be top 10 prospects in the organization.
He also went out and acquired Pivetta, Ottavino, Robles, Sawamura, Whitlock, Plawecki, Arroyo, Shaw, Hernandez, Renfroe, Schwarber and Verdugo since taking over. That’s a significant amount of contribution to a team that just punched their ticket to the ALCS. So to go to your point, the squad he has assembled is as close to a ring as you can ever really prep for. At this point, it’s a dominoes fall where they may situation.
I don’t get the bashing of the Tampa model either. It’s not like he’s trying to spend no money. He has the 7th highest payroll in the league. The other team that has taken the Tampa model to a big market is the Dodgers, and they have the top payroll. The Tampa model isn’t to not spend and cheap out, it’s to use your resources in a smart way, making sure you always have assets, and talent scouting. The Rays have done an amazing job with this, consistently shipping out top talent about to get paid and getting real talent back in the deals. The Dodgers have done the same, except they have the spending power to keep who they want, and supplement the roster with high priced talent, while not spending stupidly.
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Grant is definitely starting to prove me wrong on the recruiting front. This kid looks like he can come in and serve a role if nothing else. In addition, getting a pipeline to the Canadian kids is a big plus. The Canada Elite team he’s coming from has pushed out Thon Maker, Justin Jackson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Karim Mane in addition to plenty of college talent. Getting a foot in that door could create a pipeline in a recruiting pool that is getting better and better every year.
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I don’t get how these games aren’t played on basic channels everyone gets. They’re worried about growing the game, so they put playoff games on MLB Network that is only going to be paid for by people who are baseball fans already? Makes sense.
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I was more optimistic than most before the season, and I didn’t see a division title in the cards either. I was assuming they could be in the postseason hunt if everything broke the right way…which it did for the most part. I’m actually fairly proud of myself, as many of my predictions from way back in December wound up being true. That said, I think Bloom’s decisions have panned out as well as one could have hoped. People made fun of him for that photo in the goggles the other day, but he should be proud of what he has put together, and continues to build here.
People destroyed him for not making any huge moves, but just look at the Padres. The huge moves don’t always work out, and they can absolutely hamstring you. He showed trust in the core, made the fringe moves, and relied on the players he had to get better. He got slammed for the deadline, but went out and got one of the top bats available (who has performed better than pretty much any other bat moved), two pen arms (one of whom is pitching regularly in huge spots…for better or for worse), and he showed trust in a kid who has gobs of talent, but had been struggling mightily, possibly giving him the confidence to completely turn his season around and become a force over the last couple of months. And he did all this while giving very little up at a deadline where people paid a ton over market value.
It’s been a great year, and the team should only improve moving forward. They’re in the postseason, where anything can happen. And it’s happening at a time where any postseason success should be gravy considering expectations. Here’s to continued improvement, and Go Sox!
I saw an article the other day, I can’t remember which site, that was previewing the game. It was mostly focused on a struggling Clemson against an undefeated team, but it had BC as 4-0 coming out of the SEC. I’m sure it was just a typo as opposed to a legitimate mistake, but it goes to the same thought of BC not being synonymous with the ACC as some of the more successful teams are. With middling success in Football over the last ten years or so, and Basketball having essentially none, the national audience just doesn’t associate BC with the conference.
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So I’m pulling for a Sox/Mariners game. I think they are the team Boston would fare best against, and then in the worst case where Boston doesn’t win the WC round, they are a team I’d be OK with having in there vice the Blue Jays or Yankees.
It’s been years since I would assume they could pull out a game, especially after a start like that. I always have crazy optimism BEFORE the season/game. But when things start to go bad, you just never thought they could overcome it. This team, even with Grosel in there, has that fight in them, and that starts with the coaching staff. There is nothing but positivity coming from that group.
The biggest embarrassment of all those games is Wake though. Not having anyone on the team capable of hitting even a short FG is an absolute travesty, and Hafley has proven that he has a few!
All of that said, let’s hope the good vibes continue after next week. I’m expecting Clemson to come out and absolutely thrash BC after getting upset this week. The talent level there is just too great, and the program has a lot of pride. Fans need to know this group is not QUITE where they can be, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get there in the next couple of years. They’re building something special in Chestnut Hill.