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    An Alternate History Dynasty - The 1989 Red Sox

    First off, no, this does not mean the end of my 2011 Florida Marlins dynasty. At least not for now. As of now, my plan is to run them simultaneously. This one will update approximately on a monthly (in-game) basis, while the Marlins one will continue to update on a game-by-game/series-by-series basis.

    Moving on, the inspiration for this dynasty is Francoeurstein's 1991 Braves: The Beginning of Something Special dynasty. I love the alternate history aspect of what he has going on there. I love seeing different players on different teams than they actually played for and seeing players pan out differently, for better or worse, than they actually did and things like that, and so it inspired me to start something similar. As most of you probably know, I'm a Red Sox fan, so picking the team was fairly easy. I didn't want to start the same exact year as Francoeurstein did, so I decided to back it up a couple years and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Preview

    The 1989 Red Sox are a team that's caught between two eras. On one hand, you have the stars and heroes of yesteryear, players like Jim Rice, 35 and in his 16th season, Dwight Evans, 37 and in his 18th season, and to a lesser extent Wade Boggs, 30 and in his 8th season. On the other hand, you have the guys who will spearhead the Red Sox into the next generation, guys like starting pitcher Roger Clemens, arguably already the best pitcher in baseball at only 26 years old, Mike Greenwell, one of the best young bats in the American League at 25 years of age, and Ellis Burks, a budding 24 year-old star in center-field who is poised for a massive break-out season, as well as guys down on the farm like short-stop John Valentin (68/88), first baseman Mo Vaughn (70/83), left-fielder Phil Plantier (68/91), and starting pitcher Aaron Sele (67/95).

    As such, I have some difficult decisions to make. If we don't get off to a good start, do I start selling off guys like Evans and Rice to the highest bidder, or do I bide my time and hope they turn it around so we can make a play-off run? Or even if we do get off to a hot start, should I start trading the guys who are performing well while their value is high? I also have to make sure I draft and develop well right out of the gate, because the farm as of now is pretty dry, save a few players here and there, so if I don't hit it on my first few drafts I could be in some big trouble down the road. It's a delicate balancing act I'm gonna have to maintain, but one I'm confident I'll be able to do.

    The Starting 9
    ratings are +/-7


    C - Rich Gedman (86), 29 years old - Gedman's pretty good as far as catchers go, but he's had a rough go of it for the past couple of years. After playing 130+ games from '84-'86, he managed only 95 last year and 52 the year before that. His production has also slipped, going from an .846 OPS in '85, to .739, .528, and .647 in the years since. He's still got talent though, and it's not like he's that old, so hopefully he'll be able to bounceback this season. He is a helluva gloveman too.

    1B - Nick Esasky (70), 29 years old - '89 will be Esasky's first year with the BoSox, after spending his first six seasons with the Reds. Esasky is a career .245/.324/.436 hitter, so he's not too bad. He's got some pop in his bat and he should at least be replacement level while he's here. Hopefully he stays good long enough to keep the seat warm for Mo Vaughn.

    2B - Marty Barrett (70), 30 years old - I'm gonna be honest here, Barrett is totally putrid offensively. Dude owns a .697 career OPS as a full-time starter. His glove ain't anything special either. His ratings aren't bad though, so maybe he's just under-performed up to this point in his career. Only time will tell.

    3B - Wade Boggs (87), 30 years old - Probably the best hitter on the team, though Burks may usurp him of that throne before the end of the season. Boggs currently has a .356 lifetime batting average over the course of seven seasons, and a .930 OPS. He's got a pretty great glove to boot.

    SS - Jody Reed (80/83), 26 years old - A nice young short-stop we've got here. Decent contact ability paired with a great eye means that he should have no trouble getting on-base at a pretty steady clip. Unfortunately, he's got no speed, so while he should have no trouble getting on base, he won't be able to move himself over. Defensively, he's nothing spectacular, but he won't kill us either.

    LF - Jim Rice (79), 35 years old - Rice is entering his 16th season in the league. His production has slipped precipitously in the past few seasons. He went from a .324/.384/.490 hitter as recently as '86, to a .264/.330/.406 hitter last season. Hopefully his real production lies somewhere in the middle this season, though I get the feeling it doesn't.

    CF - Ellis Burks (85/89), 24 years old - Burks, along with Clemens, is probably the future cornerstone of this franchise. Last season, his second in the bigs, Burks managed a line of .294/.367/.481, and he's likely to take yet another step forward this season. In addition to being a dominant force at the plate, Burks has some speed on the bases, and is pretty proficient with the glove.

    RF - Dwight Evans (85), 37 years old - Though older than Rice, Evans appears to have aged better and still be enjoying a long stretch of productive years. Last year at age 36, he still managed to put up an .862 OPS while playing his usual Gold Glove defense. For now, Evans should keep right on trucking.

    DH - Mike Greenwell (84), 24 years old - Greenwell is the heir apparent to Jim Rice in left-field. Greenwell is a solid defender and baserunner, and in his first two full-seasons in the Major Leagues managed OPS's of .956 and .947. No reason to think he won't at least keep up that production.

    Starting Line-up and Bench

    #1 Marty Barrett
    #2 Mike Greenwell
    #3 Wade Boggs
    #4 Ellis Burks
    #5 Jim Rice
    #6 Dwight Evans
    #7 Nick Esasky
    #8 Rich Gedman
    #9 Jody Reed

    BN Ed Romero (IF)
    BN Kevin Romine (OF)
    BN Rick Cerone (C)
    BN Jim Pankovits (2B)
    BN Danny Heep (RF)

    The Starting Rotation
    ratings are +/-7


    SP - Roger Clemens (96), 26 years old - There isn't much to say about this kid other than that he's the best. At 26 years old he's already amassed 78 wins in 140 games, he already has two Cy Youngs ('86 and '87), and an MVP ('86).

    SP - Mike Boddicker (81), 31 years old - Last year, in half a season with the Red Sox, Boddicker went 7-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) and 89 innings pitcher, and he's only a few years removed from a 20-11, 2.79 ERA campaign with the Orioles. This guys definitely still got some left in the tank, it's just a matter of how much.

    SP - Oil Can Boyd (85), 29 years old - Boyd is your typical middle-of-the-rotation, control artist type guy. He's has it rough lately, posting an ERA over 5 last season in 129 2/3 innings last season, but he's maintained a career ERA of 4.14.

    SP - Mike Smithson (66), 34 years old - The back of the rotation is clearly an area of need for us, as this guy shouldn't be doing anything more than mop-up work on a bad team, let alone starting for the reigning AL East champs.

    SP - John Dopson (69/74), 25 years old - Dopson managed an ERA of 3.04 last season in 168 2/3 innings for the hapless Expos, so there's a chance he'll actually put up some numbers for us, I'm not counting on it though.

    The Bullpen
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    CL - Lee Smith (79), 31 years old - Smith is widely regarded as one of the best bullpen arms in baseball right now. In 9 seasons prior to this one, he has amassed 209 saves and an ERA of only 2.91.

    SU - Rob Murphy (77), 28 years old - Murphy has a career 2.60 ERA in 238 2/3 innings as a reliever, also making him one of the better relievers in baseball.

    SR - Bob Stanley (84), 34 years old - A career Red Sox pitcher, Stanley has been reliable in both a relief and starting pitching role. He's getting up there in age, though, and the last time he started on a regular basis, he put up a 5.01 ERA, so I think I'm gonna stick with having him in the bullpen.

    SR - Jeff Gray (74/79), 25 years old - Gray will be a rookie this season, so I can't really tell you much about him. What I can tell you is that he's a control/movement artist, and that he's got a pretty mean fastball.

    MR Dennis Lamp (85), 36 years old - Though Lamp is a stodgy old man in baseball years, he should still be effective. Last year he put up a 3.48 ERA in 82 2/3 innings for us.

    LR Wes Gardner (65), 27 years old - This guy is pretty bad, so fortunately he's basically just the mop-up crew.

    The Pitching Staff

    SP#1 Roger Clemens
    SP#2 Mike Boddicker
    SP#3 Oil Can Boyd
    SP#4 Mike Smithson
    SP#5 John Dopson
    CL Lee Smith
    SU Rob Murphy
    SR Bob Stanley
    SR Jeff Gray
    MR Dennis Lamp
    LR Wes Gardner

    Top Prospects
    ratings are +/-7


    SP - Aaron Sele (67/95), 18 years old - Definitely the number one prospect in the system. Sele combines great power with great control, so he'll likely turn into a strikeout master. His movement is poor, though, so he'll likely be prone to the long-ball and giving up a high number of hits on occasion. He's got a nice pitch repertoire that includes a fastball, a curve, and a cutter.

    SP - Gar Finnvold (74/93), 20 years old - Finnvold's got some nice movement on his pitches, so you can probably expect him to turn into a groundball specialist. All he's got for pitches are a fastball and a curve, but they're both nice pitches.

    SS/3B - John Valentin (68/88), 22 years old - There's a lot to like about this kid. He's got a nice eye, good contact, and decent pop. He's also versatile in that he can play any position around the in-field (though 3B and SS are his best).

    LF - Phil Plantier (68/91), 20 years old - This lefty is a future home-run machine. He's got great home-run power and an excellent eye for the strikezone. He also plays very good defense in left-field, and has an arm that base-runners will probably learn not to test.

    1B - Mo Vaughn (70/83), 21 years old - Vaughn is almost the complete package at the plate. He's a good contact hitter, a great power hitter, and he's got a good eye. The only thing he lacks offensively is speed. Defensively he leaves a lot to be desired, but if he turns into a 30-40 home-run hitter like he should, I can live with below-average defense.
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    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Re: An Alternate History Dynasty - The 1989 Red Sox

    Good luck man, I'm following for sure. Hopefully your Sox won't end up like they are in my dynasty.
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    RED SOX OFF TO SOLID START IN APRIL



    Not a bad start to the season, but not a great one either. We were pretty hot throughout the beginning and middle of the month, but stalled a bit at the end, losing four of our last five games, including three in a row at the very end of the month. The offense, though not elite, did a pretty good job of supporting the pitching staff, even throwing in a 14-2 blowout against the Jays on the 9th, and a 15-1 shellacking against the Orioles on Opening Day. One big positive of the first month of the season is that we managed to avoid any major injuries to anyone. Ellis Burks, Nick Esasky, Oil Can Boyd, and Rich Gedman each missed a few games with some minor injuries, but we've yet to sustain anything major that will really debilitate our playoff chances. All in all, we're off to a pretty good start. Our 15-11 record puts us 2 games back of the Yankees in the AL East, with the Blue Jays and Indians also in between us.

    Top Performers...

    #1 - SP ROGER CLEMENS - Roger is off to his typically inhuman start. He made 7 starts in the month and managed a record of 5-1 with an ERA of 2.50 and already has five complete games to his credit. In 54 innings he allowed only one home-run, 40 hits, and walked just 13 while sending 50 down on strikes.

    #2 - 1B NICK ESASKY - Esasky is off to a really good start this season. In 25 games, Esasky has put together a line of .298/.389/.489, as well as slugging four home-runs and driving in 13 runners. Right now, Esasky is sitting out a few games with a twisted ankle, but here's hoping he can keep it up when he returns from his injury.

    #3 - LF JIM RICE - Old man Rice has come out of the gates a lot better than I expected. Rice has managed a triple-slash line of .287/.339/.472 so far, which is pretty good for a 36 year-old left-fielder in his 16th season. He also leads the team in home-runs (5), and RBI (20).

    Team Transactions...

    Our first move of the season was a big one for the future of the franchise, as I decided to re-up our star pitcher Roger Clemens to a 4-year deal worth 3.6 million dollars per year. Included as part of the deal is a no-trade clause. The deal will take him through his age 30 season, and while it's impossible to tell how well he'll be doing by then, I'd be willing to bet I'll be locking him up to another contract when this one runs out.

    League Transactions...

    Greg Maddux re-signs with the Cubs for 3 years
    David Cone re-signs with the Mets for 2 years
    Fernando Valenzuela re-signs with the Dodgers for 4 years
    Dwight Gooden re-signs with the Mets for 3 years
    Ryne Sandberg re-signs with the Cubs for 5 years
    Barry Bonds re-signs with the Pirates for 3 years
    Eric Davis re-signs with the Reds for 3 years
    Will Clark re-signs with the Giants for 3 years

    Rickey Henderson stole his 800th base for the Yankees
    Andre Dawson hit career home-run #300 and scored his 1,000th career run
    Buddy Bell got career hit 2,500
    Walt Terrell threw the seasons first no-hitter
    Mike Schmidt scored career run #1,500
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    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francoeurstein View Post
    Good luck man, I'm following for sure. Hopefully your Sox won't end up like they are in my dynasty.
    Thanks dude. I'm definitely gonna continue to keep up with yours as well. I don't think they will turn out badly either, haha.
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    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Re: An Alternate History Dynasty - The 1989 Red Sox

    Interesting start...are you playing as a GM only or managing in one-pitch mode or something different?

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    Good Luck! I'm reading
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    Little bit of everything. PBP manager mode, PBP GM mode, just outright simming sometimes. Pretty much the only way I'm not playing is PBP player mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Re: An Alternate History Dynasty - The 1989 Red Sox

    good luck, I started in 1990, so we have 3 similar dynasties now ongoing

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshaw View Post
    good luck, I started in 1990, so we have 3 similar dynasties now ongoing
    So we do! It'll be interesting to see how similar and different they turn out.
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    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Re: An Alternate History Dynasty - The 1989 Red Sox

    Normally, the stats and synopsis and everything will probably stay contained to one post (character limit permitting), but I was in a rush to get out the door for work this morning so I didn't have time to pick out and align the stats the way I wanted. But anyways, stats!
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    Greenwell, Mike	116	30	1	16	.259	.317	.336	.653	4	1
    Boggs, Wade	112	34	0	8	.304	.352	.339	.691	0	1
    Barrett, Marty	111	26	0	7	.234	.292	.252	.544	2	3
    Rice, Jim	108	31	5	20	.287	.339	.472	.811	0	0
    Reed, Jody	97	30	2	8	.309	.346	.443	.789	1	1
    Esasky, Nick	94	28	4	13	.298	.389	.489	.878	1	0
    Evans, Dwight	94	24	3	13	.255	.375	.404	.779	1	1
    Burks, Ellis	75	22	3	13	.293	.386	.453	.839	3	1
    Gedman, Rich	65	17	2	9	.262	.306	.400	.706	0	1
    Cerone, Rick	29	7	2	7	.241	.294	.552	.846	0	0
    Heep, Danny	13	3	0	1	.231	.231	.308	.539	0	0
    Romine, Kevin	12	4	0	0	.333	.385	.333	.718	1	0
    Pankovits, Jim	4	1	0	3	.250	.250	.500	.750	0	0
    Romero, Ed	3	2	0	0	.667	.667	.667	1.334	0	0
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    Player Name	WAR	RAR	BR	BW	wAVG	wOBA	DR/150	DR
    Esasky, Nick	0.9	7.8	5.7	0.7	.323	.401	9.4	1.6
    Reed, Jody	0.5	4.5	1.5	0.2	.284	.357	12.4	2.2
    Boggs, Wade	0.3	2.8	-1.3	-0.1	.259	.328	19.2	3.4
    Burks, Ellis	0.1	0.8	4.1	0.5	.317	.394	-29.8	-3.9
    Evans, Dwight	0.1	0.5	1.6	0.2	.284	.356	-9.1	-1.6
    Romero, Ed	0.1	1.0	0.7	0.1	.503	.608	0.0	0.0
    Pankovits, Jim	0.1	0.7	0.1	0.0	.295	.369	90.0	0.6
    Cerone, Rick	-0.1	-0.5	1.1	0.1	.302	.377	-30.8	-1.8
    Romine, Kevin	-0.1	-1.3	0.4	0.0	.301	.375	0.0	0.0
    Rice, Jim	-0.1	-0.9	3.1	0.4	.296	.370	-25.5	-4.5
    Heep, Danny	-0.1	-1.3	-1.2	-0.1	.178	.234	0.0	0.0
    Greenwell, Mike	-0.2	-1.4	-1.8	-0.2	.256	.324	0.0	0.0
    Barrett, Marty	-0.4	-3.9	-7.7	-0.9	.206	.266	18.2	3.1
    Gedman, Rich	-0.5	-4.6	-2.3	-0.3	.238	.303	-24.5	-2.9
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    Clemens, Roger	7	5	1	2.50	54.0	50	0	2.22	10.6
    Boyd, Oil Can	6	3	2	2.97	36.1	20	0	4.16	0.7
    Boddicker, Mike	6	0	1	4.91	33.0	18	0	3.88	-0.6
    Stanley, Bob	0	1	0	2.89	18.2	12	1	2.89	1.5
    Lamp, Dennis	0	0	1	4.24	17.0	9	0	5.12	-1.1
    Gray, Jeff	0	3	0	3.94	16.0	6	0	3.81	0.8
    Gardner, Wes	2	0	1	4.80	15.0	10	0	4.13	-0.7
    Murphy, Rob	0	0	1	2.45	14.2	15	0	3.55	2.1
    Dopson, John	2	1	1	6.75	12.0	5	0	6.33	-2.5
    Smithson, Mike	3	0	3	13.09	11.0	5	0	6.45	-6.6
    Smith, Lee	0	2	0	0.82	11.0	13	5	2.00	2.9
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    Clemens, Roger	1.9	.200	.506	.262	8.33	2.17	6.67	3.85	10.6	1.2
    Smith, Lee	0.7	.175	.517	.259	10.64	4.09	5.73	2.60	2.9	0.5
    Boyd, Oil Can	0.6	.299	.783	.323	4.95	2.23	11.39	2.22	0.7	0.1
    Boddicker, Mike	0.5	.286	.758	.321	4.91	3.55	9.82	1.38	-0.6	-0.1
    Murphy, Rob	0.3	.196	.607	.231	9.20	2.45	6.75	3.75	2.1	0.2
    Stanley, Bob	0.3	.321	.728	.368	5.79	1.45	12.54	4.00	1.5	0.3
    Gray, Jeff	0.2	.270	.678	.286	3.38	2.25	9.56	1.50	0.8	0.1
    Gardner, Wes	0.1	.279	.788	.320	6.00	4.20	10.20	1.43	-0.7	-0.1
    Lamp, Dennis	0.0	.300	.818	.310	4.76	2.65	11.12	1.80	-1.1	-0.1
    Dopson, John	-0.1	.283	.824	.282	3.75	4.50	9.75	0.83	-2.5	-0.3
    Smithson, Mike	-0.6	.418	1.121	.426	4.09	1.64	18.82	2.50	-6.6	-0.8
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    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    Nicked up Sox send Boggs to DL
    --May 6, 1989




    The injury bug has been biting us quite a bit lately, and now it's managed to send down one of our best players. Wade Boggs will miss the next 23 days with an inflamed rotator cuff. Boggs had been struggling to this point in the season, putting up a paltry line of .288/.338/.320 - a far cry from last season's .366/.476/.490. Upon returning from his own injury in a couple of days, Nick Esasky will fill in for the injured Boggs at third-base. Called up from the minors to play first-base will be one of our top prospects, 21 year old Mo Vaughn.

    This injury hit us at a really inopportune time. We've lost seven of our last ten games and we currently sit at 16-14, four games back of the Cleveland Indians for first place in the AL East.
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    Ryan is No. 0. He doesn't make the list, since he's clearly on a higher plane of existence than all other quarterbacks, living or dead. He is ... teh messiah.
    I'm not the only one who knows the truth about Matt Ryan.

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    A week of firsts for Sox 'spect Mo Vaughn
    --May 10, 1989




    Called up just four days ago to help fill in for the injured Wade Boggs, Mo Vaughn is making good early impressions. Vaughn made his first career appearance in a Major League game on May 7th, collected his first hit in his first at-bat, a double off Tigers starter Doyle Alexander. Vaughn then scored his first run on the next batter when Rich Gedman singled him home. Mo would have to wait another day, however, for his first career RBI. That came the very next game, on the 8th, when he singled Rich Gedman home from second in the second inning against the Tigers. His last major first came in the final game against the Tigers on the 9th, as he walloped his first career home-run off Paul Gibson to lead off the 7th inning.

    Though Vaughn will undoubtedly be sent down to AAA upon Boggs' return to the lineup in a few weeks, his great bat-work helped us to a sweep over the Tigers, and gave us a nice preview of what may be to come for the 21 year-old left-handed hitting first baseman.

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    RED SOX SLOG THROUGH INJURY PLAGUED MAY



    A ho-hum April is followed by a ho-hum May. We started the month two games back of the AL East lead, and we end it five games back, so we lost some pretty considerable ground in the divisional race. We're definitely still in it, but we're a little too far back for my comfort level. A lot of our struggles can probably be blamed on injuries, as we had Wade Boggs miss 3 weeks, Nick Esasky miss a week and a half, and quite a number of small day-to-day injuries to both pitchers and hitters alike. While those injuries aren't catastrophic, they certainly throw things out of whack, and when you have a great deal of them at once it becomes exponentially more problematic and annoying.

    One positive I can take away from May is that some of the bats really picked it up, and others managed to maintain their high level of play. Burks raised his OPS from a respectable .839 all the way up to .916 with a torrid month of May. Jim Rice also maintained, and even slightly improved on his surprisingly good season, raising his season line to .320/.383/.516, and has already almost matched last season's 15 home-runs and 72 RBI by hitting 11 home-runs and driving in 41 runs in only 54 games. Another guy who managed to pick it up a bit is Mike Greenwell, raising his OPS from .653 to .747. May also bore witness to an unexpectedly early visit from future star Mo Vaughn. In filling in for Wade Boggs, Vaughn hit .329/.405/.493 with 3 home-runs and 12 RBI. Vaughn has since returned to the minors, but was highly impressive in his brief 73 at-bat stint in the Majors. Clemens also continued his insanely dominant pitching, but I'll get into that in more detail below.

    Top Performers...

    #1 - SP ROGER CLEMENS - Clemens continues to pitch like he's a Terminator that was accidentally programmed to pitch and not kill things. Clemens went 7+ innings with 3 or fewer earned runs allowed in all 6 starts he made in May. In each of his last two May starts, Clemens pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 14 one game, 13 in the other, and allowing a combined 8 hits between the two games. On the season, Clemens is 10-1 in 13 starts with a 2.05 ERA in 101 innings, and has pitched 7 complete games, including 4 shutouts. He has allowed only three home-runs, walked only 17, struck out 108, and has held opposing hitters to a .188 batting average against. The sheer dominance Clemens is displaying is just remarkable.

    #2 - CF ELLIS BURKS - After a pretty pedestrian April, Ellis really started to tear the cover off the ball in May. He cooled off at the end of the month, but his line currently stands at .300/.399/.517 with 10 home-runs and 32 RBI's. He's also stolen six bases and scored 32 times, while playing a solid center-field.

    #3 - LF JIM RICE - Rice continues to shock and impress me with his play this season. I thought the start he got off to in April may have been a fluke, but he's proven me wrong by carrying it through May and still hitting well going into June, with a 1.124 OPS in his last 10 games. Rice leads the team in batting average (.320), home-runs (11), and RBI (41). He's on pace for his most productive season since '83, when he posted a .911 OPS and slugged 39 homers with 126 RBI.

    #4 - RP LEE SMITH - If we've had a lead going into the ninth inning this season, it's been an automatic win with Smith closing the door. Smith has allowed just one run in 22 1/3 innings, to give himself a microscopic ERA of 0.40. He's struck out 24, walked 8, and allowed just 10 hits so far on the season, which closing the door for a save in 13 out of 14 chances.

    Team Transactions/Rumors...

    Aside from a slew of injuries, the only noteworthy thing in Sox-Land in May was Jim Rice's 20-game hitting streak, which came to an end on May 15th.

    I've been poking around and trying to find some help for the back-end of the rotation. The front of the rotation is excellent, with Clemens, Boddicker, and Oil Can all doing excellent and putting up the type of numbers I expect from them, if not better, but Smithson and Dopson aren't cutting it with their 5+ ERA's. I'm currently floating packages of 1-3 B-level prospects out there in hopes of getting a decent veteran who can give us some productive innings. I've gotten offers of some low-80 rated guys that I'm mulling, but nothing I've felt comfortable pulling the trigger on yet.

    League Transactions...

    Surprisingly enough, no notable transactions from around the league this month!
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    So I decided I am just gonna do this as two posts - one for the synopsis type thing, and one for these stats - there's just no way it'll fit together on one post consistently.
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    Player Name	AB	H	HR	RBI	Avg	OBP	SLG	OPS	SB	CS
    Rice, Jim	219	70	11	41	.320	.383	.516	.899	0	2
    Greenwell, Mike	218	66	1	26	.303	.375	.372	.747	5	2
    Barrett, Marty	211	53	0	14	.251	.310	.294	.604	4	5
    Reed, Jody	198	58	3	17	.293	.349	.384	.733	3	3
    Evans, Dwight	184	48	9	32	.261	.360	.473	.833	1	1
    Esasky, Nick	182	48	7	26	.264	.351	.429	.780	1	0
    Burks, Ellis	180	54	10	32	.300	.399	.517	.916	6	1
    Gedman, Rich	148	41	2	17	.277	.306	.365	.671	0	1
    Boggs, Wade	138	38	0	8	.275	.327	.304	.631	0	2
    Cerone, Rick	59	18	3	11	.305	.338	.559	.897	0	0
    Pankovits, Jim	26	5	0	3	.192	.250	.269	.519	1	0
    Heep, Danny	22	6	0	3	.273	.292	.364	.656	0	0
    Romine, Kevin	20	5	0	0	.250	.286	.300	.586	1	0
    Romero, Ed	18	5	0	0	.278	.316	.278	.594	0	0
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    Player Name	WAR	RAR	BR	BW	wAVG	wOBA	DR/150	DR
    Rice, Jim	0.8	7.1	10.6	1.1	.314	.390	-13.0	-4.7
    Burks, Ellis	0.7	6.2	14.0	1.5	.336	.416	-29.3	-9.3
    Greenwell, Mike	0.5	5.0	4.1	0.4	.287	.359	0.0	0.0
    Evans, Dwight	0.5	4.6	5.2	0.6	.294	.368	-5.3	-1.8
    Esasky, Nick	0.3	2.8	2.5	0.3	.282	.354	7.4	1.4
    Reed, Jody	0.1	0.9	-1.4	-0.1	.264	.333	1.7	0.6
    Romero, Ed	0.0	-0.1	-0.7	-0.1	.233	.298	23.8	0.3
    Heep, Danny	-0.1	-1.0	-1.1	-0.1	.224	.287	22.5	0.3
    Boggs, Wade	-0.2	-2.2	-6.2	-0.7	.229	.292	13.8	3.0
    Romine, Kevin	-0.3	-3.0	-0.6	-0.1	.241	.307	-55.6	-0.7
    Pankovits, Jim	-0.3	-2.4	-2.7	-0.3	.174	.229	12.0	0.4
    Barrett, Marty	-1.0	-9.1	-11.2	-1.2	.222	.284	1.8	0.6
    Gedman, Rich	-1.2	-11.2	-6.3	-0.7	.231	.295	-24.5	-6.3
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    Clemens, Roger	13	10	1	2.05	101.0	108	0	1.87
    Boyd, Oil Can	12	5	5	4.32	75.0	41	0	4.57
    Boddicker, Mike	12	2	2	3.79	73.2	42	0	3.69
    Smithson, Mike	9	2	6	6.27	47.1	23	0	4.48
    Lamp, Dennis	0	1	2	3.44	36.2	12	0	5.45
    Stanley, Bob	0	3	2	4.65	31.0	16	1	2.77
    Murphy, Rob	0	1	1	1.63	27.2	30	0	3.11
    Gray, Jeff	0	3	0	3.67	27.0	12	0	3.48
    Gardner, Wes	4	0	2	4.97	25.1	20	0	5.13
    Dopson, John	4	2	2	5.40	23.1	14	0	5.44
    Smith, Lee	0	2	0	0.40	22.1	24	13	2.06
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    Player Name	WAR	OBA	OOPS	BABIP	K/9	BB/9	H/9	K/BB	PR	PW
    Clemens, Roger	3.7	.188	.475	.256	9.62	1.51	6.24	6.35	23.7	2.5
    Smith, Lee	1.7	.132	.408	.192	9.67	3.22	4.03	3.00	6.9	1.5
    Boddicker, Mike	1.3	.280	.730	.310	5.13	2.08	10.02	2.47	2.6	0.3
    Boyd, Oil Can	0.9	.271	.739	.283	4.92	2.16	10.08	2.28	-1.7	-0.2
    Murphy, Rob	0.7	.189	.567	.233	9.76	2.60	6.51	3.75	5.1	0.5
    Gray, Jeff	0.3	.290	.703	.319	4.00	2.67	10.33	1.50	1.4	0.1
    Stanley, Bob	0.2	.343	.754	.382	4.65	1.16	13.94	4.00	0.1	0.0
    Smithson, Mike	0.1	.305	.784	.326	4.37	2.66	11.60	1.64	-5.8	-0.6
    Gardner, Wes	0.1	.265	.814	.295	7.11	4.62	9.59	1.54	-2.3	-0.2
    Dopson, John	0.0	.271	.815	.282	5.40	3.47	10.03	1.56	-2.7	-0.3
    Lamp, Dennis	0.0	.299	.791	.294	2.95	2.95	11.29	1.00	-2.2	-0.2
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