Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …Alex Cora


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Is Alex Cora this good of a manager or is this a case of the having the players? I think it is a little of both. The first year manager led the Boston RedSox to a 108 win season then beat the New York Yankees, then beat the defending champs Houston Astros to get to the world series, now he is just 2 wins away from winning a championship to add to Boston’s trophy case. There have been several first year managers this season to various degrees of success (Aaron Boone of the Yankees) and to a much failed degree Mickey Callaway of the New York Mets. In this era or error of analytics Cora manages more with his gut (What a novel concept) and use both analytics and a feel for the game. The RedSox responded playing with emotion.

They’ve outscored opponents 68-41 in the postseason. They are 9-0 when scoring first in October. They are undefeated in five games on the road in October, with all of those wins coming against teams with 100 or more wins. As a team, they have a .261/.345/.404 slash line in these playoffs while opponents are batting only .209/.305/.333.

Throughout the entire postseason they have scored 36 of their 68 total runs with two outs on the board. That’s clutch hitting dear reader and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to believe this will stop iin Los Angeles as the series shifts to Dodger Stadium. Maybe the Dodgers will win one game but this series belongs to Alex Cora and the Boston Redsox.

 

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays ...it is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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