Carlos batting 6th: downright scary thing for opposing hurlers
Amidst Edwin Jackson’s 13-strikeout masterpiece during the Good Guys 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay in the home opener; was a scorching, red-hot bat getting honored and a promising outfielder being let go.
Carlos Quentin was named the American League player of the week for his sensational opening week. Hopefully, his scintillating sizzling start is just a sign of things to come for Carlos and the ML-leading team in runs scored.
“Hitting, it’s a thing you don’t talk about too much because when it’s going well, you want to leave it as it is,” Quentin said after the White Sox won the opener 15-10 against Cleveland last Friday. “Guys got some hits and we’ll enjoy it tonight and come back tomorrow and play another day of baseball. Don’t change anything, just go ahead and compete.”
Quentin’s five RBIs on Opening Day tied Sammy Sosa (1991) for second most in the White Sox’s first game of the season and was just one behind Minnie Minoso’s franchise record of six in 1951.
It was only the second time Quentin has been named AL Player of the Week. His first time, June 21-27 of last season.
Will He Come Back? The White Sox are hoping OF Lastings Milledge will clear waivers and accept an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte after getting designated for assignment on Thursday. I really want him to return to the South Side. I don’t want to see Teahen in the open space. This was a tough call for the boss to execute.
“Personally, it was very hard for me to do it,” skipper Ozzie Guillen said. “When you send someone down that has nothing to do with the situation [how they are playing], that’s [difficult]. I was on the plane thinking all flight how I was going to handle it. He handled it very well. I talked to Milledge about the problem we have. Unfortunately, that’s part of the game. It’s one of the hardest talks I had with any of the players.”
With the move, the club brought in another arm for the bullpen, with Jeff Gray. The acquisition gives the team 12 pitchers.
Last season, Gray was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 36 relief chances with the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs.
Peavy Update: Jake is set to make a minor league start tonight for the Double A Birmingham Barons. He is hoping to make this first start in the big leagues either April 18, 23, or 28. Peavy is expected to go five innings and throw 75 pitches at Montgomery to prepare him for the real show. Still, it’s up in the air.
“Listen nothing is etched in stone because who knows something may come up, God forbid,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. “So those are his days to throw and we’ll roll with whatever comes our way. Could it be earlier? It could. Could it be later? It could. We’ll just have see how things lay out.”
Don’t rush it Jake, well, actually, get up as soon as you can to the Majors; I don’t want to see Phil Humber start a game -no matter who he’s up against.