From being around the White Sox the past few months, I saw something special early on. This was a cohesive unit, that was pulling for one another from day one. I’m not implying that they weren’t like that last year, I’m just saying that this years squad is looser, happier, closer, more focused team.
Hated to see the Sox cut loose Lastings Milledge. Milledge did everything he could to make the team, but with the bullpen being used quite a bit early on, Milledge was the obvious one to be sent out. If he clears waivers he could be back with the organization, albeit with Charlotte. Didn’t like what I saw from Jeff Gray in the spring, but I’d be surprised if he is used any ony game other than a blowout.
He wouldn’t tell me what it was, but whatever Don Cooper tweaked in his delivery, Edwin Jackson mechanics appear to be much more compact. Jackson dominated one of his former teams, the Tampa Bay Rays to the tune of 13 strike outs Thursday. I’ve never met a a player that smiles as much as Jackson, so it’s nice to see him succeed.
How many of you thought that the White Sox had that game won on Friday? Matt Thornton was betrayed by his defense, not once, but twice. Alexei Ramirez and Juan Pierre both committing gaffes on plays that they can make in their sleep. You could tell it frustrated Thornton, who grooved one to Dan Johnson, who hit it over the moon. Best thing for Thornton. All 5 runs he gave up were unearned.
Showing mental resilience, the Sox came back today and beat the Rays for the 2nd time in 3 days, 4-2. Great job by Phil Humber. If Cooper gets his career turned around, he may qualify as a true genius. In the 6 months, Humber has been let go by the unbelievably pitching thin Kansas City Royals, and the Oakland A’s. Humber was on the fast track coming out of Rice years ago, but he has been humbled. He is now a guy who realizes his chances are running out, so to see him do well is great.
Will Ohman pitched a scoreless inning. You gotta start somewhere. Sergio Santos, who I think will eventually close, is still dominant. Same for Chris Sale, who gave up homerun to a bat twirling Felipe Lopez, but still throws some nasty stuff. Like that AJ Pierzynski got in Lopez’ face after Lopez flipped his bat toward Sale in the 9th. (see my first paragraph)
And the Killer shot by the Sox today? Brent Morel’s broken bat single that was just out reach of Rays starting pitcher, Wade Davis. Sox look to take the series tomorrow when Gavin Floyd goes against Humbers former Rice teammate, Jeff Neimann.
Adam Dunn hopefully will be back on Monday, but I like that Ozzie Guillen is holding him out. Dunn is gonna have a huge season, why risk further injury.
Like what I am seeing..Go Sox!