Before I get started on today’s contest against the Angels, let me first talk about the recent Ozzie Guillen comments. I wake up on Thursday, and the only thing I hear is how Ozzie lost it, a classic meltdown it was called. I was driving, so I hoped i would hear something, but unfortunately, I had to wait till I got home and got on my computer.
So I hear the ‘meltdown’. Paraphrasing, Ozzie says, “Why is it when guys suck he has answer all the f’n questions”. He also said that he hates his bullpen. I think every Sox fan hates the pen through the first couple weeks of the season. I still need to hear the meltdown. I guess any time Ozzie uses the f-bomb than it’s considered a meltdown. I have heard a lot worse from Mr. Guillen. On the Ozzie ricter scale, that is about a 1.1.
I’m sure Ozzie can’t be too upset with his guys tonight. Yes, they lost to the Angels 4-3, but there were some sparkling performances. Juan Pierre for one. The left fielder, who has made a number of uncharacteristic mistakes so far, went over the wall to take a home run away from Bobby Abreu.
Adam Dunn proved he knows how to handle hanging breaking balls, taking Jered Weavers hanger and depositing it in to the stands in right. His 2nd home run of the season brought Sox to within one.
And the Sox bullpen didn’t let the Angels score any more runs. Jeff Gray, although a hair wild, pitched well in his 2.2 innings. Will Ohman continues to be the O-man, striking out Maicer Izturis with the bases loaded in the 8th inning. And Sergio Santos was his dominant self, pitching a scoreless 9th inning to keep his ERA at zero.
The biggest problem for the Sox tonight was the middle of their lineup. Konerko, Quentin, Rios and Pierzynski went 0-15, with 3 strikeouts. They were facing one of the ALs best pitchers in Weaver, so it is partially expected.
Brent Morel is a quiet guy from Bakersfield. he doesn’t show much emotion, bad or good. In some ways that’s a great quality to have, but I wonder how he is handling things right now. He is 3-24 in his last 7 games. His average has dropped from .292 t0 .227. As you know, MLB pitchers find a weakness and will pound it until the player corrects it. Let’s see if Morel and hitting coach Greg Walker can make the proper adjustment. One thing we do know, he won’t be heading to Charlotte anytime soon. remember last year, Gordon Beckham couldn’t hit a beach ball, and they kept him on the team all year. Morel did commit his 4th error of the season tonight, allowing the Angels to score two unearned runs. I think the Sox will tolerate lack of offense from Morel, but they won’t put up with bad defense. Morel is on pace for 50 errors.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Phil Humber. For the 2nd straight time the former Rice star gave the Sox a nice start. Humber allowed the Halos only 2 earned runs in 5 innings. Not bad for a guy that most thought….well, most never thought of him at all. If and when Jake Peavy comes back, it’ll be nice to know that they have a quality guy able to start at a moments notice.
Chicago should catch a break tomorrow as the Angels start rookie Tyler Chatwood, who will be making his first ever road start. Gavin Floyd gets the ball for the Sox.