The White Sox finished off the weekend by finishing off the Dodgers. They won 2 of 3 from the LA boys, but they should have swept them. Anyhow, could a player have had a better weekend than Alexei Ramirez? The Sox shortstop went 7-14 with 5 RBI. He went 0-5 in Friday’s game, so he really went 7-9 with 5 runs batted in. Due to that spurt, Ramirez was named AL player of the week. He is the 3rd sox player named P-O-W, following Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin.
Edwin Jackson beat his first ever team, but threw a lot of pitches in the process. He threw 107 pitches in 5.2 innings, that comes 5 days after throwing 111 pitches in roughly the same amount of time against the Rangers. He needs to go farther, while throwing less pitches or he is going to burn the bullpen out.
I don’t think Chris Sale is burned out, but he had another rough outing. He got one out in the 6th inning, before giving up 2 runs and getting taken out of the game.
I think they should re-think the save rule. Case in point: Matt Thornton came in to the game with the Sox in control, leading 6-3 in the 8th inning. Sox get two in the bottom of the 8th, and Thornton closes it out in the 9th. I understand the save rule, Thornton came in with the lead being 3 runs or fewer, blah, blah, blah, but really, a save. I not totally sure, but I think if Thornton came in, in the 7th, with a 6-3 lead, he wouldn’t have gotten a save. If he went 4 innings, he would have—odd. Just not a big fan of the save rule as it’s written.
You wanna know if a player thinks he’s made it? Check out the hair–on face, or head. When Dodgers pitcher Ramon Troncoso first came up with the team he had a short hair cut. Little but of success, and out goes the hair. He now looks like Carrot Top with black hair. I’ve seen so many guys that have clean faces and crew cuts one year, taste success, and the next year grow a Troncoso or get the weird looking goatee.
Sox head to Texas just 4 games under .500.