What a weird 2 days for Adam Dunn. Thursday, Dunn did something not seen all too much, striking out 4 times in a game–also known as the golden sombrero. Friday night, Dunn did something equally as rare, walking 4 times in a game–also known as the golden sombrero. One thing about Dunn, he may rack up the K’s, he does lead the Major Leagues. However, he also walks a lot for a power hitter. He is in the top 10 in all of baseball in that category. Now, I was always told that a walk is as good as a single, so using that logic, if you made his walks hits and added 32 (walks total) to his at bats, he would be hitting .308. Now that can’t be right, so let’s now make half his walks, hits. That would give him 45 hits in 172 at bats, or a .261 BA. Not so bad, actually 13 points higher than his lifetime average.
Dunn got a bit of bad news before Friday’s game. Manager Ozzie Guillen dropped him to the 7th spot in the batting order. I believe that’s the lowest he’s hit in the order this year. I wonder if he’ll even play in two of the next 3 games, as the Sox face a pair of tough lefties, in the Blue Jays Ricky Romero and Jon Lester of the Red Sox. Right now, Dunn is sporting a hitless .vs left handers in 2011.
Scary moment for the Sox on Friday as Gordon Beckham took a bad hop off the Rogers Centre turf right in the eye His eye was swollen as he left the field, but I haven’t heard or read anything about what the x-rays showed. Beckham is lucky he didn’t lose the eye, that play looked horrible.
Why do the Jays fans boo Alex Rios? He played pretty well for them, hitting .284 over 6 years. Isn’t wasn’t like he asked out of Toronto, he was waived and the Sox claimed him. Yes, he may be a tad overpaid, but he didn’t put a gun to their head asking for that salary. Shouldn’t the Jays fans be heckling him about his .202 average.
There weren’t that many in Toronto to heckle him, I guess. The attendance said close to 17,000 watched, the game, but it looked like about 1700. Back in the 90′s, Toronto was a model franchise, winning back to back World Series titles early in the decade. Nowadays, they are struggling to reach .500, and are on the verge of becoming a farm team for the rich teams, in baseball. Shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way it is. With the way baseball is now, can you really see Toronto, Kansas City, Milwaukee—small market teams, contending on a yearly basis? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t think Toronto will ever reach the heights they did in the 90′s.
The Sox are one of those rich teams that are/will profit(ing) from Toronto’s sale of players. Rios may not be on his game right now, but he’ll get back to his regular stats at season end.
I heard the White Sox are planning to go back to a 5-man rotation soon. Who leaves the rotation? John Danks is a proven starter, as is Gavin Floyd. Buehrle, Peavy and Jackson aren’t going anywhere. That leaves Phil Humber. Humber only leads the rotation in 5 categories, including ERA. You can’t count Peavy, who has made only 3 starts this season. Could the White Sox be working on a deal? GM Ken Williams isn’t afraid to shake up a team, and I’m sure he isn’t happy with what he has seen so far. Floyd was mentioned in a couple deals this spring, could his name be bandied about again. I’m just speculating, obviously.
Here are the issues with each starter, when it comes to a deal:
Danks: Free agent after next year. Would be very desirable, and would fetch some good young players.
Buehrle: Free agent after the year. Would be strictly a rent-a-player for every team, but St. Louis. He is also a fan favorite, and the PR would be disastrous.
Peavy: Come on.
Jackson: Free agent after the year. Would be a nice pickup, but wouldn’t get as many prospects back like Danks would.
Floyd: Still has 2 years left on his deal, a former 17 game winner, knows how to pitch.
The question becomes, is Humber pitching like a former top pick, or is it just early season luck? I don’t think you can pull Humber out of the rotation, but they might have to if they want to go back to a 5-man staff.
Juan Pierre likes being in another country. So far he is 5-8 in two games. Not bad , eh? A..J Pierzynski is also liking Toronto. He has thrown out 3 base-runners in the first two games.
Sox have split the first 2 contests, winning game 1, 3-1, while losing game 2, 4-2.
Rios and Carlos Quentin got all tangled up in the outfield on Friday, allowing Jayson Nix to score all the way from first on Yunel Escobars double in the 7th inning. The Sox are really pressing, every player thinking he has to make every play. Quentin looked a little like Kelly Leak, stepping in front of Rios to grab the ball. They may not have gotten Nix either way, but that was Rios ball.
So Nix scored the winning run on Friday, and Jon Rauch closed the Sox out. Both of those guys, at different times, wore Sox colors. Boy, the headaches continue.