Thank you Red Sox. Ever since the Sox swept the Boston boys, they are a different team. Maybe it’s just hope by me, but i believe it is true. They were on their longest winning streak of the year, 4 games, before losing on Saturday.
I read where General Manager Ken Williams said they aren’t going to wait for Adam Dunn to start hitting. So that’s why they got off to such a horrible start? Come on now. Nobody on the Sox, from players to management were waiting for Dunn to start hitting. He’s a big boy, and they are a MLB team. If/when he gets going, he gets going.
Through the first two games against Detroit, Dunn is 1-8, with 4 strikeouts. Dunn picked up another hat trick on Saturday, before grounding in to what should have been an game ending double play.
Now for some positive Dunn news. After 40 at bats without a hit against left handers, Dunn legged out an infield hit against Charlie Furbush on Friday. Starting right now, Dunn is hitting .1000 vs lefties. I don’t mean to get on Dunn, who is a great guy, and is liked, and respected, by everyone in baseball. Case in point: Talked to Ryan Braun in the spring, who said exactly that. Braun gushed how great Dunn is to everyone, and will be loved in Chicago. Right now, I doubt that Dunn is loved by anyone in the stands. Matter of fact, boos reigned down on him after every strikeout on Saturday.
I think, for Dunn, it’s mental now. He wants to do so much, that he is actually hurting himself. Every at bat is the 7th game of the world series stuff to the DH.
Or should I say first baseman? With Paul Konerko out with a wrist problem, Dunn is getting some field time. Konerko is the one guy the Sox can ill afford to lose for any extended period of time. i believe he was hitting .555 over his last 7 games, before the injury.
Edwin Jackson may have better stuff than Mark Buehrle, but Buehrle is such a better pitcher it’s funny. Buehrle gave up hit after hit, after hit on Friday, but still went 6 innings, and picked up his 5th victory. It was also another Quality start for the left-hander. Jackson actually had better stats than Buehrle, but I am always just waiting for the shoe to drop when EJ pitches.
Jackson did get a great defensive play from Brent Lillibridge, who beat out a few Steve Bartmans for the ball that was actually in the crowd. I did like the guy who was upset that he didn’t catch the ball in his cap. If it was that easy to snare a ball with your cap, do you really think the players would wear gloves? Another thing, why do fans battle their home team players for the ball? Most of them bitch and moan when their team loses, but sticking your glove, cap or hand in a players face as he’s going for the ball could lead to your team losing.
Lillibridge has 69 at bats his year, but has 7 home runs. That is 3rd on the team. Only Quentin and Konerko have more bombs than Lillibridge. Have any of you seen Lillibridge in person? He isn’t any bigger than 5’7, and looks like he is 18. I promise you, if any of you saw him drinking, you would swear they are serving a minor. I was gonna say miner, but I don’t believe Lillibridge works underground.
Juan Pierre hit a bomb. He only has one, but he’s had at least 3 others that have bounced off tops of fences. Pierre has also figured out his outfield defense as he hasn’t committed an error, in I don’t know when.
You know what I find amazing? Carlos Quentin has been hit by 12 pitches this year, including a 90+ fastball by Justin Verlander on Saturday, and has, not once, charged the mound. Quentin is as solid a ballplayer as there is in the game, but such a calm demeanor. People have criticized Quentin for being so intense, and he can be, but doesn’t it stand to reason is he was so intense he would go out and have a meeting with a pitcher, or two. I am amazed that he has so much self restraint. And the thing is, he never dives out of he way, he just lets the pitch hit him, then jogs to first.
I know I haven’t touched on Alex Rios lately, but I think I’ll revisit him tomorrow.
Sox get Brad Penny tomorrow. I hope they have a little payback in mind.