The season is just over one-third old and the Sox find themselves 4 games under .500 at 30-34. There have been a number of positives: Carlos Quentin, Sergio Santos, starting pitching, Jesse Crain, Paul Konerko & Brent Lillibridge. The biggest positive is the fact that the Sox play in the AL Central. The division should be attainable for this Sox team. I don’t think they would have much of a chance if they were playing in the AL East, and, quite possibly, the AL West.
I don’t think Ozzie Guillen has any faith in his bullpen. If tonight is any indication, Matt Thornton is now the 6th inning guy, and Santos will go more than one inning, even if he doesn’t have his best stuff, in a tie game. Now I don’t know if there is anything wrong with Will Ohman or Brian Bruney, or even Chris Sale, but I felt it was a mistake to go back to Santos in the 10th inning of tonight’s game. He looked off his game in the 9th, to go back to him for another inning. FYI: Sale has pitched 1 inning in 4 days, Ohman only 2 in the same amount of time.
To start the season, Thornton was supposed to close, Sale and Santos, and Crain were the 7th and 8th inning guys. Ohman, the left handed specialist. Phil Humber, the long man. Look how that’s turned out.
Santos deserved better on Wednesday. Left fielder Brent Morel was unable to grab Justin Smoak’s flare, that turned in to a double and opened up Seattle for a 3 run 10th inning. You read correctly, left fielder Morel. Actually Juan Pierre plays left, but decided not to call off Morel on a play that was obviously his. That won’t go down as an E7, but it should. The Sox have has a number of communications issues this year. Oh, I should tell ya, the Sox lost 7-4 to Seattle in 10 innings.
Santos gave up his first runs to an American League team this year. It only took nearly 3 months for that to happen.
Carlos Quentin is on pace for 40 home runs, and over 100 RBI. Quentin hit 2 more bombs tonight, giving him 17 and 45. Make it 3 Sox All-Stars: Quentin, Konerko & Santos. Will they all make it? Probably not, but they should.
Sox have won 6 of their past nine, and should, I am saying should, fatten up on the injury riddled A’s over the next 4 days.
In the Battle of best friends the winner is?: Neither. Juan Pierre went 1-12, while his best pal Chone Figgins went 2-9, but was picked off by John Danks in Friday’s game. They both made bone head plays in Wednesday’s game that weren’t classified as errors.
I love the Sox, but I really like a number of the ex-players. Miguel Olivo is one of them. Olivo is super cool. Always has a smile on his face, and a real easy interview. He was actually the first Sox player I interviewed 8 years ago. He had a great night on Wednesday. Going 2-5 with a home run and, 3 RBI. His home run came after Hawk Harrelson said this hasn’t been the best series for Olivo.
I wonder if Adam Dunn will be back in the line up tomorrow. The big donkey has missed the past 2 games. I would expect him in the lineup tomorrow, just not Saturday, when Gio Gonzalez pitches for the A’s. Be happy you aren’t an Oakland fan. Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden & Brandon McCarthy are all out with injuries. That is 3/5th’s of their rotation.
Buehrle vs. Cahill tomorrow.