What is about the Minnesota Twins? No matter who they plug in to the lineup, most of the time they get the better of the Sox. Tonight, for instance, the Twins lineup was devoid of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jim Thome, Tsuyoshi Nishioka & Denard Spann. In their place were 5 players that combined for 1,552 MLB at bats. No matter, they still beat the Sox 4-1.
The Sox did in themselves. 4 double plays have a way of shutting down relays. Yes, Carl Pavano pitched a great game, but I like to think the Sox were a tad overaggressive.
Paul Konerko had his 13 game hitting streak snapped. His last hitless game came in late May against the Blue Jays.
Not a good game for AJ Pierzynski, at least where the stolen base is concerned. The Twins nabbed 5 bags off the Sox backstop. Michael Cuddyer, not known as a top thief, stole 3 by himself. I know he’s not happy. I can guarantee you the Sox were unhappier. I’m not gonna start quoting stats on how the season has gone for Pierzynski defensively, but minus the SB % he is still calling a strong game. One thing that I have always liked is that he never takes a day off. If not for Guillen giving him time off, he’d play every day.
That last sentence of mine is a little to homerish. That’s like saying if not for the interceptions, Quarterback A would be pretty good. Or, if not for his goals against, the goalie would be dominant.
It doesn’t happen much, but both Pavano and Gavin Floyd both threw complete games. Floyd gave up 11 hits, and 2 walks, but his pitch count was still manageable 117.
When you play for Ozzie Guillen, you have to be think skinned. He speaks what he thinks, as you know. The comment on Lillibridge is another example. Guillen simply said Lillibridge has not succeeded in the past when the team has used him in an everyday role. The majority of managers would never in a million years say that. They would say things like, “We’ll wait and see what happens”, or “His performance will dictate how much he plays”. Ozzie just says what others think.Lillibridge has made some incredible defensive plays, while also swinging a decent bat, but to anoint him a starter because of his defensive skills would be short-sighted. If Lillibridge continues to progress, a starting spot could one day be his. I heard the Sox announcers say that Lillibridge is the fastest player on the team. That is great to hear, so let’s see if he starts hitting the ball on the ground, and using that blinding speed. You can’t swing for the fences every time, can you?
7th inning, PA announcer: “Now coming in to pitch, number 44, JAKE PEAVY”. That’s what kind of teammate Peavy is. He doesn’t come back and demand a spot in the rotation, he says he’ll go to the pen, if it helps the team. That’s why his teammates love him. It is never, ever about him. His next rehab start is Thursday for Charlotte. I hope he throws well, as many fantasy owners are hoping for too.
Day game for the Sox tomorrow. Buehrle vs. Blackburn.