First off, you won’t have John Danks to push around for 15 days, as the Sox placed the lefthander on the disabled list today. Danks suffered an oblique injury yesterday. The Sox replaced Danks with double A lefthander Hector Santiago. Santiago started in Birmingham, but he will be the last man in the pen with the Sox. At least that’s my guess.
Do you ever feel that you are the reason your team loses? That’s how I felt today. When I turned on the Sox game they were leading Washington 1-0 in the 7th inning. The Nats had a man on, with Danny Espinosa hitting. 2 pitches in to my viewing and Espinosa smacked a 2-run home run. I wonder if I never turned on the TV, would the Sox have won 1-0.
It got even worse for me, when Paul Konerko’s apparent 2-run shot was brought back in to the field of play by the wind.
Adam Dunn continues to rack up the strikeouts. 4 more today for the big man, making that his 3rd golden sombrero of the year. He also has 8 hat tricks (3 strikeout games). Dunn is on pace to strike out 250 times, which would be 51 better than his previous high. Add in his .173 batting average, and you can see how ugly it’s gotten for Dunn. One more horrible stat, Dunn is 2 for his last 26, or a 076 BA. I may be the only guy not wearing Sox colors, who thinks that Dunn is gonna pull out of this.
Phil Humber lost for the first time since April 30th. He continues to pitch lights out, and should have fared better this afternoon. About 3 more starts for Humber before the all-star break, I wonder if he continues to pitch like he has, will he be considered for a spot on the team. It sure is a great story.
With the way the Sox have played in the first half, Paul Konerko may be the only Sox player on the team.
I know everyone is clamoring for Dayan Viciedo to get recalled, but he shouldn’t be looked at as a savior. He’ll hit, no doubt, but who hits leadoff? It’s amazing how people turn on Juan Pierre so quickly. The man is a proven winner, and the Sox are less than a half dozen games out of first. Just wait, this’ll turn around.
I bet Gordon Beckham can’t wait to get on the road, as he hit less than .200 on the just completed home stand.
Sox head to Colorado for 3 games against the Rockies starting Tuesday. Stay positive.