The trade deadline is just days away and you can bet the White Sox will be in the thick of things. You’ve all probably read about the talk with the Cardinals regarding Colby Rasmus. Matt Thornton and Edwin Jackson are the named being bandied about. I first heard about this through a friend, who told me the Sox are offering Thornton, Jackson, and a minor leaguer to the Cards for Mr. Rasmus. Unless Ken Williams has taken a healthy shot to the head, I would think he would be giving up a bit too much for a career .258 hitter. One of those guys for Rasmus I am fine with, but both, no way! Another interesting thing about Rasmus is his position. He has 348 games in center field, and 15 games combined in left and right field. They can’t bench Alex Rios, not with that contract, so I guess Rasmus would go to left, putting Juan Pierre on the bench. By doing that, the Sox become a station to station team, a team very similar to the ones back in the early part of this decade (2005 excluded). There will be some interesting things a brewin’ in the next few days.
Talking Pierre, since the ASB, he his hitting .342, with a triple and 2 stolen bases. Not bad for a guy that could possibly find his way to the bench, or to another team. Pierre is the one guy who has come out of the break hitting. Carlos Quentin has done the same, hitting .406 with 3 huge home runs. 1 won the game, another one should have, if not for a shaky Sox pen.
I don’t think the Sox should trade Jackson until they are done playing the Indians. Jackson won his 9th straight over the Tribe. In today’s day and age, that is amazing.
We’ve all gotten used to seeing Adam Dunn and Alex Rios slump, but not Paul Konerko. The Captain batted .172 on the 8 game trip, with no home runs and 3 RBI. Amazing that the Sox won 5 games. Konerko’s batting average has dropped from .320 to .307 in those 8 games.
It was nice to see a game played today. A 47 minute rain delay on Friday, and a wash out on Saturday made things a little dicey on Sunday. I spent many a summers in Ohio when I was growing up, and I don’t remember it raining as much then as it does now. How depressing, rain in the middle of the summer.
Phil Humber is back in the bullpen, for the time being at least. I read where he seemed unnerved about it. Well, he should be. He was the most consistent Sox starter in the first half. Yeah, he struggled a bit in his first 2 starts since the ASB, but not enough to find himself in the pen. Don Cooper and the guys know what they are doing, but you can’t expect Humber to be happy. Would you? Who knows, if Jackson is dealt, Humber could be back in the rotation.
I know you saw it, but I have to ask. If your gonna wear sunglasses, why not use them? So many players keep their glasses on their head, why not just leave them in the dugout? Ezequiel Carrera should be, and I’m sure is, embarrassed about his mistake that proved to be the reason his team lost.
Cleveland fans saw Omar Vizquel make so many exceptional plays, that the one he made at 2nd to end Sunday’s game was probably old hat to them. Vizquel continues to marvel at the age of 44. I am sure there are people out there that never saw, or don’t know, that Vizquel will go in to the Hall of Fame as a short stop. The dude can still pick it with the best of them.
I keep reading different names on the trading block, but I never hear Justin Masterson’s name. He is a good pitcher now, he’ll be an All-Star in the future.
Monday, the Sox start a pivotal 3 game series at home against the Central leading Detroit Tigers. Mark Buehrle goes against Duane Below, making his second major league start. If the Sox could find a way to sweep the Tigers they would find themselves a game and a half out of first. With Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer pitching the 2nd and 3rd games, that might be asking too much. A little pie in the sky, but you just never know what’ll happen.