It sure is tough to watch the White Sox lately. Not only are they playing badly..again, but they are boring to watch.
In no way am I saying that the Yankees are a bad team, or that the Sox should be rolling over them, but the Sox just can’t anything going. The first two games were pretty much over by the 3rd inning. The Bombers have scored 9 runs in the 2 games, all but two by the time a quarter of the game was over.
Jake Peavy and John Danks have started slow, but the Sox have gotten next to nothing from their offense. Mind you, it is not easy to get back in to a game started by CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes, but this offense was supposed to be the strength of the team.
Even when the Sox got a rally going against the Yanks on Monday, bad base running did em’ in. Weirdly, Brent Morel was the hitter both time the Sox had runners doubled off. Gordon Beckham was caught wandering too far on Morel’s liner in the 3rd, while AJ Pierzynski was the man of the hour in the 5th. One more fundamental mistake was also made in the 5th, when Brent Lillibridge popped up a bunt try, leading to Morels 6-4 DP. I watch the Sox work on fundamentals for 6 weeks, it’s shocking that they are still making mistakes in August. Yes, I know, getting a bunt down on Sabathia isn’t easy.
I do have to give AJ credit though. He shielded Yankees 3rd baseman Eric Chavez by running really slow in front of him on Lillibridge’s infield single in the 7th. Morel flew out, once again denying another Sox scoring opportunity.
Due to Paul Konerko’s calf injury, Adam Dunn is getting some extended playing time at first. The Yankees took note of this by hitting hitting everything near him to start Monday’s game. Great scouting. Dunn hasn’t played he field much this year, lets pepper him with balls. He’s still having troubles at the plate, going 1-6, with 4 strike outs. I guess him hitting .210 was me reaching not for the stars, but another galaxy.
I guess that pitch that hit Konerko on Sunday hit a nerve, so he’ll be out for a few more days.
As I said, Peavy and Danks have started slow. Their ERA in the first 3 innings Monday and Tuesday is 10.50. After the 3rd inning it is 0. The Yankees just know how to jump on a pitcher.They are so damn patient. I guess that’s why they rarely miss the postseason.
Jason Frasor gets traded to the Sox just in time to face the East coast teams, again. His ERA in his first 3 games as a member of the Sox, all against Red Sox and Yankees: 12.85. Maybe they should rest him the nest 2 days. They could go to Brian Bruney, who after his 6-run blow up on Saturday, shaved his beard. What ever it takes, right?
The game was called after 6 and half innings on Tuesday. I wonder if the Sox were a game out instead of 5.5 out, would they have waited things out. Probably not, because the Sox were dead in the water on Tuesday.
Is it telling that the Sox broadcasters, when talking about Jake Peavy, said he may struggle this year, but everyone should watch out next year. I know, I am reading too much in to this, but shouldn’t they say, “By the playoffs, other teams will be in trouble”? Peavy pitching is still a miracle. Hard work and some amazing Doctors have gotten Peavy close to being what he was before his lat injury.
Congrats to Mark Teixeira, who hit a home run from both sides of the plate on Tuesday. He has now done that 12 times, a new Major league record. And Derek Jeter is now more than 300 hits ahead of the Iron Horse. Greatest Yankee ever?
Mariano Riviera, I bow to you. He came in, in the 9th inning Monday. AJ, Rios and Beckham were the hitters.Their combine average against the Yankees closer is .034. It is now .031. I blinked, and Beckham was out to end the game.
Yankees, prepping for the playoffs, toy with the Sox for the first two games. Let’s see if the Sox have an answer the next 2.
Sox trail the Tigers by 5 1/2 games. If they’re gonna make a move, now’s the time.
Gavin Floyd bets AJ Burnett tomorrow.