I want to stay positive, but the Sox sure make it tough. They have 34 games left, 28 against Central division teams, and 6 against the division leading Tigers. With the way they are playing, of late, it may be too much to ask for them to be much better than .500 the rest of the way. I guess, if they sweep the remaining games from the Tigers, and catch a few breaks along the way, anything is possible. But let’s be honest, does this team look like a playoff team? NO!
After taking 2 of 3 against the Rangers, the Sox came up empty against the Angels, losing both games. They didn’t look like a team that had playoff aspirations.
Some good, make that great news. Paul Konerko got one hit in the 2 games, but that one was his 2000th of his career on Tuesday. I wouldn’t expect him to get to 3000, unless he has about 6-7 seasons left in him. Still a great accomplishment from the one Sox player that has been on his game from day 1. I felt bad for Konerko on Wednesday. If his leg was healthy he would have had an RBI, but he couldn’t out leg a ball that was bobbled by Angels 3rd baseman Alberto Callaspo.
With 1 hit in the 2 games, Donny Lucy picked up his 9th hit of his career. Getting to 100 may take him a bit longer than it’ll take Konerko to get to 3000. Still, he has 9 hits, which is 9 hits more than I’ll ever get.
The Sox were stifled by Jered Weaver on Wednesday, losing 8-0, but they did make a game of it on Tuesday. The Angels led 2-0, 3-2, 4-2, 4-3, before finally losing 5-4 in the 9th.
Jason Frasor has been nothing short of awful since joining the Sox. 4 hits, 2 walks and 1 game winning run allowed by the beleaguered Sox reliever on Tuesday. This all came in less than one inning of work. Frasor’s ERA since coming to Chicago is a not so good 6.00.
I wouldn’t say it was a particularly good series for any Sox. Alejandro De Aza had 3 hits in 2 games, while Brent Morel had a couple hits in Tuesday’s contest. De Aza has really helped himself for next year.
Tyler Flowers had a rough time, striking out 5 times, and allowing 2 base stealers. He also picked up zero hits, but so did many Sox players.
Another problem is the double play. Sox hit in to four of them in the 2 games.
I read that the Sox placed John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Paul Konerko, and Carlos Quentin on waivers. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the Sox started unloading players in the next week. I am hoping that they just ran in to a buzz saw the past 2 days, and they will sweep past the Mariners this weekend, but my hope is fading.
I was listening to the Angels broadcast, and they started talking about Adam Dunn. They mentioned that he admitted that he didn’t come in to camp in as great of shape as he should have. I think that’s an excuse for having a bad year. It’s tough enough to get these guys to talk in the spring. If I have to ask them if they got themselves in shape on their off-time, things will be even tougher. All I ever hear is spring training is too long, and it should be reduced because players train year round. Obviously not.
Maybe you can read the disappointment in my words, or maybe you can’t, but they are there. On paper, Kenny Williams put together quite a team. I cannot believe they that are still one game under .500, and have only 63 wins. The least wins in the Ozzie Guillen tenure is 72, 4 years ago. The Sox should beat that, but they won’t reach last years total of 88. They might have trouble getting to 79, their win total of 2 years ago. Maybe it’s an even-odd thing. In the last 2 odd years the Sox averaged 75 wins. In their past 2 even years, they have averaged 88 wins. They won it all in 2005, so what do I know.
Sox are off on Thursday, get Seattle over the weekend. The Sox motto all year has been, “All in”. they better be all in starting this weekend, or they’ll be all out of the playoffs.