Hear that? Wait, there it is again. Oh, that’s the sound I hear. It’s the sound of the Chicago White Sox season collapsing.
Let’s see. Ozzie wants a multi-year deal, or may not want to return next year. Rumors about the deteriorating relationship between Ozzie Guillen and General Manager Ken Williams have surfaced. Now here’s the new one. It involves Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker having some heated disagreements of late. Now throw in the fiasco the past two days in Detroit, and I would say the clubhouse is a very tenuous place to be. Did you see the look on Ozzie’s face Saturday night? He looked like a beaten man. Pitching coach Don Cooper looked pissed off. They didn’t show Williams face. I wonder what it looked like after Cabrera’s ball cleared the left field wall.
I didn’t expect the Sox to beat CY Young winner (You know it’s true) Justin Verlander. Verlander won his 21st game of the year by allowing the Sox just 1 run over 7 innings. Verlander was never in trouble.
I thought John Danks would pitch better, as I’m sure you did as well. Maybe it was the Tigers sending a message. Well, message received, they are a better team than the Sox. Danks worst start in over 3 months doomed the Sox. So did the 3 runs he allowed in the 1st, and the 5 runs in the 5th.
I don’t think losing to Verlander was a surprise, but Saturday’s shocker put the final nail in the Sox coffin.
Blame it on the weather. Blame it on whatever you want. With an 8-1 lead, the Sox should have cruised to a victory. They Didn’t. Weirdly, the Sox scored all 8 of their runs in innings 1-5, while the Tigers scored 8 of their 9 runs in innings 5-9.
I am just stunned, Sergio Santos on the mound in the 9th. 25 straight scoreless appearances on the road. Even after Ryan Rayburn hit the game tying home run, I thought the game would go extras. It’s easy to 2nd guess, but why give Miguel Cabrera anything to hit? I know he is hitting .328, and is one of baseballs best hitters in the clutch. Has his ball landed yet? 9-8 Tigers, who ended any playoff hopes the Sox may have had.
So what now? First, I think they should shelve Jake Peavy for the rest of the year. But what do you do with the everyday lineup? Adam Dunn doesn’t play anyhow, and it’s not like the Sox have guys that are any better than the ones they already have. Sucks that they’ll have nothing to play for over the final month.
Mark Buehrle, making what could be his final starts in a Sox uniform, goes tomorrow. Max Scherzer gets the ball for the Tigers. Who knows, will no more pressure, maybe the Sox will play a little better.
Sox trail the Tigers by 7.5 games.
I am very disappointed, and F’n angry too.