A broken right hand finished Brent Lillibridge’s season on Thursday. How many of you thought Brent Lillibridge would be a big part of the Sox this year? He didn’t find out me made the team until a day or two before the regular season began. When given the chance during the season, he shined. Remember the back to back amazing catches in Yankee Stadium? Offensively, he finally established himself, finishing the season with 13 home runs & 29 RBI while hitting .258. Not bad for a guy who only got 186 at bats. He is 1 RBI behind Brent Morel, 7 behind Alex Rios, and 11 back of Adam Dunn. Here’s the shocking stat: He is 4th on the team in home runs, only trailing Konerko, Quentin and Alexei Ramirez.
Why do the Sox want Carlos Quentin to come back this year? I would think differently if they were battling for a playoff spot, but that ship has sailed. I say, let Quentin rest his ailing shoulder, just to make sure he is ready for next year. He may not be here next year, but if he is, it’d be nice if he were healthy. Also, the more AB’s they can get Dayan Viciedo, the more they can see what he can do, and if trading Quentin is a viable option.
I find it hard to believe that Mark Buehrle was roughed up again. The lefthander gave up 7 earned runs for the 2nd straight time, easily the worst back to back starts for him this year. I would say that was his worst back to back starts since last September. To be fair, Will Ohman did allow the hit that tacked the final 2 runs on to Buehrle’s ledger.
Addison Reed and Shane Lindsay look talented, so far. But, pitching in September with nothing on the line is a lot different than pitching in a pennant race. Either way, it is great experience, and gives the White Sox more solid arms to build around.
Nice to see the Sox offense perk up. 7 runs scored by the Sox in the 7th inning on Thursday. Paul Konerko hit his 10th career grand slam, while Brent Morel hit his 2nd home run of the night in that inning. Morel has discovered his power stroke in September, hitting 3 home runs so far this month. Konerko always hits, so what can you say about the guy.
Nice to see the Sox honor Jim Thome. The future Hall of Famer was one of the most popular players when he wore a Sox uniform. He was great to everyone, especially the younger guys. Always offering advice, and lending an ear when necessary. Wonder how long he’ll keep playing? Great to see him back in Cleveland though. Seems like yesterday that he came up as a slim 3rd baseman.
Oh yeah, the other game. The Indians turned the tables on the Sox on Friday, scoring 5 runs in the 6th inning to beat the Sox 8-4. That was the Buehrle game. Great concentration by Alejandro De Aza, who juggled a ball at the center field wall in the first, but still caught it. He, like Lillibridge, has been a great find by the Sox this year.
I must have missed it, but why are he Sox wearing green uniforms? Like em, but it must be because I am Irish.
Phil Humber and Fausto Carmona go tomorrow. A loss by the Sox moves them back to 3rd place.