Mark Buehrle had a nice outing on Wednesday, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings. He leads the Sox with 12 wins. Buehrle has averaged 13 wins in his 13 years with the Sox. With one start left, he can hit that mark again.
Adam Dunn said he won’t talk about his horrible 2011 once the season is done. That is great in theory, but next spring, what do you think everyone is gonna want to talk about? I’ve always believed a person learns more from failure, than success. He may not want to talk about it, but if he speaks about it, at length, on his first day in camp, it’ll stop most of the media from hounding him on a daily basis.
Paul Konerko has missed a couple games with a stiff back. He is unquestionably the MVP of the Sox. He was made Captain because he is a leader, and he has done just that in 2011. 30 home runs and 103 RBI for Konerko. It would have been nice if more players followed his lead. The guy played with a terrible calf injury for part of the year, and still kept hitting. Amazing season, considering the circumstances.
I can only hope the Brent Morel we see in September, is the one we’ll see in 2012. Morel socked his 9th home run of the year on Wednesday, giving him 7 this month. He continues to play stellar defense too.
After a fine first half, Phil Humber has come come to earth. He had 8 wins at the All-Star break, but only 1 since. I wonder what plan the Sox have for him next year. Is he the guy that was pitching 7 innings with regularity in the first half, or the guy who struggled most of the 2nd half? He did take a liner off his coconut. That has to stand for something, doesn’t it?
Alejandro De Aza has played in just 47 games for the Sox, but has 11 stolen bases. That places him 2nd on the team, tied with Alex Rios. Another tough call for the Sox next year. What can you really expect from him? If there is a new manager, what will he think of him?
The Sox were up by a ton of runs, but Sergio Santos pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday. I can’t see any reason why he won’t close next year for the Sox.
Ozzie’s still managing the team, but it may be his few days.
These days suck. The Sox are just playing out the string.