Thank God, the Sox have finally put the Kansas City Royals in their rear view mirror. The Royals may be 19 games under .500, but they just as soon be World Champs to the White Sox. The Royals won 11 of the 18 games this year, their first winning season against the Sox in the Ozzie Gullen tenure.
Wow, it was shock when the Sox shelved Carlos Quentin for the rest of the year (written in jest). Whatever plans the Sox have for him next year, he needs to be healthy. Playing in meaningless games could have been a dangerous plan for a guy who has had a number of debilitating injuries in his career.
If you believe everything you read on the net or in newspapers, there may not be anyone on the Sox next year that we all recognize. I have read about trade rumors involving Quentin, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Gordon Beckham, & Adam Dunn. Throw in the free agency facing Juan Pierre and Mark Buehrle, and the buzzards flying over every coach on the Sox, I wonder who will be left. Brent Morel and Alexei Ramirez aren’t going anywhere. Either is Sergio Santos or Tyler Flowers. Alex Rios will be safe because of his salary, I think.
One person the Sox need to acquire is Bruce Chen. Chen morphs in to Sandy Koufax when he faces the Sox. The dude has 12 wins, with 3 of them coming at the Sox expense. His ERA against Chicago is 1.99. Even more impressive is the fact that Chen hasn’t hit a South Sider in his past 2 starts. Neeto for him.
Add another September home run to Morels ledger, giving him 8 this month, and 10 for the year. Rios also hit a home run over the weekend, his 13th.
I think every pitcher wants to head in to the offseason with a good performance. Danks and Floyd did just that. Danks got a win, but Floyd took a loss. No matter where they may be next year, I can tell you from first hand knowledge that they came to pitch every time their number is called. The results weren’t always what they wanted, or expected, but it wasn’t due to lack of effort.
I read that the Sox are gonna let Ozzie make the decision on his future with the club. If that’s the case, I wonder if he’ll bolt after a season like this one. He may not get the contract extension he wants, but to leave an organization that’s had him since he was a kid will be a tough decision. I don’t think he’ll want to be part of a rebuilding, or retooling effort, so who knows.
Give em that stadium an all, but I don’t think that Florida job is that great a gig. There are a number of good players: Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton, Josh Johnson (injured), Leo Nunez, or whatever he goes by now. He’ll love answering that question all spring. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery, so that may be the place to go.
The series we’ve all been waiting for starts tomorrow. The Sox vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Welcome back Mark Teahen, and say hi to Colby Rasmus. Rasmus appeared on the Sox radar quite a bit before the trade deadline. Unfortunately, Zach Stewart won’t be pitching against his former club, but I’m sure Jason Frasor will get in at least 1 game.
Last 3 days of the Sox season.