So far, so good, don’t ya think? After Monday’s win at Cleveland, the Sox’ record is at 2-2.
It’s hard to judge anyone after just 4 games, but right now the Sox are doing most things right. Pitching looks good. Jake Peavy managed to keep the Rangers offense down, a bit. Gavin Floyd had a few balls hit hard off him, and Chris Sale looked dominant. Remember, It’s just one start, and there’s a long way to go.
Offensively, I know this isn’t the start Alex Rios, Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham expected. Rios did hit a home run the other night.
Dunn is now 2 for his last 10, with 4 strike outs and 3 walks. if you counted his walks as hits, Dunn would be hitting .333. Obviously you can’t, so Dunn is hitting a paltry .154.
Rios stats mirror Dunn’s, almost to a T. Rios is also hitting .154, but he has 2 less walks and zero strikeouts. Rios also made a bonehead error against Cleveland, that was very reminiscent of the one he made in the spring. He calls off another guy, than drops the ball. That is lack of concentration, not skill.
The same could be said about Beckham, who is also hitting .154. It is way too early to write these guys off, but I know they wanted to start better than this.
So the secret is out. Hector Santiago is the closer, and already has 2 saves. The home run he allowed to Jose Lopez on Monday didn’t faze him a bit. The making of a good closer is to immediately be able to put those things in the rear view mirror. Once again, it’s way to soon to anoint him the next Bobby Jenks, or even Sergio Santos, but right now he looks to have ice in his veins.
FYI: The Sox media guide says Santiago is 6’0. He is that tall like I am 9 feet. Doesn’t matter his size, he looks good.
Maybe Ken Williams knew what he was doing. He was criticized up and down for trading Santos this off season by everyone, including me, but have you’ve seen his stats so far. Santos has an ERA in the 15′s with 2 blown saves in as many chances.
How happy do you think the Sox organization is to not have to deal with Ozzie Guillen’s latest misstep? Ask Ozzie any question, and he takes the bait every time. Ask Robin Ventura the same question, and he’ll conveniently say something that no one can use as a sound bite.
Nice to see Chris Sale get his first win in his first start. I am sure Shin-Soo Choo isn’t happy after taking a Sale fastball off his finger. That should swell up rather nicely.
Boy the Tigers look good. Not only getting off to a blistering start, but everything they are doing is working. However, they aren’t gonna win if they have to score 15 every night. It also helps the Sox cause with Doug Fister already on the DL. Justin Verlander can’t pitch every game, can he?
Phil Humber makes his season debut on Tuesday.