Whatever Robin Ventura is telling his team, keep repeating it. The Sox took two of three from the Detroit Tigers over the weekend. And every part of their game is clicking. Pitching, hitting and defense.
The majority of the the team is the same as last year, but they look completely different. I get the feeling that they feel they are never out of a game.
Take Sunday, for instance. 9th inning, down 4, Jose Valverde pitching. The Sox brought the tying run to the plate. If Dayan Viciedo wasn’t over-agressive, the Sox might have been able to win the game. I don’t blame Viciedo. There were too many games last year where the Sox went down without a whimper, and a bat on their shoulder.
Viciedo also blasted a home run in the series finale, add that with his great grab in game one, and I would say he had a pretty good series.
Chirs Sale and Gavin Floyd pitched well. Sale threw way too many pitches on Sunday, while Floyd pitched around a number of jams on Saturday.
I really like this team.
My hope is with a day off, Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios find rediscover their hitting stroke.
So I turned on the Sox game on Sunday, and a Phillies game broke out. The 1972 throwback uniforms looked exactly like the Phillies pinstriped ones. I wonder how many people like those uniforms.
And when will they bring back the shorts uniform the Sox wore in the 70′s. Now that’s something I can get behind.
I love the way Ventura manages, but I think he has to find more at bats for Brent Lillibridge. the Sox have played 8 games, and Lillibridge only has 4 AB’s. The man can hit, and field at 7 positions.
Sox actually took over 1st place on Saturday, after the beat Detroit 5-1. Their 5-2 loss on Sunday put them back in 2nd, but not bad for a team picked to lose 95. The Sox need to lose 92 of their next 154 games to achieve that mark. Not gonna happen.
Next up, the surprising Orioles. Phil Humber makes his season debut on Monday. How jacked up do you think he’ll be?