You all excited about the Brett Myers deal? It was a shrewd move by GM Ken Williams. The guys he gave up to get Myers may, or may not, make an impression in the bigs.
What we do know is Myers is a legitimate big league pitcher. Myers fills a gaping hole that right now is filled with talented, but inexperienced kids. A friend of mine even brought up the possibility of Myers going into the Sox rotation. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it?
Now to the Tigers den.
Ah oh. I was hoping the Sox would make some kind of statement this weekend in Detroit. Unfortunately, it was the Tigers who spoke loud and clear, while carrying some really big sticks.
Jake Peavy, Chris Sale and Phil Humber took the bump for the Sox, and they all got bruised. Well, it wasn’t like the first 2 were pounded, but it was when they were hit that was so hard to take.
Take Peavy, who struck out 5 of the first 6 Tigers he faced on Friday. Things looked great for him, and then the 3rd inning happened. Going into the bottom of the inning with a 2-0 lead, but the Tigers preceded to collect 5 hits, and 3 runs.
Peavy only allowed 8 hits in his 7 innings of work, more than half of those came in the that inning.
Same thing the next night. Chris Sale was sailing, only giving up one infield single through 4 innings. Top of the 5th, Sox push a run across to take the lead.
Things look good. Not so fast, as the Tigers strung together 3 straight hits to take the lead and never looked back.
Sunday was just a Humber beat down.
Good, make that great teams, know when to respond. The Tigers, as of July 22nd are beginning to look like a great team.
No, I am not counting the Sox out, but this series, this road trip wasn’t good at all. Certain individual players played well, but as a team they haven’t meshed since the series in KC.
I’m sure the drama in Boston had a lot to do with it, but Kevin Youkilis finally came back to earth. Youk hit just .189 in the 9 games he played, including a whopping 13 strike outs. The greek god of walks only had 6 of them through the same amount of games.
Expanding a little more on Youkilis. He hit .416 in the series versus his old team, with a home run and 3 RBI. In the other 6 games he hit .080 with a home run and RBI.
Paul Konerko had 3 hits in the Detroit series, but none went for extra bases. Since June 1st, Konerko has only has 6 extra base hits. Konerko is a true games, but I wonder how much he’s hurting.
I don’t mean to pour salt in the Sox wounds, but only only regular hit better than .280 in the 3 games. You know who it is, it’s Alex Rios. Rios would get my vote for comeback player, even over Dunn.
The bright spots for the Sox come from their pitching staff, or should I say the bullpen. The Tigers scored zero runs off any of the Sox relievers in the 3 games. They did get 2 off Dylan Axelrod, but that’s to be expected since it’s not Yankee Stadium of Fenway Park.
Did you know that was the first time this year the Sox have been swept? That’s impressive, it’s just too bad it had to come against the Tigers.
It’s been tough sledding for the Sox in Detroit, who have lost 12 of their past 15 games at Comerica Park.
Sox started this road trip with a 3.5 game lead over Detroit, but they are now a game 1.5 back. That’s what a 3-7 trip will do for a team.
Sox come home to face the Twins. I would say a sweep is in order, but 2 of 3 will do just fine.