The Sox, well Ken Williams, did it again. Seeing that his rotation needs an upgrade, the Sox GM went out and picked up Francisco Liriano from the Twins for Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez. It was another in a series of great moves. Kevin Youkilis, Brett Myers and now Liriano. And he almost got Zack Greinke. If nothing else, he plays to win every year.
You hate the move? You are sure that Liriano walks too many guys, and is a shell of the pitcher he once was. I’ll reserve my judgement until after pitching coach Don Cooper gets ahold of him. Cooper has transformed pitchers that aren’t even close to being as talented as Liriano. Phil Humber comes to mind. That’s not a shot at Humber, I just think that Liriano is more talented.
Liriano will be caught by A.J. Pierzynski, who as we all know, was traded by the Twins for a package that included Liriano 9 years ago.
With Liriano going into the rotation, who comes out? It won’t be John Danks, who will be hard-pressed to come back this year.
The guys he might be replacing pitched well this weekend in Texas. Humber and Gavin Floyd combined to throw almost 13 innings, while only allowing 2 earned runs.
You never know with the Sox, they could go with a 6-man rotation. That would give Jake Peavy and Chris Sale an extra day rest, which would be good at this point in the season.
Is Sale slowing down, or are his last 2 starts an aberration? 10 earned runs allowed by the left-hander over his past 2 starts. They were against the Tigers and Rangers, so that has to be taken into account too. I’ll give it up to Sale, who allowed 4 runs in the 1st and only 1 run the rest of the game. He is now 12-3, putting his 2 behind A.L. leader David Price.
It’s hard to talk about the Sox offensively because it’s not like they are hitting the cover off the ball, they are just getting hits at the right time. It also doesn’t hurt that they keep hitting the ball over the fence. The Sox hit 4 home runs in their two victories, all of them came with a man on. Narrowing it down even more for you, the Sox scored 14 runs in two games, 8 of them crossed the plate via the home run.
Adam Dunn has a 3 home run lead in his quest to lead the A.L. in home runs one year after having possibly the worst season in MLB history. Dunn’s blast on Saturday was his 11th of left-handed pitching this year, but all told, he is hitting .184 against south paws. He also nabbed his second stolen base of the year.
The Sox are winning even though they keep falling by the wayside. Pierzynski is already out with an oblique strain.
Joining him on the sideline is Ale De Aza, who suffered a wrist injury after colliding with Alexei Ramirez on Friday.
The Sox beat the two Ranger aces, Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison, but they lost to Scott Feldman, who twirled his best game in years on Sunday. Can you say let down game..That’s not a question, that’s a fact.
Did you see who got the save on Sunday? It was Joe Nathan, who was also part of the Pierzynski package in 2003. The 3rd guy in that deal was Boof Bonser, who is pitching in Fresno. I doubt if Williams will be picking him up.
Just 2 more days left in July and the Sox find themselves in 1st place. They hold a 1.5 game lead over Detroit.
Sox go to Minnesota, while the Tigers play in Boston.