Thursday, May 18, 2006

Game 40 Thoughts

-We let this one slip away. We should have taken the game and the series and the momentum.

-Tiger Watch - The Tigers won, which drops us into second place for the first time in a while.

-Vazquez is showing some bad tendencies. He seems to tire as the game progresses; in the later innings his breaking pitches look like they're losing some bite. It seems like he invariably has one inning where he blows up. I don't know if that's a mental thing or if he really does get tired toward the end of the game. It's something we'll have to keep an eye on.

-Tonight Javy didn't have his good fastball. It didn't have ANY movement, which contributed to his rocky first inning. He did well to recover and adjust, and he cruised for the most part until the 7th.

-The top of the order did okay today, collectively hitters 1-5 (only counting the starters) were 7-19. Hitters 6-9 were 1-14. Yah, big disparity there.

-The Sox, as of late, can only seem to hit relievers. We didn't hit any of the starters that hard in this past series.

-A lot of people are talking about how the Sox struggle in Tampa. Some people are blaming it on the stadium or the fact that it's indoors; I think that is BS. The Sox probably just underestimated the D-Rays and lost. We got outplayed, we can't blame it on the stadium; it's not as though Tropicana has weird dimensions, or a hill in centerfield that takes time to get used to.

-None of the Sox players played all that well today, so I guess PotG goes to Paulie who had 1 of 2 multi hit games for the Sox

-Gross game overall

-The Sox have matched their loss total from April.

-Goal for the weekend, sweep of the Cubs, and regain 1st place.

Sox Player of the Game

Paul Konerko (4)


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