Thursday, June 15, 2006

Game 66 Preview

Mark Buehrle 6-4, 3.21 for the ChiSox

vs.

John Rheinecker 2-0, 2.42 for the Rangers

The Sox need the win to win the series. Rheinecker mowed us down last time we faced him.

9 Comments:

Blogger DickdaStick said...

Interesting night ahead of us.

Big enough game on it's own - but with all the side-show now, could get wild. Ozzie may want to lay low for now and get back at them in a later series, but Buerhle is a proven stand-up guy who may want to take matters into his own hands and protect his catcher. AJ may pull something out of his sleeve too.

Hmmmm.....don't want to miss this one !

6/15/2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous james said...

Detroit has already won today so the Sox need to keep pace which might forestall any shenanigans that might have otherwise taken place.
One thing of note: Thome, while still quite effective, is getting to me with his strike outs and "freeswinging." He's let a few get by him that should have been jacked out of the yard lately, and now i wonder what Walker's approach is with Thomer.
Is it the "Uh, he's hit 450+ HRs in his career so he can do what he wants approach?"
Is it more subtle, like a pat on the fanny, frown on a K, approach?
Thome is approachable so I gotta imagine him being open to suggestion, but I fear there isn't much to be done, and I'll have to continue to deal with his K's.
By the way, my Pick to Click tonight is Jim Thome. :-p

6/15/2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Ugh, I picked Thome last night and it didn't do any good. And tonight's a lefty (3 HR, .256 ave.). Hope you're right, James! We need a statement game against a lefty before we go National tomorrow...

6/15/2006 7:06 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

My pick to click is Uribe. What? Did he just hit a home run? Wow, I'm good!

6/15/2006 7:43 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Yeah, I think Juan will have a really big night. WHAT? An RBI double?? And another run scored? Sweet.

6/15/2006 8:08 PM  
Anonymous james said...

And now a squeeze bunt...nice pick to click, jonathan!

6/15/2006 9:06 PM  
Anonymous james said...

okay, Jonathan, your PtC has had a better day, but my PtC just whacked a bomb...Sarge Jr. almost immediately turned around to watched majesty at its finest

we need to make PtCs more often if it has any effect like today's

6/15/2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

yeah, no kidding... This last 3 series really put my mind at ease, particularly after that 3-7 slide we had around Memorial Day. So our last 20 games we're 10-10. Not what you expect out of a championship team, but still the 3rd best record in the league and some signs of the excitement we saw last year -- 4 one-run wins in 5 games followed by 3 8-run outbursts in our next 5.

PotG: If it wasn't obvious, my pick to click was made AFTER Juan hit his HR. But given that he's the only starter without multiple PotG's, and had RBIs in 3 different at-bats, and his last out was a sort of "whatever, let's get this game over with" situation, I say it goes to him. Pablo had a nice game too, as did Kong, but Juan's offense should be considered bonus material these days. He made sure Mark pitched in the lead from the 3rd inning on, which Paul likes to do.

Big ups to Buehrle, I would say. Little ups to Ozzie for not hitting anyone! We got our revenge in the form of 15 hits and knocking those bitches out of first! Excuse my language.

6/15/2006 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Kelley said...

Oh, big ups to Thome for tying Yaz! Although you should probably note that Frank went ahead of Yastrzemski this year, so Yaz & Thome are tied for 30th place. Also, Manny's homers this season have moved him ahead of Kingman & Bagwell into 31st place. At least, according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_500_home_run_hitters_of_all_time

Next up, then, is Gary Sheffield with 453, then Canseco with 462.

6/15/2006 11:18 PM  

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