Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Last Straw for Politte?: Game 90 Thoughts

Sox Lose 14-3

-In two innings of garbage relief, Politte let up 4 runs. I have a strong feeling that he's going to be DFA'ed. Politte's ERA has ballooned up to 8.70 and opponents are batting a healthy .350 off of him. It's time to bring up Tracey; I just hope he isn't emotionally scarred or anything after his first stint in the bigs.

-Politte wasn't the only pitcher who struggled today. Buehrle had yet another poor outing. He gave up 7 ER, 8 R in just 3 innings. Since being named to the all-star team (three starts), Mark has gone 0-3 with a 13.81 ERA. The Yankees came out swinging early in the count, jumping on Buehrle's first pitches. They also bunted at will, which really threw Buehrle off balance. I wonder what's going on with him right now. I doubt he's tipping pitches; maybe his mechanics are out of whack.

-Cintron dropped a ball, Gload should've scooped a throw, Iguchi failed to cover first on a bunt. It's possible Buehrle was bothered by the poor defense today, but that doesn't explain that past few bad starts.

-Riske did pitch 2 effective innings of relief after Buehrle got shelled. Thank you, Boston!

-The offense did rack up 11 hits, but could only plate 3 runs. 2 of those runs came off Thomer number 31 on the season.

-Thome's homer was just about the only highlight of the game for the Sox.

Sox Player of the Game

Jim Thome (11)

Sox Record: 57-33


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