Monday, August 21, 2006

Losin' Ugly: Game 124 Thoughts

Sox tank it and lose 1-7

-I'm going to start with the one bright spot for the Sox, and then we'll get right to the ugly things. Jermiane Dye hit homer numero 34 setting a career high.

-Here coooomes the ugly...

-Contreras has lost 5 of his last 7 and his ERA is over 4.50 since the All-Star Break. After todays performance, piss poor performance, his ERA is over 4; it's at 4.04. This was the second consecutive outing where Jose gave up 7 runs. Contreras is officially Matt Clement of last year, minus the whole getting hit in the head thing.

-Jose mysteriously struggled pitching out of the stretch. He only let up one hit out of the windup, an infield single at that. As soon as people got on base, (he hit two batters) he crapped out. Maybe he is getting tired like I suggested and can't get enough leg drive out of the stretch. Maybe we would have been better off with Adam Dursley.

-Detroit had lost nine of its previous 12 games, but managed to rebound and beat us. Typical, eh?

-The Sox only had one runner beyond first base prior to the ninth inning, and he didn't score.

-CS for Iguchi. We have to have the worst net SB numbers in the league. Yes, I quite possibly could have just made up the term net SB, but we suck at stealing bases. We may actually be worse at holding runners on though. Of course, Brandon Inge managed to steal on us.

-Neal Cotts came on and wanted to give up runs. He really did want to, but Perez grounded into a DP.

-Sox fall 6.5 back in the division and hold only a .5 lead in the WC.

-Our table-setter Podzilla, failed to get a hit. I can only count down the days 'til Sept 1, when we may see Ryan Sweeney.

-Doesn't it feel like it's been forever since McCarthy has pitched? Oh please, tell me that means Ozzie is gearing him up for a start.

Onto the awards...

Bad Ozzie Move of the Day - Pitching three relievers. This game was a lost cause; even the most optimistic fans (count me among them) knew this game was over. Why on earth did he burn through Thornton, Riske, and Cotts? He should have thrown only Riske out there.

Good Ozzie Move of the Day - Choosing to pitch Riske. He went 1 1/3 and only gave up one hit.

Big Ups of the Game to Riske and Crede. Riske was the only pitcher that performed up to snuff. Crede recorded the only two hit game for the Sox.

Sox Player of the Game - N/A


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I agree with you about the Count and possible arm/back/whatever troubles. I hope we don't have another Hermanson/ Politte-like pitcher who disintegrates into nothing.

Question: Is it better to flame out or just fade away? Looks like Count could be a one year AS break '05 to AS break '06.

Paulie, Pualie, Paulie...where are you?

Sweeney: I'll have some, thank you .

Gotta get hungry tomorrow, boys.

And the Bile File will be in full effect!

8/21/2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

I'm looking forward to the bile file

8/21/2006 10:37 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

We need some kind of change at top of the lineup and on the starting staff - shake it up Oz.

Pods is not cutting it and the starters are in a coma.

Wake them up !!! Call someone up up !!! Get Mc in there !!!

Do something...we are not on track, at this level of performance, for anything but early tee times and cruises.

8/22/2006 8:40 AM  

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