Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Buehrle Bile File Says, "Angels and Demons" Game 145 Thoughts

Sox fail to cut a deal with the devil and lose 3-4

Buehrle, well, he pitched well today. He went 7 innings strong, giving up only 3 runs. I guess the tender care and gentle (Ok sometimes harsh) urgings of the Buehrle Bile File are paying dividends. Buehrle has continues down the road of improvement. The Bile File took Buehrle, like the Good Samaritan it is and watched over him, and success...well sort off. Time to play the devil's advocate here. Buehrle can't be blamed for the loss or for his first two runs, but he can be blamed for blowing the lead and subsequently the lead.

I don't know how many of you have flown recently, but we're currently at a code yellow. This means we're not allowed to take liquids, gels, or creams aboard. I'm also assuming at O'Hare, they didn't allow the Sox to bring their offense along with their carry-ons. We managed only 3 runs for the second straight night. Again, as the devil's advocate, our dear friend Mark Buehrle should have realized that with the offense locked up somehwhere in O'Hare the Sox would not be able to put up any more than 3 runs on the night. Yet, he still decided to give up the lead. You may argue that it was really the Angels that earned the tying run, but I say nay. Buehrle eased up mentally after the Sox handed him the lead and the win. He grooved in a pitch to Vlad the Impaler who of course hit a double. He eventually scored.

So, yes, give Buehrle credit for only allowing three runs. Two of which came on a ridiculous homer by Rivera. He golfed a shot from his ankles. So credit is due for that, but demerits are due for blowing the lead.

The offense has shown nothing since coming to the west coast. It's as though there's a plague on their offense. Granted they were facing Ervin Santana, but they went ahead and made him look like our neighbor up north. The one who sells his soul to the devil every second half, Johan. The Sox managed to score 3 nice runs in the fifth. It was a good rally, but every other time they threatened, the Angels would toss some holy water on the base paths and the Sox would invariably ground into a DP. The Sox threatened big time against K-Rod, but divine intervention took over and we of course failed to score.

It's too bad the Sox didn't have any of that holy water to exorcise the demons that are taking over Bobby Jenks. His hip is either bothering him or something is up. He didn't have his normal velocity and he got raped like a little boy at a Catholic Church (sorry, low blow, I know). He got into trouble in the tenth, but wriggled out of it like the snake he is. The only problem is, he played with fire again and got burned the second time around. He

The Sox are in a right state right now. This was close to a must win for the Sox. They had already seen the Tiggers and the Twinks win, so they needed to win in order to keep pace. They lost and have fallen back in both the division and wild card race.

Onto the awards....................
Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: I could be obvious and go with Mack in center, BUT I'm going to go the unconventional route and say calling Big Bad Bobby Jenks. Jenks is clearly easing back into the swing of things, and he pitched last night, so I don't see why Ozzie would call Jenksy in a non-save situation. Mike Mac would have been better suited for the situation.

Good Ozzie Move of the Game: Although it was risky, (not David Riske), I like the faith he showed in Hermanson. There's a chance that he will be an important cog in the playoffs and Oz stayed with him long enough to let him work out of a jam. I don't know if I would have had the cojones to leave him in, but Ozzie did.

Play of the Game: The game winning single, that sunk the Sox ship.

Big Ups of the Game: Mark Buehrle. He's the only one that brought anything to this game.

Sox Player of the Game: PASS

Sox Record: 83-62


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Thank you, Jeeves. The Bile File was in very good hands.

9/13/2006 5:50 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

We got the Tigs and Twinks right where we want them...

Time to get Ozzie Ball fully cranked...

Get your playoff ticks now..

....and get me another 'shroom while you're at it !

No...I'm not giving up...really thought Oz was going to play small ball with Owens pinch-running last night, but K-Rod stepped it up and Owens was left starnded at 3rd. Last year, I think Oz would have squeezed him in.....what a difference a year makes......

Please give me Dye to click - he is freakin' due due DUE

9/13/2006 9:29 AM  
Blogger Fornelli said...

Dustin Hermanson wont be much help in the playoffs if we don't make them.

Also, I wouldn't have minded a squeeze there either, but you try bunting off of K-Rod. It's either a 96MPH fastball at your face, or a sharp biting curve...two pitches that aren't too easy to bunt.

For today's game I'm taking Crede.

9/13/2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

Thought of that too...but Crede looked sick taking a full cut and badly whiffing - wouldn't a bunt be easier to at least make contact and let the ensuing chaos of the moment take over ?

9/13/2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Fornelli said...

Well, judging by his swings, why do you think he'd be able to get the bunt down? Have we seen Crede bunt yet? Maybe he can't. Besides, being one of the most clutch hitters on the Sox, do you really wanna take the bat out of his hands? About 80% of the outs he makes when making contact are fly balls, and there was only one out. So going off that, I didn't disagree with letting him swing away.

9/13/2006 12:35 PM  
Anonymous D.T. Kelly said...

I'll take Paulie.

9/13/2006 12:54 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

I just wanted the run in...tough pitcher to hit....bunt is better odds of contact than a full swing...speedy guy on 3rd....element of surprise.....Ozzie's style....

We'll never know ....

9/13/2006 1:20 PM  
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