Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Glimmer of Hope or Just a Cruel Tease: Game 151 Thoughts

By George! The Sox win 7-0!

-The Sox won in impressive fashion today, but here's the question we have to ask. Is today's win a reason for renewed optimism for a run into the playoffs or just a blip in a long run of mediocrity? I can't answer that, because I reckon it depends on if you're an optimist or a pessimist (or a true Sox fan as some would say).

-The Optimist says 7 runs and more notably 4 home runs (1 each by Gooch, Dye, Thome, and AJ) marks the end of our offensive drought and our power outtage.
The Pessimist says this is old hat and expect the Sox to come up with bupkus offensively tomorrow. Just look at their current run.

-The Optimist says everyone got a hit except BA who walked and hit some hard balls.
The Pessimist says a hitless BA = Mackowiak in CF the next day.

-The Optimist says the starting pitching is coming around. Freddy went another 8 innings and once again only have up ONE hit! That's two starts, 16 innings, and two hits. In his previous 3 starts before tonight, he had a 2.95 ERA. Jose looks to have overcome his injury. Vazquez has been pitching much better as of late and Garland is our ace.
The Pessimist says two words: Mark Buehrle. All games are crucial at this point.

-The Optimist says Bobby Jenks looked strong, striking out 3 batters in an inning of work.
The Pessimist says Bobby (if he's even healthy) Mike Mac and Thornton need to take some days off. Calling for McCarthy (out of the 'pen), Riske and the rest of our Motley Crue gives me heart burn.

-The Optimist says we have another game with Detroit and 3 left with the Twins to help us catch up.
The Pessimist says we can expect one win, if we're lucky.

-Jeeves says...
Why do we own Justin Verlander? His average against teams not named the White Sox is in the .250's. Prior to tonight his BAA the Sox was .360.
I think AJ's grand slam is a harbinger not of doom, but a sign that the offense will perk up. I'm not sure if that will result in wins, but more offense can't hurt.
We scored 7, but still managed to leave 10 guys on base.
Freddy Garcia + Cutter/Splitter = demi-God. I am no longer certain if I want to chase him out of town next year in favor of McCarthy. He is a totally different pitcher with this new pitch. He's challenging Garland for Ace status right now.

Onto the Awards..................................
Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: There are no complaints from me, but then again he didn't have much of a chance to mess things up with Freddy only giving up 1 hit.

Good Ozzie Move of the Game: I like the lineup we had out there, and I like Jenks getting some work in a low leverage situation. I really didn't want to have to find out if he okay in a save situation.

Play of the Game: AJ's slam. It provided all the offense we needed.

Big Ups of the Game: To those who homered and to Paulie and Cintron for having multi hit games.

Sox PLayer of the Game

Freddy Garcia (3)

Sox Record: 85-66


Anonymous D.T. Kelly said...

I'm going to take Dye for Wednesday's game.

9/20/2006 6:46 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

Crede for me.

9/20/2006 8:54 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I think I'll stick with gooch, it worked last night

9/20/2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Freddy and his new cutter/splitter...
they'll make it tough on KW's keep/cast off decision making.

9/20/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Not sure if anyone has read it or not, but check out Jim's take at Sox Machine on Freddy and Buehrle and where they each might stand in the eyes of management.

Gotta love Sox Machine.com! While I like to think of our blog as the joe-fan point of view, if you want nuts and bolts breakdown stats relating to the previous night's game, it's the blog to read, and I've made it a must read each day.

9/20/2006 12:53 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

oh yeah, we linked it on the sidebar a long time ago too

9/20/2006 1:35 PM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Jim does great work. Here's the link for anyone that hasn't seen it yet.


9/20/2006 2:20 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Cruel friggin' Tease!

9/20/2006 10:58 PM  

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