Friday, September 29, 2006

So Far So Good: Game 160 Thoughts

Sox hold on for a 4-3 win!

-All the Sox have left now is screwing over the Twins; so far so good! The Tigers can send us a thank you card for slowing the Twins down while their implosion continues. The Motor City Kitties lost their third straight game, and at the rate they're going, we'll have to sweep the Twins to stop them from winning their fourth division crown in five years.

-Ozzie clearly wants to stick it to the Twins. He went with a veteran heavy lineup, and it paid off today. I'm glad that he is playing the vets against the Twins, at least. I wanted the young guys to get some action once we had been eliminated, but nothing would make me happier than seeing the Twins lose the division, well nothing outside of the Sox miraculously making the playoffs.

-The Sox offense was marvelous, but they didn't completely embarass themselves against Boof. Dye and Cintron hit solo shots; Dye's should have been a two-run jack, but Pods decided to let himself get picked off.

-Jerry Owens got the start in center. I would applaud Ozzie if he had the cojones to put him in left and BA at center, but that would never happen. It doesn't look as if that's possible tomorrow either, because Jerry Owens left with strained toes after scoring in the fourth. That's right, strained toes. Weirdest injury in ChiTown, since Sosa threw his back out sneezing, perhaps. If I was Owens I would have lied and just said my foot hurt rather than specifying that it was my toes.

-Oh yeah, by the way, AJ got his first SB of the year today. I feel that such an unusual event as this, deserves its own bullet point.

-I really don't know what to make of Freddy. he was damn good again. He went 7 1/3 giving up only 5 hits and 1 run. He absolutely breezed through the first six innings; he only threw 57 pitches. Here's the question everyone should be asking themselves...if we bring back Freddy next year, will we get the dominant September or the maddingly ineffective, smoke-potting, batting practice fastball Freddy of the first 5 months. That's one storline we'll be following this summer.

-Oh Bobby, what's wrong? He almost gave this game away. I really hope he's just tired and not hiding an injury. He gave up two runs and three hits, but did manage to strikeout 3 guys on his way to a nail biting save.

-One thing of note, while we're sabotaging the Twins division hopes, I wonder if we'll sabotage Mauer's hold on the batting title. He went 0-4 dropping him to a paltry .346 (sarcasm detectors should have just exploded). Jeter and Cano are at .341 and .342 respectively.

Onto the awards..........................

Bad Ozzie Move of the Game: Overmanaging the bullpen, surprise, surprise. He brought in Thorton to face a lefty, and then MacDougal to face a righty. Save one of them for tomorrow, Oswaldo!

Good Ozzie Move of the Game: Giving Jerry Owens some PT. I like it, I just wish it was in left.

Plays of the Game: 1. AJ's run scoring single in the ninth. If we don't score that run we go to extras.
2. Bobby striking out Nevin with the bases juiced.

Big Ups of the Game: To Dye and Cintron for their blasts and Thornton and Macdougal

Sox Player of the Game

Freddy Garcia - 4

Sox Record: 89-71


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Yeah, my sarcasm detector just went off when I read James, the grand pick master.

That was one scary 9th inning, and thank god Freddy is raising his trade vlue.

9/30/2006 2:24 AM  

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