The Sox are 0-3 through the first week of spring training. There may be some basis upon which to be concerned by the results of the first three pre season games of the year, but I don’t see it.
What I prefer to see is that each of our three starters so far (Floyd, Buehrle, and Jackson) have pitched well (two scoreless in each of their outings). The starters look strong!
The bats will come
Kenny Williams and the Sox are doing everything in their power to make a deep run into the playoffs in the 2011 season.
They signed Dunn, they resigned Konerko and AJ, they brought in some bullpen depth, they picked up Ozzie’s option, and now they’ve gone and locked up A.Ram for four years.
The only real question mark heading into the season is Peavy’s health, and with the strength that we have in the rotation without him, that is really a question that only impacts who the 5th starter will be. Which is not to say that Peavy would be the 5th in the Sox rotation; but with Buehrle, Danks, Floyd, and E Jax, you’ve got pitchers with the talent necessary to fill the one through four spots in your rotation.
It’s February, baby! Just a few more days until pitchers and catchers report!
About the time that I am about to go into full blown training camp preparation, the Sox decide that they might know a thing or two about playing baseball. So, here we sit on the 19th of June having won eight of our last ten, and only five and a half out, while our dear friends, the Twins, have gone five hundred over that same stretch.
Interleague play and series against the Cubs, Pirates, and Nats have certainly helped the cause. But the starting pitching has been very strong, with suprisingly strong performances from Freddy Garcia and Gavin Floyd.
As with everything that happens with the Sox – at least in the eyes of their fans – there is a dark cloud on the horizon. Jake Peavy had fluid drained from his throwing shoulder, and in spite of that will start tonight having talked Ozzie out of putting him on the DL.
The positive spin on this is that the team has done well in recent weeks in spite of Peavy, not because of him. On the other hand – we are most certainly going to need his arm down the stretch.
At the moment – Peavy has gone five innings with four strikeouts. Let’s hope
Hey! It’s not a winning streak until you’ve won the second game. And finally, we were able to do that.
Time for Jerry and Kenny to petition Bud to get 162 games against the Marlins.
In all seriousness, it was very very positive to see Gavin have a strong outing.
A sweep tomorrow, and carry the momentum into Cleveland.
An especially strong game for Gavin Floyd and Gordon Beckham in today’s victory over the Dodgers.
Gavin pitched four scoreless innings yielding no hits, two walks, and two strike outs.
Gordon went three for five with three doubles. With none of the other second base candidates grabbing hold of the opportunity, the kid could make the starting roster if he keeps this up.
Johnny Danks starts against the Tribe tomorrow.