The Sox have turned inconsistency into consistency. The strength of the team that we projected in February – the starting pitching – has come through with extraordinary efforts. Even Freddy Garcia is pitching well. Combined with timely hitting from Andruw Jones, Alex Rios, and Konerko, the team is doing incredibly well. And this is occuring all while their offensive wunderkind Beckham & Quentin are scuffling.
I refuse to look beyond the next game, but this is certainly making for an entertaining June.
On a side note, I quietly mutter about the lack of attention that the Sox receive relative to their northside brethren. But when that attention revolves around the insanity of Carlos Zambrano, I am more than happy to sit quietly and continue to pile up wins.
LETS GO SOX!
An 11-1 pounding of the Jays brings the Sox record to 4-5, and leaves them in a tie with the Royals and behind the Tigers and Twins who are both 6-3.
Through these first nine games the pitching has been the team’s strength (as expected) although there have been some troubling performances.
Jake Peavy has yet to hit his stride. I did not see his first outing, but in his second outing against the Jays he did not seem to have the velocity on his fastball, or the snap on his sinker. No one is willing to say that there is an injury at issue here, and he did not appear to be laboring against the Jays, so you have to hope that it is something that he will come out of.
Bobby Jenks has been inconsistent through these first games. He has had dominant performances and followed them up with outings where he couldn’t find the plate. Bobby nearly gave away the first victory against the Jays when he couldn’t pitch a strike.
On the other hand, Santos has look very strong, and Danks just got done slamming the door on the Jays….so overall you have to be pleased, if a bit concerned with the slow start of two very important members of the staff.
On the offensive side, Andruw Jones has proven that he wasn’t just talking about having a strong season this spring. He damn well meant it. As far as this Sox fan is concerned, he has to be in the lineup every night for so long as he is able to perform at this level.
Rios, by the numbers has had a slow start, but has hit the ball hard.
Finally, the two young lions in the lineup, Beckham and TCQ, are having strong starts to the season that will hopefully carry through the remainder of the year.
The Sox have two more in Toronto and then three in Cleveland before closing out the first month against three strong teams in Tampa, Seattle, and Texas.
….I guess I must have fallen asleep.
IMO, hopes should be very high for the Sox heading into the 2010 campaign.
We’ve got one of the strongest rotations in the American League led by Peavy and Buehrle.
We’ve got a real life leadoff hitter in Juan Pierre
TCQ has not broken or torn anything in the past several months
Beckham had a great ’09, and should only get better in in ’10.
We have some established veteran (and in the case of Omar V. I do mean veteran) presence on the bench in the form of Kotsay, Vizquel, and a renewed Andruw Jones.
Only five days til pitchers and catchers report. Let’s Go Sox
Less than two weeks left until the hostilities begin in earnest.
This is what we know. Anderson will start in center. Fields will start at third. Getz will start at second. Corky Miller will be the backup catcher. Contreras will be ready to fill either the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation.
What we don’t know. Who will fill the other starting spot, either Marquez or Richard at this point, as it appears the Colon will not be ready, and Poreda will likely be sent to Charlotte to work on his “second pitch”
Who will lead-off. Getz is the most likely candidate, but it’s really all up in the air at this point.
The major surprise of the Spring Training; 1 and 1a, the health of Contreras, and just how good Beckham is.
The major disappointment of Spring Training, none of the three candidates for the center position took advantage of the opportunity to make the job theirs. Anderson gets it by default almost because he plays the best defense.
Given what we have seen so far, if I am filling out the lineup card, it looks like this:
C – A.J.
1B – Konerko
2B – Beckham
3B – Fields
SS – Ramirez
LF – Quentin
CF – Anderson
RF – Dye
DH – Thome
Beckham may still get sent to Birmingham or Charlotte to ramp up his progress at a slightly more deliberate pace, but as of this moment, that’s how I’d send them out.
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.
Contrary to my prior post, the “suprise” of the Sox spring training so far has been the extraordinary play of recent draftee, Gordon Beckham. Becks has shown himself capable both in the field and at the plate through the first several weeks of ST.
I suspect that Ozzie & Kenny will want to take it slow with the promising youngster, but if the Getz, Lillibridge, and Nix struggle with the big club, it will be hard to keep the kid down.
Question will be then whether Becks plays his natural SS position,and TCM gets moved back to second, or Becks is moved to second.
The other suprise of the spring has been the health of the two old horses Contreras and Colon. While neither has pitched in live action, both have looked good pitching from the side. Along with the strong performances by Richard and Marquez, the quick return of Contreras and Colon could make for a much stronger end of the rotation than had been expected when ST started.