When I didn’t see Omar Vizquel on third today, I was a little surprised. Sure, he struggled at the plate yesterday, putting up a big fat zero in terms of production, but Jayson Nix is no prize. And he’s especially iffy on third base. Long gone are the Days of Joe Crede. In fact, I’m pretty sure the best 3rd baseman the Sox have had since the last time Crede held the position was Juan Uribe. Our options are slim pickins. Vizquel is old… Lillibridge looks about 19 years younger than he is (That would put him at 8) and then there’s Jayson Nix, a man with more error potential than Josh Fields. What the Sox should have picked up (instead of 3-4 DHs) was an infielder. Whether a 3rd baseman or a second baseman, Mark Teahen was not the solution.
Tonight, John Danks was terrific. 8 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits, 6 strike outs, and overall the same thing we’ve been seeing from him most of the year. He finally improves to 6-5. Paul Konerko was no slouch, picking up 3 of the night’s 11 hits and one of the walks. Pierre, Rios, and Quentin all had multiple hits tonight. Sure, it’s only against the Pirates, so we shouldn’t pat each other on the butt-er, back just yet. After all,t he Pirates had 6 errors today. That’s 1 more than the number of hits they had. But anything helps. And for the first time in a long time, the Sox are only 4 games under .500 and this will be the third series in a row that they have won. Here’s hoping the Nationals are awful!
In nationals-related news, sort of, the much anticipated (I suppose…) Buehrle-Strasbourg matchup will not happen, as Peavy is experiencing some shoulder aches and will be replaced by Buehrle instead. According to the Tweeting Press, his MRI was clear, so things should be OK, but physical problems are never a good thing. Here’s to a sweep tomorrow!