Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bobby Blows, Santos Saves

Freddy Garcia only gave up one run in today’s 6-4 game against the Tigers. Bobby Jenks took care of the other 3 in the bottom of the ninth. I’m not going to speculate about how Ozzie feels, or what the Sox will do. I’m just going to say what I said at the beginning of the season, when Jenks was still struggling. He won’t be back next year. He’ll be asking for too much money, and now the Sox have an inexpensive alternative: Sergio Santos.

Speaking of Sergio Santos, Josh Fields recently drew my attention via Twitter to the fact that Brian Anderson graduated from Rookie Ball in the Royals organization with a 0.00 ERA over 5 innings with 6 strike outs. The odds that he will have the same success as Santos is having this year are slim, but it’s nevertheless funny to think of Brian Anderson, the pitcher. Who will make those graceful catches in center field? Perhaps Mark Kotsay.

Flawless transition, right? Mark Kotsay was the hero of the game today, picking up 4 RBI, and being just a double short of the cycle. The Sox were happy to have his 2-run insurance points heading into the night. And boy did they need them. And when the Sox needed to break the 4-4 tie, Mark Kotsay stepped up again with a triple. He’s really fighting for his roster spot. And perhaps he should, since several disgruntled Sox fans are making their opinions known about Kotsay’s below par average and production. How far can “unlucky” go? (You know, Kotsay has hit a bunch of balls REALLY hard, only to get robbed by a lucky catch or a strategically placed defensive player.)

Still, do I think Kotsay will be headed down to Charlotte? No. I still think that it’ll be Viciedo so that he can get that “regular playing time”. That he was supposed to get today, but didn’t. Who knows if there would have been any need for Kotsay’s heroics if he was in the lineup?

Overall, I’m glad the Detroit series is over. We’re not much better in terms of standings (Still 1.5 games ahead of those pesky Twins- not that the Rays haven’t tried their hardest to put the Twins down. But you just can’t stop a team that’s on fire.), but we did take 3 out of 4 (one of which was the Torres-driven loss in the second game of the double header), and stopped the Tigers from making any progress. Next, to Baltimore!

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