Monday, June 25, 2007
Even though Jake Peavy did not match Josh Beckett, he has fantastic stuff. Early on Peavy’s slider was sick. To a RHB, the slider must look so good than at the last moment darts down and away. But to southpaws, he tries to backdoor the pitch. He left it over the plate to Coco, Cora, Ortiz giving up three singles that started a three run inning, and with Beckett on the mound, that was it for the Padres.
The Sox took two out of three from the best team in the N.L. in their home park, where they have a big advantage over the Olde Towne Team. (PECTO is the most underrated park. It is a notch below Camden Yards.) A big outfield can magnify Manny’s miscues, although he looked better than adequate this weekend.
This was a big weekend. The Sox passed a tough test. The local nine will be in a similar situation the weekend before the Break, as they take on the Tigers in Detroit.
A Chicago Sun-Times story Sunday said the White Sox could be on the verge of trading left-hander Mark Buehrle, who can become a free agent after this season. According to the report, the Boston Red Sox are the most serious suitors right now.
Asked Sunday if Buehrle was going to be traded to Boston, Williams replied: "Not today."
Our Sox have been linked to Buehrle in the past, but he doesn’t seem like a pitcher that fits Boston. In general, power strikeout pitchers win against the patient lineups in the A.L. East. Buehrle is a crafty, command southpaw. Also, other than Cleveland, no other contending A.L. is predominately left-handed. The Sox should not pay the price the Other Sox will ultimately get for Buehrle.