Monday, July 09, 2007
1. Since inter-league play ended, the Sox have won only five out of the last thirteen games. They were swept in Seattle, split with Texass and took three from the Rays at home, and then got swept in Det-Riot City. On the surface, we should be concerned, but the Sox went 1-6 in one run games during this recent stretch. One run outcomes are usually a function of luck and the pen. The Sox pen has been great so the Local Nine have just been unlucky.
2. Even though Clay Buchholz gave up a homer to left on a 93 mph fastball that tailed over the heart of the plate to Joey Votto, he pitched well. He had nice separation 12-15 mph between his fastball and change, but did not have feel for the big deuce in just one inning of work. CB pitched like Keith Foulke v.2004 - a plus change with an above average fastball. As for the other results, Buchholz struck out Max Ramirez - all strikes on the changeup. Craig Stansberry ground out to short on a changeup. Geovany Soto struck out on a change as well. Buchholz is the real deal.
3. Ken Rosenthal thinks Javy Vazquez could be on the trading block with Mark Buehrle‘s deal. If so, the Sox could be on him hard. Vazquez was their first choice after the 2003 season. And the Olde Towne Team could be one of the favorites, along with the Mets, because: 1) Javy can not be traded to the a Western division team without his approval and will not be, 2) Both can absorb the $34.5 million - and may find it a bargain - owed to the starter over the next three seasons, 3) Each has expendable prospects (Lastings Milledge, Jacoby Ellsbury), due to organizational depth, to deal. Also, Kenny Williams and Omar Minaya were talking during the Futures Game yesterday.