August 11, 2006


Royals Sweep Red Sox (Associated Press, August 11, 2006)

Manny Ramirez singled his first two at-bats and extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games, second only to Chase Utley's 35-gamer in the majors this year. He is hitting .402 during the streak.

The Sox don't call it the House of Horrors for nothin'--at one point they supposedly had the worst record in KC of any team in any park in major league history.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2006 10:34 AM

Maybe. But the 1-5 road trip has pushed them 3 back of the Yanks and 2 back in the WildCard. They have 11 at home vs higher quality teams like the Yanks and Toronto.

We should know in a week whether to keep watching the Sox or just turn them off and watch the Patriots.

Posted by: AWW at August 11, 2006 10:42 AM

They've played over their heads allk season--a slump was to be expected--it comes at a bad time when you should be fattening up on KC, but they never win there. They're just as likley to run off ten straight wins next.

One thing that seems obvious is they should have replaced Varitek with a defensive catcher, not an offensive one. They violated the theory on which the rest of the infield is built.

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2006 10:49 AM

It's a pitching slump and it coincides with the loss of their outstanding signal caller, Jason Varitek.

Posted by: pj at August 11, 2006 11:03 AM

Javy is certainly a worse catcher than Jason, but he's one of the few who is.

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2006 11:08 AM

Not with that pitching staff will they reel off 10 in a row. Tho perhaps Wells and Schilling will suddenly become 10 years younger, they'll find a 5th starter, Lester will stop walking batters, and Home Run Josh will suddenly start keeping the ball in the park. Oh, and maybe they'll be able to replace NY, Chicago, and Detroit on the schedule with more games agains the NL East, or, failing that, some AAA teams.

Meanwhile they've got Tubby Wells and Johnson going in the first 2 against the O's (and it's their 8-1 record vs B'more which is the only thing keeping their record vs the AL over .500 -- it stands at 5 games under vs the rest of the league.)

Of course the Sawx traditionally would have trouble in KC, as the park is so big and teams built on speed thrive there, something the Sawx have, understandably given their own home park, never had.

That said, they've been very successful there in recent years, piling up an 8-4 record in KC from 2002-2005, and I believe the NESN guys said last night, when I tuned into to enjoy the weepings and wailings of New England, that it's been over 20 years since the Sawx got swept there.

Kelly Shoppach and Josh Bard we hardly knew ye.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 11, 2006 11:44 AM

Yes, they should have just reacquired Bard or picked up one of the guys CIN isn't using.

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2006 11:58 AM

The Sox season will probably be considered 1 of those what if seasons given all the injuries, missed trade opportunities, and so forth. The Bard deal looks bad as the only reason they got Mirabelli back was to catch Wakefield who has been on the DL. The Arroyo-Pena deal looked bad for the Sox but with Arroyo 0-5 in his last 10 starts and fading fast while Pena is crushing the ball the deal is more acceptable.

Posted by: AWW at August 11, 2006 12:11 PM

Go Blue Jays!

(Since neither the Mariners nor the White Sox are going anywhere but home in October.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 11, 2006 12:13 PM


To the contrary, irrespective of results, you'd always trade a starting pitcher for a Wily Mo. Next year he'll be 26 with 1000 at-bats under his belt and a career SLG% between 450 and 500. It'd be helpful if Manny & Ortiz could convince him to take walks more often, but he's poised for a stretch of big time seasons.

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2006 12:17 PM

What could be more frustrating than the Ms 1-12 record vs the As? If they were 6-7 they'd be in first place with the evil As in last and 4 games back. The recent sweep here in Seattle convinced me to start preparing for football season.

Posted by: Patrick H at August 11, 2006 1:48 PM

I do kinda miss the Mariners of the previous two years (or the general White Sox of the past few decades). At least when a team is terrible, there's no point in getting your hopes up. But this year I predicted a .500 season, and it appears I'm gonna be right. Just this business of winning and losing in clumps, along with the mediocrity of the rest of the division, has the effect of making things look better than they are. It's annoying.

Still, it's not quite time to dig out and amend that bumpersticker from the stadium votes:

Go Supersonics. And take the Mariners with you!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 11, 2006 2:04 PM

The Wily Mo deal was a steal for the Sox. Wily Mo is gonna be a star.

They are in a period of transition and while they have plenty of talent in A-ball and rookie leagues, there's very little at higher levels in the system. With a poor free agent market, they're going to be relying on some mediocre pitchers for the next few years.

Posted by: pj at August 11, 2006 4:47 PM