July 23, 2006


Pitchers 'paying for every mistake' (TONI GINNETTI, 7/23/06, Chicago Sun-Times)

Pitching drove the White Sox through the 2005 season and to the World Series title. Now inconsistent pitching more than anything else has hindered the Sox of late.

"The staff knows they're struggling,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. "They need to be a little more consistent. Everyone except Jose Contreras has had some problems. I don't have many complaints about the last few starts. It just seems they have one bad inning. A bloop hit here and there is part of the game. But it seems they're paying for every mistake.''

In the 22 games before their latest loss to the Texas Rangers on Saturday, Sox starters had a 6.29 ERA and ranked eighth overall in the American League this season with a 4.71 ERA after finishing second in the league last year with a 3.75 ERA.

Levis improve when you wear them until they're distressed--starting pitchers don't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2006 8:49 AM

Under the "When things go bad..." category, the Sox got a very good outing on Saturday from Garcia, but then Jenks couldn't get his cut fastball over three straight times with a 1-2 count on Ian Kinsler with two outs in the ninth after Ozzie had Matthews intentionally walked, which gave Young another at-bat. Not a good move, as Trevor Hoffman can attest to.

Posted by: John at July 23, 2006 11:46 AM

You know the Sox are in the toilet when they can't even win a series against the Tigers. Granted they only lost the rubber game by one run and are still dominating the season series, but that's still pretty bad.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 23, 2006 12:35 PM

I may have to leave this great state for uttering such blasphamy, but I predict that while the Tigers may finish the regular season with the most wins in MLB they will lose to the White Sox in the playoffs.

Posted by: Dave W at July 23, 2006 3:52 PM

The Tigers hold the rights to the best pitcher in college baseball last year and to the best Triple A pitcher in the minors. As the Chisox panic about the wildcard, the Tigers are laying the groundwork for the kind of year-to-year domination last enjoyed by the A's of the early 70's.

The Chisox became irrelevant when Verlander and Zumaya came North after spring training, they just didn't know it yet.


Posted by: Palmcroft at July 23, 2006 9:10 PM

And both Ledezma and Zumaya could be effective starters in the majors right now.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2006 10:35 PM