Treading sweat

garcia0819Freddy Garcia probably doesn’t have a major-league arm anymore. But since he always struggles against the Royals and he didn’t completely embarrass himself on Tuesday, it’s likely he’ll get another shot.
The bullpen springs into action in a one-run game, pitches 4 2/3 scoreless innings (not counting one inherited runner). But the effort is in vain.
Paul Konerko breaks out of an 0-for-23 slump with a single and a homer, and Carlos Quentin snaps out of a power slump himself. But they still end up one run short because of spatial issues on the basepaths, to put it kindly.
This is the behavior of a .500 team. Ozzie Guillen backed up his boss, agreeing with the “underachiever” label Kenny Williams tagged his team with the day before, but after 4 1/2 months without one excellent stretch of solid play, it’s probably time to cut back on pretending this decent Chrysler of a team is a Bentley.
At least until Jake Peavy can be counted upon to contribute to the big-league club.
Peavy actually gave up runs in his second rehab start — this time in Durham — and reports said he wasn’t as sharp as he was in his first time around. There’s no timetable on Peavy’s return, except to say that he’s ruled out from starting against the Cubs on Sept. 3.
This news itself isn’t a surprise or a setback, because Williams couldn’t guarantee any appearance by Peavy in a Sox uniform before 2010. However, the timing is fitting for a team that can’t find any.
In today’s rubber match, Guillen has to send a starting pitcher in a tailspin to face off against one of the American League’s best, Zack Greinke. It’s illustrative of the Sox’s inability to separate themselves from the break-even point. Sure, they’re a better team than the Royals, but a real, actual, bona fide contender would never find itself at a significant pitching disadvantage over a three-game series against a team 25 games under .500.
Funny thing is, it wouldn’t surprise me if Jose Contreras somehow manages to pull a gem out of his hindquarters and outduel Greinke. With the Baltimore Orioles on deck, there’s at least one Bobby Jenks blown save in store to negate any kind of shocking progress.
At least Scott Linebrink isn’t in the setup role anymore. He didn’t take the news in comforting fashion, though:

‘We’re trying to get him back on track,” Guillen said. ”As soon as he’s back on track and we feel like he can help us in that situation, he’ll be back to his job.”
Linebrink’s initial response sounded more like that of a player hearing the news for the first time.
”Get me back on track how?” he said.

Oh, boy.
Speaking of quotes, I missed this gem from Ozzie Guillen. Speaking about Scott Podsednik’s misjudged fly on Sunday, he said:

(Scott Podsednik) make a couple mistakes. Well, Pods is not Joe Gold Glove in the outfield.

During the spring, Don Cooper said Mark Buehrle wasn’t “Johnny Condition-Guy.” Slowly, but surely, we could have a full lineup of alter egos. Some future suggestions:

  • Alexei Ramirez: Fred Focus
  • Jermaine Dye: Direct Route Dave
  • Chris Getz: Koko B. Durable
  • A.J. Pierzynski: Gene, Gene, The Walking Machine

Minor league roundup:

  • Durham 5, Charlotte 2
    • Jake Peavy: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
    • Carlos Torres worked around a lot of baserunners, allowing just a run over four innings despite giving up six hits and three walks. Five strikeouts helped.
    • Tyler Flowers missed his third straight game.
  • Potomac 3, Winston-Salem 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)
    • Greg Paiml had two of the Dash’s four hits and the lone RBI.
    • Brent Morel went 0-for-3 and committed his ninth error; Justin Greene was 0-for-2 with an HBP.
    • Levi Maxwell dropped to 4-13 despite pitching OK — 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
  • Winston-Salem 2, Potomac 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)
    • Brent Morel went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
    • Dylan Axelrod struck out eight over six innings, scattering three hits.
    • Santo Luis struck out the side for the save.
  • Kannapolis 3, Lexington 2 (11 innings)
    • Jared Mitchell went 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI and strikeout.
    • Jon Gilmore joined Mitchell with three hits.
    • Drew Garcia, Josh Phegley and newly promoted Ryan Lee had two hits apiece.
    • Joe Serafin threw a quality start, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings, striking out four.
    • Kevin Asselin (2 IP), Kyle Bellamy (2 IP) and Drew O’Neil (1 IP) combined for five innings of hitless relief.
  • Bluefield 6, Bristol 1
    • Brady Shoemaker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
    • Trayce Thompson and Leighton Pangilinan also had two hits.
    • Daniel Wiltz struck out two over two perfect innings.
    • Santos Rodriguez struck out four over two, but gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits.
  • Casper 7, Great Falls 4
    • Jesus Avila had the lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.
  • Birmingham vs. Montgomery PPD
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Ugh, two sopping-wet, entirely ineffective starting pitchers hurling their own feces in the vicinity of the three guys by the plate. I know Meche is fresh of the DL, but he had about as much stuff-wise as Freddy did, and the Sox really could’ve (should’ve) done more damage against a guy who pretty clearly had nothing out there.
Then Robinson Tejeda (who’s apparently no longer Wally Walk-Every-Other-Guy) happened, complete with Zambrano faux-religious-sky-point-then-yell-at-my-own-chest antics. That was easily the barfiest part of that game, not so much for the histrionics, but because the guy was friggin’ unhittable and easily got the game to Soria.
”Get me back on track how?”
Let’s start with you not walking a Mitch Maier and his ZERO home runs with a three-run lead before grooving the straightest, meatiest thigh-high fastball to a guy who wouldn’t dare making contact with anything else.


I dont even know where to start anymore, Gil Meche as the other poster pointed out had dog shit yesterday and we let him off the hook, the highly touted royals pen shut us down, did anyone pickup on Tejeda always going to a change up late in a count, has anyone ever seen a more unhittable hittable 90 mph fastball from Soria that he seems to always feature and get away with. Unlike the send vs Ichiro in a two out situation that was a 50 50 call for cox, this send at third when there was still going to be 1 out was just embaressing and this isnt the first time cox has made a mistake he has had about as bad a run at third as I have seen, other teams simply dont have guys making the mistatkes he makes all the damn time. Alexei doesnt bust it to 2nd, or for that matter stay at 1st which proved to be a huge play as the sox dont take advantage of a typical royals error, I mean the list freaking goes on and on with the day to day bullshit of this team. Not sure who to blame any more, not sure for the first time this year if this team is going to make the playoffs and thats a freaking shame given the talent on the club and the lack of a competitive division.
1 bright side note… um… um well didnt Homer Bailey beat Tim Lincecum last night? Thats about equal to Jose vs Zack right.


Well, I agree with knox, this isn’t the first time cox did that. The only other bright spot, is that earlier in the season we beat Greinke (still not sure how) so maybe we’ll do it again (hey I can dream).
Jim… nice crystal ball you have there. and thanks.


I was at the game last night. What bothered me the most is the feeling around the park that the Sox were done as soon as the Royals took the lead. But even the Sox themselves played a listless, let’s get this over with kind of game after the 5th inning. It seemed like the Royals were leading by 10 runs instead of 1. Jim is right–this is a .500 team. Hopefully we wind up with a better record than the Cubs (but that won’t say much).


Go figure. OT… what’s the name of the newest white sox dvd?


Ok good. Ironically I got it a wal mart cause the orders online don’t work


Let’s hope Contreras can string a few together like he did earlier this year. Seems as if everything unlikely happens with this team this year including the trades.


that comment from Linebrink reminds me some of a Garland or Parque snippy response after some bad outing or another. I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m not.