Tuesday, August 08, 2006

 

Yankees and Tigers

It's time for the White Sox pitchers to step up.

"I've never seen any of our pitchers not have enough stuff leaving the bullpen to get the job done," (Sox pitching coach Don) Cooper said. "I don't expect to see it. If you locate pitches, get ahead and throw strikes, and use both sides of the plate, you have a chance to win. If you don't make enough of those pitches, your chances for success are less."

"If you don't have it, you have to locate," (Sox catcher Sandy) Alomar added. "They might be tired, but if these guys can locate, they will be OK."

The Sox pitching has not looked good lately, especially the bullpen. Konerko and Thome have been hot recently but I'm afraid that it will not be enough to win the big games. I'd rather root for the Sox to win games rather than hope for the Twin's pitching injuries to continue and for the Red Sox to struggle out east in the hunt for the wild card.

The Sox pitchers need some good relief. They're losing games in innings 6-8 where they are either giving up a lead or being put away early by opponents. Their recent 6-3 road trip looks good in the standings but they didn't look like they were in control. They have the talent to beat the Yanks and Tigers in the next six games but if the pitching does not step up they will get pounded.

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