Thursday, April 9, 2009

Not Looking Great for Sox So Far

The White Sox just finished losing the opening series of the year to the Royals. And while we have no clue how good the Royals are actually going to end up being this year, it's not good to get beat like this at home. The Sox were out-pitched and out-hit in the series. Three great pitching performances went pretty much wasted (Buehrle left the game trailing). And in a three game series the Sox came up with one big hit, luckily it won a game.

So on we look towards the next series, and surprisingly it doesn't look good, despite the fact that I don't think the Twins are very good. The way the pitching matchups worked out (because of off days) it will be 4 v 4, 5 v 1, and 1 v 2 (that's rotation order for each team, Sox listed first).

Game 1 is obviously a winnable game, but it comes at a bad time because of how poor the hitting has been. Hopefully they are able to break out of it quickly and get to R.A. Dickey quickly but it may take a few innings, and frankly I don't know what the Sox are going to get out of Contreras tomorrow. Winnable, but far from a sure thing.

Game 2 is Liriano against Colon. Similarly to Contreras there is no telling what kind of Colon will show up. I do know that the Mariners beat Liriano, but I also remember how good he was before his injury. He can easily shut the Sox down in this game. And with Colon going he may not even need to be that good. Odds are Sox don't win this game.

Game 3 is Buehrle and Blackburn. Pretty even matchup, it's hard to predict that far into the future because there's been 3 games and I'd be predicting 3 games in the future, doesn't seem right. Seems like a toss up at this point though.

So the way I see it it's going to be tough for the Sox to win even 2 games in this series, and my goal of winning 4 of 6 seems really tough to reach. But hey, the pitching has been good, and bats like Quentin, Ramirez, Pierzynski, and Konerko have to wake up at some point right? (I hope)

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