Short Take: Is Manuel asleep?
What is our manager thinking? The White Sox offense hasn't gotten
on-track all season. Key players like Ray Durham and Magglio
Ordonez haven't produced, and the team is struggling to score even four
runs per game. Even in last Sunday's victory, it took fourteen innings
for the Sox to score their second run.
So how does Jerry Manuel respond to this need? Jerry's Tuesday
line up included three players hitting .200 or lower. For reasons only
he and God understand, Manuel slotted Royce Clayton in the #2 slot
while hitters like Herbert Perry and Tony Graffanino sat on the
The ending was inevitable, another loss, this time 6-4 to Anaheim.
David Wells was less than brilliant but his gutsy performance was in
utter contrast to the rest of the team's. He didn't have this
"A" game but still pitched seven innings. After weeks of
losing, lethargic play was evident everywhere else.
The biggest example was in the bottom of the eighth inning. A gapper
to the wall had both Ray Durham and Royce Clayton conceding a
double to slow-footed Wally Joyner. Playing alert ball, Joyner advanced
to third base when neither Durham or Clayton bothered to back up the throw
into the infield. Sox Fans would like to buy both of them big screen
TV's where they can enjoy the show without contributing to our team's loss!
Joyner came home on a sacrifice to open a three-run lead for the
Angels. The Sox got one back in the ninth, but so what? The tying
run would have been at second base except for Durham and Clayton's boneheaded
play. The Sox lost by two and never made a serious run.
The season is entering a new phase. Sox Fans might blame a few key
players for the Sox's woes in April. Now that it is May the manager's
actions will come under greater scrutiny.
Jerry Manuel just flunked his first test.
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have his good stuff early, had trouble with control, but still managed
to battle for seven innings and keep the game close. Trying to
carry the anemic Sox offense, naturally it was a lost cause.
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