Comatose line up
Short Take: Shutout by an 0-3,
11.09 ERA pitcher
The free-fall continues. If you're looking for the light at the end
of the tunnel, you really need to see a doctor about correcting that
"Cub-ness" in your personality. That's not daylight, it's an
oncoming train! Yesterday's rainout reprieve has ended and the Sox look
every bit as lost, beaten, and pathetic, as they ever have been. The
month-long swoon continues, 2-0 losers to Ryan Glynn and the Texas Rangers.
Who is Ryan Glynn? He's the worst pitcher on the worst staff in the
American League. Before facing the White Sox, his record was 0-3 and his
ERA 11.09. Facing another goofy line up penned by Jerry Manuel,
the Sox managed just three hits off this stiff, never advancing a runner past
first base. He pitched eight full innings. His teammates didn't
carry him off the field, but they should have. He ended their five-game
losing streak practically by himself.
The Manuel/Williams brain trust saw fit to slot Royce Clayton and
his .119 batting average in the #2 hole. His 0 for 3 performance
(including an inning-ending double-play groundout) was the wet blanket
smothering the anemic Sox attack. Ray Durham was back in the
leadoff spot and did his part, going 3 for 4. Next came Clayton starting
a black hole that stretched all the way to the #8 spot, a combined 0 for 20
performance by Jose Valentin, Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee, Harold
Baines, Sandy Alomar, and pinch hitter Magglio Ordonez.
How does Jerry Manuel adjust for a team that has the weakest offense
in the league? He benches Herbert Perry (.318) and Tony
Graffanino (.318), and instead starts Julio Ramirez (.075), Harold
Baines (.156), Chris Singleton (.200), and Royce Clayton
I guess there is no room in the crowded Sox line up for anybody hitting
over .300 after all the guys hitting beneath the Mendoza Line are
Did Jerry Manuel get this stupid or is new GM Ken Williams too
prideful to admit mistakes less than six weeks into the season? Must we
flush the entire season down the drain over a general manager's
Sox Fans, let's call Gord Ash for sympathy!
Rocky Biddle was effective if not dominant. As usual he
battled, pitching through jams in the second, third, and fifth innings.
Two earned runs ought to make you a winner when facing an opponent starting a
guy with an 11.09 ERA.
Not today. Not this year. And it's far, far from over.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
innings, four hits, two runs allowed. Last year he wins by five
runs. This year he loses by two to a guy with an 11.09
ERA. Blame Manuel/Williams.
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