Game Two with the Rays
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; BA, CF. Jon Garland on the mound.
Jim Thome returns in the fourth hole. This is the first time this season he has hit anywhere other than third. He becomes the fourth Sox player — joining Konerko and Dye — to hit fourth.
While it took awhile, last night’s 12-9 victory in the series opener was worth it …
Ballpark prognosticators were guessing the Sox need to go 19-12 over the final 31 games to make the playoffs …
Sure nice to take the field tonight knowing the Tigers already dropped one today …
See, we tried to tell people Mark Redman was an All-Star …
What a difference it makes having Scott Podsednik and Tad Iguchi on base …
Jon Garland is coming off his fifth career shutout, a six-hitter at Detroit last Thursday (doesn’t that seem like a very long time ago) … Garland is 11-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his last 13 starts dating to 6/13 … his 15 victories in 2006 are tied for second in the majors, while his 33 wins since the start of the 2005 season are tied with St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter for the major-league lead … Garland is 7-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts since the ASB … his seven wins over that time lead MLB.
A Bit Surprising
The Sox rank fifth in the AL with 65 quality starts (that’s the surprising part), going 57-8 this season in those games (amazing percentage) and 20-46 otherwise … when a starting pitcher goes 7.0 IP or more, we are 39-16 … we are 38-38 when going less than 7.0 IP.
We are three games behind last year’s pace … 77-54 compared to 80-51.
Guns of August
With 29 RBI, Jermaine Dye leads the AL in RBI during August.