Saturday, August 25, 2007
Owens, CF; Fields, 3B; AJ, C; PK, DH; Erstad, 1B; Dye, RF; Uribe, SS; Richar, 2B; Gonzalez, LF. Buehrle pitching.
Good for all of Chicago to finally see the sun today … yesterday was certainly no fun … the Little League World Series was on the televisions in the clubhouse today before the game … when the storms hit on Thursday, several Sox players ran to their cell phones to check on wives, children and family in the SW suburbs … today, Mark Buehrle is attempting to reach double figures in victories for the seventh consecutive season … Buehrle is in line to join Joe Horlen (1963-69), Bill Pierce (1955-61), Ted Lyons (1924-30), Eddie Cicotte (1913-20), Doc White (1903-13) and Ed Walsh (1906-12) as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
Despite playing in just 71 games, Josh Fields leads all AL rookies with 16 home runs and ranks second in RBI (48) and slugging (.464). Fields ranks fifth in the AL after the All-Star Break with 11 home runs and tied for 11th with 30 RBI.
Projected over 162 games, Fields would hit 37 home runs and drive in 110.
Who Else Is Hot
Jermaine Dye is hitting .302 with 12 home runs and 25 RBI since the ASB. His 12 home runs rank second and he is fifth with a .617 slugging percentage.
Javier Vazquez is 8-1 with a 2.94 ERA over his last 12 starts. Ryan Buckvich owns a 1.93 ERA over his last 27 games, and Ehren Wassermann owns a 1.38 ERA over his last 15. Right-handers are hitting .119 against the sidearmer.