Sunday, August 26, 2007
Owens, CF; Fields, LF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Dye, RF; Uribe, SS; Richar, 2B; Gonzalez, 3B. Vazquez pitching.
Note the debut of Josh Fields in LF. We want to see how Josh fares the rest of this season to help plan for 2008 and the return of Joe Crede. The last Sox 3B to switch to LF worked out pretty well … Carlos Lee.
"We got hit harder than a pinata on Cinco de Mayo," quote from an anonymous White Sox manager about the first three games of this series.
Jose Contreras pitches tomorrow in the day game makeup against the DRays, while Gavin Floyd starts Tuesday in the series opener at Texas.
What a Difference a Year Makes
Javier Vazquez is 11-6 with a 3.66 ERA, 147 strikeouts and a .237 opposing batting average through 25 starts this season, compared to 11-8 with a 5.11 ERA, 123 strikeouts and a .268 opponents average at the same stage of 2006. He has gone 8-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Following yesterday’s loss, manager Ozzie Guillen spoke to the team, reinforcing the fact that they cannot give up on themselves.
"I’ve been on teams that have done that," Guillen said. "You come to the park expecting to lose. We can’t think that way or it’s going to be a long September around here. We need to make sure we believe in one another."
Reminder … for tickets to the second annual Blog Night on Sept. 27, call Dustin at 312-674-5186. In addition to the game, your $31 ticket allows you to attend a special pregame event (currently scheduled to attend … me, and whatever friends I still have in the organization on Sept. 27).