It’s funny how a good couple of months can change everyone’s perspective. Even with a bad team in town like the Devil Rays, I would normally be happy with winning three of four. And ironically, I expected to lose a game, but it wasn’t the one we actually lost. I thought either Verlander would lose to Kazmir (and in a way, he did) or Zach Miner would drop his start. Instead, it was the Kenny Rogers game that the team dropped.
And in that game, the rollercoaster struck again. After a perfect eleventh inning, Todd Jones ran into all sorts of trouble in the twelth and ended up yielding four runs. Worst of all, he hit Rocco Baldelli with two outs to load the bases before giving up back to back doubles and those four runs. And while the offense can be held somewhat at fault for this one (one run, five hits over twelve innings), Todd Jones is really making things tough for this team the past couple of weeks. Not only has he done a poor job, but he’s obliterating any value he might have on the trade market.
Regardless, it was another series win. It looks like the White Sox are going to lose today, so we’ll still have the best record in baseball and we’ll have a nice 2 1/2 game lead in the AL Central.
Zach Miner had another nice start today and he’s now 2-1. He threw 108 pitches and gave up only three hits over seven innings. That Kyle Farnsworth deal is looking better and better. I keep hearing late July/early August for Mike Maroth’s return, so hopefully he’ll be able to keep at least some of this up until then.
Wil Ledezma was called up from Toledo and it looks like he’ll be coming out of the pen. He walked one and struck out two in the eighth today in his season debut. Last year, Ledezma was billed as the next Johan Santana, mostly because he was a rule five guy and he’s left handed like Santana. He fell on his face early and has played for Toledo pretty much since.
The Tigers play three at Wrigley field this weekend. And true to Wrigley field, all three games are day games. The White Sox travel to Cincinnati.