Thursday, August 18, 2011

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One night after collecting 22 hits, the White Sox could manage only four and wound up on the short end of a 4-1 score against the Indians. Alejandro De Aza had a single and a double, Alexei Ramirez homered, Adam Dunn singled, and that was it for the Good Guys. Mark Buehrle allowed 12 hits and four runs, ending his 18-start streak of giving up three or fewer runs. The best thing that happened last night is that the Tigers lost, so the Sox didn’t lose any ground on first-place, remaining 3.5 games behind Detroit.
I read that after the 14-inning game on Tuesday, Ozzie decided to rest Paul Konerko by having him DH and playing Dunn at first. Surprisingly, the Sox have a much better record when Paulie plays that role. The team is 19-6 when he’s the DH and 41-49 when he plays first. Even more surprising, the Sox do better with Dunn at first (16-11) than when he’s the DH (29-40). I’m not saying that Oz should make this a permanent thing, I’m just sayin’ ….
It’s the rubber game with Cleveland tonight. While it’s a bit too early to call a game a must win, it’s getting close to that time. So for today, I’m switching it up: Just win, baby!

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