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Updates from a rainy night

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--Jim Thome’s fifth-inning solo home run was the 513th of his career, moving him solely into 18th place on the all-time homer list, passing up Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews. Next in his sites? Frank Thomas at 516.

--Jermaine Dye left the game in the seventh inning with what is being called a strained left groin.

--The Sox bullpen is starting to get that “Oh no’’ look to them, again blowing a lead as May approaches. Can you say 2007?

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Yes the bullpen & offense certainly resembles 06.Konerko continues to kill rallies with his hitting into double plays on a regular basis.His defense not that great either.Logan,Dotel,Thornton & McDougall all gas cans. These four got to get it together or find another way to make a living. Uribe certainly the worse of a bad hitting club.Its amazing Walker still has a job? Certainly the players aren't getting help from him or its not working.

I have a sinking feeling that a weak spot in the ken-oz-coop management team is the ability to manage and develop a bullpen. Its hard, other teams have same problem. I don't know wheteher its releivers they choose (Booooooooooone), their approach, the situations in which they make the moves or what. But it now looks like third straight season of this.

Also, I now live in Kansas City which for last 5 years may have had the worst record in history of MLB-----what is fascination with bring in pitchers who failed miserably here-----McDougal, Dotel, S(C)isco---and thinking they can be reliable here. Ok. "coop" developed jenks-----thornton is average at best, Ridzke (splelling), cotts got worse,

something in their approch is flawed when it comes to relievers.

With nearly 15% of 2008 in the books, the pitching has dramatically improved.
Opp BA/OPS IP thru 6in: 2008 254/689 vs 2007 273/767
Opp BA/OPS IP 7th in+: 2008 247/660 vs 2007 283/784

Hitting wise the WSox are still below avg thru 6in, but 7th in on they look good (256A/771OPS).

The pen can be better if Ozzie just accepts reality. Logan should not be used vs RHB's, & only Logan, Linebrink, & Jenks should be used vs LHBs. The rest are worthless vs LHB's but strong vs RHBs.

Mac Dougal's in Charlotte & Wassy in Chicago. With the way Wassy's pitching I don't see Mac getting back. Wassy painted the corner & should have gotten the strike calls but he doesn't really have to do that. He can cheat in more because RHers have enough trouble picking up the motion of the ball as crosses from the RT side to the LT side.

Wassy needs to learn he doesn't have to strike them out. Just pitch it where they'll make bad contact.

HOW COME NOBODY IS QUESTIONING JENKS' VELOCITY?FROM 97 TO 91?IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH HIS ARM?IN 2005 WE HAD CLUTCH HITTING ALL YEAR.ALSO,WE ARE STILL NOT FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND.ALEXI LOOKS VERY RAW.HE SHOULD BE SENT DOWN TO LEARN THE GAME.

Jenks velocity was down at the start both in 2006 & 2007 as well. I don't think he does solid off-season conditioning. I wish the WSox would do more in that area. His high 90 velocity has returned by June both those yrs so I wouldn't worry about him.

Alexei has a world of talent but right now he seems clueless to how MLB gms are played. Send him down & bring up Wise. This guy can hit for power like Quentin but has blazing speed like Owens. He's on fire w the Knights right now. I can't imagine him being worse than Alexei in the field right now.

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