We have lost five games that
You won't have to worry about Gavin much longer. I expect him to undergo reconstructive right elbow surgery, and I wish him well. He's an interesting study as far as what were realistic expectations for him after he won 17 games in 2008.
With only one left-hander in the bullpen, the biggest issue is finding a right-handed reliever besides
It also would help if the starters would pitch deeper into games, but it’s unfair to ask
It would seem to me that the pressing question is not whether the
The biggest issue right now is staying close until
There hasn't been a noticeable spike in attendance, so I don't think it will break many hearts if the dismantling starts and there's an emphasis on the future. It's going to be a tough task to move large salaries and get market value for those players as well as moving some contracts that might be too pricy to bring back a semblance of value.
I think Triple-A Charlotte pitcher Andre Rienzo has a chance to help the major league club at some point this year, as does Double-A Birmingham pitcher Erik Johnson. The Sox have enough outfielders at the major league level to not accelerate the development of outfielders
When will we really start to see Rick Hahn's fingerprints on this team? As this current collection of uninspiring ballplayers is largely a Kenny Williams parting gift, do you think that Hahn actually has the fortitude to throw this collection of junk on the scrap heap and start over with the younger talent in the Sox farm system? -- Sam Athens, Dallas, Texas
I think Rick will start to make changes as he sees fit. Missing Viciedo and Beckham have changed the landscape of the offense, and in the case of Beckham, the defense has suffered.
The key is for the team to not fall behind any farther in the standings before Viciedo and Beckham return. If the Sox keep slipping, you can expect talks with other teams to start or start accelerating. There hasn't been a shortage of top notch scouts at Sox games in the first five weeks.
As far as help from the minors, I'd like to see those players earn promotions instead of calling them up for the sake of taking a look. They need to earn their promotions.
What is your gut feeling about
Roger, I hate to make the call now, only because we saw Paul get off to an amazing start in the first two months of 2012, only to have his production slip dramatically in the final four months.
Based on my gut feeling now, I say this is it. But I think Paul can help a team. He's one of the smartest hitters, but the issue will be how much playing time he will get, how much longer he wants to play after this season (he's been the designated hitter for quite a few games), how comfortable he would be with the Sox if they rebuild or how comfortable he would be playing in another city.
We still have 20 weeks to go, so we'll see how this plays out.
There's always the Bulls and Blackhawks to watch.
While many fans may be stressing over the Sox inability to score runs and the bullpen inconsistencies, I am concerned with the inordinate number of errors and passed balls.
Truth be told, we may not have more at this point in the season from last year, but my paradigm is that the pitchers have had a hard time pitching over mistakes so far this year, and this makes them more glaring.
Going into this season, the one constant that I would have bet on would have been defense. Grant you, our catching was unproven but quite frankly, I thought they would throw out a higher percentage of runners stealing and that would be a huge trade-off defensively.
Can not having Beckham and AJ make that much of a difference defensively? -- Robbie
I think they miss Beckham's defense and A.J.'s clutch hitting. The Sox are 6-7 in one-run games and 2-4 in two-run games, so you got to believe they would have won more games with better defense or clutch hitting that's much better than their .198 average with runners in scoring position.
What happens to hitters when they join the Sox? Keppinger and Dunn hitting less than .200. In Saturday's game against K.C., the Sox had four starters hitting less than .200. How can they possibly expect to win with that lineup? It is embarrassing to say the least, especially Dunn. This is his third year, and he still can't hit a lick. Boy, did the Sox get suckered. From a really suffering Sox fan. -- Ted Cee, Las Vegas, Nev.
It is very mystifying from several aspects. De Aza is starting to incorporate bunting more frequently, and he’s hit very well against left-handers. But his on-base percentage is only .298. Keppinger hasn’t drawn a walk in the first five weeks. Rios’ batting average has dipped by 48 points in the past week. Dunn is stuck below the .150 mark. Flowers has struck out 26 times in 73 at-bats. After an impressive start,
I think the current woes show how everything had to go right as it did in 2012 for the Sox to be competitive out of the gate. The lack of hitting and solid defense have put a lot of pressure on a pitching staff that will be hard-pressed to continue pitching well under duress.
What is up with Adam Dunn? It's like the Sox are playing eight against nine every game. It's pathetic the way he strikes out or grounds out just about every at-bat. I guess they are just stuck with him. He was OK before they signed him, but since they signed him its been unbelievably bad.I know they wont pay him to sit on the bench, but he should be working anyplace but on the field. -- Alvin Walker Sr., Oklahoma City