Friday, July 30, 2004
Falling Deeper Into The Abyss
With yesterday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers the Sox have now lost 5 in a row, going from a 0.5 game lead on the Twhiners to a 4.0 game deficit. Yikes, it happens that fast. Last night's game was so bad I could only watch it on TiVo at 2x and 3x fast forward; slowing it down to see the Sox's futility at the plate was just too hard. That was OK, though, as it made watching the game about a 15-minute exercise. [If you're a Sox fan and you don't have TiVo, you should get it, because the Sox are less painful with it. If there was only a TiVo for life so I could skip through the lame and/or embarrassing parts].
Why this downward spiral? Well, Ozzie Guillen has put his finger on it; the Sox do not get on base enough:
"We are going to find a leadoff guy," Guillen said. "If what we have is not doing the job, I will tell Kenny Williams to get me someone to get on base. That's what we need. We need some people to get on base. We lead the nation, we lead the history of baseball, in solo home runs.
"I don't see any team in baseball, ever, hit so many solo home runs. That's what we are doing right
And the statistics bear this out. Here's last night's lineup with their overall OBP and OBP in July:
|S Alomar Jr||0.316||0.227|
But sorry, not an original thought: