Friday, July 23, 2004

Worst Case Scenario Realized: Maggs Out 4-6 Weeks 

As has been apparently reported by Bruce Levine on AM1000, Magglio Ordonez will be out 4-6 weeks with his knee injury. With Frank Thomas already out 2 months with his broken foot, that leave the Sox without their two best hitters until mid-September.

As my previous post below suggests, this is the kind of blow that probably will knock the Sox down to second place. But here are a few possibilities for the Sox to suck up the loss of Thomas and Ordonez: (1) Crede starts hitting the bejeezus out of the ball, and Joe Borchard puts up a reasonable .270/.330/.470 line to sop up some of the run production loss; (2) the Sox acquire a big bat - a la Larry Walker - to fill in the lost production; (3) Loaiza becomes 2003 Loaiza (runs out a 2.90 ERA and goes 9-2 the rest of the way) and Garland pitches like Good Jon Garland, while Buerhle and Garcia keep pitching like they have in their last 5 starts; and (4) win Twinkie-style, i.e., play better than your numbers and talent suggest.  (Hey, maybe the injuries to Thomas and Ordonez are just anouther PART of the Twinkies' luck this year).

I think it's a long road and a very tough battle without Ordonez and Thomas. As Mr. Spock once characterized an outcome, "it is possible, but not probable."

Comments-[ comments.]
Comments: Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?