Monday, April 10, 2006
Sox 5, Detroit 3
The reports of Freddy Garcia's demise have, apparently, been greatly exaggerated. Freddy's velocity was reported up into the mid-90's today, and the Tigers announcers on XM radio were surprised by it. They said that they were expecting his velocity to be way down.
In other news, Jim Thome is really, really good. From the announcing calls, and what I've seen on TV, all of Thome's home runs have been 430+ feet. He's not just hitting home runs, he's hitting long home runs. Not only that, but he's produced a positive ERV in all seven games he's played this year. His running total of +7.40 ERV is easily the best on the team - next best is Jermaine Dye at +1.04. To put that in more understandable terms, if the Sox could field a lineup of 9 Jim Thomes, they would be scoring about 13.5 runs per game so far this season.
Konerko and Crede hit the first non-Thome homers, with Crede's blast providing the winning runs. It's nice to see Paulie heating up; he's been +3.86 ERV since the Sox left Chicago.
Here's the ERV boxscore / scoresheet:
Fielding: -0.11 (Podsednik Error)
Player of the Game: Paul Konerko
Pitcher of the Game: Brandon McCarthy
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