Well, my streak had to come to an end sometime. Just a pity it had to come to an end against a very beatable Tigers team, as coming into the series Detroit had scored like 12 runs over the last month. It seemed to be the perfect antidote for a few guys (Nova, Lopez) to go deep into a game and give a burned-out bullpen a much needed rest. Alas, Nova was the only one who made it into the 7th inning, and managed a meager one out, leaving the bases juiced. This has been a pretty serious issue for the Sox starting rotation, as thus far this season only one Sox pitcher has made it through 7 innings, and that was Ivan Nova way back on the 1st of April. Suffice it to say, if this continues most of the bullpen are going to ash away like half the Marvel universe after Thanos snapped his fingers.
To The Bullets:
– The Sox had plenty of offense for the series, putting up 17 runs in three games and hammering out a bunch of hits. Unfortunately, some of the timeliest hits were wasted, as Beef Wellington’s game tying dinger on Thursday was promptly scorched away by Arson Fulmer as he came into the game and proceeded to plunk like six guys in a row.
– Tim Anderson served his suspension on Friday, with Leury Garcia filling in admirably in his forced (bullshit) absence. Garcia has been very good so far this season being deployed pretty much everywhere but catcher. Players like him are invaluable on a shorthanded team like the Sox, and whenever they decide they would like to have league average production from their 2nd baseman he pretty much makes Yolmer expendable unless he starts hitting.
– Carlos Rodon had basically the same outing Friday as he did against the Yankees in his previous start. Six innings, seven Ks and a couple of hits and walks. Honestly the only complaint I’ve had with him so far is his tendency to nibble in the early innings, which runs up his pitch count. Once he starts going into the 7th and 8th inning, the Sox might have a legitimate Ace on their hands.
-Eloy blasted another two-run shot, and Yoan uncorked an absolute missile to dead center field in a cavernous Detroit outfield. I heard Benetti mention that it was the longest measured home run in Comerica by a visiting player, being only outstripped by JD Martinez when he wore Tigers colors. Eloy continues to look lost at times on hard breaking pitches coming from righties. He’s still well above the Mendoza line, and someone with his hit tools is going to figure it out sooner rather than later.
-Ivan Nova had himself a solid start going until he went through the Tigers order for the 3rd time, then his breaking stuff seemed to abandon him. I’m not super into the whole “opener” concept the Rays have invented, but seeing the success that Yonny Chirinos is having with it makes me think that might be a possibility to have Dylan Covey try that out in front of Nova and Lopez.
-The Sox record now stands at 8-12, with a trip to Baltimore starting tomorrow. Once again, a team the Sox should be able to at least take two of three from but with Giolito hitting the IL and the Pen pretty burned out, we shall see.