Tickled me to see Roy Oswalt lit up last night. He turned down $10 million offers to pitch this spring. He is making $5 million for half a season. He gets a $500,000 bonus for winning Cy Young Award, which is preposterous to begin with, since he is only playing half a season. He sure didn’t win any Cy Young votes last night. He might be considered for the Neal Cotts Award though.
Kevin Youkilis .242 and Adam Dunn .216 don’t have to worry about their batting averages, if they can combine for more 5-8 games, with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI between them. Every starter had at least 2 hits in the 21 hit attack with the exception of Gordon Beckham who was 0-3. I look for Youkilis to get even better as the season goes on. He doubled his 4 RBI’s of his first seven games in one game.
Hope the Sox don’t repeat last week when they scored 14 runs against the Yankees in one game, then were shutout the next day, in a 4-0 loss to the Yankees. Tonight’s game should be winnable with Axelrod 0-1 going against Scott Feldman 2-6. Thursday’s game could be tougher with Jose Quintana 3-1 facing Matt Harrison 11-3.
Sox scored 14 on Friday, 0 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday before the 19 run outburst. So they scored 33 runs with two games games of a total of two runs sandwiched in between.
Chris Sale’s 10 wins are only topped by Matt Harrison and David Price in the AL. His 2.19 ERA is only behind Jered Weaver at 2.13. Batters are hitting .194 against Weaver and .198 against Sale to lead the AL.
Weaver leads in WHIP at 0.94 with Sale at 0.95.