Detroit’s offense is significantly more potent so far this season, scoring 41 runs, second in the majors. Chicago has put up just 24 runs but remains only a half game back of the Tigers.
Back when the Sox signed Ohlman, I said that we’d need to figure out what they planned to do with sale jerseys before concluding. Now that we know, it’s hard to figure out what Ohlman can contribute. Look at Randy Williams last year. Even though he was the only non-Thornton lefty in the bullpen, he still went 13 games without pitching at one point.
11. Texas Rangers – For the second straight year, the Rangers hosted the wild card game against an AL East team and had their postseason stay cut short.
Zach Miner, who will get the ball for the hometown team Monday, went 2-1 against Chicago in 2008, posting a 3.94 ERA in five appearances against the Sox.
In addition to losing Crain, the Twins lost Matt Guerrier to the Dodgers, Brian Fuentes to the Athletics, and Jon Rauch to the blue Jays. Additionally, their former all-star closer Joe Nathan is coming back after missing all last season following Tommy John surgery. Also, a week into spring training Twins all-star first baseman Justin Morneau had yet to play and there was no timetable for his return as he continues to deal with a concussion, he suffered mid-way through last season. With the subtractions and uncertainty of key Twins, it seems that the Sox have overtaken Minnesota as they, along with the Detroit Tigers, battle for the division.
In the ninth, closer Greg Holland loaded the bases with no outs, but after Paul Konerko grounded into a double play, the Royals still led 1-0. Despite dodging a huge bullet, Holland blew his second save of the season, after an infield RBI single by Alexei Ramirez tied the game at 1-1.
In a season filled with ups and downs the Sox have a record of 44-48 are just five games out of first place. This leaves many to wonder if they can turn it around and what grade would they get going into the second half of the season?