It’s been difficult to watch the Twins playoff push knowing full well that if the Sox had played close to their collective ability we would be on top of the division or at least the ones on the march.
But it is what it is. The fact that the South Siders are 73-76, in third place 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota and 5 1/2 in back of Detroit, the Sox chances to win the AL Central are remote. The good news, though, is that nine of our 13 remaining games are against the two main rivals (three with the Twins and six with the Tigers) giving us at least a shot to gain ground.
Jake Peavy raised our spirits a bit last night with a solid five-inning performance as he made his first appearance and got his first win in a Sox uniform. The offense, non-existent lately, broke out for 13 runs on 14 hits and drew nine walks in the 13-3 triumph. Carlos Quentin led the barrage with his grand slam, five players collected two hits apiece and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit. Even Jermaine Dye and Alex Rios pounded out two hits each and Tyler Flowers joined the hit parade with his first major league knock.
It’s Freddy Garcia for the Good Guys today. Making up enough ground and leaping over
two teams in 13 games seems pretty improbable, but let’s start the quest with winning this series with the Royals and focusing on the Twins tomorrow. Stranger things have happened.