Saturday, August 9

Where is the consistency?

Since when is Mark Buehrle (9-10) , Roger Clemens? In what could be a playoff preview the Red Sox lost 5-3 to the Chicago Whitesox last night. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that for 7 innings, Buehrle struck out 8 and quieted Boston's lineup. The only noise Boston was able to make came from their smallest player. Dustin "dusty" Pedrioa hit a three run home run in the 8th to make it a 4-3 game and I'm thinking "we could steal this game if we wake up." Insert Manny Delcarmen's pitch to Carlos Quentin that sailed over the left field wall. All the momentum the Sox had died with that pitch and I knew it was over.

Jon Lester did not pitch like his normal dominant self of late, but he certainly kept the Sox in the game and gave them a good chance to win. The road struggles continue for the Sox. In order to get into the playoffs they are going to have to figure out how to play well away from Fenway, and soon. Take a look at the home/away splits:

At Fenway
40-16, 314 runs, 543 hits, 57 hrs, 298 rbi, .291 Avg, .370 OBP, .465 SLG, .835 OPS

26-34, 265 runs, 567 hits, 66 hrs, 251 rbi, .267 Avg, .341 OBP, .418 SLG, .760 OPS

The Sox have yet to prove they can win on the road, especially against playoff caliber teams. The next two games are important for self confidence and league respect. While the Yankees continued to get raked by the Angels last night (10-5), the Rays beat up on the lifeless Mariners (5-3) to take a 3.5 game lead in the division.

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