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Friday, August 13, 2004
Playoff Atmosphere

I was out of town during the recent series with Minnesota(not that I mind given the results), so I missed the 38,000 a night in USCF. I don't know exactly what it was about tonight's game against the BoSox; whether it was that Cleveland and Minnesota were playing each other so there was ground to be made up, or electric Boston crowd, or the impending rain that made it look like every inning might be the last, but that was the loudest I've screamed at my TV since we swept the Twins in Minnesota.

And so far I'm 2-for-2 in my predictions. (I guess I should do them more often.) The Tribe beat up on Carlos Silva and his .318 BAA, and Contreras pitched just well enough to get the victory, advancing to 2-0 in a White Sox uniform. There's a legitimate chance that the Sox and Tribe could sweep their respective weekend series, and really make the AL Central a 3 team race.

Ozzie Gullien made quite possibly his worst decision as skipper of the White Sox tonight, bringing Mike Jackson into a close game that means something. There's a reason he wasn't on a major league roster Ozzie. You need to learn your players better. When he went to the pen and called for "thriller" I swore like I had dropped something really sharp and really heavy on my foot. No I've never done that before, but I imagine that's how loud I was.

Tomorrow Esteban Loaiza goes to the hill for the Yankees, in what could be his last start in the Yankees rotation. When he falls out of the rotation, are the legions of people who wrote that the White Sox got hosed in that deal gonna change their minds? I doubt it, but at least I'll feel a little bit vindicated.

Jon Garland takes the mound tomorrow in the biggest start of the season for him. Facing off against a struggling Curt Schilling, Jon is working on just 3 days rest, coming off of a victory over a Royals line-up that looked more like a AAA team. Schilling was hit hard in his last start, and has given up more than 6 earned runs in 2 of his last 4 starts. Hopefully the White Sox can capitalize on a golden opportunity to get right back into the thick of things.