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Friday, April 08, 2005

Wow, what a day. As if the Sox game wasn't a slap in the face enough, Blogger ate my long post about it, which I wrote in Micro$oft explorer on a friend's computer. Then when I got home late last night, I wasn't feeling well, so I took a couple asprin and played with my dog. Well my dog hurt her back, and I got nauseous from the either the splitting headache or too many asprin. So far today's better, but I won't be able to see tonight's game versus the Twins.

As you would expect, most of my lost post was about Ozzie's bullpen usage. What you might not have expected was for the most part, I defended it. I'm not going to re-hash it again, but I do want to bring up one point I don't think anyone has talked about.

Why does Ozzie have such a quick hook with Neal Cotts? He often seems to get pulled as soon as he puts a runner in scoring position. I realize a lot of you don't like this guy, and that may be with good reason. My question to Ozzie is, 'why have him in the pen if you're going to treat him with kid gloves?'

Cotts is a ground ball pitcher, who struggles with his control. He had the best double play rate of any current White Sox pitcher last season, converting 18% of his opportunies into twin killings. I realize it's a small sample size, but he gives you the best opportunity of anyone in the pen to get out of a jam with the double play. I can't imagine that it does anything for his confidence when he's pulled like he was yesterday. We'll see if it's something Ozzie continues to do, or if he was really that scared of Ronnie Belliard, who was 0-4 vs. Cotts coming into the game. Just something to watch. I think Ozzie learned something yesterday, or at least I hope he learned something yesterday.

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  • Hernandez (2-2, 4.09 ERA vs. MIN) vs. Loshe (7-3, 3.74 ERA vs. CHI)
    • I have no idea why Lohse gives us the trouble that he does. Paul Konerko's .079/.125/.158 line against Lohse obviously has something to do with it.

  • Garland(4-5, 4.53 ERA vs. MIN) vs. Radke (14-11, 4.52 ERA vs. CHI)
  • Buehrle(13-7, 3.95 ERA vs. MIN) vs. Santana (3-4, 5.40 ERA vs. CHI)