All in all, this was a good series down in Arlington with not too much to note aside from game one where Sale had the ol’ rubber arm disease. I had it all the time when I was playing Division III college baseball and it’s the worst; Your arm isn’t in any pain whatsoever, it just feels super tired and you can’t put anything on your fastball. After a sloppy first inning, he came back and didn’t try to over compensate his shitty fastball by overthrowing, instead he did the opposite; slowed down, mixed up his pitches, and kept Texas of balance. Not a pretty performance, but probably his grittiest outing to date since he didn’t have his best stuff. After the game, management decided to shelve him for a week or two because of arm fatigue. Good move. He HAS to rest up for the stretch run.
Newly acquired starter Fransisco Liriano is scheduled to start against his former team tomorrow. The starting pitching has been good all year considering all that’s gone down with the rotation. Floyd especially has been up and down all season, and though he pitched better in his last two starts, he still has been playing with fire, walking 11 in his last 12.2 innings, while only surrendering 3 earned total over his last two starts. The time is NOW for him, Liriano, and Peavy to start throwing like they are capable of now that Sale is going to miss a start or two, and especially in the case that Danks doesn’t return.
The Sox have an opportunity to start another good run of baseball tonight as they visit the lowly Twins. They have used the Twins as their collective team slump buster all season, and it is very important to do it again not to have a let-down series. Last week Cleveland choked against them worse than B-Rabbit did at The Shelter. It’s officially a two-team race in the Central.