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Tinker Forever, No Chance...

August 13 At Anaheim

Today's temperature:
"Sox play corpseball as Jerry fiddles with the lineup again - benching the team's hottest hitter in the process. Sox need to win on Thursday just to split the series. Fortunately it's not a night game, so maybe Jerry will let the regulars play."

Short Take: Sox play corpseball as Anaheim squeeks out a win.

Mark Buehrle took the mound for the Sox tonight and generally pitched pretty well. The defense helped him out a lot by throwing out three Angels at home, and robbing another player of at least a double and possibly a home-run, but the offense never got in gear and the Sox managed one measly run. The reason for this sudden lack of production (the Sox scored 18 runs these past two games) is simple to pinpoint. You see, Jerry "the Tinkerer" Manuel was at it again. The Angels sent a left-handed pitcher to the mound and of course that meant it was time for Jerry to put on his tinkering cap and get down to business. He took Robbie Alomar (.385 OBP) out of the lead-off slot and put Tony Graffanino there. Then he moved Alomar to second and put Carlos Lee all the way down at number 5. No matter that Lee has been on fire since he has been hitting in the two-slot. Never mind that Carl Everett (the usual #5 hitter) has been on-fire these past few weeks. Nope, none of that matters. Jerry has it all figured out and he is damned well going to make it reality even if it kills the Sox, and it just may before the season is out.

The real travesty of the evening was that Everett didn't even get to pick up a bat. He has a 1.4+ OPS these past 7 days and he never even got to hit. Jerry in his infinite wisdom benched the switch hitter for "Mr. Everything" - Aaron Rowand. Rowand played pretty well, all things considered. His defense saved a couple of those runs I mentioned before, and he scored the lone Sox run, but the team never got going and the fault for that lies squarely on Manuel's shoulders. It doesn't matter whether certain bench players have better stats in certain situations. There is a reason they are bench players - they just aren't as good as the players who are in front of them. Like I said, Rowand was fine, but Everett is better and for him to never even get the chance to pick up a bat in a 2-1 loss is just one more example of the madness that is Jerry Manuel, Major League Tinkerer... er... manager. The sudden changes in chemistry, batting order and positions that Manuel loves to inflict upon his team are starting to take their toll and to prove that point, the Sox are 0-3 the last 3 times Manuel has gone to this lineup - Burly-Mon being victimized twice by Jerry's "strokes of genius". As they say, the proof is in the pudding, but since Jerry prefers ice-cream, he has no idea what that means.

The team was definitely sleep-walking tonight as no one on the offense did anything. The only guy with multiple hits was Lee. Frank Thomas continues his recent funk, going 0-3 and both Magglio Ordonez and Alomar, robbed of their usual lineup protection were hitless. Sox go for the split tomorrow night as Jon Garland takes the mound. Can he pitch well? will Jerry let him? What offensive team will show up? Inquiring Sox fans want to know...

Tinkerer Update:
 Everett gets benched for Rowand who went to school nearby. Everett never even gets to pinch hit in a one run loss.

submitted by The Warden.

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