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Jose, Can You Not See?

September 22nd vs. the LA Angels



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Today's Sox Crew:
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Jose Quintana's pitch machinery was out of service and the RISP tools were down in an unproductive night at the work site.

Short Take:Jose Quintana choked early, coughing up four runs in the first while the offense stared blankly the rest of the game, losing to the Angels 4-2 in Anaheim.

They can still do this. They really can. But they've got to look better than they did tonight.

You all know what I'm talking about. With tonight's 4-2 loss to the Angels, the White Sox hold a razor-thin 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central Division. The Sox have only 11 games left to play in the regular season and their magic number sits at 12. The Tigers and the Sox need to go on mutual streaks but in opposite directions.

The Sox' current streak is four dismal losses. Dismal, especially since the Tigers seem to be playing with new energy while the Sox are not.

Let's review this evening's low-energy exercise. Things began poorly as Angels starter Dan Haren struck out the side in the top of the first inning. As if playing the yang to Haren's yin, Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up four runs, three unearned on his own error, in the bottom of the first. Quintana lit the fuse by walking leadoff hitter Mike Trout, then botching the play on Erick Aybar's bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs. A double, a single, a walk, another single, and by the time it was over the Angels led 4-0.

Paul Konerko got one back in the second with a solo homer. That's nice.

The Sox picked up another run in the seventh on a producticve groundout by pinch hitter Dewayne Wise that scored Alex Rios from third. That was nice too.

But in between those lone runs were lost opportunities, runners left in scoring position, swinging from the heels instead of situational hitting...all just different lyrics to the same melody we've heard too many times this year. There was a bit of excitement in the fourth when Quintana balked runners to second and third. Robin Ventura objected and was ejected just as we expected. Hey, if we're frustrated, he must be chewing Maalox instead of sunflower seeds.

Are the White Sox a playoff team? I don't know...I see a game like tonight and wonder how on earth these guys have been in first place as long as they have. I committed to buy playoff tickets thinking the magic number countdown would be a simple arithmetic progression. But now it looks asymptotic as the numbers get closer to the goal but never quite reach it.

They can still do this. But they better figure out how to do this, and fast.

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