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Split City...

July 17 Vs. KC X2

Sox Project Update:
Fought the wannabe kings to a standstill
After a lengthy vacation, the project is about where it was left at the end of the last full day of work.

Short Take: Sox and Royals fight to a draw both scoring 4 runs over the two games and splitting the outcome.

Sox and Royals played two today and given the Sox history this year about those pesky division leaders, it wouldn't be surprising if you weren't expecting much. Me I didn't get to see the first game, but it doesn't sound like I missed much. More of the same issues that plagued the Sox all through the first half, lots of base-runners, but no timely hits while Shark has a mediocre performance for a would be ace and the Sox go on to lose 4-2 while actually having more base-runners and less GIDP than the Royals in the game. Game two the Sox managed the same number of base runners and runs, but the Royals managed to do less offensively as John Danks and the bullpen pitched well and that led to the Sox winning the night cap 2-0.

If hits counted for something the Sox won this doubleheader decisively with 5 more hits and 3 more base-runners, but that doesn't mean a thing if you can't get the guys home and the Sox inability to string hits together as well as a few more caught stealing meant the run scoring drought continued. Part of that trouble is the Royals are just a damned good team with one of the best records in baseball and a bullpen that has been rock solid for two years running. Still with the Sox offensive problems the first half there is ample reason to believe the first game was more just Sox batters being Sox batters. Twelve base runners is enough to score a lot more than 2 runs, but the Sox didn't manage to get it done. That trend actually continued in the second game as the Sox managed to again get 12 base-runners and get the lead-off hitter on in each inning from the 3rd through the 7th and still only scored one run in that stretch as timely hits were had to come by. Even the two runs they did score were on back to back 2-out hits in the second, including a triple and a wild pitch with 2-outs in the 6th.

Fortunately the pitching staff was up to the challenge in the second game as Danks went six plus innings while scattering four hits and four walks. Then the bullpen came on and did it's usual awesome job. In fact Jennings and Webb were fine to close out the first game also, but by then the Royals were already leading.

With the trade deadline coming up in two weeks now is the time for this team to either make a break for the playoffs or let Hahn work some magic to lower payroll and grab a few prospects for the future. This two game split didn't answer many of those questions. If anything it created more - will the Sox ever hit like they should based on paper and projections? If not the team should definitely sell as 2-runs a game isn't going to cut it long term. There's not a pitching staff in the history of the game could overcome those numbers. Might have a chance to make a statement if the Sox can win tomorrow with Quintana on the mound. He'd probably see two runs as a windfall of epic proportions as he's been the definition of hard-luck this season with the Sox having scored a total of 5 runs in his 9 losses. If they can get through tomorrow and get the win the series will be there for the taking with Chris Sale going on Sunday. That might lead to enough breathing room to get this team back to .500 by the end of the week and after that, the sky's the limit. Well... in theory anyway...

Rebuilding Recap:
 The project remains an enigma with no major progress made today, yet there are continued signs of life.

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