View Full Version : Trib looks at Sox Season.

09-10-2001, 10:31 PM
Here is the full article (http://www.chicagosports.com/whitesox/content/story/0,1984,162021,00.html)

Found this part interesting:
Most crushing defeats:

1. On June 26 in the Metrodome, the Sox could have crept to within six of first-place Minnesota before Foulke gave up four in the ninth in a 7-6 loss.

2. On Aug. 11 in Seattle, the Sox were about to move to 5 games of first when Foulke allowed three two-out runs in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

3. On Sept. 8 at Jacobs Field, the Sox came back from a four-run, first-inning deficit to grab a 7-4 lead, hoping to move to six games out. Bob Howry served up a two-run homer to Jim Thome in the eighth to tie it and Foulke gave up an RBI double to Kenny Lofton in the ninth to lose it.

2002 is a new year.

09-10-2001, 10:34 PM
It's no suprise that our closer would be the "goat" in each of our crushing defeats - the same is probably true for 90% of the crushing losses league wide - when you are winning, the closer's usually in the game.
Foulke is a good, not great pitcher, and not worth the money he thinks he is.

09-11-2001, 12:04 AM
The loss in Minn. is more the fault of the defense and the stadium than Foulke. He would have won that game in any other staduim.

The loss in Seattle was all him. He couldn't get his change over for a strike.

These past two losses in Cleveland he should have never been in the game in the first place. How hard is it to understand that he is the closer? That means he comes in when we have the lead. Not when it's a tie game. Especially considering that even if he didn't give up any runs and the Sox managed to score, he would have to come out for a second inning. What if the game had went another 3-4 innings? Then who closes the game? Fogg? Kip? Lowe? It makes no sense...

09-11-2001, 12:18 AM
Anyone who says Foulke is not a great pitchers is a *****. Rivera is the only one superior to Keith's 3-year performance among the active closers.