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SoxEd
06-29-2006, 02:32 PM
...play down to the opposition's standard?

I'm asking because, based on the domination of the Cards & Houston, and our performances so far against the DT's, a person would expect them to win any game in Pittsburgh as 'a laugher'.

And yet, we seem to be having some difficulty 'getting it done' against the Pirates, and we lost a series to KC earlier this year.

We lost a series to KC already!

I saw another Thread that mentioned that we need to be beating up on these inferior teams, because Detroit are, and that at the end of the season our losses to the 'bottom feeders' of the League could come back to haunt us.

So, given that we play well against good teams, and badly against poor ones, is it fair to say that these Sox play 'down' to their opponents' level?

Madvora
06-29-2006, 02:39 PM
Any team can beat any team any day.

Teams like KC, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the Cubs aren't going to go 0-162.

IA_soxfan
06-29-2006, 02:40 PM
I don't know our record against the bottom feeders off the top of my head, but to the best of my recollection we've done very well against them thus far this year. As for our struggles to win the past couple against the Buccos; they both still count as W's. Also, we are dealing with a team that-having lost 13 straight-is desperate for a win, and likely fighting us tooth and nail to win. Its not always the better team that plays down to the competition, sometimes its the other way around, and the bottom feeders give 140%.

cleanwsox
06-29-2006, 02:42 PM
Any team can beat any team any day.

Teams like KC, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the Cubs aren't going to go 0-162.

Well if the Cubs started their season today.... 0-162 isn't out of the question.

:D:

viagracat
06-29-2006, 02:44 PM
Sometimes teams look past an "inferior" opponent if someone more important is looming. They're spending too much time thinking about who they're GOING to play and not enough time on who they're CURRENTLY playing.

Usually not a good idea.

stacksedwards
06-29-2006, 02:53 PM
They already won the series. Early game on get away day these things happen. 2 out of 3 gets you in the playoffs

DaleJRFan
06-29-2006, 03:06 PM
They already won the series. Early game on get away day these things happen. 2 out of 3 gets you in the playoffs

...its 5-4 in the sixth inning. The game isn't over yet!

Madvora
06-29-2006, 03:11 PM
...its 5-4 in the sixth inning. The game isn't over yet!
Are we watching/listening to the same game?

batmanZoSo
06-29-2006, 03:11 PM
...play down to the opposition's standard?

I'm asking because, based on the domination of the Cards & Houston, and our performances so far against the DT's, a person would expect them to win any game in Pittsburgh as 'a laugher'.

And yet, we seem to be having some difficulty 'getting it done' against the Pirates, and we lost a series to KC earlier this year.

We lost a series to KC already!

I saw another Thread that mentioned that we need to be beating up on these inferior teams, because Detroit are, and that at the end of the season our losses to the 'bottom feeders' of the League could come back to haunt us.

So, given that we play well against good teams, and badly against poor ones, is it fair to say that these Sox play 'down' to their opponents' level?

It's just baseball. When you play every day, you're not always gonna be sharp. It's more up for grabs than football where you prepare and practice and watch tape for a week--talent is more likely to prevail. That's part of what makes baseball special. There are so many games, people say, which is true, but because of the preceeding, anything can happen on any given day. Case in point, today the best pitcher in baseball for the last year was unable to beat a team on the brink of setting a personal record for futility.

Last night was a game we won that we would've probably gotten shut out if it were any other team. So some games you can just chalk up to superior talent taking over.

Soxworldchamps
06-29-2006, 03:17 PM
...its 5-4 in the sixth inning. The game isn't over yet!

6-4 in the eighth. They'll come back :D: But I actually have noticed that it's been close with the Pirates. I think that the Sox may be expecting an easy game, and the Pirates are giving it their all and catching the Sox off guard. Anyway, that's what I think...