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Old 07-23-2001, 12:07 PM
Clarkdog Clarkdog is offline
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Running the table, although and unlikely scenario, is still possible given the following. The Tribe is only 4 over .500 at home. They get their wins on the road where they are 12 over .500.

The trouble is that they have a .294 team batting average. But nothing stops good hitting better that good pitching. Sox pitchers have delivered that, just not against the Tribe.

The problem is that when games have mattered, the Sox seem to have a let down. That is pure inexperience and immaturity in dealing with pressure situations. It has been the story of thier season. When faced with an opportunity to advance in the race, drive in critical runs with clutch hits, the Sox have failed almost every time. The problem comes for immaturity against first division teams. If the Sox are down early, they start thinking that they may not have enough to get back in the game and start trying too hard. But if they lead early, they always seem to keep themselves leading or in the game to the end.

In the Sox last two games against the Tribe, let downs from starting pitching came early and the Tribe scored a bundle of runs. But after the Tribe's first run through the lineup and the outburst of runs, the starters settled down and pitched some good innings. If the Sox can score first, and the pitching can get through the first nine Indian hitters w/out giving up runs, I like the Sox chances.

Also, don't pitch to Thome with men on base. That guy is a Sox killer. He always has been.
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