So…what has me so “dazed and confused” this morning?
Is it the news that Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are getting a divorce?
Is it the fact that I know that it’s “Marc” and not “Mark”?
Is it that I’ve just learned Marc Anthony is related to both Carmelo Anthony and Casey Anthony?
No No and No.
What has me feeling as though I’ve just heard Michele Bachmann make a lucid point-is the fact that the White Sox roughed up Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers yesterday 8-2.
Yes that Justin Verlander. The previously 8-1 with a 0.75 ERA over his last nine starts Justin Verlander. The “Hey did you know I’ve struck out 147 batters this season?” Justin Verlander. The “Oh I’m facing the White Sox-Great! I’ve gone 7-0 with a 2.06 ERA in my last seven matchups against them,”… Justin Verlander.
You didn’t have to be channeling Frank Rosenthal (or Sam “Ace” Rothstein if you wish) to intelligently place a bet on this game. Going into this second half commencing game in Detroit, the Sox had lost 11 of their last 12 against the Tigers, (5 of 6 this season) including 6 straight at Comerica.
Compounding matters? Gavin Floyd was “on the bump” for the Sox. Going into yesterday’s seemingly dire scenario, Floyd hadn’t won since June 1, going 0-4 with a 6.14 ERA since.
This game had all the ingredients for a prototypical self-injury causing 6-1, 7-2 (at best) Sox loss.
Except that didn’t happen. This wasn’t Tyson Douglas, or US Russia 1980 Hockey here-but this was pretty damn shocking, say maybe Lovie Smith throwing his headset on the ground shocking.
The Sox didn’t just win here, they dominated, and in the process did things we all had assumed they were incapable of doing, like two out RBI for example. Adam Dunn, Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham all drove in runs with two outs, and yes feel free to reread that sentence, Adam Dunn’s name appeared.
Dunn and Quentin’s lapses of character came in the same inning mind you- the 3rd, an inning which shockingly included a Juan Pierre RBI bunt single to boot. The Sox scored 4 runs off of Verlander that inning, the most the Cy Young favorite has given up in an inning since May 24th.
Mark Teahen had two hits?
Will Ohman pitched and didn’t give up any runs?
I have to lie down.
Be Good Friends,