Earlier today, Alejandro and I previewed the weekend’s Sox-Sox series. I said that the White Sox could win by being patient,drawing walks, and tiring out the Red Sox starters. Get to the bullpen, I advised, and then let ‘er rip. Alejandro argued that the Red Sox could win by staking an early lead.

In Game 1, the Red Sox did manage to stake a reasonably early lead, scoring once in the first, twice in the fifth, four times in the sixth, and once in the eighth. But the White Sox only managed two walks and two hits, while striking out eight times in all and scoring no runs. Not only did Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch well, he also gave Boston 8 full innings of work.

So I’d say Alejandro wins this round. Except that, as a White Sox fan, I’m sure he’d rather have lost.

And a slight change of plan for tomorrow: no longer is Triple-A hurler David Pauley Boston’s penciled-in starter. Nope. Top prospect Michael Bowden will be making his major league debut instead. That doesn’t really change much, strategically—Bowden isn’t likely to go deeper into the game than Pauley would’ve—but it does make this game a heckuvalot more exciting for Red Sox fans.

2 Responses to “Sox v. Sox: Sox Win Game 1 (har har)”

  1. Alejandro Leal says:

    Arg, yea, too right.

    It’s the 6th inning. The ChiSox just have an issue with the middle innings and last night wasn’t an exception.

  2. Dirty Water says:

    How a team performs against Dice should be addressed by SABR. A proposed ‘PPaVsD’ (P/PA vs Dice), although small in sample, may be better than P/PA alone because what Dice is serving should not be a mystery at this point, and P/PA is too general; too inclusive. The stat would measure a team’s discipline at the plate against a guy who relies on his opponants lack thereof to succeed.

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