Saturday, April 16, 2005


Today's game, an enjoyable if unlikely pitcher's duel, offers exhibit #3,742 why the AL Central barely qualifies as Major League.

As big a fan as I am of the Mariners, there is no question that if we're throwing Ryan Franklin IN Chicago, we should expect to give up quite a few long fly balls that result in numerous White Sox runs. Indeed, Franklin served up two homers to Paul Konerko, but otherwise stymied the regular lineup. It should be rather disturbing to Sox fans that it took a masterful Mark Buehrle performance to nip the visiting Mariners.

I'm not complaining, mind you, but...AL Central. Yeesh.

One other positive feature of this game was that we got through Rizzs and Valle (ugh) quickly on the way to Niehaus. At least I could laugh at Valle's tenuous command of geometry: after a near-pickoff of Crede at second base, Mr. "I'm not paid to hit" described Franklin's move as a 360-degree spin move. I wonder if the White Sox have openings for backup color commentator?