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Gavin Floyd—Floyd continued his mastery of Detroit today, throwing six innings and allowing just three runs, all off the bat of Brandon Inge.
While I'm still going to reserve my judgment on Floyd for now because of his track record of dominance against Detroit, he did look really good today. His curveball was especially good, and while he didn't locate his fastball exceptionally well, it was good enough.
These are the kind of starts the Sox will need out of Floyd (and Contreras and Danks for that matter) if they want to contend this year.
Carlos Quentin—With the way Quentin has played lately, it's going to be really hard for Ozzie Guillen to sit him when Jerry Owens comes back.
Defensively, he's been spectacular, making a Bo Jackson-esque, on-the-fly throw from left field to first base to double off an unsuspecting Edgar Renteria in the fourth inning.
At the plate, he's just looked like an excellent hitter, delivering the game-tying single on a ground ball up the middle in the sixth inning.
With the way Nick Swisher has been getting on base batting first, you have to wonder if this lineup would be better off keeping Swisher in the leadoff spot and Quentin in the lineup.
I'm not saying I don't like Jerry Owens, but at this point, I'd rather have Quentin in there.
Boone Logan and Scott Linebrink—Once again, the bridge from starter to closer was dominant.
Logan finally gave up a hit with two outs in the seventh—a single to Clete Thomas—but otherwise was dominant, as he has been in his first two performances.
Linebrink gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Guillen, but quickly quelled that threat when he got Magglio Ordonez to ground into a double play.
The way Logan and Linebrink have pitched, to start off this year, has been very impressive, and if they can keep that up, the Sox will have no problem getting to Bobby Jenks.
The offense—Dontrelle Willis was effectively wild in the first five innings, and while the Sox could not muster a hit in that time, they kept with their strategy of making Willis work, which ultimately paid off in the sixth, when Willis walked Swisher and Orlando Cabrera to lead the inning off before allowing a double to Jim Thome that knocked him out of the game.
Zach Miner came in for Detroit and got Paul Konerko to ground out, but Swisher scored to make it 3-2. After Jermaine Dye walked, Quentin tied the game before Joe Crede had a RBI sacrifice fly to give the Sox the lead.
Dye added a solo home run in the eighth off Francis Beltran to make it 5-3.
The offense only had three hits today–but all accounted for a RBI. Timely hitting was something this team lacked last year, but so far this year, they've come up with the hits when they need them.
Toby Hall—Yeah, I know he's the backup catcher, but he could at least provide some chance of offense.
Hall just looks completely overmatched at the plate and seems like an automatic out every time he steps up. At least Chris Widger wasn't that bad.
Bobby Jenks—Again, Jenks struggled to nail down the game, but it was the third time in three days that he took the mound looking for a save.
On the whole, I'm not concerned about him—just give Jenks a day off tomorrow and have him back at full strength for the home opener. Octavio Dotel should fill in just fine if there's a save situation tomorrow.
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