Daily White Sox Review
April 4, 2008–White Sox 8, Detroit 5
The Good: The offense came alive, led by AJ Pierzynski’s 3 hits, 5 RBIs, and 3-run homer to break a 5-5 tie in the 8th. After Jose Contreras gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, the bullpen came on and shut the Tigers down. Boone Logan, Dotel, Linebrink, and Jenks all worked without giving up a run. Jermaine Dye had three hits and made a great sliding catch with two on in the ninth to end the game, somewhat making up for his horrible defensive series against the Indians.
The Bad: Jose Contreras. I appreciate what Jose did for us in 2005 and part of 2006, and I will never boo him. But its clear that he is, at best, a number 5 pitcher on a rotation. Not a 3 or a 4. His confidence is shot, and as much as people used to fear his forkball, now it hangs more than it bites, and people jump all over it. Also, Uribe had an error in the first leading to a run. His play at second best thus far can be best described as “spotty”.
Final thought: Very good win, as the offense had its best game of the four played thus far. AJ, Dye, and Konerko all played well, and Swisher and Cabrera continue to set the table well. The bullpen looked good for the third time in four games. But I don’t think Jose Contreras can continue to start every fifth game for us if the Sox plan on making a run at a division title.