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White Sox can't complete 1-game sweep either

Short entry.

I can't, in good conscience, get too worked up over Ozzie's decision to stick with Mark Buehrle in the 7th inning of Monday night's loss to the Angels. I was a little distracted trying to stop my own bleeding, hoping a trip to the ER wouldn't be necessary. (It wasn't.) Yet, I still have to wonder what Ozzie has seen from Buehrle the last two months that convinced him to stick with Mark late in the game.

Buehrle has shown a tendency to have even bigger innings than Five-and-Dive Vazquez, especially when things don't go his way, like, you know, two bunts in an inning. After the walk to Salmon, which some have interpreted as a bad call, Buehrle should have been lifted with a successful outing. 6.2 innings pitched with 3 runs scored on 5 hits (though 3 of those hits were longballs) is about as good as I think we can expect from Buehrle anymore. Buehrle might have left the game with a little more confidence after two consecutive solid outings.

Instead he was left to completely meltdown, as we've seen him do a number of times before. This time it was a balk that should have signaled his ultimate demise, but even that wasn't enough for Ozzie. He stuck with him long enough to put the game completely out of reach.

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Offensive pitching
6, 7, 7, 8, 7, 4, 7 -- Those are the runs allowed by the White Sox for the last 7 losses.

In their last 7 victories they've allowed 1, 4, 5, 4, 11, 4, and 0 runs.

Obviously, you don't want to draw too many conclusions from such a small sample size, but I think this paints a pretty fair picture of the Sox troubles this year. Hold the opponent to reasonable number of runs, and the Sox offense will push across enough runs for a victory. Dig them a hole, and good luck.