TORONTO No one is saying that outfielder Jerry Owens can play savior, but he does bring a certain energy and swagger to the top of the lineup. Two things that have left the White Sox the last few weeks.
Right now, they look like a basketball team with five spot-up shooters, and not one that can create his own shot. Owens is a make-things-happen type of player.
Im not saying he should be starting every day, but why not bring him up and when someone needs a rest, throw the speedster in the leadoff spot? With Paul Konerko on the shelf the last few days, that would have been a great opportunity to let Owens loose.
This thing is slipping away the first week of May already, and wasted in it are stellar pitching performances for a team that should have 20 wins.
With Mark Buehrle throwing a complete game in Fridays 2-0 loss, Sox pitching has now allowed three runs or less in 14 of its 28 games, and Buehrles effort was the 18th quality start by the staff this season.
What do they have to show for it?
A slipping grasp on first place in a division that has run them down.