While tipping his cap to dominant pitching performances by the Tigers’ Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, it didn’t go over well with general manager Williams that the Sox didn’t take advantage of the Tigers weaknesses when they were swept in Detroit over the weekend.
Presumably, he was talking about not bunting on immobile third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
“There are games where you have to will your way to win and there are other games where you have to use your baseball intellect,” Williams said Tuesday. “We had an opportunity in Detroit, for instance, and one of the conversations we had on the bus and the plane was, ‘OK, let’s review what happened. Did we play the smartest baseball? Did we take advantage of the other team’s weaknesses and did we have the right gameplan?’ Well, it wasn’t a matter of talent that lost us those three games. We think we didn’t step up in that category.”
Asked to elaborate, Williams declined, citing the Sox’ four-game series at home starting Monday.