A while back, I bragged about how awesome Julian Tavarez had been since the day he be became My Favorite Player, 3 weeks before. (I've had this effect on previous Favorite Players, like Mike Lansing and Rolando Arrojo.) But in the last month or so...not so much. Bit of a rough stretch: 9 ER in his last 12 IP. Mind you, his numbers since Jun 24 (1-2, 3.90 ERA) are a lot better than those of another favorite of Sox fans (Bronson Arroyo in that stretch: 0-4, 5.31 ERA, against weaker opponents). But damn he's scary when he pitches. In that same period of time, his WHIP has been 1.58 - pretty damn lucky to get an ERA under 4 with that.
...So Julian Tavarez is no longer My Favorite Player. Sorry Julian. (Hopefully that'll light a fire under him.)