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Roller Coaster

The White Sox are on an incredible run. Beginning on June 8, 2010, they started to get great pitching. Sadly, they lost that game to Detroit, but then they went on an amazing run. They took the next 2 games against Detroit and then went on a feast of National League playing. 2 of 3 from the Cubs and the last game in that series against the Cubs was amazing. Next up, a sweep of the Pirates, Nationals and coming home to sweep the Atlanta Braves. Finally, another series with the Cubs and there again, they take 2 of 3.

During this amazing streak, the white sox climbed to back over .500 and more importantly, found themselves right back in the AL Central race, trailing the Twins by only a couple of games. This is all great, but there is one thing that seems to be off to me and that is all the fans who are ready to print world series tickets today. That attitude really drives me nuts because those same people were on the panic bus day 2 of the season and were calling for the team to be blown up. I’d even hazard money that those people weren’t even going to games.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that the Sox are playing super well. It is also nice that now the GM Kenny Williams is in the market to buy and not sell players. This is all good and fine, except as i look around at possible available players, there just doesn’t seem to be much out there that will make THE difference in my opinion. Names tossed around are Adam Dunn of Washington, Lance Berkman of Houston, Luke Scott of Baltimore and of course, Adrian Gonzalez of San Diego. All would be nice lefty bats, and while they would make a difference, I don’t think we would get past the first round if any of those guys were added.

Adam Dunn: Lefty bat, strikes out a TON, but his production is predictable. He also can play the field, but to me, he seems like a limited Jim Thome (no slam on Jim as I adore him). Mike Rizzo, GM of the Nationals, has already stated that the price for Dunn would be steep. From the White Sox perspective, that means giving up a TON. May even include Beckham in addition to Daniel Hudson, Jordan Danks, etc. As much as I don’t really care for prospects who are unproven, I am kind of tired of never giving the prospects a chance to develop, not to mention constantly depleting the minors so that when you desperately need someone, you can’t because you refuse to develop talent.

Lance Berkman: Lefty bat (switch hits), aging, has had recent injury issues and while he would agree for a trade, he really wants someone to pick up his option. Injuries and what Houston would want in return just doesn’t place the balance in his favor in my opinion. Mainly, Berkman is not a choice for me because of injuries and I don’t need that on the team (despite having Herm Schnieder aka Dr. Pain to repair our guys).

Adrian Gonzalez: Lefty bat, plays good first and well, he is beyond proven. Amazing power for a guy pitching in PETCO park, i.e. he hits bombs a ton in a pitcher’s park. Why he is a pipe dream? The Padres are in 1st place and *if* the Padres were to trade him, they would want a ton, much the same that Mike Rizzo would want.

I do want the Sox to pick up another bat, but I don’t want it to be someone who causes issues that the team was trying to get away from in the past of having a base clogger, who strikes out a ton and is streaky and the hot streaks are not coming enough or at the right times. I know I can take solace in the fact that the Twins and Detroit pitching staffs are weaker than what the Sox have when they are going well. Also, the hitting for the Sox is coming around. I hope things continue to go well, but unless they are going all the way guaranteed, I just can’t get overly excited about the team playing the way they should have been playing all season long.

It’s only been a few weeks People!

So, we are now 13 games into the season and White Sox fans are going ballistic. The “small ball” that Ozzie Guillen has clamored for is not working to perfection. Thus far, the team has NOT BEEN SHUT OUT, but they haven’t won many games either. There have been a lot of close games (some of 1 run and a few of 4 run difference), but for the most part the team has been in the games. Our first few opponents have been the Indians, Twins, and Blue Jays. The way we are playing the Indians, you’d never know that Cleveland was in a “rebuilding” mode. They have owned the White Sox save opening day when they were blanked 6-0 by Mark Buehrle. The Sox split with Toronto, but that led to the Chicago Sun-Times’ beat writer and other commentators to speculate that Toronto should lose its baseball team because no one was at the park. (Comments on that in another post). Just one win against the Twins and that hurts because, well, I do not like them against the White Sox. Don’t get me wrong, they are a good team and I like their style, but they are a divisional rival and thus not liked.

In any event, the pitching is doing what it is supposed to do and the offense, not so much. The Royals have a better team and slugging percentage than the Sox (but how long can THAT really last?!?). Because the offense is not clicking, everyone is up in arms that there is not a legitimate DH. There are also a very vocal group of Scott Podsednik supporters who are angry he is not still in Chicago as the lead-off guy. Oh and there is the griping about not having kept Jim Thome because the team is missing a strong lefty bat in the lineup. And finally, there is still the grumbling that Gordon Beckham should play SS and not Ramirez and Mark Teahen needs to go because he is not a 3B. All of this just makes me laugh. I am not happy about not winning so many games, but I am also not crazed about it at this time. 1) it is a long season and 2) there is time to turn things around. No one ever wants to lose those early games because they can always come back to bite you in the butt later in the season. If it were June and this were still happening, then I’d be worried and up in arms. However, it is only the start of the 3rd week and there seems to be mass panic. There are even some calling for the manager to be fired now. Personally, I prefer to let this play out a bit before jumping on the panic bus. Not to mention that I feel like many fans just can’t handle change. Either that or they don’t know what they are talking about. Can’t we just enjoy it, love that the team is in these games and start panicking in a couple of months if things don’t turn around??? Hopefully today will be the start of something good.