April 15, 2006

MUSHROOM CLOUDS:

Sox' pitching fails smell test (TONI GINNETTI,
April 15, 2006, Chicago Sun Times)

Last season, pitching helped carry the White Sox to their World Series championship.

"Now,'' manager Ozzie Guillen admitted Friday, "we might have to take advantage of our hitting.''

But even seven runs and 13 hits worth of offense weren't enough for a pitching staff whose ERA is mushrooming.


The only way they get to even 90 wins is if Brandon McCarthy emerges as a dominant bullpen arm.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 15, 2006 6:04 AM
Comments

As any Yankee fan can tell you, Vazquez is an absolute dog.

It also doesn't help the Sox that Podsednik has gotten on base all of 4 times so far this season for a .135 obp. Is it any wonder that most if not all of Thome's homers have come with no one on base?

The Chavez-loving ego-maniac in the dugout almost ran the Sox out of a playoff spot last year by continuing not only to bat the slumping Podesdnik leadoff in the last months of the season, but also to have him steal the few times he reached base, with dire results.

Podsednik, the all-star!, finished w/ a .700 ops last season. The guy shouldn't even be in a major league lineup, or at least an American league line-up, and if he is, he should be batting ninth.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 15, 2006 11:57 AM
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