July 7, 2006


Club high in pitch counts (Scott Merkin, 7/06/06, MLB.com)

At first glance, the sheer amount of pitches thrown by the White Sox rotation over the past few years might explain why the starters have been somewhat inconsistent through the first half of 2006.

According to John Dewan's Stat of the Week, the White Sox went into the final week of June with four of the highest pitch-count totals in all of baseball since the start of 2003. Mark Buehrle ranked fourth at 12,103, Javier Vazquez sat sixth at 11,628, Freddy Garcia was seventh at 11,507 and Jon Garland rounded out the top 10 with 11,218. Livan Hernandez topped all of baseball during this particular time frame with 13,127 pitches.

It's no coincidence that Livan's arm is toast. With a bad bullpen and starters who threw complete games in the playoffs, Ozzie Guillen decided to be Billy Martin and just ride these guys' arms into the ground, which will be painfully evident come September.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2006 11:06 AM

You hope.

Posted by: Ray Clutts at July 7, 2006 11:40 AM

Livan's arm has been abused far, far longer than he's been on the White Sox.

Posted by: b at July 7, 2006 12:06 PM

You don't think the David Riske acquisition will put them over the top?

Maybe he's trying to build up their arm strength for extra-inning complete games in October.

Posted by: pj at July 7, 2006 12:36 PM

Chicago really didn't have to sweat it last year until the final three weeks of the season, when Cleveland came from behind before pulling their own end of season el foldo. This time, the Sox look as if they're going to have to deal with Detroit all the way, and any weakening arms in August and September could be cause for major fireworks from Ozzie if the Tigers start opening up some breathing room due to better pitching management (a Guillen meltdown would also be good news for the BoSox, Yanks, A's and/or Mariners after Labor Day, depending on how the wild card race looks at that time).

Posted by: John at July 7, 2006 1:33 PM

At present, if memory serves the Sox have won 4 out of 5 games against Detroit so far this year (although as I just went through the schedule I could only find the four wins) with ten games more against the Tigers remaining. With their destiny against Detroit in their own hands, no other potential Central contenders and out of their minds hitting, I like our chances.

Orrin. Do you want to wager a little something that the White Sox top the Central before the break?

Posted by: Ray Clutts at July 7, 2006 1:57 PM

Anyone who thinks the Mariners are going to be in any sort of wildcard race come September should cut back on the B.C.Bud for a while.

And I betcha the BadSawx wish they were back playing the NL so they wouldn't have to face the powerhouse, 3-out-of-4 Devil Rays any more.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 7, 2006 2:32 PM


Sure. A Tigers hat vs. a copy of my book.

Posted by: oj at July 7, 2006 2:45 PM

The Mariners pitching staff will keep them in the race.

Posted by: oj at July 7, 2006 2:49 PM


Check out the "Last 10 Games" column in Friday's major league baseball standings. Most teams have played at least three and possible four in-league games since Interleague play ended on Sunday, and still only two American League teams, Baltimore and Texas, have losing records since the final week of June. If I'm Tampa Bay or Kansas City, I'm kicking myself at the injustice of it all.

Posted by: John at July 7, 2006 2:52 PM


There is no other baseball team in Chicago.

Did you know Cub fans get credit in purgatory?

Posted by: Sandy P at July 7, 2006 3:37 PM

Raoul - We're done with the Rays, and I bet we can take one out of 3 from the Black Sox! After which, Toronto will still be 4 back.

Posted by: pj at July 7, 2006 4:37 PM

" Did you know Cub fans get credit in purgatory?"

Hope you're right, but it could be just a preview of Hell.

Posted by: Jdkelly at July 7, 2006 6:06 PM


I wear a 7 7/8ths, thanks.

Posted by: oj at July 8, 2006 5:19 PM