July 26, 2006


Twins creep closer to slumping Sox (Andrew Seligman, 7/26/06, The Associated Press)

The way Johan Santana sees it, this is how it's going to be the rest of the season — the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox locked in step.

At the moment, they're teams headed in different directions.

Santana outpitched Jose Contreras, and Jason Bartlett hit a three-run homer as the surging Twins pulled one game behind slumping Chicago with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. [...]

The Twins have won 33 of their last 41, while the White Sox suffered their 11th loss in 14 games. Chicago is 7 ½ games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central, and the Twins are another game out in third. And the White Sox lead the New York Yankees by one-half game in the wild-card race, with Minnesota right behind.

In fairness to the Chisox, it's not as if they're choking, they just aren't that good.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2006 7:58 AM

The media circus surrounding Ozzie G. doesn't help the Sox focus either.

Posted by: Bartman at July 26, 2006 9:34 AM

It's about time! I've been waiting for the ChiSox to melt down since June of 2005.

I wonder what will happen to the Tigers? BTW, I'd like to see the Tigers win. I'm also pulling for the Twins as a wild card.

Posted by: pchuck at July 26, 2006 10:08 AM


We get credit in purgatory.

Posted by: Sandy P at July 26, 2006 10:39 AM

Sandy: Amen!

Posted by: Bartman at July 26, 2006 10:41 AM

I wouldn't be so quick to count the Sox out. I counted them out last September when they started to fold and the Tribe were coming on strong. Then they pulled it out and rampaged throught the playoffs losing one game.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 26, 2006 11:36 AM

they just aren't that good.

Sort of like the Sawx team that visited Seattle this past weekend. (Inside the park homerun? More like two two-base errors.) Sure they've got one of the better winning records, but seeing them on the field, you have to conclude that that's only because of all their games against the Tampa, Seattle, first half Los Anaheim, Kansas City and the NL East.

Besides, folding in August is a Chicago baseball tradition, one the Northside team hasn't shown any desire to uphold this year, which leaves it to the WhiteSox again.

Go Blue Jays! ... (Starting tomorrow...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 26, 2006 11:39 AM

Meanwhile Anibal Sanchez is sporting the following line: 4-0, 3.0 era, 1.19 whip.And he just set the rookie record for most consecutive scoreless innnings.

Jeez even if that trade had been Sanchez for JB straight up it would be looking real real bad. Add in Hanley, who'd even today be an immediate upgrade at ss and well, wow, just wow.

Hanley Anibal Shoah Judd has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 26, 2006 12:10 PM

Raoul: The Cubs patented the phrase "June Swoon," I believe.

Posted by: Bartman at July 26, 2006 12:16 PM

But with a name like that, would he throw like a girl?

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 26, 2006 1:19 PM

As previously mentioned, I've been waiting for this slide since June 2005; however, I'm still not convinced it is here to stay. As Jim pointed out, the last three weeks of the season, they almost choked real bad (I recall hearing on Mike & Mike about how monumental their choke was). I still fear the White Sox and will only be happy when they are officially out of the race.

Posted by: pchuck at July 26, 2006 1:32 PM

Q: "How can you tell it's June in Chicago?"

A: "'cause the Cubs are in first place."

They would start out strong, then blame their inevitable decline to their reserved spot in the cellar on the hot weather associated with all their day games. So, true, it is more of a WhiteSox tradition to fold later in the year.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 26, 2006 3:20 PM

Raoul, The Sox had a history of "June Swoon" in the fifties, if my ancient memory holds true. The Sox would start out strong and then the Yankees would take seven out of eight and the Sox were done. Happened about every year except '59. I associate the term with the Sox, since the Cubs were as crappy then as they are now. I remember watching games on WGN with about 5,000 people in the stands. People were smarter then, I guess. I was a Cubs fan then and haven't apparently gotten any smarter myself.

Posted by: Jdkelly at July 26, 2006 6:25 PM

After a brief period of adjustment, A-Gon is not just the best defensive ss in baseball nbut has emerged over the last six weeks as the best offensive one, except maybe Tejada.

Posted by: oj at July 26, 2006 7:07 PM

Sanchez would be an ideal 5th starter on this club, if they didn't want a dominant #1.

Posted by: oj at July 26, 2006 7:08 PM

oh c'mon oj. Now you're being ridiculous.

OT: Am I missing something or have there been no new posts since 8 am this morning? What'd you do, take the kids to Disneyworld again? How am I supposed to find out what's going on in the world, what the Darwinists are up to, etc.?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 26, 2006 7:44 PM

Not at all. Over the past month plus he's upped his numbers to elite territory. He's not that good historically, but he is in '06.

Posted by: oj at July 26, 2006 9:40 PM

He's done nothing of the sort. His ops is a subpar .734 for the season.

His monthly splits in ops are .518!, .695, .896, and.833. His good months are balanced out by his poor ones.

He's had very good 6 weeks stretches in his career before, but he always goes back to being the same old awful player. Six weeks don't make a season.

Indeed, I suspect before the end of this month that ops for July will be back under .800 given that he's been hitting poorly for the past week or so (that's if the Sawx play him, they sat him today, and seem to have been sitting him against tough righties for the past few months, hardly the way to treat such an elite player.)

The Sawx would've been a better team with Hanley, and probably with Dusty What'shisname who's been doing well at Pawtucket. Assuming they haven't moved him to 2nd permanently.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 27, 2006 12:06 AM

Sorry, I drifted off after you posted the monthly splits tha demonstrate my point.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2006 12:20 AM

Best SS in baseball right now is Bill E. Hall of the Brewers.

Posted by: Bartman at July 27, 2006 8:36 AM

Bill E. is my favorite player, but he's not a great fielder and strikes out too much to be considered better than a Tejada or Carlos Guillen.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2006 8:57 AM