Sox get one

Well the good news is that the White Sox can’t finish 0-162. Congrats to John Danks for a great game. It’s too bad he couldn’t get the win.

That was one of many good/bad observations I had watching today’s game. I’ll weigh them all.

The Good

  • John Danks looked great. He had all his pitches working and he was spotting them too, which was his main problem last season. Plus, he battled in a great pitcher’s duel against a veteran, Jake Westbrook, and gave his team a chance to win the game, which they did.
  • Joe “Clutch” Crede got it going again. He has always been key late in games (especially against the Indians) and he did it again today with the game winning solo home run in the 8th.
  • Jermaine Dye looked good at the plate the entire series. He started it Monday with a solo shot in the 9th and kept it going all the way through Thursday’s last at bat where he was robbed of a hit by David Dellucci.
  • Bobby Jenks looked great in the ninth inning. Always a good thing to convert your first save of the season. Can you believe that this is his third year of being the Sox closer on opening day? He has been so consistent and dominant that we have hardly noticed. That is such a good position to not have to worry about.

The Bad

  • The Sox got seven hits today in an old fashion pitcher’s duel and they won the game, but once again they were relying solely on solo home runs. I love the fact that Uribe and Crede got going with solo shots, but the Sox missed out on numerous opportunities today when they had men in scoring position–including after Crede’s 8th inning home run when there were two on and one out and Thome and Konerko failed to get them in. Sometimes all you need is a double.
  • Speed is very underrated and the White Sox have none of it. Speed at the top of the order is what got the Sox to the 2005 World Series and this could be the slowest team in franchise history. You hope Jerry Owens can get on base when he returns, but for now, Swisher is not a lead off hitter. He just isn’t. Unfortunately, Ozzie doesn’t have many other options, although I would love to see Pablo Ozuna get a chance to lead off in Detroit.
  • Jermaine Dye’s defense was awful in Cleveland. I thought he could have snagged the ball yesterday that led to the Indians pulling away and I thought he could have given a better effort on the ball today that allowed Travis Hafner of all people to score from first base. Then there was the mix up he had with Nick Swisher in center. The key word in that sentence was “center”. That was Swisher’s ball and not only was the kid there, Dye nearly tackled him and knocked the ball out of his glove. But I still have to make the argument that if Brian Anderson was out there, he would have gotten there a half-second earlier and Dye would have backed off. More on that later.
  • Thank goodness the Sox won this one because I think I would have thrown my computer out my window if I had to read another story about how the players are still happy with their effort even in a loss. The optimism is good, but the losing is still bad. I put this under “The Bad” for now because I think the Sox need to go 3-3 on this road trip and the 1-2 start means they must go 2-1 in Detroit now.

Put Anderson in center

I never thought I would be writing this but Brian Anderson should be the starting centerfielder. He is the best defensive outfielder on the entire team and he looked great at the plate during spring training. Quite frankly I have no idea why Carlos Quentin and Alexi Ramirez are even being considered.

If Anderson’s offense actually came around–and there are more than just signs right now that that is going to happen–he would be a phenomenal contributer to this team. As I said earlier, Dye would have let Anderson take that ball in center and even when the kid was terrible two years ago, he saved a number of runs with his outstanding defensive play.

Also, why the heck was Quentin batting ahead of Crede today? Here’s what my lineup would be right now:

  1. Nick Swisher, LF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Jim Thome, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Joe Crede, 3B
  8. Juan Uribe, 2B
  9. Brian Anderson, CF

And while I’m not sure Ozuna is better option at second base than Uribe on an everyday basis, I would love to see a lineup where Ozuna can be a true leadoff hitter. Here’s the lineup I would go with in that situation:

  1. Pablo Ozuna, 2B
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Jim Thome, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Joe Crede, 3B
  8. Nick Swisher, LF
  9. Brian Anderson, CF

That looks like more of a baseball lineup than the first one, but I do like Uribe at second base. He has always been a good defensive player.

Well that’s all for me today. I’ll be in Milwaukee over the weekend so I’m not sure I will be able to post. I might be going to the Brewers game Saturday and I will be in Chicago by Sunday because the home opener awaits Monday afternoon.


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