Tagged: Joe Crede

In-game Update

I’m watching tonight’s game on the Slingbox on my computer. Here are some of the things I’ve written down so far.

Crede a franchise player

At this point I have to make the argument that Joe Crede is the definition of a franchise player that you HAVE TO lock up. He’s proven that his back is healthy, he’s arguably the best defensive third baseman in baseball and there isn’t a more clutch player on the White Sox–and it’s been like that for years now.

I’m sick of hearing people say he is injury prone. He had a chronic back problem and played through it for two seasons before having to correct the problem in a season that was going downhill for the Sox anyway. While playing through the back problems he averaged 26 home runs and 78 RBIs while saving countless amounts of runs with his glove.

Now healthy, Crede is showing that he is developing into a consistent 30 HR, 90 RBI player. If the Sox don’t re-sign him, someone will be getting a bargain and a franchise player.

Note: Those three paragraphs were inspired by a difficult, yet routine charging play (for Crede) in the third inning. That’s all it takes for me to get started on Joe’s value.

J.D. Only Has Four RBIs?

I still can’t believe a guy who is fourth in the American League in batting can only have eight RBIs when he is batting in the fifth spot of the White Sox order. Unfortunately for Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome and Paul Konerko have not been getting on base.

With that said, Thome and Pauly seem to be turning the corner and the RBIs should come as a result.

Dotel Blows It

Note: When Ozzie called for Octavio Dotel I turned the game off. When I checked the score a few minutes later I was surprised the Sox were only down 6-3.

I guess that’s all I have to say about that.

Why is this washed up reliever on our team?!?

A-Rod has a Baby, Joins Chilltown

I want to congratulate Alex Rodriguez on the birth of his baby daughter and I also hope he gets back soon because he is now a proud new member of Chicago Chilltown in the Newmanium Fantasy Baseball League.

Some guy offered me A-Rod, H. Matsui, Raul Ibanez and Ricky Weeks for Garrett Atkins, Alex Rios, Carlos Beltran and Robinson Cano. (Yeah I know, it would have been nice if Dotel could have just walked Abreu and given up the grand slam to Matsui.)

Obviously I gave up a lot (I really didn’t want to lose Atkins and Rios), but you have to give up some to get some and I got Alex Rodriguez. As long as his groin is okay, I’m okay with the trade.

Thoughts?

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Fantasy Baseball Trade

I recently made a gutsy trade in my fantasy baseball league because I badly needed a pitcher.

I traded Albert Pujols straight up for Johan Santana. I had Garrett Atkins at 3rd, but he can also play 1st and I had Joe Crede on my bench.

So now I got Atkins at 1st instead of Pujols and Crede at 3rd, but I got Santana in my rotation. So far it’s been an even trade, but I was also worried that Pujols wouldn’t last the entire season with that bum elbow.

I guess we’ll see…

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.