Who Stays, And Who Goes? Pale Hose Brass To Make Some Decisions
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Sunday, July 7th, 2013
By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731
As I sit next to my daughters on the couch watching SpongeBob, my oldest (Abby, 9), turns to me and says, “Daddy, why aren’t you watching the White Sox?”. To which I respond, “They’re off today, they don’t have a game. They stink anyway….”
She looks at me in disgust and screams, “Daddy!! Don’t say that!!” She’s never heard me say that before. Granted, in 2007, the Sox were pretty awful, going 72-90.
But, she was 3 at the time, and didn’t really care about baseball. (Though I like to pretend she enjoys baseball now. I’m really trying to make that a reality….)
Hello 2013!! As it stands today, the Sox are 34-49, and in last place in the AL Central. But, besides the departures of A.J. Pierzynski and Kevin Youkilis, this team is virtually the same as the 2012 team that won 85 games.
So, why is this 2013 team so bad? They have some nice names, on paper.
But, some of those names are aging. Paul Konerko seems to be headed toward retirement. Alex Rios has really struggled for a month now. Alejandro De Aza, while productive at the plate in the lead-off spot, has been abysmal defensively in CF.
Dayan Viciedo has regressed since his breakout season in 2012. Gordon Beckham, out with an injury for an extended period of time, has returned and has actually hit well. But, once his strong suit, his defense has been sub-par.
The once sure-handed Alexei Ramirez is among the league-leaders in errors and has only one HR. Jeff Keppinger is hitting well below his career-averages and has also been sub-par defensively. One bright spot offensively?
Believe it or not, Adam Dunn. While only hitting .205, he has 23 HR’s and 57 RBI’s, by far the team’s leader in both categories.
While hitting and defense have been porous for the Sox so far, the pitching has been consistent. Chris Sale, having another stellar season with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts, has a record of 5-7, going to further prove the meaningless statistic of the WIN for a starter.
Jose Quintana, a mid-season call up in 2012, has continued his quality pitching in 2013. Quintana recently threw 7 scoreless innings against Baltimore on the 4th of July, yet came away with a no-decision.
As we approach the All-Star break, the question becomes, who stays and who goes? Sox GM Rick Hahn is quoted as saying that the Sox are open for business, with the exception of Chris Sale and the recently disabled Paul Konerko.
Jake Peavy is another player to be sought after, once he returns from the DL. He’s currently throwing bullpen sessions and his return seems imminent.
Adam Dunn has been red hot since the end of May. Maybe someone, assuming the Sox eat some major $ from his salary, would be interested in Dunn as a DH?
The Sox have very little left in their minor league system to replenish the roster once trades do occur, let alone the few young and talented players they do have.
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago.
He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with his wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 4.
He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. Follow @brianm731
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