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fungo bat
06-01-2013, 11:04 AM
The Sox are 4 1/2 games out with 4 months to go, despite playing horrible baseball.

What are the odds that this team can turn it around, get hot, and make a run at the division title?

I watched a bloated, 300-pound Bartolo Colon make the Sox look sick last night, scattering 3 hits and shutting down an inept offense.

How much longer are we going to have to watch Dunn, De Aza, Vizciedo and company struggle at the plate? I know, there are no real alternatives for Robin Ventura. They have virtually nothing in the minors right now. I guess we can't still blame Greg Walker for this mess.

Beckham will be back soon. And that will help solidify the infield defense. But we certainly can't count on him to generate much with the bat. He's been a disappointment offensively since tearing up the league in his first year.

The only guys who have hit well during the first 2 months have been Rios, Ramirez and Gillaspie. Flowers is acceptable on defense, but he clearly is lacking on offense.

The pitching? It's good enough to keep us in most games. Axelrod deserved a better fate last night. With Sale, Peavy, Quintana and perhaps Santiago the Sox have an above average starting rotation. And the bullpen is decent with Reed, Crain and company even though Nate Jones is going through a rough patch.

I have to figure that sooner or later the Tigers are going to get hot, run off a stretch where they win 14 out of 18 and leave the rest of the division behind in their dust. But their bullpen is suspect. It cost them another game last night. The Tigers are going to have to pickup a reliever or two over the next month.

Should the Sox pull off another White Flag Trade, circa 1997? No. It's way too early to panic.

Considering how bad they've played, to be just 4 1/2 back is a minor miracle. And proof that the AL Central is a weak division from top to bottom.

As Hawk would say, time to button 'em down and strap 'em up, boys. The Sox are realistically just one hot streak away from being in first place.

Wishful thinking? Maybe.

sox1970
06-01-2013, 11:21 AM
4.5 out just means no team in the division has been hot yet.

The Indians and Tigers are still on pace for 87-90 wins.

Indians will probably go backwards unless they get another starting pitcher and their bullpen gets back on track after an awful May.

Tigers will get hot and probably get a bullpen arm or two. They'll hit over their bullpen shortcomings more in the summer months.

Sox are dead. They have the worst offense in the AL. I doubt the team with the worst offense after two months has ever made the postseason in the divisional era.

The Sox need to focus on making acquisitions that will get them back on track for 2015 since they probably won't be able to compete next year with Dunn still on the team.

kittle42
06-01-2013, 12:45 PM
Playoffs? I'd find a second hobby.

TheVulture
06-01-2013, 01:04 PM
I didn't even realize Bartolo Colon was still alive until last night.

DirtySox
06-01-2013, 01:08 PM
I didn't even realize Bartolo Colon was still alive until last night.

He was solid last year too. There are worse pitchers out there.

Tragg
06-01-2013, 01:09 PM
The pressure put on this good pitching staff by the inept offense is tremendous. I wouldn't be surprised if they buckle from fatigue and we tank.
Hope not, but playoffs is just silly at this point.

Paulwny
06-01-2013, 01:20 PM
The pressure put on this good pitching staff by the inept offense is tremendous. I wouldn't be surprised if they buckle from fatigue and we tank.
Hope not, but playoffs is just silly at this point.

Exactly my thoughts. Every pitch is critical when you don't score runs, no room for error. This is not a good situation for a pitching staff.

kittle42
06-01-2013, 03:03 PM
He was solid last year too. There are worse pitchers out there.

And they'd shut out the Sox, too.

Red Barchetta
06-01-2013, 03:22 PM
The Tigers have better players and a proven winning manager. They will take over the division this year and will not wait around for a team to forfeit the division like the White Sox did last year.

Red Barchetta
06-01-2013, 03:23 PM
I didn't even realize Bartolo Colon was still alive until last night.

...and with a winning record! :?:

I remember when he went missing. Which is pretty hard for a guy his size!

Lip Man 1
06-01-2013, 03:58 PM
He was solid last year too. There are worse pitchers out there.

Steroids have a way of helping you out.

Seriously this isn't the same slug who quit on the Sox in 2007.

Something happened. I suspect it was a combination of steroids and that "unique" proceedure he had done a few years ago. :rolleyes:

Lip

fungo bat
06-01-2013, 08:44 PM
The guy went the distance last night. With the Sox offense, I figured he could have pitched another 9 innings and we still wouldn't have touched him for a run. His career record is approximately 50+ over .500. I figure he had some artificial help getting to that point, considering he's 40 years old.

Sox made him a decent offer to stay with the club a few years ago, but the Angels made a better offer and he jumped ship.

He was a big man (translation: full bodied) when he was pitching for the Sox. He's an even bigger man now. But the guy can still throw strikes with what seems like an effortless motion.

Dick Allen
06-01-2013, 09:04 PM
The only way this team makes the playoffs is if there are about a half dozen airline disasters.

Soxman219
06-01-2013, 09:15 PM
At this point I just want the Sox to win a game!

WhiteSox5187
06-01-2013, 09:27 PM
Steroids have a way of helping you out.

Seriously this isn't the same slug who quit on the Sox in 2007.

Something happened. I suspect it was a combination of steroids and that "unique" proceedure he had done a few years ago. :rolleyes:

Lip

Colon wasn't on the White Sox in 2007, he walked away from the Sox in 2009. That was the year that Kenny thought that Colon (who hadn't pitched a full season since 2005) and Contreras (who had a devastating ankle injury in July of the previous year) would suffice as our 4th and 5th starters.

Dan H
06-02-2013, 07:32 PM
The only way this team makes the playoffs is if there are about a half dozen airline disasters.

Make that a dozen airline disasters.

eriqjaffe
06-03-2013, 08:30 AM
But the guy can still throw strikes with what seems like an effortless motion.He has given up more home runs than walks thus far this season, and he has a staggering 10.5 K/BB ratio.

russ99
06-03-2013, 08:48 AM
Every team has streaks, and yes, the Sox could go on a hot one pushing them closer to contention.

But when we have a "homer or nothing" offense that so many have clamored over the last few years, you need to figure out how to score runs/win games when the homers aren't there. So far the 2013 Sox have no clue when it comes to that.

The Sox are 22nd in RISP at .239 and 26th at 2-out RISP at .211.

If anyone on the team is capable of shortening their swing and driving in a run when needed instead of all-out hacking for the fences, I haven't seen it.