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Daver
01-14-2003, 06:18 PM
From Jason Michael Barker of Strikethree. com

Chicago White Sox
2002 record: 81-81
Runs scored: 856 (3rd), Runs allowed: 798 (8th)

Say hello: C Sandy Alomar Jr., RHP Billy Koch
Say goodbye: SS Royce Clayton, RHP Keith Foulke, C Mark Johnson

The scoop: Last offseason, the White Sox traded a trio of pitchers to the Pirates for Todd Ritchie, in an attempt to add a veteran starter to a club many predicted to win their division. The move failed miserably and the team struggled to a .500 finish. They finally gave up late in the year, but were unable to get much in return for veterans Ray Durham, Kenny Lofton and Alomar; and now Alomar is back?! This winter's plan appears be to count on the young pitching, and you know how that can be.

Offensively, Chicago is in pretty good shape having scored the third-most runs in the league a year ago and with some good young hitters on the horizon. An outfield of Carlos Lee, prospect Joe Borchard and Magglio Ordonez should certainly be able to put runs on the board, while Paul Konerko, D'Angelo Jimenez, Joe Crede and Willie Harris (all 26 or younger) form a potentially solid infield. Jose Valentin and his underrated bat are available to spell the youngsters in both the infield and outfield. Finally, if Frank Thomas can regain the form the saw him hit .328/.436/.625 in 2000, watch out.

Unfortunately, the pitching leaves something to be desired; outside of young lefty Mark Buehrle, there's not a proven hurler in the bunch. The Sox are banking on the improvement of Jon Garland (4.58 ERA in 192.2 innings last season at age 22, but with serious K:BB ratio issues) and Dan Wright (5.18 ERA at age 24 in his first full major league season), as well as the emergence of former top prospect Jon Rauch, a 6-10 hard-thrower who has lost a great deal of time to injuries. There's certainly potential here, but "potential" isn't generally the word you use to describe a division-winning staff.


You can read previews for the rest of the AL Central here. (http://www.strikethree.com/03/01/14/jason.shtml)

hold2dibber
01-14-2003, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by daver
From Jason Michael Barker of Strikethree. com

Chicago White Sox
2002 record: 81-81
Runs scored: 856 (3rd), Runs allowed: 798 (8th)

Say hello: C Sandy Alomar Jr., RHP Billy Koch
Say goodbye: SS Royce Clayton, RHP Keith Foulke, C Mark Johnson

The scoop: Last offseason, the White Sox traded a trio of pitchers to the Pirates for Todd Ritchie, in an attempt to add a veteran starter to a club many predicted to win their division. The move failed miserably and the team struggled to a .500 finish. They finally gave up late in the year, but were unable to get much in return for veterans Ray Durham, Kenny Lofton and Alomar; and now Alomar is back?! This winter's plan appears be to count on the young pitching, and you know how that can be.

Offensively, Chicago is in pretty good shape having scored the third-most runs in the league a year ago and with some good young hitters on the horizon. An outfield of Carlos Lee, prospect Joe Borchard and Magglio Ordonez should certainly be able to put runs on the board, while Paul Konerko, D'Angelo Jimenez, Joe Crede and Willie Harris (all 26 or younger) form a potentially solid infield. Jose Valentin and his underrated bat are available to spell the youngsters in both the infield and outfield. Finally, if Frank Thomas can regain the form the saw him hit .328/.436/.625 in 2000, watch out.

Unfortunately, the pitching leaves something to be desired; outside of young lefty Mark Buehrle, there's not a proven hurler in the bunch. The Sox are banking on the improvement of Jon Garland (4.58 ERA in 192.2 innings last season at age 22, but with serious K:BB ratio issues) and Dan Wright (5.18 ERA at age 24 in his first full major league season), as well as the emergence of former top prospect Jon Rauch, a 6-10 hard-thrower who has lost a great deal of time to injuries. There's certainly potential here, but "potential" isn't generally the word you use to describe a division-winning staff.


You can read previews for the rest of the AL Central here. (http://www.strikethree.com/03/01/14/jason.shtml)

Sounds about right to me.