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Mammoo
06-18-2003, 10:28 AM
U.S. Cellular Field has been a field of screams thus far, but the good guys in black can be thankful they re only six and one half games behind Minnesota. In fact itís down right amazing. The A.L. Central truly is the red headed stepchild of the American league. An inventory of consistent White Sox skills is a short and sweet. They donít hit very often, they canít pick up the ball and their base running is funnier than watching Buster Keaton being chased down hill by a boulder. The pitching has been a mixed bag of disappointment, alternating between starting and closing.

However, ever so slowly, this team has shown signs of snapping out of their season long funk. Frank Thomas is hitting the ball after his move back to first base. Bartolo Colon, Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland are pitching better and closer Billy Koch seems to have regained some confidence. Unfortunately with defense and speed in short supply, the improvement in other areas may be insufficient to catch the Twins.

The upcoming Cross-town Classic may reenergize the entire franchise that has been sleepwalking since the 2000 playoffs with Seattle. Ken Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf have done nothing to improve the team. GM Williams appears content to live with this team or break it up after they fall out of contention. Itís obvious no new talent will be brought in. Itís sink or swim with whatís here, with the occasional tweaking with a player from the minors.

Jerry Manuel continues to mystify with his handling of the pitching staff and his game strategy, which fluctuates between small ball and smash mouth. The team looks best when Manuel has the offense moving people along and manufacturing runs as opposed to waiting for the three run homer that has been far to infrequent this year. On the bright side, he apparently is fed up with his teamís base running hijinks, which hopefully means the knuckleheads that run the team out of innings will sit or be sent packing. Heís tried everything else.

TornLabrum
06-18-2003, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by Mammoo
U.S. Cellular Field has been a field of screams thus far, but the good guys in black can be thankful they re only six and one half games behind Minnesota. In fact itís down right amazing. The A.L. Central truly is the red headed stepchild of the American league. An inventory of consistent White Sox skills is a short and sweet. They donít hit very often, they canít pick up the ball and their base running is funnier than watching Buster Keaton being chased down hill by a boulder. The pitching has been a mixed bag of disappointment, alternating between starting and closing.

However, ever so slowly, this team has shown signs of snapping out of their season long funk. Frank Thomas is hitting the ball after his move back to first base. Bartolo Colon, Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland are pitching better and closer Billy Koch seems to have regained some confidence. Unfortunately with defense and speed in short supply, the improvement in other areas may be insufficient to catch the Twins.

The upcoming Cross-town Classic may reenergize the entire franchise that has been sleepwalking since the 2000 playoffs with Seattle. Ken Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf have done nothing to improve the team. GM Williams appears content to live with this team or break it up after they fall out of contention. Itís obvious no new talent will be brought in. Itís sink or swim with whatís here, with the occasional tweaking with a player from the minors.

Jerry Manuel continues to mystify with his handling of the pitching staff and his game strategy, which fluctuates between small ball and smash mouth. The team looks best when Manuel has the offense moving people along and manufacturing runs as opposed to waiting for the three run homer that has been far to infrequent this year. On the bright side, he apparently is fed up with his teamís base running hijinks, which hopefully means the knuckleheads that run the team out of innings will sit or be sent packing. Heís tried everything else.

Don't bet on any of the above.