jeremyb1

06-30-2003, 02:58 AM

i've discussed this at some length in a different thread but i thought it merited its own thread. i currently feel that due to the organizations efforts to replace average hitters with poor ones combined with the offensive struggles of the bottom half of the order, despite the fact that the team is improving in many regards, we are doomed.

chicago sports reports As long as Harris continues to play well, Jimenez appears to have lost his job at second base. The team is also considering promoting Aaron Miles from Triple-A Charlotte or upgrading through a trade.

the problem here is that harris has not been playing well. despite the fact that he has a .239 since returning from the d.l and worse prior to his dl stint which would qualify for the worst in the majors if he had enough at bats. apparently it has been decided that despite his inability to get on base and work the count, harris should not only start in place of jimenez whose on base percentage is league average despite his recent struggles at the plate which have caused his on base percentage to fall from .400. while jimenez has struggled lately at least he has shown he possesses the ability to get on base when performing well, a skill harris has never demonstrated.

of course we could call up miles but you have to remember that he walks about as often as harris, has not hit anywhere near as well as harris did in charlotte, and is in his late 20s.

combine this downgrade in the lineup with our season long offensive struggles at centerfield and the monumental failures of crede (.271 on base percentage which is tied for the worst in the majors), konerko, and a less than stellar output from olivo (.286 obp) and you have a formula for disaster. at least earlier in the season we could count on carlos, maggs, frank, jose, and paully to turn things around.

unfortunately, paully is now reaching the point where its become uncertain he'll snap out of it and there's no guarantee guys like crede, olivo, and rowand will succeed. going out of our way to produce a hitter like jimenez with average production with another horrendous hitter such as harris or miles will go a long way towards dooming this team. we need to find ways to get the guys that aren't performing out of the lineup by playing somone like graff less often or making some trades instead of replacing solid performers with terrible ones or this team has no shot at hitting well enough to make the playoffs.

chicago sports reports As long as Harris continues to play well, Jimenez appears to have lost his job at second base. The team is also considering promoting Aaron Miles from Triple-A Charlotte or upgrading through a trade.

the problem here is that harris has not been playing well. despite the fact that he has a .239 since returning from the d.l and worse prior to his dl stint which would qualify for the worst in the majors if he had enough at bats. apparently it has been decided that despite his inability to get on base and work the count, harris should not only start in place of jimenez whose on base percentage is league average despite his recent struggles at the plate which have caused his on base percentage to fall from .400. while jimenez has struggled lately at least he has shown he possesses the ability to get on base when performing well, a skill harris has never demonstrated.

of course we could call up miles but you have to remember that he walks about as often as harris, has not hit anywhere near as well as harris did in charlotte, and is in his late 20s.

combine this downgrade in the lineup with our season long offensive struggles at centerfield and the monumental failures of crede (.271 on base percentage which is tied for the worst in the majors), konerko, and a less than stellar output from olivo (.286 obp) and you have a formula for disaster. at least earlier in the season we could count on carlos, maggs, frank, jose, and paully to turn things around.

unfortunately, paully is now reaching the point where its become uncertain he'll snap out of it and there's no guarantee guys like crede, olivo, and rowand will succeed. going out of our way to produce a hitter like jimenez with average production with another horrendous hitter such as harris or miles will go a long way towards dooming this team. we need to find ways to get the guys that aren't performing out of the lineup by playing somone like graff less often or making some trades instead of replacing solid performers with terrible ones or this team has no shot at hitting well enough to make the playoffs.