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WhteSox725
07-01-2004, 04:01 PM
The White Sox schedule from the middle of August to the end of the year is atrocious. With the Phillies game being scheduled for August 30th, the White Sox's last day off in August is August 16th. Between August 16th and October 3rd, the end of the season, the White Sox have a grand total of one...repeat that ONE day off, September 13th. This has to be a big concern for the team doesn't it? Look what happened to the Phillies last year when they tried to play that stretch of 20 something games in a row. They fell apart. I certainly hope the White Sox are comfortably in first by then.

This week is not the landmark point in the White Sox season. In my opinion the last month and a half of the season is the landmark point. That is where we will definitely see what this team is made of.

Brian26
07-01-2004, 04:04 PM
I already posted this. See the other thread. The Sox play 47 games in 48 days to end the season.

samram
07-01-2004, 04:19 PM
This is something MLB may want to look at when making schedules next year. So many teams (the Sox included) had almost every Monday off through April, May and early June (months when rain fall is relatively high), that it becomes difficult to reschedule games that are rained out, especially when it's between teams from different divisions. At least if a game scheduled for a Monday is rained out, a scheduled Thursday off would give an opportunity to make it up that week. Instead, doubleheaders are required, and if a Thursday game is rained out, it becomes pretty difficult to find common off days later in the year that work out conveniently to play the game.

Lip Man 1
07-01-2004, 06:12 PM
All the more reason for the Sox to pick up another good starting pitcher (Russ Ortiz?) with that kind of load towards the end, Ozzie may want to go to a six man rotation now and again, to give the guys an extra day here and there.

Lip

viagracat
07-01-2004, 07:37 PM
This is something MLB may want to look at when making schedules next year. So many teams (the Sox included) had almost every Monday off through April, May and early June (months when rain fall is relatively high), that it becomes difficult to reschedule games that are rained out, especially when it's between teams from different divisions. At least if a game scheduled for a Monday is rained out, a scheduled Thursday off would give an opportunity to make it up that week. Instead, doubleheaders are required, and if a Thursday game is rained out, it becomes pretty difficult to find common off days later in the year that work out conveniently to play the game.
As much as I like interleague play, the unbalanced schedule makes these situations more likely. You can usually schedule a doubleheader against a division opponent in the event of a rainout, but for everyone else that comes in only once a year, you can run into this. Don't know what the solution is other than limiting the number of different teams you play every year...

samram
07-01-2004, 08:14 PM
As much as I like interleague play, the unbalanced schedule makes these situations more likely. You can usually schedule a doubleheader against a division opponent in the event of a rainout, but for everyone else that comes in only once a year, you can run into this. Don't know what the solution is other than limiting the number of different teams you play every year...
Yeah, I meant to mention the unbalanced schedule as being part of the problem. I think it is important to make sure divisions get decided by interdivision play though. If getting rid of interleague play would get rid of the problem, I would be for it. Not to mention, I hate watching the Sox in NL parks.

doublem23
07-01-2004, 08:20 PM
Ah yes, but during that stretch, we play...

12 against Detroit (6 home, 6 away)
3 against Boston (3 home, 0 away)
4 against Cleveland (0 home, 4 away)
1 against Philadelphia (home)
3 against Oakland (3 home, 0 away)
3 against Seattle (3 home, 0 away)
4 against Texas (0 home, 4 away)
3 against Anaheim (0 home, 3 away)
6 against Minnesota (3 home, 3 away)
8 against Kansas City (4 home, 4 away)

Could be worse.

jenmcm76
07-02-2004, 09:59 AM
All the more reason for the Sox to pick up another good starting pitcher (Russ Ortiz?) with that kind of load towards the end, Ozzie may want to go to a six man rotation now and again, to give the guys an extra day here and there.
Ortiz would be a nice addition, but barring any major injuries, the Sox don't need a sixth starter, even with that horrible schedule to end the season. Pitching every fifth day is fine. Staff aces in the playoffs have frequently pitched on only 2 or 3 days rest and done well in the short term. If the staff arms are getting tired, Ozzie may have to pull them an inning early, but he'd cause more problems by introducing a 6-man rotation and taking away their starts.