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BeerHandle
03-31-2005, 10:26 AM
Here is the link to the article from USA TODAY.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2005-03-30-al-central-preview2_x.htm

Here is a snapshot of the article.

In Chicago, the White Sox switched emphasis from power to speed and defense. They added Orlando Hernandez (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=2507) to back up a rotation led by Mark Buehrle (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=4025), Freddy Garcia (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=2523), Jon Garland (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=2641) and Jose Contreras (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=3438).

There's a new catcher (A.J. Pierzynski) and middle infield (shortstop Juan Uribe (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=4151) and second baseman Tadahito Iguchi (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=5412)), and that should help the defense.

Iguchi will bat second behind leadoff batter Scott Podsednik (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=3073), who stole 70 bases for the Milwaukee Brewers last season. Paul Konerko (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=1381) will have to provide the power until Frank Thomas (http://fantasybaseball.usatoday.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=205) returns from an ankle injury.

"I'd rather have four guys hitting 20 home runs than two guys hit 40 because then you have a chance to have more guys on base with the four," Guillen says. "We'll be able to hit-and-run. We have a better defense, strong pitcher and more speed."

HITMEN OF 77
03-31-2005, 11:32 AM
Juan Uribe is new to the infield?

PAPChiSox729
03-31-2005, 12:19 PM
Juan Uribe is new to the infield?

I just think they were trying to point out that he is the new starting shortstop.

Realist
03-31-2005, 12:20 PM
After reading the article, don't forget to vote in the poll. As of now the Tigers are leading. :?:

Alanzo
03-31-2005, 01:06 PM
With the Spring Training Carl Everett has been having, you'd think they could accompany the usual "no Frank, no power, doooooooom! :o: :o: " comment with a slight nod in Carl's direction.

WhiteSoxFan84
03-31-2005, 01:12 PM
We need the White Sox Army again!

Go to....

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2005-03-30-al-central-preview2_x.htm

... vote for the White Sox. Then close your internet explorer or whatever you're using, go to Tools, and then Internet Options, click on Delete Cookies, go back to the website and vote again. There's less than 1500 votes at this point and the Sox are in 4th barely ahead of the Royals :angry:

Let's change that BS.

WhtSox4evr
03-31-2005, 03:45 PM
2380 votes - Sox in first with 30 percent!!!!:D:

DumpJerry
03-31-2005, 06:01 PM
5:00 and still in first!

DON'T MESS WITH THE SOX ARMY! YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!

BeerHandle
04-01-2005, 03:16 PM
5:00 and still in first!

DON'T MESS WITH THE SOX ARMY! YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!!

You got that right!

daveeym
04-01-2005, 03:21 PM
Man WSI has got serious problems. :gulp: :gulp:

DumpJerry
04-01-2005, 03:46 PM
2:45 p.m. on Friday, still in the lead!:bandance: :bandance:

Not only do we have the best bullpen in the division, but the best army!

fusillirob1983
04-01-2005, 03:58 PM
Wow, someone must've really wanted us to win the poll.

BeerHandle
04-01-2005, 06:43 PM
Wow, someone must've really wanted us to win the poll.

I love it. Keep voting.

Reynolds, Kruk and Boston Gammons will be eating their words at the end of the season. I can't wait to watch them start back peddling.

A. Cavatica
04-01-2005, 07:08 PM
"I'd rather have four guys hitting 20 home runs than two guys hit 40 because then you have a chance to have more guys on base with the four," Guillen says.

:?:

80 HR is 80 HR. I don't get this.

Fredsox
04-01-2005, 07:11 PM
We need IWriteCode to fashion a script for us that will vote and delete the broswer cookies a couple thousand times.

The Racehorse
04-01-2005, 07:39 PM
... my 15 votes are in!

SOX 33%
Twins 24%
Tigers 23%
Indians 16%
Royals 3%

:supernana:

Whitesox029
04-02-2005, 02:12 AM
Man WSI has got serious problems. :gulp: :gulp:
New WSI motto: "[making AL central polls] totally biased!"

PAPChiSox729
04-02-2005, 10:19 AM
:?:

80 HR is 80 HR. I don't get this.

If you had four guys hit 20 homeruns, there is a better chance of some one being on base when one of those homeruns is hit. Therefore, more runs would be created then if only two of the batters were hitting the homeruns.

AJPosguchi
04-02-2005, 12:12 PM
I like the way the USAToday did the handicapping, although I do not totally agree with the results.



http://members.cox.net/~baier5/soxcap.jpg

I would add 2 points to Starting Pitching because of depth, that would place us in a virtual tie with the Twinks.

Jjav829
04-02-2005, 12:20 PM
I like the way the USAToday did the handicapping, although I do not totally agree with the results.


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I would add 2 points to Starting Pitching because of depth, that would place us in a virtual tie with the Twinks.

Not bad. I'd probably give the Sox bullpen an 8 if the Indians get a 7. I'd probably give the Indians lineup an 8 though if the Sox is a 7.

balke
04-02-2005, 12:57 PM
Not bad. I'd probably give the Sox bullpen an 8 if the Indians get a 7. I'd probably give the Indians lineup an 8 though if the Sox is a 7.

The Indians line-up now, or without injury? I'm not impressed by their lineup at all when compared with ours. We have Rowand batting a 7 right now. We have Uribe in the 9, and Crede in the 8. And the way Spring Training has unfolded, that's probably the way it should be, Gooch has been alright.

SS: Alex Cora, Peralta or Uribe?
OF: Casey Blake, or DYE?
OF: Juan Gone/Grady Sizemore, or Rowand?
OF: Coco Crisp or Podsednik?
DH: Hafner or Everett/Frank?
1B: Broussard or Konerko?
2B: Belliard or the gooch?
3B: Boone over Crede, but he's coming off a bad injury, so let's see.
C: Martinez over Pierzynski.
I would take Hafner over Everett, but the way Everett is playing it won't be that big of a difference. So... that's only 3 I'd take.

Edit: Missed Belliards 48 doubles, so that's 4. But still, I don't like what I see. We have more speed, and more reliable players IMO.

I think we have hands down the better lineup until further notice. I think the Tiggers have us for sure though, that's a lot of hitting.

Jjav829
04-02-2005, 04:14 PM
The Indians line-up now, or without injury? I'm not impressed by their lineup at all when compared with ours. We have Rowand batting a 7 right now. We have Uribe in the 9, and Crede in the 8. And the way Spring Training has unfolded, that's probably the way it should be, Gooch has been alright.

SS: Alex Cora, Peralta or Uribe?
OF: Casey Blake, or DYE?
OF: Juan Gone/Grady Sizemore, or Rowand?
OF: Coco Crisp or Podsednik?
DH: Hafner or Everett/Frank?
1B: Broussard or Konerko?
2B: Belliard or the gooch?
3B: Boone over Crede, but he's coming off a bad injury, so let's see.
C: Martinez over Pierzynski.
I would take Hafner over Everett, but the way Everett is playing it won't be that big of a difference. So... that's only 3 I'd take.

Edit: Missed Belliards 48 doubles, so that's 4. But still, I don't like what I see. We have more speed, and more reliable players IMO.

I think we have hands down the better lineup until further notice. I think the Tiggers have us for sure though, that's a lot of hitting.

More reliable players? I can't say that. I mean, is there one player is this lineup that you can currently say you know exactly what they are going to give to this team, factoring in injury? There isn't one. There's some potential. That said, I really can't say the Indians lineup is very reliable either. I mean they have some young guys who you figure will continue to produce well, but since I'm not counting Rowand as a proven player, I can't count their players either. To answer your questions from above, I'd go:

Uribe over Peralta - Simply because we've seen Uribe perform at this level.
Blake over Dye - I might be overrating Blake a little, but I like what he can do and I worry about Dye.
Rowand over Gonzalez/Sizemore - I believe Rowand will actually have a better year this year, even though I said I can't count him as a proven player.
Crisp over Podsednik - Tough call. I expect Pods to perform better than his 2003 season, but I'd have to give Crisp the nod for now.
Hafner over Everett/Frank - A healthy Frank wins. But since we don't know when he'll be full healthy, Hafner has to win this.
Konerko over Broussard - Pretty obvious, though Broussard isn't a slouch.
Belliard over Gooch - I can't pick Gooch until I see him actually succeed at this level.
Boone over Crede - This one is pretty close, though. I'll give Boone the slight edge even though I think Crede might have the better year.
Martinez over Pierzynski - No explanation needed.

buehrle4cy05
04-02-2005, 04:26 PM
Not bad. I'd probably give the Sox bullpen an 8 if the Indians get a 7. I'd probably give the Indians lineup an 8 though if the Sox is a 7.

There's now way that Minnesota's starters should be a 9. Besides Santana and Radke (who are 2 great pitchers), who's behind them? Carlos Silva and Kyle Lohse? If the Twins are a 9 with that staff, the Sox should at least be a 7 or 8.