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MERPER
06-08-2005, 04:16 PM
A lot has been made recently about Ozzie using his bench too much in the last game of a 3-game series and that being the reason we don't sweep more...

I personally feel this is a great managerial move... it allows for many things to come into play:

1-- should an everyday player get hurt, our bench has the experience and is relatively ready to go instead of being rusty

2-- Down the stretch, our starters will be more refreshed than say the Twins, especially leading into postseason play

3-- When we make the world series and play in the NL park, it won't be a brand new scenario for our bench to be used and contributing... Therefore, it will make it easier to win the 2005 World Series

I think Ozzie should be applauded for his decision here

After all, 2 out of every 3 gives us a record of 108-54... I'm fine with that!!!

ma-gaga
06-08-2005, 05:21 PM
A lot has been made recently about Ozzie using his bench too much in the last game of a 3-game series and that being the reason we don't sweep more...
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2-- Down the stretch, our starters will be more refreshed than say the Twins, especially leading into postseason play


Yeah, but I can tell you that the Twins haven't had a set lineup in place for maybe 5 games this year. Some due to injury, some due to Gardenhire putting out his "B" lineup on getaway games. Some due to the nature of the 162 game season. No team stays healthy or effective for an entire season.


Here's what they ran out against the Yankees last week:
M. Ryan (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7032) dh
B. Abernathy (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6617) 2b
L. Ford (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7061) lf
T. Hunter (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5884) cf
J. Jones (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6246) rf
M. LeCroy (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6391) 1b
M. Cuddyer (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6637) 3b
M. Redmond (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6008) c
L. Rodriguez (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7550) ss

Hunter, Jones and a bunch of AAA scrubs.

Don't get me wrong, what Ozzie is doing IS smart, but I wouldn't consider this an 'advantage' over the Twins. I'd be shocked if the W.Sox have had more lineup changes than Minny has had... Someone should look it up.

Besides, it's the pitching that'll decide the division. Not the "freshness" of the position players. :cool:

CubsSuckSoBad
06-08-2005, 07:53 PM
Yeah, but I can tell you that the Twins haven't had a set lineup in place for maybe 5 games this year. Some due to injury, some due to Gardenhire putting out his "B" lineup on getaway games. Some due to the nature of the 162 game season. No team stays healthy or effective for an entire season.


Here's what they ran out against the Yankees last week:
M. Ryan (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7032) dh
B. Abernathy (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6617) 2b
L. Ford (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7061) lf
T. Hunter (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5884) cf
J. Jones (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6246) rf
M. LeCroy (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6391) 1b
M. Cuddyer (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6637) 3b
M. Redmond (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6008) c
L. Rodriguez (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7550) ss

Hunter, Jones and a bunch of AAA scrubs.

Don't get me wrong, what Ozzie is doing IS smart, but I wouldn't consider this an 'advantage' over the Twins. I'd be shocked if the W.Sox have had more lineup changes than Minny has had... Someone should look it up.

Besides, it's the pitching that'll decide the division. Not the "freshness" of the position players. :cool:

Uhhh....Lew Ford, Matt LeCroy and Michael Cuddyer arent' AAA scrubs...you can't be serious with that...

I wash my hands of you....:dtroll:

FarWestChicago
06-08-2005, 09:19 PM
I wash my hands of you....:dtroll:The problem being ma-gaga isn't a troll. :rolleyes:

Daver
06-08-2005, 09:37 PM
The problem being ma-gaga isn't a troll. :rolleyes:

If he is he hands down owns the record for longjevity of a troll here, he's been around for years.

ma-gaga
06-08-2005, 11:39 PM
If he is he hands down owns the record for longjevity of a troll here, he's been around for years.

Don't worry about it. I'm not too upset at being called names by guys that have been here 2 months. :cool: (PHG and FWC scare me though...)

My point stands. 3 starters in the lineup that were in AAA at the start of the year.

Having a deep bench is an advantage, but I don't think that the W.Sox will out "depth" the Twins.

Daver
06-08-2005, 11:45 PM
Having a deep bench is an advantage, but I don't think that the W.Sox will out "depth" the Twins.


It could happen.

The depth would come from Birmingham, not Charlotte though.