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FanofBill
07-26-2005, 01:15 PM
Someone are using stats but see the light about this WS team. A good and fair article actually.

http://www.nysun.com/article/17600


"Just as the other precedents for the current Sox team are, this is an encouraging one - like the 2003 Giants and the 1999 and 1995 Braves, the Mets won the pennant, and like the 1995 Braves, they won the World Series. All of this, however, should be taken with a few grains of salt. Statistics like Equivalent Average have their flaws, and one of the biggest ones is their inability to account for things like shrewd managing and timing. Chicago's gross totals of steals, walks, and so forth aren't particularly impressive, but the timing of them is.

In close and late situations - the seventh inning or later, with the game tied or one team leading by a run or with the tying run on base, at the plate, or on deck - the Sox are one off the league lead in runs scored, first in steals, and second in OPS. If there's any secret to their manufacturing of runs, it's that they've been good in the clutch, and that can make up for a fair amount of crummy hitting.

The Sox' curse - they haven't won a World Series since their 1919 edition shamefully handed one away - is for whatever reason by far the least glamorous in baseball, but judging from the past, they have a great shot this year at putting it to bed forever, no matter how little they hit."

Chicago83
07-26-2005, 01:20 PM
"The Chicago White Sox, arguably the worst offensive team in the American League..."

How does he figure this? We are fifth in runs in the AL, in my book that makes us the fifth best offense. Not to mention the fact that we score runs more consistently. Texas may be third but they will score 15 in one game then 2 in the next. People need to stop lookin at BA to compare offenses, no way we are the worst offense in the AL, that's just a stupid comment for him to make.

FanofBill
07-26-2005, 01:28 PM
"The Chicago White Sox, arguably the worst offensive team in the American League..."

How does he figure this? We are fifth in runs in the AL, in my book that makes us the fifth best offense. Not to mention the fact that we score runs more consistently. Texas may be third but they will score 15 in one game then 2 in the next. People need to stop lookin at BA to compare offenses, no way we are the worst offense in the AL, that's just a stupid comment for him to make.

Read the rest of the article, he doesn't really trash the Sox.

Iwritecode
07-26-2005, 01:59 PM
I especially like this paragraph:

The only 100-win team of the post-integration era that approaches the current White Sox for plate futility is, of all teams, the 1969 Mets, whose .249 Equivalent Average was second-worst in the National League. On that team, no one save Tommie Agee and Cleon Jones could hit worth a lick, and their formula was very close to that of the current White Sox - pitching, defense, pitching, timely hits and steals, a healthy dose of the simply inexplicable, and a lot more pitching.

That describes the 2005 Sox to a tee. :cool: