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Lip Man 1
08-21-2005, 01:15 AM
From White Sox.com. Interesting take on things. The writer feels what Ozzie did after Saturday will be very good in the long run.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article_perspectives.jsp?ymd=20050820&content_id=1177248&vkey=perspectives&fext=.jsp

Lip

hose
08-21-2005, 01:30 AM
...................Both of these absences hurt. But the White Sox are also not executing their small ball approach. Twice Saturday, they failed to move runners with sacrifice bunt attempts. And once, with runners on first and second, no outs, trailing by a run, they opted for a hit-and-run instead of a bunt and wound up hitting a soft liner into a double play.


Theres that word small ball again.:o:

captain54
08-21-2005, 02:16 AM
...................Both of these absences hurt. But the White Sox are also not executing their small ball approach. Twice Saturday, they failed to move runners with sacrifice bunt attempts. And once, with runners on first and second, no outs, trailing by a run, they opted for a hit-and-run instead of a bunt and wound up hitting a soft liner into a double play.


Theres that word small ball again.:o:

regardless of what Ozzie says, I don't think the players are going out and deliberately trying to lose...maybe they just aren't good enough to get the job done over the long haul....

let's face it, the blueprint for the Sox going into this year was an emphasis on pitching, speed and defense, with the offensive part of the game put on the back burner....I always thought that was kind of risky....so Ozzie/KW put together a roster of players to mold into this "new vision" of what they thought the White Sox should be, and maybe they miscalculated how these players could perform over the course of a 162 game season....

the bottom line is and always will be with this White Sox franchise...MONEY...they were either going to pay hitters or pitchers....but certainly not both....the convenient way around that would be to mold the hitters you have into run manufacturers, with Podsenick leading the way at the top of the lineup....

I can't really remember the last time the Sox played "small ball" this year...it seems like a distant memory...hell, they can't even put guys on base to move along at this stage of the game.....

quite possibly these players (hitters) played a bit over their head in the first 100 games, now are coming back to normal......the only chance the Sox have to somehow maintain a lead in the division to the end is to obviously get Pods and Konerko back healthy, but to be able to feast on some mediocre pitching down the stretch...

Lip Man 1
08-21-2005, 01:02 PM
Captain:

Good point about 'mediocre' pitching...they sure haven't seen a lot of that the past two weeks, and they won't this week either, but how do you explain Chacon?

Lip

Ol' No. 2
08-21-2005, 01:12 PM
Captain:

Good point about 'mediocre' pitching...they sure haven't seen a lot of that the past two weeks, and they won't this week either, but how do you explain Chacon?

LipWhen you're slumping, it doesn't matter if you're facing mediocre pitching. These guys have all the signs of a slump. They're lunging at pitches, their timing is off, and generally pressing. Several people have suggested that they're one key hit away from breaking the slump, but that's absolutely the wrong way for the players to approach it. Instead of taking what the pitchers are giving them, everybody's trying to get that one key hit that gets the team out of its slump. They're not ONE key hit away. They're A BUNCH of good AB away.

FielderJones
08-21-2005, 01:19 PM
quite possibly these players (hitters) played a bit over their head in the first 100 games, now are coming back to normal......the only chance the Sox have to somehow maintain a lead in the division to the end is to obviously get Pods and Konerko back healthy, but to be able to feast on some mediocre pitching down the stretch...

Played over their head the first 100 games?? That must be the longest freaking lucky streak in the history of baseball or any sporting endeavor. That's like parlaying a $10 pass bet into a million dollars at the craps table.

Sorry, but I think talent had something to do with it. With the team in a collective slump all the dark clouds and told-you-sos are coming out of the woodwork. When the slump breaks, we will forget all about this stretch.