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fuzzy_patters
10-11-2005, 11:12 AM
The website mlb.com has an excellent site with lots of articles previewing the ALCS from both teams perspectives at http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/ps/y2005/news.jsp?view=ana_cws.

However, some of their articles are poorly researched, most notably the position analysis. The author, Dick Kaegel, gives the Angels the advantage at every position that is close. Then, he conveniently does not compare the starting pitchers, which is the area in which the rested White Sox have the biggest advantage. Initially, I thought he did this because there is a seperate pitching match-up article on the page. However, that does not hold water because he does include the bullpens in his match-up comparisons, and he gives that advantage to the Angels. He just conveniently forgets about the starting pitching match-ups, which is probably the most important facet of baseball.

Kaegel also includes this gem, "It took him [Pierzynski] a while to establish rapport with this bunch." When did A.J. have bad rapport with the pitchers? Our pitchers have pitched extermely well from day one, particularly on the days that Pierzynski has caught. Kaegel clearly has not done any research and is just grabbing at straws here.

Under intangibles, Kaegel says: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/images/team_logos/logo_ana_79x76.jpg The White Sox, propelled by the ALDS sweep of the Red Sox, are on a roll. They shrugged off a late-season swoon, their only real test of adversity, and have won eight straight games. They've got that whole haven't-won-it-all-since-1917 thing going. What isn't known is how they'll hold up under the increasing grip of the October octopus. Still around from the Angels' 2002 seven-game victory against the Giants are several players: Anderson, Erstad, Kennedy, the Molinas, Rodriguez, Shields, John Lackey and Jarrod Washburn among them. That experience can only help when the nitty gets down to the gritty. He completely ignores the most important and most obvious intangible that the Angels have to be dead tired and the White Sox have not played since Friday. Kaegel's article can be found here:
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?,.ymd=20051010&content_id=1245619&vkey=ps2005news&fext=.jsp.

Perhaps the stupidest, most poorly researched comment is in the "Quick Hits" article by Jason Beck. He says: They do as the White Sox do offensively, only better. They can move runners when needed, go from first to third base with reckless abandon, and they hit beyond reason with runners in scoring position. The difference is that they have the firepower to go for the long ball, and the White Sox have nobody who compares to Vladimir Guerrero. By saying this, he is implying that the White Sox do not have the "firepower to go for the longball." The Sox hit 200 homeruns this year! Is it that hard to look up the homerun totals? Beck's article can be found here: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?.ymd=20051010&content_id=1245609&vkey=ps2005news&fext=.jsp

SweetnesSox
10-11-2005, 11:26 AM
Perhaps the stupidest, most poorly researched comment is in the "Quick Hits" article by Jason Beck. He says:

Quote:
They do as the White Sox do offensively, only better. They can move runners when needed, go from first to third base with reckless abandon, and they hit beyond reason with runners in scoring position. The difference is that they have the firepower to go for the long ball, and the White Sox have nobody who compares to Vladimir Guerrero.
as far as I know, nobody hits like the white sox better than the white sox! This guy isn't doing our color for the ALCS is he? :redneck

itsnotrequired
10-11-2005, 11:30 AM
They do as the White Sox do offensively, only better. They can move runners when needed, go from first to third base with reckless abandon, and they hit beyond reason with runners in scoring position. The difference is that they have the firepower to go for the long ball, and the White Sox have nobody who compares to Vladimir Guerrero.

As pointed out in another thread, averages with RISP:

White Sox: .259
Angels: .296

But then look at the pitching:

White Sox (opposing hitters with RISP): .222
Angels (opposing hitters with RISP): .251

Should be an interesting matchup...

Chicken Dinner
10-11-2005, 11:34 AM
Keep reading.......


http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20051010&content_id=1245609&vkey=ps2005news&fext=.jsp