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ondafarm
05-01-2006, 01:07 AM
The White Sox are 17-7, the majors only .700+ team.

The White Sox have scored the third most runs in the league, trailing the Indians and the Yank$.

The pitching has been superb allowing the third fewest runs in the league trailing the Tiger and the Yank$.

They are also considered the current best bet to make the playoffs this year at 94% likely and expected to win 102 games.

If you aren't happy with this, then you must absolutely hate Christmas.

TheOldRoman
05-01-2006, 01:22 AM
The most important thing is - we are there to stay. We might not end the year in the top 3 in runs scored, but we will be high on the list. We have the ability to push across a run in a tight game. Also, our offense is so explosive that a 5 run defecit can dissapear in an instant. We can score many ways.

As for pitching, we will likely end the season in the top 1. We have done great so far with Freddy being average (for him) and Garland not finding his stuff yet. Throw into that improvements Thornton and Logan will make, and/or upgrades Kenny will get in July. Our pitching staff is impressive to say the least. Seeing the Yankees on the list made me laugh, because they will be lucky to end the season in the top half of baseball in runs allowed. They are going to have to score a hell of a lot of runs to make the playoffs.

cheeses_h_rice
05-01-2006, 01:23 AM
Right now, I'm loving the White Sox's play, and the fact that Cleveland can't stop stepping on its own feet.

(And no, I'm not worried about the Tigers.)

voodoochile
05-01-2006, 01:26 AM
two words...

scary

good...

Chisox1500
05-01-2006, 02:09 AM
This is with two starters hitting below .200 and two unproven lefties in the pen. If those trends continue Kenny will load up before the playoffs. Scary good is right.

HotelWhiteSox
05-01-2006, 02:42 AM
two words...

scary

good...

crazy delicious!

ondafarm
05-01-2006, 09:46 AM
This is with two starters hitting below .200 and two unproven lefties in the pen. If those trends continue Kenny will load up before the playoffs. Scary good is right.

Both of those starters are contributing to the team on offense and are also playing sterling defense.

Ozzie seeems to take a little while to figure his relief pitchers out. That may feature shipping one guy to the minors.

Hangar18
05-01-2006, 09:56 AM
The SOX are looking good. Keep doing this for another 5 months, take it up a notch in October .......................
angels fans are really respecting the SOX

chisoxfanatic
05-01-2006, 10:10 AM
angels fans are really respecting the SOX

You might wanna tell the Angels fan who was carrying the "Sox Cheat" sign that!

batmanZoSo
05-01-2006, 10:12 AM
This is with two starters hitting below .200 and two unproven lefties in the pen. If those trends continue Kenny will load up before the playoffs. Scary good is right.

Agreed. How horrible is Uribe, though? My god, a month into the season and he's still under .200 and on top of that he can't even lay down a bunt? I don't care how good we are, that's BS. He needs to get it in gear and fast.

chisoxfanatic
05-01-2006, 10:18 AM
Like I've been saying before, this is the greatest time to be a Sox fan in the history of the franchise. Because we don't know how many years this will last, we must saver every moment of it!

itsnotrequired
05-01-2006, 10:27 AM
Agreed. How horrible is Uribe, though? My god, a month into the season and he's still under .200 and on top of that he can't even lay down a bunt? I don't care how good we are, that's BS. He needs to get it in gear and fast.

He'll come around. Agreed on the bunting though. The Sox as a team haven't been having the greatest bunts. Visions of 2004 are floating before my eyes. Bring forth the 2005 bunters!

JohnBasedowYoda
05-01-2006, 10:48 AM
Sunday's game reconvinced me. But it was an unecessary reconvincing as I was already number one superfan.


How about the Widge? I mean HOW ABOUT THE WIDGE?

kittle42
05-01-2006, 10:53 AM
angels fans are really respecting the SOX

Thank goodness! I was getting worried there. :D:

SBSoxFan
05-01-2006, 10:55 AM
He'll come around. Agreed on the bunting though. The Sox as a team haven't been having the greatest bunts. Visions of 2004 are floating before my eyes. Bring forth the 2005 bunters!

Granted, I haven't seem him bunt much, but Pods sac bunt in the 9th yesterday was the best sac bunt I've ever seen from him. It seemed last year that the only time he could bunt well was when trying to bunt for a hit.

SBSoxFan
05-01-2006, 10:57 AM
The White Sox have scored the third most runs in the league, trailing the Indians and the Yank$.

The pitching has been superb allowing the third fewest runs in the league trailing the Tiger and the Yank$.

Wow, no one must have told the Yanks about Pythagorean wins.

elrod
05-01-2006, 11:03 AM
The last two days have been the most important wins of the season because:

1) We finally put the West Coast jinx to rest - in the regular season, that is :smile:
2) We finally won some one-run games, including a low-scoring affair. Reminiscent of last year.

3) We came from behind our Sunday lineup. When the Angels jumped ahead 5-3 I thought we were done. The next inning we tie it up. And it was Widger, Mackowiak and Cintron doing the work.

The next two games will be big too because Cleveland is really gunning for us. They took two of three at the Cell (with all the ring distractions and all). We need to get at least a split, but hopefully both games. Cliff Lee is really tough. And I have no idea how Sabathia will be coming back from the DL.

ondafarm
05-01-2006, 11:13 AM
Wow, no one must have told the Yanks about Pythagorean wins.

The Yanks are pretty much going to conform to this below Pythagorean mindset the whole year.

They have a couple of star pitchers who are going to get the balls and strikes called for them (Mussina, Johnson) which will artificially defalte their RA. Their highly explosive offense combined with a shrinking strike zone against them means they will score more runs than they need to win their games.

viagracat
05-01-2006, 11:39 AM
He'll come around. Agreed on the bunting though. The Sox as a team haven't been having the greatest bunts. Visions of 2004 are floating before my eyes. Bring forth the 2005 bunters!

One thing that did get Hawk and DJ a little exercised yesterday was that Pods tried to bunt (not pulling back) during a clear base-stealing situation with Ozuna on base. The first bunt attempt went foul with Ozuna running, forcing Ozuna to return to first, and the two announcers complained about the apparent "missed sign" and the failed opportunity--at that time--to get Ozuna to third with one out. Obviously, Ozuna got the base anyway and Pods laid a beautiful bunt down to set up the game-winning run. I imagine there was some talk about that among the braintrust after the game. If that relatively minor breakdown in fundamentals is one of the Sox's bigger problems, well, the Sox are an awfully strong team right now.:smile:

Hitmen77
05-01-2006, 02:35 PM
This team looks so complete right now. Solid starting lineup, great rotation, strong bench. Our biggest question mark going into this year has been the bullpen and even that looks to be solidifying with good outings recently by Cotts, Politte, and Thornton.

It's only May 1, but i'm enjoying this amazing team right now.

MarySwiss
05-01-2006, 02:46 PM
This team looks so complete right now. Solid starting lineup, great rotation, strong bench. Our biggest question mark going into this year has been the bullpen and even that looks to be solidifying with good outings recently by Cotts, Politte, and Thornton.

It's only May 1, but i'm enjoying this amazing team right now.

Absolutely. Good as last year's team was and sure as I was that they would get it done, I still never had that feeling of complete confidence that they were NEVER out of a game. This year, I have it. And it's a nice feeling to have! :D:

ondafarm
05-01-2006, 06:52 PM
These guys walk with a certain swagger . . . and they deserve to.

This is a fine team.

Let's sweep the Indians!

Anybody else see Jhonny pull a real boneheaded play last night? He could have tagged Nevin out easily but blew the play totally.

ondafarm
05-02-2006, 10:00 AM
The Sox are now second in runs scored and third in runs against.

chisoxfanatic
05-02-2006, 10:03 AM
Absolutely. Good as last year's team was and sure as I was that they would get it done, I still never had that feeling of complete confidence that they were NEVER out of a game. This year, I have it. And it's a nice feeling to have! :D:

Winning a championship will take a lot of pressure off a team's fanbase!

itsnotrequired
05-02-2006, 10:04 AM
The Sox are now second in runs scored and third in runs against.

...and have the best record in the whole damn Majors.

Last night's free-stealing on the basepaths catapulted them to 4th in the AL.

batmanZoSo
05-02-2006, 10:04 AM
The Sox are now first in wins for and dead last in losses against. :cool: Or last in wins against. The point is...we rule.

Tragg
05-02-2006, 10:23 AM
The last two days have been the most important wins of the season because:

1) We finally put the West Coast jinx to rest - in the regular season, that is :smile:
WE still haven't mastered winning in Oakland and Seattle and we still have to beat the 2 teams that beat the crap put of us last year: Texas and Oakland. Oakland is their usual self...I think it's just coinicidence that we lose to them. I think Texas is legitimate. They picked up a nice lead-off hitter, and improved their pitching a lot. They could always hit. They look like a 88-90 win team to me. (On Edit: D'Angelo Jiminez is on Texas and gets p.t., so they have some weak spots and 90 prediction may be high)
I have no feel for Detroit. We beat Cleveland because we pitch a lot better than Cleveland. Minny looks bad.
We're also going to have 1/2 of our games against the Royals out of the way in the first 6 weeks of the season, so our schedule will be tough.
But, great start and should be fun.

mccoydp
05-02-2006, 10:29 AM
WE still haven't mastered winning in Oakland and Seattle and we still have to beat the 2 teams that beat the crap put of us last year: Texas and Oakland. Oakland is their usual self...I think it's just coinicidence that we lose to them. I think Texas is legitimate. They picked up a nice lead-off hitter, and improved their pitching a lot. They could always hit. They look like a 88-90 win team to me.
I have no feel for Detroit. We beat Cleveland because we pitch a lot better than Cleveland. Minny looks bad.
We're also going to have 1/2 of our games against the Royals out of the way in the first 6 weeks of the season, so our schedule will be tough.
But, great start and should be fun.

I honestly believe that the 2006 Tigers=2005 Orioles.

Minnesota's done. Even one of their diehards who works downstairs in my office admits it.

ondafarm
05-04-2006, 12:02 AM
Update:

Apart from the 19-7-2 Yomiuri Giants who took down Hanshin 2-0,

the White Sox are back to the best record in baseball at 19-8.

ondafarm
05-10-2006, 12:51 PM
White Sox at 23-9 are currently tops in the majors. Their runs scored at 184 is third just behind the Yankee$ and well behind Indians at 211. Runs against are 125 which is second behind Detroit's 118. White Sox are currently 95.8 % likely to make the playoffs, the only team in MLB above 90%.

SoxEd
05-10-2006, 01:27 PM
I like the fact that we're going to be the last team in the Majors to reach W-10.

Last year I Watched with Joy as we were the first team to 10-L, 20-L, 30-L etc, and were the last team to W-10, W-20, W-30 etc.

Long may this trend continue...