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SoxEd
05-10-2006, 01:45 PM
OK, so what with various Threads debating Mr. Haeger's potential, how do all y'all reckon he'll actually do tonight?

On the one hand:
Tonight's his debut, so he may feel under tremendous Pressure;
also, he got shelled by Big Leaguers in ST...

On the other hand:
Tonight's his debut, so no-one can really expect him to be lights-out - so the Pressure is effectively OFF him, and ON the Angels' batters;
no-one on the Angels can have much (if any) knowledge of his pitches, so they'll be 'flying blind';
this is Chicago, where the air is much thicker than it is in in AZ, so his pitches should knuckle way more than they did in ST;
check out his AAA ERA and, finally;
In Kenny & Ozzie We Trust.

Bearing in mind that he's up against Santana (though thankfully Ervin, not Johan), and that it's his Major League debut... is anyone brave enough to predict how he'll perform?

How many Innings do we reckon he'll go?
How many Hits/Runs will he give up?
Anyone care to predict K's?

As usual, I am personally too much the coward (and too ignorant) to try to predict any of these numbers; I just hope that he gets through it OK.

Have At it...

voodoochile
05-10-2006, 01:47 PM
The Sox should win 103-1 unless Mini-Ozzie gets a chance to play in which case the score will probably be Sox185 - Angels (-10)...

Ol' No. 2
05-10-2006, 01:48 PM
:cleo I have no idea.

itsnotrequired
05-10-2006, 01:52 PM
http://snl.jt.org/arc/char/George%20Wendt-Bob%20Swerski.jpg

"Mini-Haeger 78, Angels 0. CG with 24 Ks"

sullythered
05-10-2006, 01:52 PM
I think he'll either pitch great or get shelled. Probably no in between, as is often the case with knuckleballers. Let's just hope for the former.

voodoochile
05-10-2006, 01:53 PM
http://snl.jt.org/arc/char/George%20Wendt-Bob%20Swerski.jpg

"Mini-Haeger 78, Angels 0. Perfect game with 28 Ks"

Fixed your post...:D:

Baby Fisk
05-10-2006, 01:56 PM
The Angels have not played Boston yet (including ST), meaning they have not faced Wakefield since last season. This will be their first exposure to the knuckleball in 2006. If it's another blustery day, and Haeger gets some movement on his pitches, it could be big trouble for an already anemic and frustrated offence.

Meanwhile, the Sox offence is roaring at full throttle. Longball is leading the way, but there's some fundamental smallball action to accompany that.

Prediction: By the sixth inning, there may be serious discussion among the umpires and MLB officials about invoking the mercy rule.

itsnotrequired
05-10-2006, 01:57 PM
Fixed your post...:D:

http://snl.jt.org/arc/char/George%20Wendt-Bob%20Swerski.jpg

"It will still be a no-hitter. The other three outs come from Crede as he dives from third all the way to second to catch a line drive travelling at unimaginable speeds."

balke
05-10-2006, 02:03 PM
I think he'll get shelled, at least by Vlad and Anderson. I think its a great thing he's playing though, he could be hyped up so much that he just goes out and dominates, who really knows?

The controversy and hype is good though. Its got me excited to watch the game either way, and I'm happy the Sox are being cautious with Contreras.

WhteSox725
05-10-2006, 02:06 PM
Fixed your post...:D:

Is Haegar that good they will credit him with an extra strikeout for his perfectness?:D:

voodoochile
05-10-2006, 02:15 PM
Is Haegar that good they will credit him with an extra strikeout for his perfectness?:D:

It's a rare thing that only Sox players can do...

WhteSox725
05-10-2006, 02:16 PM
It's a rare thing that only Sox players can do...

....and mini-Ditka's.

SOXintheBURGH
05-10-2006, 02:18 PM
6 1/3 Ip
6 H
3 Er
5 K
3 Bb

chisoxfanatic
05-10-2006, 02:18 PM
I expect Haeger to look shakey in his first ML start; however, we have the offense to offset not-perfect pitching. I think the Sox will win this one in a slug-fest.

HebrewHammer
05-10-2006, 02:21 PM
Mini-White Sox 221, Angels -2.

Ozzie'll find a way.

bigsqwert
05-10-2006, 02:22 PM
Is Haegar that good they will credit him with an extra strikeout for his perfectness?:D:

One of his strikeouts will be on a passed ball with the runner advancing to 2nd. And he will strikeout the next guy to end the inning with 4 Ks.

batmanZoSo
05-10-2006, 02:32 PM
If he has the stones not to be too nervous and just throw some strikes and not get shelled we might be alright, considering the way the team's hitting right now. If we could get 5 innings and 4 runs out of him that could be all we need. Bottom line is they gotta bring the lumber today. Santana's no slouch, but he's not Sandy Koufax either. It should be a team effort with the pitching staff, but it's a winnable one.

balke
05-10-2006, 02:42 PM
Didn't Santana 1-hit us last season?..... ick. Hopefully our rook can one up that performance.

D. TODD
05-10-2006, 02:46 PM
To quote Clubber Lang, my prediction is PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully for the Angels not the "rook". :millslane

Iwritecode
05-10-2006, 02:52 PM
One of his strikeouts will be on a passed ball with the runner advancing to 2nd. And he will strikeout the next guy to end the inning with 4 Ks.

Of course there will be a never-ending debate on whether AJ actually caught the ball or not and if the umpire signaled strike or out... :wink:

Chicken Dinner
05-10-2006, 02:53 PM
I predict it will take me 6 to 8 beers to get through the game.

ondafarm
05-10-2006, 04:07 PM
The weather calls for thunderstorms which means variable wind and a nice humid evening. Since it's fairly cool, the balls shouldn't be carrying well and Haeger's knuckleball should be breaking well. I think that Haeger will get a solid five in before rain interrupts the game and then McCarthy will come on for three innings before Jenks closes it out.

I predict that only Anderson and Guerrero will look solid against Haeger, pretty much everyone else will mostly wave futilely. Kotchman is a maybe.

nug0hs
05-10-2006, 04:25 PM
/me predicts a rainout based on the looks of the radar

1917
05-10-2006, 04:39 PM
I am a betting man and I would never bet on a team pitching a guy making his MLB debuet to do very well....I hope that the Sox can stay close and win it in the late innings...if they lose, I won't be shocked

Deuce
05-10-2006, 04:44 PM
I predict it will rain... there is quite the downpour in St. Louis right now.

itsnotrequired
05-10-2006, 04:45 PM
Rain talk is for cowards and losers.

Where's Ditka when you really need him?

soxrme
05-10-2006, 04:47 PM
Fixed your post...:D:
Will one runner reach base on a passed ball:D:

Shoeless_Jim
05-10-2006, 04:51 PM
:threadrules:

Minnie Me
05-10-2006, 05:03 PM
I predict that Hawk will tell a story about how he would rather face a 102 MPH fastball than a 72mph fastball.
And remember how Wilbur got killed in the knee by a line shot off of Ron Leflore.

mike squires
05-10-2006, 05:09 PM
You don't want to know.

YOu may recall my Brian McCarthy thread last year.

NO, I am not a dark cloud.

Corlose 15
05-10-2006, 05:13 PM
You don't want to know.

YOu may recall my Brian McCarthy thread last year.

NO, I am not a dark cloud.

Who?

Max Power
05-10-2006, 05:20 PM
YOu may recall my Brian McCarthy thread last year.


Brandon?

I agree with earlier posters that say he either gets shelled or is great. Obviously the first inning will be key.

Berkules
05-10-2006, 05:27 PM
Brandon?

I agree with earlier posters that say he either gets shelled or is great. Obviously the first inning will be key.
Yes Brandon...it was Labor Day against the Red Sox if I remember correctly and he through like a 6 hit shutout. It was a makeup game and we romped em!

hawkjt
05-10-2006, 05:33 PM
If there is a rain delay; can a knuckler come back with the break easier than a power pitcher like Santana?

And again; humidity is a positive for the knuckler? Or is it wind?

Max Power
05-10-2006, 05:34 PM
Yes Brandon...it was Labor Day against the Red Sox if I remember correctly and he through like a 6 hit shutout. It was a makeup game and we romped em!

That was a great performance by BM. But if you're referring to his first MLB start it was in June vs. the Cubs. He pitched pretty well then too. 6 innings 2 runs maybe. I should know better since I was at the game. He was in line for the win, but Vizcaino blew it.

HomeFish
05-10-2006, 05:35 PM
One of his strikeouts will be on a passed ball with the runner advancing to 2nd. And he will strikeout the next guy to end the inning with 4 Ks.

While in the minor leagues with the Brewers, Kelly Wunsch once struck out 5 batters in a single inning. IIRC, the glove and some of the balls he used are now in the Hall of Fame, because that is a record.

Kelly Wunsch also once won a game in which he threw only one pitch.

Chez
05-10-2006, 05:50 PM
I predict that only Anderson and Guerrero will look solid against Haeger, pretty much everyone else will mostly wave futilely. Kotchman is a maybe.



I'm not too concerned about Kotchman. He went on the DL earlier this week.

vegyrex
05-10-2006, 05:52 PM
:cleo
"I predict another White Sox winner."

gobears1987
05-10-2006, 06:03 PM
http://snl.jt.org/arc/char/George%20Wendt-Bob%20Swerski.jpg

"Mini-Haeger 78, Angels 0. CG with 24 Ks"
Only 24, that is blasphemy Bill.

BRDSR
05-10-2006, 06:10 PM
He'll pitch decently but not great and will be at the mercy of the Sox offense and bullpen concerning whether he gets the win or not.

5.1 innings pitched, roughly twice through the order.
4 walks
5 Ks
3 ERs

mike squires
05-10-2006, 06:33 PM
Sorry, Brandon. I know my Sox, really! The game I was thinking about was at Texas. They rocked him. Some folks were getting on me because of my negative comments.

the gooch
05-10-2006, 07:05 PM
If there is a rain delay; can a knuckler come back with the break easier than a power pitcher like Santana?

And again; humidity is a positive for the knuckler? Or is it wind?

humidity actually makes the air thinner. wind good.

SoxEd
05-10-2006, 08:18 PM
humidity actually makes the air thinner. wind good.
See, now, in Cricket, humidity makes the bowled ball swing more than it does in dry air.

It will also swing more in overcast conditions than in sunny (I dunno about Night Games though - we don't have them :D:).

ondafarm
05-10-2006, 09:46 PM
I'm not too concerned about Kotchman. He went on the DL earlier this week.

I did say maybe.