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32nd&Wallace
07-22-2006, 09:26 PM
Anyone else getting sick of him? It seems like its a guaranteed strike-out every at bad. I cant even remember the last time he stole a base. Frankly, his slumping holds the rest of the offense hostage.

soxfanatlanta
07-22-2006, 09:33 PM
He is what he is: a streaky hitter.

TornLabrum
07-22-2006, 09:33 PM
Anyone else getting sick of him? It seems like its a guaranteed strike-out every at bad. I cant even remember the last time he stole a base. Frankly, his slumping holds the rest of the offense hostage.

No.

Jurr
07-22-2006, 09:33 PM
Wow! That's pretty heavy. He is starting to resemble the Scotty Pods of his sophomore year with Milwaukee. Power numbers up, leadoff numbers down.

Let's not get carried away, though.

thomas35forever
07-22-2006, 09:36 PM
We bat him leadoff because of his speed. Don't expect him to get on base every time.

viagracat
07-22-2006, 09:37 PM
Glad the name of the thread got changed...wow, just wow.

soxfanatlanta
07-22-2006, 09:37 PM
Perhaps we should blame ARod for our woes.

32nd&Wallace
07-22-2006, 09:39 PM
The rest of you reasonably believe Podsednik is the catalyst to the offense in this year that he was last year?

QCIASOXFAN
07-22-2006, 09:40 PM
Anyone else getting sick of him? It seems like its a guaranteed strike-out every at bad. I cant even remember the last time he stole a base. Frankly, his slumping holds the rest of the offense hostage.He's not that bad. He sure as hell doesn't look happy at the moment though, I don't even remember the last time I saw the guy look like he was having any fun.

32nd&Wallace
07-22-2006, 09:44 PM
He's awful in the outfield. He's a streaky hitter who is half of what he was last year and has been showing an increasing propensity to get called out on the 3rd strike. He has been the buzzkill for this line-up for most of the White Sox slump.

lizard6king6
07-22-2006, 09:46 PM
Im just sick of it. Why bash Pods, what are you going to do put Ozuna in the game who a month ago everyone loved? Trade for another player who wil most likely put up equal numbers and pay 3 times as much?All players will have there good times and bad times. Hes not doing that bad, he has good numbers across the board for the season. Do you expect everyplayer to get on base everytime? Honestly, people need to look at this team realistically and not as a "perfect team" who won last years world series. We're not invincible, Im sick of losing as well but lets stop pointing the finger!

lizard6king6
07-22-2006, 09:48 PM
He's awful in the outfield. He's a streaky hitter who is half of what he was last year and has been showing an increasing propensity to get called out on the 3rd strike. He has been the buzzkill for this line-up for most of the White Sox slump.
I think it was our 3-4-5 hitters who also went 0-28 or something like that (dont remember exactly)during a couple games of this losing streak. Its the whole team not performing!

zmz723
07-22-2006, 09:50 PM
its getting old, but I'm not sick of him

32nd&Wallace
07-22-2006, 09:50 PM
I think it was our 3-4-5 hitters who also went 0-28 or something like that (dont remember exactly)during a couple games of this losing streak. Its the whole team not performing!Yes, but he remember last year how much of a catalyst he was to the 3-4-5 hitters. When he gets on, it changes the tenor of the inning and it affects the at-bats of the 3-4-5 hitters.

MVP
07-22-2006, 10:05 PM
Podsednik is not alone. There's plenty of blame to around. How about Bobby Jenks pitching to Ian Kinsler like Kinsler was Ted Williams in the top of the ninth. Not a good plan with Micheal Young on deck clearly.

What about the rest of our lineup? 1 run off of John Koronka??!! He wasn't even good enough for the Cubs. Give me a break. Podsednik has had his issues this year and he is largely to blame for this team's problems but there's much more wrong with the White Sox than just Podsednik.

jongarlandlover
07-22-2006, 10:10 PM
Anyone else getting sick of him? It seems like its a guaranteed strike-out every at bad. I cant even remember the last time he stole a base. Frankly, his slumping holds the rest of the offense hostage.

The last time he stole a base was July 9.

I'm getting a little frustrated at him, but certainly not sick of him. If he doesn't leadoff, then Ozuna does, and he has not been stellar lately either. Let Scottie work it out, he's a streaky hitter.

Jerko
07-22-2006, 10:14 PM
Part of Pods' problem can be summed up in the past 2 games. Last night he had what, 2 or 3 hits, and tonight, he's benched. Let the guy get on a roll.
It seems every time he has a good game he spends the next game on the pine.

QCIASOXFAN
07-22-2006, 10:18 PM
Part of Pods' problem can be summed up in the past 2 games. Last night he had what, 2 or 3 hits, and tonight, he's benched. Let the guy get on a roll.
It seems every time he has a good game he spends the next game on the pine.I agree, he rides the pine like 2 games a week now. I understand having a day off every once in a while but come on. Why wouldn't you start him over a gimpy Pablo?

Timmy D's
07-22-2006, 10:19 PM
He wasnt "benched" tonight, he got beemed in the calf in the 9th Friday night(yeah, I stayed till the end anyways). So anyways, ju7st wanted to clarify it wasnt like he was sat for performance tonight, he was just tryin to get some rest for his stingin' calf.

Grzegorz
07-22-2006, 10:22 PM
I agree, he rides the pine like 2 games a week now. I understand having a day off every once in a while but come on. Why wouldn't you start him over a gimpy Pablo?

Why wouldn't you start him over a healthy Pablo?

QCIASOXFAN
07-22-2006, 10:25 PM
Why wouldn't you start him over a healthy Pablo?Who knows, the excuse Hawk always says is "Scotty has to rest his wheels".

NoShoesJoe
07-22-2006, 10:35 PM
It's just Scotty being Scotty.

In all seriousness, he's not doing badly at all. How about the other day when he and Gooch reached twice consecutively and were stranded. The Sox problems are not attributable to any one person. It's systemic. Unfortunately there's no easy fix. Have to work through it and all of a sudden....things start happening again. I hope this happens soon, I really thought tonight would be the night. At least the damage done tonight could be contained. It could be worse.

rowand33
07-22-2006, 10:48 PM
I've been less than happy with Pods. However, for all the people declaring that Pods sucks:

OBP going into tonight: .353
OBP in 2005: .351
OBP preallstar 2005: .369

he hasn't been THAT much worse.

Also, the reason that Pods has more RBI this year is not because he's reverting to sophomore year Pods.

Last year, Uribe was batting 9th and he had 74 RBI.

This year, Anderson is batting 9th, and up until recently he was a black hole at the bottom of the lineup.

Pods has more RBI simply because more people are on base for him.

1951Campbell
07-22-2006, 11:17 PM
OBP going into tonight: .353
OBP in 2005: .351
OBP preallstar 2005: .369

This year, Anderson is batting 9th, and up until recently he was a black hole at the bottom of the lineup.



Yeah, you're not gonna rule the school with BA hitting in front of you, not that I'm minimizing BA's recent turnaround.

However, this may be just my perception, but Pods simply hasn't been the disruptive force on pitchers when he's been on base this year. It's as if teams realized that they put too much attention into Pods in 2005.

rowand33
07-22-2006, 11:23 PM
Yeah, you're not gonna rule the school with BA hitting in front of you, not that I'm minimizing BA's recent turnaround.

However, this may be just my perception, but Pods simply hasn't been the disruptive force on pitchers when he's been on base this year. It's as if teams realized that they put too much attention into Pods in 2005.

Pods has never, and probably will never, be the same as he was in the first half of 2005. He has never been the same since that injury last year.

When he was on base at the start of last season, you could just tell he was going to steal, and he was almost always successful at it.

for example,
first half of 05- 44/53 in SB attempts, 83% success rate
first half of 06- 29/41 in SB attempts, 71% success rate

certainly, scotty isn't the only problem we have right now, but I certainly wouldn't mind an upgrade over him at the deadline if the right opportunity came up.

Honestly, we really should probably trade him now while he still has a decent amount of value from last year. It'd be hard to part with him; all the guys from the 2005 will always have a special place on the sox to me.

But a guy whose game is speed whose legs aren't completely under him anymore... who knows if he's even gonna get better.

Could we pry Ryan Freel from the Reds? Would Juan Pierre be an upgrade (a legit question, I'm not even sure)?

1951Campbell
07-22-2006, 11:41 PM
for example,
first half of 05- 44/53 in SB attempts, 83% success rate
first half of 06- 29/41 in SB attempts, 71% success rate



I think that considering teams have dialed down their Pods paranoia, his stealing 71% of the time is still pretty darn good.

ndu3t4
07-23-2006, 12:44 AM
The silver lining to this dark cloud (no pun intended) is that Freddy and Mrk have both pitched well. Even though Mark did give up 5 runs, it wasn't an absolute slugfest like it's been the past month. He's also locating better. As for freddy, he really worked the offspeed stuff well and his velocity has shown some improvement.

If this is a sign of things to come for those two than that's a huge plus. The ofense will come around, but we need that pitching.

Bill Naharodny
07-23-2006, 03:12 AM
[quote=infohawk]What's really maddening about this team during this bad stretch (that we will agree never to mention again once they bust the slump) is that the inablility to execute really isn't because we have the "wrong" players. It's frustrating when Pods, Iguchi and Ozuna can't get bunts down because we know they have been good bunters/situational hitters.

Iguchi and Ozuna have a history of being good sacrifice bunters. Podsednik? He has a history of being, uh, what's that word? Oh yeah, the word is "terrible."

He managed to sacrifice in Game 4 of the World Series last year. That was big. It was also completely shocking -- and it looked totally accidental. Know why? Because he's a really bad guy to have up there when you need a sacrifice? Know why? Because he's really bad at it.

Podsednik bunting for a hit in the first half of 2005? Pretty good. Bunting to advance a runner in all of 2005 and 2006? Legendarily bad.

Pods. Ah, Pods. You're a leadoff man and slap-hitting, lousy defensive outfielder. Try to learn how to sacrifice before you're out of baseball.

Thome25
07-23-2006, 05:50 AM
Could we pry Ryan Freel from the Reds? Would Juan Pierre be an upgrade (a legit question, I'm not even sure)?

It's painfully obvious that you're not sure because you actually suggested that we trade Pods and get Pierre. Ryan Freel isn't going anywhere because the Reds are in the playoff hunt.

This thread has become ludicrous. Trade Pods? Come on now. He isn't that bad. we DO NOT need to trade Pods. and we DO NOT need an upgrade.

I agree that Pods isn't playing up to his own standards set in the 1st half of 2005. But we won a division title, the AL Pennant, and the World Series with the "substandard" Pods that everyone is whining about. (last time I checked, all of those things were won in the 2nd half of last year when Pods allegedly wasn't playing well.)

Leave Pods alone. He is a considerable upgrade from most of the leadoff men we've had in the past. Even when he isn't playing up to his own standards.

Steelrod
07-23-2006, 05:58 AM
Perhaps Mrs. Pods is slowing him down?

lizard6king6
07-23-2006, 07:25 AM
It's painfully obvious that you're not sure because you actually suggested that we trade Pods and get Pierre. Ryan Freel isn't going anywhere because the Reds are in the playoff hunt.

This thread has become ludicrous. Trade Pods? Come on now. He isn't that bad. we DO NOT need to trade Pods. and we DO NOT need an upgrade.

I agree that Pods isn't playing up to his own standards set in the 1st half of 2005. But we won a division title, the AL Pennant, and the World Series with the "substandard" Pods that everyone is whining about. (last time I checked, all of those things were won in the 2nd half of last year when Pods allegedly wasn't playing well.)

Leave Pods alone. He is a considerable upgrade from most of the leadoff men we've had in the past. Even when he isn't playing up to his own standards.

Yep, lets also remember how much money we're paying him. For the amount hes getting paid, we are getting a damn good athlete. Would you rather spend another 10 million more on someone else and lose other players?

BeefyD
07-23-2006, 08:33 AM
One other thing that I've noticed, which is starting to bug me, is that every time, and I mean EVERY time Pods has tried to steal a base, Iguchi fouls the ball off. He'll dig in the dirt to foul it off. I've seen Pods try to steal a base 3 times in ONE at-bat, only to have Tadahito foul the ball off.

Perfect example was Gload last night. He tried twice to steal the base until it was finally thrown in the dirt....

IMHO, just let the men try the steal. Unless its a cookie, of course.

drftnaway
07-23-2006, 09:05 AM
I've been less than happy with Pods. However, for all the people declaring that Pods sucks:

OBP going into tonight: .353
OBP in 2005: .351
OBP preallstar 2005: .369

he hasn't been THAT much worse.

Also, the reason that Pods has more RBI this year is not because he's reverting to sophomore year Pods.

Last year, Uribe was batting 9th and he had 74 RBI.

This year, Anderson is batting 9th, and up until recently he was a black hole at the bottom of the lineup.

Pods has more RBI simply because more people are on base for him.


It sounds somewhat logical, but this isn't true at all.
I just decided to look at these figures and found that last year Pods did come to bat with men on fewer times, but not by much. He came to bat with men on 29%. this season so far he's come to bat with runners on 33% of the time.
However, this year he's driving men in once every 9.91 ab's while last year he drove in men once every 20.28 times ab. In other words this year he's knocking them in more than twice as often this year as last with only slightly more opportunities.
It tells me he is hitting differently this year. His power numbers are all up and he's striking out at a much higher rate than last season. I'd say his approach to hitting has changed.

samram
07-23-2006, 09:20 AM
I think that considering teams have dialed down their Pods paranoia, his stealing 71% of the time is still pretty darn good.

Actually, if they've dialed down their paranoia, he should be more successful- I think he's just lost a step.

MISoxfan
07-23-2006, 03:06 PM
It sounds somewhat logical, but this isn't true at all.
I just decided to look at these figures and found that last year Pods did come to bat with men on fewer times, but not by much. He came to bat with men on 29%. this season so far he's come to bat with runners on 33% of the time.
However, this year he's driving men in once every 9.91 ab's while last year he drove in men once every 20.28 times ab. In other words this year he's knocking them in more than twice as often this year as last with only slightly more opportunities.
It tells me he is hitting differently this year. His power numbers are all up and he's striking out at a much higher rate than last season. I'd say his approach to hitting has changed.

I think his approach to hitting has changed, and for the better. Now if only his approach to fielding and stealing hadn't changed for the worst.

Jurr
07-23-2006, 03:09 PM
I think his approach to hitting has changed, and for the better. Now if only his approach to fielding and stealing hadn't changed for the worst.
......as he absolutely busts his tail digging for a ball and dives to catch it. Oh, and he hits a homer.

MISoxfan
07-23-2006, 03:21 PM
Some of us have to watch on gameday. But if you want to use one game out of the entire season to say that his fielding didn't decline go right ahead.

I did see the home run as I tabbed back over just as I made that post. His hitting definatelly is better this season.

TornLabrum
07-23-2006, 03:23 PM
I kind of liked the graphic that showed that he's .333/1/10 since (iirc) mid-June.