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lakeviewsoxfan
08-21-2006, 09:57 PM
With his BA hovering near .260 and his legs a non-factor, would it be wise to maybe platoon Mack and Ozuna for a week tops to maybe give Pods not just a physical break but a mental break as well. It just seems like we do not have the igniter at the top of this lineup which this team badly needs. Now I am not saying this become a permanent move just like 3-4 games in a row to clear his head and try to get back to the Pods of old. Lord knows we need a spark.

NoShoesJoe
08-21-2006, 10:09 PM
Pods will have plenty of time to rest in about 7 weeks if we keep up this pace.

Dan Mega
08-21-2006, 10:10 PM
Maybe. Depends on who they're playing against and who is pitching.

Frater Perdurabo
08-21-2006, 10:21 PM
If the Sox can acquire a legit leadoff hitter who can play a decent SS this offseason, a Mack/Ozuna platoon may be what we find in LF next season.

If he can't steal bases, Pods is nothing more than a weaker-hitting, weaker-armed version of Mackowiak.

lakeviewsoxfan
08-21-2006, 10:25 PM
If the Sox can acquire a legit leadoff hitter who can play a decent SS this offseason, a Mack/Ozuna platoon may be what we find in LF next season.

If he can't steal bases, Pods is nothing more than a weaker-hitting, weaker-armed version of Mackowiak.

They are not the permanent solution to the LF void that Pods is going to leave. They need a natural OF player to come in and play the position. Ozuna and Mack are Bench/Role players thats it.

Frater Perdurabo
08-21-2006, 10:39 PM
They are not the permanent solution to the LF void that Pods is going to leave. They need a natural OF player to come in and play the position. Ozuna and Mack are Bench/Role players thats it.

Pods isn't that great of a defensive player either. Only his speed allows him to recover from his horrible reads/jumps. More to the point, I'm not advocating a Mack/Ozuna LF platoon. What I am saying is that such a platoon may be what we see to start next year if the Sox find a SS who can lead off to replace Uribe.

hi im skot
08-21-2006, 11:18 PM
Judging by the state he appeared to be in at the team's hotel in Minneapolis Sunday morning, Pods needs about a week off. The guy looked like an absolute wreck.

(And yes, I understand this probably falls under the "I heard KW on his cell phone when I was at the airport" category, but seriously...)

eurotrash35
08-21-2006, 11:28 PM
I voted beating a dead horse but so many guys on the team are playing like **** it's hard to keep everything straight.

HotelWhiteSox
08-21-2006, 11:32 PM
Judging by the state he appeared to be in at the team's hotel in Minneapolis Sunday morning, Pods needs about a week off. The guy looked like an absolute wreck.

(And yes, I understand this probably falls under the "I heard KW on his cell phone when I was at the airport" category, but seriously...)

To be fair, Santana pitched Sunday, so he probably knew ahead of time he wouldn't be starting

CaptainBallz
08-21-2006, 11:33 PM
With his BA hovering near .260 and his legs a non-factor, would it be wise to maybe platoon Mack and Ozuna for a week tops to maybe give Pods not just a physical break but a mental break as well. It just seems like we do not have the igniter at the top of this lineup which this team badly needs. Now I am not saying this become a permanent move just like 3-4 games in a row to clear his head and try to get back to the Pods of old. Lord knows we need a spark.

I don't see what the major hurt would be to give this a shot, if Pods can't get himself back on track. The BA platoon is a waste of time and talent and having Mack/Ozuna carry the LF load only screws Ozzie's lefty/righty hullabaloo by one less lefty during righty matchups. I know that's pissing on the gospel, but it's not THAT dramatic and could be beneficial.

hi im skot
08-21-2006, 11:35 PM
To be fair, Santana pitched Sunday, so he probably knew ahead of time he wouldn't be starting

Definitely a valid point...but if I showed up to work looking like he did, I would have been sent home.

I dunno...just kinda disappointed me, I guess.

Pods providing a spark at the top of the lineup would be absolutely huge. Obviously, the current struggles don't fall squarely on his shoulders, but a throwback to last season could only help this team.

samram
08-21-2006, 11:54 PM
I'm not a Pods fan, but this is beating a dead horse. He's the guy in LF for the rest of the season and he's not going to be given a chunk of games off.

jenn2080
08-22-2006, 12:25 AM
Oh wow a Pods thread. SHOCKING.

BadBobbyJenks
08-22-2006, 12:34 AM
Yawn

caulfield12
08-22-2006, 08:18 AM
If the Sox can acquire a legit leadoff hitter who can play a decent SS this offseason, a Mack/Ozuna platoon may be what we find in LF next season.

If he can't steal bases, Pods is nothing more than a weaker-hitting, weaker-armed version of Mackowiak.

If they replace Uribe with that type of player, you're either going to see Fields/Sweeney/Owens out there in some form of a platoon or KW go out and get a FA rental for one season, then one of those three would be THE guy, depending on how next year shakes out.

Want no part of a platoon w/ two players that have limited upside.

russ99
08-22-2006, 08:44 AM
Seriously, how many "I hate Pods" threads are there going to be and how many times do I need to make the same arguments... :mad:

I'm as dismayed as the rest of you at his lack of speed right now. Last May, he probably would have beaten the throw on that two-out nubber last night.

I'm also starting to think Pods' outfield deficiencies were a lot less obvious last year when Aaron's obscene range was covering for him and then also was making some of the tough throws.

Still, he's the best we have in LF right now (do you guys want Ozuna?!?) and the best we're gonna have unless Jerry stretches the payroll into the stratosphere. The Sox have much bigger problems right now than whether a guy can beat out a close play at first or steal a few bases.

samram
08-22-2006, 08:49 AM
Seriously, how many "I hate Pods" threads are there going to be and how many times do I need to make the same arguments... :mad:

I'm as dismayed as the rest of you at his lack of speed right now. Last May, he probably would have beaten the throw on that two-out nubber last night.

I'm also starting to think Pods' outfield deficiencies were a lot less obvious last year when Aaron's obscene range was covering for him and then also was making some of the tough throws.

Still, he's the best we have in LF right now (do you guys want Ozuna?!?) and the best we're gonna have unless Jerry stretches the payroll into the stratosphere. The Sox have much bigger problems right now than whether a guy can beat out a close play at first or steal a few bases.

Actually, Pods wasn't hurt last year and had better range himself- Anderson is a far superior CF to Rowand and if it weren't for him, Pods would look even worse.

southside rocks
08-22-2006, 10:17 AM
Once Ozzie puts Brandon McCarthy into the rotation, it won't matter who's in the field! The Sox will win every game!

The Immigrant
08-22-2006, 11:48 AM
From SouthSideSox.com:

Scott Podsednik, who hit .333/.419/.417 (http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/BatterSplits.py?StartDate=4%2F01%2F2005&EndDate=11%2F31%2F2005&GameType=all&PlayedFor=0&PlayedVs=0&Park=0&PlayerID=1095&BatterType=1) during the first inning in '05 as the Sox routinely jumped out to early leads, is hitting just .238/.354/.369 (http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/BatterSplits.py?StartDate=04%2F01%2F2006&EndDate=11%2F31%2F2006&GameType=all&PlayedFor=0&PlayedVs=0&Park=0&PlayerID=1095&BatterType=1) in the same situation this season.

It may be time to try the Roblo Mackozuna platoon in LF.

Ol' No. 2
08-22-2006, 11:49 AM
Not only is the horse dead, it's badly decayed and drawing flies.

Four of the five Sox starters have been consistently inconsistent. But hey, let's sit Pods for a few games and see if that helps.:rolleyes:

lakeviewsoxfan
08-22-2006, 11:56 AM
From SouthSideSox.com:

Scott Podsednik, who hit .333/.419/.417 (http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/BatterSplits.py?StartDate=4%2F01%2F2005&EndDate=11%2F31%2F2005&GameType=all&PlayedFor=0&PlayedVs=0&Park=0&PlayerID=1095&BatterType=1) during the first inning in '05 as the Sox routinely jumped out to early leads, is hitting just .238/.354/.369 (http://www.baseballmusings.com/cgi-bin/BatterSplits.py?StartDate=04%2F01%2F2006&EndDate=11%2F31%2F2006&GameType=all&PlayedFor=0&PlayedVs=0&Park=0&PlayerID=1095&BatterType=1) in the same situation this season.

It may be time to try the Roblo Mackozuna platoon in LF.

Wow!! I didnt realize it was that bad. All your Pods backers out there please stop making excuses for his poor play, it is killing our ballclubs chances for a playoff apperance. HE IS FINISHED

The Immigrant
08-22-2006, 11:57 AM
Four of the five Sox starters have been consistently inconsistent.

True, but that has nothing to do with the inability of this offense to score runs against the likes of Runelvys Hernandez, Adam Bernero, Boof Bonser and a guy with half a rotator cuff, all in the past week. The starting pitching is what it is at this point, so people are thinking about potential ways to jump-start the offense. Giving Podsednik some pine time may be a good start.

Heffalump
08-22-2006, 11:59 AM
Is the '06 pods even close to the '05 Pods?........NO

Could the '06 Pods use some time off?...............YES

Would I rather see Ozuna out there everyday?....HELL NO !!

Conclusion: Pods is still our best option for the rest of the season.

Ol' No. 2
08-22-2006, 12:01 PM
True, but that has nothing to do with the inability of this offense to score runs against the likes of Runelvys Hernandez, Adam Bernero, Boof Bonser and a guy with half a rotator cuff, all in the past week. The starting pitching is what it is at this point, so people are thinking about potential ways to jump-start the offense. Giving Podsednik some pine time may be a good start.And maybe they should switch to cotton uniforms.:rolleyes:

Once more, the Sox starters are getting pasted day after day. If you can find a replacement that will add 6 runs per game to the Sox offense, I'm all ears. Otherwise, it won't make a damn bit of difference.

BTW, Pods had a double and one of the two RBI against Hernandez. He was 1 for 3 against Bernero and 1 for 3 with a BB against Bonser. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good scapegoating.

Paulwny
08-22-2006, 12:04 PM
Once more, the Sox starters are getting pasted day after day. If you can find a replacement that will add 6 runs per game to the Sox offense, I'm all ears. Otherwise, it won't make a damn bit of difference.

I haven't checked the stats , but I understand that with Contreras' performance yesterday, all the sox starters now have era's over 4. :angry:

Chicken Dinner
08-22-2006, 12:06 PM
The only thing that probably can safely be said is that he won't be leading off next year.

INSox56
08-22-2006, 12:08 PM
The only thing that probably can safely be said is that he won't be leading off next year.

I lose slight faith in Kenny if he resigns Pods next year. .206 in August....pathetic. Only good month was May, his junk 260 avg would be somewhere around 240 were it not for a 320ish May.

viagracat
08-22-2006, 12:08 PM
Is the '06 pods even close to the '05 Pods?........NO

Could the '06 Pods use some time off?...............YES

Would I rather see Ozuna out there everyday?....HELL NO !!

Conclusion: Pods is still our best option for the rest of the season.

Agreed. We need the Pods of old to somehow step up. If it means taking a few days off to get his head together, so be it.

But 2 is also right in that Pods is far from our only problem right now. When Contreras starts getting lit up...egad. :o:

Ol' No. 2
08-22-2006, 12:13 PM
I haven't checked the stats , but I understand that with Contreras' performance yesterday, all the sox starters now have era's over 4. :angry:IMO, the more important stat is that no one on the staff has even 60% quality starts. Contreras is the highest with 58% and overall they're at 51%. Contrast that to last year when the overall staff average was 59%, and Buehrle, Garland and Garcia were all over 60%.

jenn2080
08-22-2006, 12:36 PM
Wow!! I didnt realize it was that bad. All your Pods backers out there please stop making excuses for his poor play, it is killing our ballclubs chances for a playoff apperance. HE IS FINISHED

ya he is the only person causing problems on the sox. geez had we knew he was the problem for the pitching and the bats and the offense we would have sent him off with a nice bow in july.

lakeviewsoxfan
08-22-2006, 12:49 PM
ya he is the only person causing problems on the sox. geez had we knew he was the problem for the pitching and the bats and the offense we would have sent him off with a nice bow in july.

KW tried to but the asking price for Soriano was too steep.

BA: The Hitman
08-22-2006, 12:54 PM
It's obvious that Ozuna/Rob platoon isn't the answer to replacing Pods.....as bad as Pods has been in the field this year, Ozuna makes sammy sosa look like a gold glove outfielder and rob just isnt an everyday player.

I think Pods just needs a few days off to clear his head. When you watch him play, it looks like he just doesn't care.....it would be nice to see him show a little emotion every now and then. I'm not sure if there is a stat for this, but I'd love to know how many time he has struck out looking this year because it seems like he does that at least once a game.

jenn2080
08-22-2006, 01:01 PM
KW tried to but the asking price for Soriano was too steep.

so the rumors said

Chicken Dinner
08-22-2006, 01:02 PM
KW tried to but the asking price for Soriano was too steep.

I wonder what it is now. :o:

viagracat
08-22-2006, 01:20 PM
I wonder what it is now. :o:

Uh, a lot higher. :cool:

Ol' No. 2
08-22-2006, 01:25 PM
Uh, a lot higher. :cool:Actually, the Nats pulled him back off waivers after Houston claimed him. He's not available at all.