Originally Posted by WhiteSox5187
In the second half of 2006 when Podsednik started to struggle, the team became dependent on the home run, otherwise they couldn't score which meant we lost a lot of one run ball games. Had Pods been able to continue to get on base at a .350 clip and steal as many bases as he did in 2005, they might have been able to win a few more games because they could manufacture more runs. Now, obviously the problem with the 2006 White Sox was that the pitching was just gassed in the second half, but maybe had Pods been as productive as he was in 2005 and Uribe didn't always swing for the fences, they might have been able to win a few more games. But it probably wouldn't have mattered.
I think that was a factor, but I just looked at the runs against in our losses in the second half of 2006 and it was pretty shocking.
7, 8, 6, 3, 7, 6, 7, 4, 4, 3, 9, 7, 4, 9, 5, 3, 5, 1, 9, 7, 8, 9, 4, 6, 10, 6, 10, 7, 5, 7, 8, 4, 4, 3
It's hard to look at those runs given up and point the finger at the offense.