Originally Posted by doublem23
It's because Kenny, correctly, saw that the '05 team was carried by a once-in-a-decade type pitching staff and the team DESPERATELY needed help offensively. Did any of you even watch the '05 team? Did you not notice the amount of 3-2 and 4-3 games they won? I don't even have to look at the numbers to know how below average that team was offensively, they just had a lights out pitching staff.
You can cherry pick whatever numbers you want about sac bunts or stolen bases but you can't get away from 9th in the AL in runs scored. The 2005 White Sox did not have the kind of offense you should be using as a mold.
That goes way beyond the numbers. How many times did the Sox score in the first inning that year? A ton. All pitchers pitch better with a lead.
Also, the hitting fell off the second half of the season, I'm sure the Sox were much closer to the top for the first 81 games.
BTW - the Giants were 6th in the league and 11th overall in runs scored last year, you don't need the best offense in the league to win, and the Giants didn't have overwhelming pitching, with two 16 game winners and subpar seasons from Lincecolm and Zito.