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Old 02-28-2004, 08:37 PM
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Why are the White Sox going to be the 2004 AL Central division champions? Because they've got the best offense in the division, period.

Harris-Potentially an offensive liability. I could see him hitting .250-.260
Lee-Numbers similar to last years would be nice. .300-30-100 can be anticipated
Thomas-Depends on his approach. Could be .320-30-100+ or .270-45-100 or .270-30-100. I'd just like to see him draw a ton of walks
Ordonez-Does he return to 2002 form and hit .330-40-130? .300-30-100 should be expected as he hasnt really dipped below any of these since 98
Konerko-Critical question: Does he go back to .295-25-100 after a yearlong slump or is he done? That's the 16.75 million dollar question
Valentin-.250 AVG, but 25 Homers
Crede-It's his time to shine. He caught the spring flu last year, but .280-25-75 should be expected. Could move up all the way to 5 if Konerko is sucking and has .300-30-100 potential
Rowand-I'm pretty high on Aaron. He hit nearly .400 when healthy against MLB Pitching last year. .280-15 is easily within his abilities, but I'm hoping for .310-20
Olivo-.255 and 10 would seem about right, if he can learn to hit offspeed pitches maybe higher

OK, so I might be an eternal optimist, but I dont see how any of this could be out of line entirely, but obviously nothing ever works perfectly. The Red Sox were the best offense in baseball with inferior hitting talent last year, so clearly if the White Sox get things clicking like the Red Sox did, we could be in serious business, especially if our starting can get us quality starts a lot of the time; Buehrle, Loaiza and Garland need to give the offense a reasonable chance to win every game. If Garland pitches with the consistancy that he did during the middle portion of last year (about 18 games without giving up more than 4 runs) and schoenweis is halfway decent, we could run away with the division. Whether we have the talent to advance in the playoffs is another matter, but I think we can at least get there without too many problems
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Old 02-28-2004, 10:26 PM
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You certainly are the eternal optimist. I feel like your evil twin.

I think your estimate for Harris is reasonable, but .260 from a leadoff hitter won't cut it. In fact, .260 + not many walks from a #9 hitter doesn't cut it. We need his on-base percentage to be better than league average (say, over .330) for him to be in the lineup, and considerably higher if he's going to lead off. And the problem is that we have no other candidates to lead off.

I don't see Rowand reaching .310/20. More likely: .285/15/60, lots of doubles, decent OBP. He won't be great, but at least he'll be better than Everett.

Frank's days of batting .300 are over. I predict .280/35/95, for which will be criticized unfairly. (His RBIs will be down because we have no leadoff hitter.)

Put Magglio down for .310/35/100, and Carlos down for .300/30/100.

I don't see Crede ever reaching .300/30/100. For that matter I don't foresee him ever reaching .300 or
30 or 100. But .270/15/80 is likely.

Konerko will run hot and cold, as usual, finishing around .270/25/75. I have a feeling Valentin's going to start losing playing time to Uribe, but the shortstop position will contribute .240/15/65. I figure Olivo will be around .250/10/50.

I still think Kenny will trade a bat before the end of spring training, and we're due for an injury or two this season, so I don't think this will end up being our actual lineup. Don't forget, we have no bench.

I think we'll get a little more from Buehrle and Garland, a little less from Loaiza, but the big reason we're going to lose 85 games is that we have only three starting pitchers. Schoeneweis will lose 10 games and his spot in the rotation before the all-star break. I envision a series of replacements with 6+ ERAs. And what if one of the big three gets injured? Yikes.
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Old 02-28-2004, 11:40 PM
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[B]You certainly are the eternal optimist. I feel like your evil twin.

I think your estimate for Harris is reasonable, but .260 from a leadoff hitter won't cut it. In fact, .260 + not many walks from a #9 hitter doesn't cut it. We need his on-base percentage to be better than league average (say, over .330) for him to be in the lineup, and considerably higher if he's going to lead off. And the problem is that we have no other candidates to lead off.
We could always have Rowand lead off or if Jeremy Reed ever comes up this year, he could lead off. I'm hoping Harris is gonna surprise us and hit .280 because he's hit in the minors and in winter league. Here's hoping he can carry over prior success to the bigs.

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I don't see Crede ever reaching .300/30/100. For that matter I don't foresee him ever reaching .300 or
30 or 100. But .270/15/80 is likely.
Wow, you must really hate Joe Crede. He hit .260-19-75 with a prolonged cold streak in april and may last year. Crede hit .308 with 11 homers in 234 ABs after the All star break. That translates to about 25 homers over the course of the season. And you can't forget 2002 when he hit 12 homers in a third of a season. He WILL put it together eventually and hit 30 over the course of a season. No reason he cant take the step up and hit .300 at the young age of 25. Maybe those 100 RBIs are a reach if he's batting 7th, but I see him batting 6th and racking up those RBIs.

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Konerko will run hot and cold, as usual, finishing around .270/25/75. I have a feeling Valentin's going to start losing playing time to Uribe, but the shortstop position will contribute .240/15/65. I figure Olivo will be around .250/10/50.
I am a bit more optimistic on Konerko than you. Valentin has hit about 26 homers the past 4 years. I dont see how that could possibly drop off to 15 in one year. I essentially agree on Olivo, though I think he has a bit more power than that.

I guess it's inevitable that we're going to have disagreements but the pitching staff is better than you say. We should get a good amount of quality starts. A healthy Rauch would make a formidable 5th starter and dont forget that Schoenweis added a changeup, so that will help him.

No way this team finishes below .500. The pitching is passable at worst and pretty good at best. The offense is going to be great again. After that slow start the sox still managed to hit 220 round trippers. After 3 years of misfires, the Sox are ready to put a season together now that we have Ozzie on board and we will win this division
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Old 02-28-2004, 11:42 PM
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I love your optimism, and at the same time most everything stated is very possible. But Frank and Maggs RBI numbers will be down without a guy who can get on base.
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Old 02-29-2004, 12:05 AM
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I love your optimism, and at the same time most everything stated is very possible. But Frank and Maggs RBI numbers will be down without a guy who can get on base.
Lee is going to get on base a good, but not spectacular amount of time.

Maggs will have Thomas on Base for him and honestly, I want to see Thomas work on OBP this year and get that back up to .400+ so that Maggs, Konerko and Crede have more opportunities to get RBIs
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Old 02-29-2004, 12:19 AM
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I'm with you Karno. I'd rather be positive about the talent we have than waiting for the negative.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:13 AM
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I also believe Crede is bound to drive in a lot of runs over the course of a season. He's such a natural hitter, and his numbers are exciting.. Same with Rowand. He was truly great in the minors and just needs a chance to play a full year. Harris was solid before he got called up last year - but without the consisent play after Alomar came in, he never got to shine. I think as Willie goes, so will go their lineup.

Carlos Lee is not as fast as he seems.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:59 AM
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I have no doubt that the Sox will contend in this division, frankly considering how mediocre it is, if you have two pitchers who have a good year and three or four hitters doing well you certainly should.

Unless injuries hit the Sox considering the caliber of the opponents in it there is no reason for them NOT to. If they don't things are worse then we can possibly imagine.

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Old 02-29-2004, 07:07 AM
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I'm optimistic that the Sox will win their division.

Harris and Rowand will do just fine.

I hope that Olivo can adjust to the off speed stuff because he wont be seeing that many fastballs.
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Old 02-29-2004, 07:26 AM
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Why are the White Sox going to be the 2004 AL Central division champions? Because they've got the best offense in the division, period.

Harris-Potentially an offensive liability. I could see him hitting .250-.260
Lee-Numbers similar to last years would be nice. .300-30-100 can be anticipated
Thomas-Depends on his approach. Could be .320-30-100+ or .270-45-100 or .270-30-100. I'd just like to see him draw a ton of walks
Ordonez-Does he return to 2002 form and hit .330-40-130? .300-30-100 should be expected as he hasnt really dipped below any of these since 98
Konerko-Critical question: Does he go back to .295-25-100 after a yearlong slump or is he done? That's the 16.75 million dollar question
Valentin-.250 AVG, but 25 Homers
Crede-It's his time to shine. He caught the spring flu last year, but .280-25-75 should be expected. Could move up all the way to 5 if Konerko is sucking and has .300-30-100 potential
Rowand-I'm pretty high on Aaron. He hit nearly .400 when healthy against MLB Pitching last year. .280-15 is easily within his abilities, but I'm hoping for .310-20
Olivo-.255 and 10 would seem about right, if he can learn to hit offspeed pitches maybe higher

OK, so I might be an eternal optimist, but I dont see how any of this could be out of line entirely, but obviously nothing ever works perfectly. The Red Sox were the best offense in baseball with inferior hitting talent last year, so clearly if the White Sox get things clicking like the Red Sox did, we could be in serious business, especially if our starting can get us quality starts a lot of the time; Buehrle, Loaiza and Garland need to give the offense a reasonable chance to win every game. If Garland pitches with the consistancy that he did during the middle portion of last year (about 18 games without giving up more than 4 runs) and schoenweis is halfway decent, we could run away with the division. Whether we have the talent to advance in the playoffs is another matter, but I think we can at least get there without too many problems
You're much more optimistic then me. The way I see it, the SOx have 3 hitters I can rely on in this line up consistently: Thomas, Ordonez and Lee. I expect big things out of Ordonez because it's his free agent year and he is playing for a contract.

Konerko is a huge question, and I don't even believe he has a hip injury. I have more faith in Rowand then most do, but he is far from great. Harris reminds me of Caruso without the ability to lay down a bunt. I can see Crede hitting .280 with 25 HR's. Valentin will be luck to hit about .250.

This line up makes me nervous. 3 power hitters on the team, and 2 of them have the highest OBP. This year will at least prove why RBI's is a meaningless statistic because there won't be many on base for Frank and Magglio.

I do expect an increase in the griping of how many solo shots the two of them hit and futhermore I can see a lot of debates on the value of clutch hitting.

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Old 02-29-2004, 07:29 AM
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I have no doubt that the Sox will contend in this division, frankly considering how mediocre it is, if you have two pitchers who have a good year and three or four hitters doing well you certainly should.

Unless injuries hit the Sox considering the caliber of the opponents in it there is no reason for them NOT to. If they don't things are worse then we can possibly imagine.

Lip
This is as close to a positive statement that I've seen Lip make.

I see the Sox contending for the division to, if the divsion winner is going to have less then 80 wins or if most of the question marks step it up.

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Old 02-29-2004, 08:36 AM
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This is as close to a positive statement that I've seen Lip make.

I see the Sox contending for the division to, if the divsion winner is going to have less then 80 wins or if most of the question marks step it up.

Bob
I still think that the eventual division winner, which I think will be the White Sox, will have at least 90 wins.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:12 PM
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85 will do it and whichever team wins it will suffer a ton of critiscism from the national media along the lines of 'you've got the Yankees with 115, Red Sox with 110 wins, the A's with 93 and the Mariners with 92, Angels with 96 wins and these midgits are in the post season?' (of course that's right before the midgits get hammered back into baseball oblivion by the real major league teams...)

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Old 02-29-2004, 01:26 PM
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Harris-Potentially an offensive liability. I could see him hitting .250-.260
I have seen Harris bunt and with a manager who appreciates that and a coach who will work with him on it I don't see any reason at all why Harris won't be hitting .300 and .350 OBP. He has all the tools to do that. Cora knows the rule on drag bunting, if you can get the 2nd baseman to play on it, you are on.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:34 PM
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85 will do it and whichever team wins it will suffer a ton of critiscism from the national media along the lines of 'you've got the Yankees with 115, Red Sox with 110 wins, the A's with 93 and the Mariners with 92, Angels with 96 wins and these midgits are in the post season?' (of course that's right before the midgits get hammered back into baseball oblivion by the real major league teams...)

Lip
Right on. I'm not exactly looking forward to winning a Division then getting smacked around like a red-headed stepchild in the ALDS.

Of course, if this team is in contention come June and JR allows KW to make some moves so that the White Sox appear like a team that could contend w/the Yanks, Red Sox, Mariners, A's, Anaheim, and the like, I might think differently come October.
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