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Chicago White Sox Team Batting Stats:
-12th in the AL in runs scored with 414-Behind offensive juggernauts such as the Baltimore Orioles & Kansas City Royals. 48 runs (or as we White Sox fans say, 12 games) behind the AL average. 167 runs (or about 42 games worth) behind AL leading Boston.
-10th in the AL in batting average at a stellar .249 (this was actually a good bit higher than I had anticipated AL avg-.256)
-11th in the AL in RBIs-again, behind those lineups in Baltimore & Kansas City that are dead ringers for the ’27 Yankees (AL avg-440)
-10th in Total Bases with 1357-behind…well you get it at this point (AL avg-1448)
-12th in Walks with 301 (AL avg 333)
-12th in Stolen Bases with 46 (AL avg-76)
-14th in SB percentage at 56% (AL avg-72%)
-12th in Extra Base Hits with 261 (42 behind the AL average)
-5th most GIDPs with 89 (7 more than AL average)
My #1 bug-a-boo…
-9th in the AL in runners left on base per game. Now keep in mind, Boston leaves more men on base than any AL team per game, but Boston scores the most runs per game in the Majors. The “bottom 5” teams in runners left on base for the AL include 4 of the top 6 teams for runs scored. The 5th? You guessed it-the good guys, my Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox are 5th in the AL in team ERA & 1st in fielding percentage. They are 9th in the AL standings. The Tigers & Indians seem content to let this shitty team stick around all season, so I can waste up to 18 hours per week focusing on a truly anemic offense for the next 2 months. You can put that on the board…yes!
As a White Sox fan, this season has been particularly frustrating. This is in large part due to the $127,789,000 payroll (5th highest in baseball!) & commitment to mediocrity (52-53, 17th best in baseball). Thankfully, in the AL Central 88 wins ought to win the division, so they’ve got a fighting chance.
Anyway, I looked at the top 10 teams salary & record wise & analyzed their cost per win averages up to this point in the season. The summary: The Yankees spend a ridiculous amount of money for success (shocking, I know). The Cubs are truly embarrassing (again, shocking). The Rays, Pirates, Diamondbacks, Indians & Royals are the most cost-efficient teams in baseball this season.
So feel free to complain about your MLB team-about your cheap owner or your underachieving cleanup hitter batting .160 making $12 million or the GM throwing money at underachieving has beens named Jake Peavy. Just be thankful you don’t root for the Chicago Cubs.
Some good links for your reading pleasure this morning…
Brandon Marshall has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. No word on pending murder charges for killing my fantasy team last season.
Dan Pompei has some good takes on recent NFL off-season action. If Vince Young & Jason Babin want to go ahead and stop talking for a little while, I’d be okay with that.
Jeff Passan with great perspective on the Ubaldo trade & MLB prospects. Trading pitching prospects is pretty much a crap-shoot.
Greatest sports figure ever?Greatest sports figure ever.
Rubber match today in the MLB footwear supremacy series. As is usually the case, losing to Andrew Miller may spell doom.
It’s Sunday. White Sox on TBS at 2:10 and
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Network is running “Back to Football” live all day. Not to mention, Shark Week starts tonight…Let’s get it!
Not exactly a typical Saturday in Major League Baseball. Some big trades went down, other moves will come today and there were a ton of big games. Here’s a look at some of the day’s storylines.
- The biggest acquisition of the day was Ubaldo Jimenez going to the Cleveland Indians. It went down in a very unusual way, with Jimenez pitching (a very poor) first inning for Colorado in its game against the San Diego Padres, before being removed and hugging teammates while saying his goodbyes. The Indians unquestionably get better every five days, but they gave up a lot in doing so. Cleveland is parting with four prospects in pitchers Alex White and Joe Gardner, first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride and a player to be named later. That player is likely to be highly touted left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who can’t officially be a part of the deal until next month when he is one year into his professional career. There’s no doubt Jimenez has the stuff to be a dominant pitcher. However, he’s only 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA this season. He also can have control issues at times, having walked 367 batters in 850 innings pitched over his career. As dominant as Jimenez was in last season’s 19-8 campaign, he still walked 92 batters in 221+ innings. Is he an ace? He certainly can be. But let’s also not overlook the jump from the National League to the American League. Granted he won’t be pitching at hitter-friendly Coors Field anymore, but he will face tougher lineups with more depth. A positive for Cleveland is that Jimenez should be with the team through at least 2013.
- Some other acquisitions of note included the Giants adding second baseman/shortstop Orlando Cabrera in a deal with the Indians, the Pirates getting first baseman Derrek Lee from the Orioles, the Diamondbacks getting starting pitcher Jason Marquis from the Nationals, the Brewers acquiring utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Nats and the Rangers getting bullpen help in the form of Koji Uehara from the Orioles. Cabrera’s veteran presence should help bolster what’s been a sluggish (putting it nicely) performance from Giants’ middle infielders in the batter’s box. Lee is a rental for the Pirates for the next two months. He’s struggled in Baltimore this season, but can’t be much worse than Lyle Overbay, who the Pirates picked up before this season. Marquis’ second half struggles are a concern, but he should help the Diamondbacks at least stay in the hunt for a playoff berth. Hairston’s a valuable addition to a powerful Brewers team, while Uehara will boost the back end of Texas’ bullpen.
EXAMINING SATURDAY’S GAMES
Big winners of Saturday on the diamond included the Yankees, Indians and Reds. The Bronx Bombers put a hurting on the Orioles in a doubleheader sweep, posting 8-3 and 17-3 victories, the latter of which saw them lead 12-0 after the first inning, and 15-0 through two innings. Many think the Yankees need another arm to have a good shot at a World Series, and while that may be true, their lineup almost certainly assures them of a postseason berth. Here’s how good the Yankees’ bats have been — with 556 runs, only the Red Sox (581) have scored more in baseball, and the Cardinals have the most of any National League team with 514. NYY has 95 more runs than the potent Phillies lineup.
Matt LaPorta’s three-run home run lifted the Tribe to their eighth walk-off win of the season, 5-2, over the Royals. It also helped Cleveland pick up a game on the Tigers, White Sox and Twins. It was a game the Indians had to have with Justin Masterson starting against Felipe Paulino. The Indians actually trailed, 2-1, entering the ninth but touched up Joakim Soria and found a way to win another close one at home. They trail the Tigers by 1.5 games for first place, and lead the third-place White Sox by the same amount.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, won its second straight game over the San Francisco Giants, 7-2, on the strength of a strong start by Mike Leake and five first-inning runs. The Reds have a substantial pitching advantage today (Johnny Cueto vs. Barry Zito) with a chance to complete a three-game sweep of the Giants. While the Brewers have won five straight and still lead the fourth-place Reds by 6.5 games, Cincinnati could certainly get on a roll by sweeping the defending World Series Champions. Monday, the Reds begin a six-game stretch with three at the woeful Astros, followed by three at the, well, woeful Cubs. They’re currently just three games back of the Pirates, who look to avoid being swept in Philadelphia today.
According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Tigers will acquire starting pitcher Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells and Francisco Martinez.
While Fister may not be an upper-echelon arm on this year’s market, the asking price for those who were was way too high. Fister has only 3 wins, and hasn’t won since May 30, but no pitcher in baseball has received worse run support. He has an impressive 3.33 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and Seattle has backed him with an astounding 10 RUNS IN HIS LAST 10 STARTS. Fister also isn’t eligible to be a free agent until 2015, and at 27, should fit into Detroit’s rotation for a few years. Brad Penny will likely be gone next season (Thank God), so Fister and the Tigers’ top prospect, Jacob Turner, could very well round out Detroit’s rotation in 2012.
In Pauley, the Tigers add a quality reliever to a bullpen that certainly needed one. The back end of Detroit’s bullpen has been very strong in Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburquerque. But Alburquerque has some injury questions, and Pauley should help patch up what has been subpar middle relief from Detroit. He has a 2.15 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, while holding the opposition to a .200 batting average in 39 games this season.
The deal makes sense for Seattle, too. The Mariners have a plethora of quality young arms, which made Fister expendable. In Furbush, they get a young southpaw who could become a starter down the line, but at the least is a long reliever. Furbush struggled in his pair of starts earlier this month, but has been effective coming out of the bullpen. At 25, Furbush still has plenty to learn, but could be a nice complimentary piece to Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda in the future.
Wells has a bright future ahead of him. He has an exceptionally strong arm in the outfield, and contributed to the Tigers this year when he got opportunities. Wells has enough pop to hit with power at Safeco Field, and provides the American League’s worst lineup with at least somewhat of a threat.
Martinez has hit well (.282/.319/.724) for the Tigers’ Double-A Affiliate Erie Seawolves. At just 20 years of age, he could become the future for Seattle at the hot corner, but only time well tell. Detroit could afford to trade him with one of its top prospects, Nick Castellanos, also being a third baseman.
All in all the deal appears to make sense for both teams. Detroit is 42-23 when it’s top three pitchers, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello pitch. Otherwise, the Tigers are 14-27, including 4-16 when its variety of fifth starters take the mound. That 4-16 mark also includes 0 for the last 7.
Something had to be done to give the Tigers more starting pitching depth. It can’t work out any worse than the last time Detroit acquired a Mariners pitcher. That, of course, was the Jarrod Washburn fiasco in 2009.
UPDATE: The Tigers will also include a player to be named later, which will be one of their top 3 draft picks from 2010.
Just wanted to give some information on why this blog was started. My brother, Jeff (careydaway) and I are avid sports fanatics. While we grew up just outside Washington, D.C., we root for teams from all over the country, and even outside of it.
My favorite teams are the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Vikings, Portland Trail Blazers and New York Rangers. His are the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Hornets and Vancouver Canucks.
As far as colleges, I attended West Virginia, and he went to Clemson.
This blog is sure to provide plenty of facts and opinion on all those teams and many more throughout the world of sports.
Today was a hell of a day for my beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Not only did they sign Nnamdi Asomugha, but the Cowboys DIDN’T sign him. All day the speculation was that the Jets or Cowboys would sign Nnamdi but in the span of what seemed like 5 minutes, everyone’s favorite Jew (not named Carey of course) Howie Roseman delivered big time. Even Andy Reid couldn’t contain his excitement.
Andy Reid is so excited he just used all of his timeouts and threw in a timely delay of game. (H/T Adam Kramer-@kegsneggs)