Saturday, June 3, 2006, 5:38 pm
At the One-Third Mark
The White Sox are 33-21 at the one-third point of the season, compared to 36-18 at the same stage last season … while the Sox offensive output is up significantly in most categories, the pitching staff is off its pace set last season … the Sox after 54 games in 2005 and 2006:
2006 vs. 2005
33-21 vs. 36-18
.278 BA vs. .256
296 R vs. 242
5.5 R/G vs. 4.5
80 HR vs. 60
38 SB vs. 56
.351 OBP vs. .322
.466 SLG vs. .405
4.24 ERA vs. 3.52
33 QS vs. 34
16-24 SV vs. 22-30
288 SO vs. 337
.260 OBA vs. .243
Saturday, June 3, 2006, 2:15 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; PK, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mack, CF; Cintron, SS; Gload, 1B. Vazquez pitching.
Herm Schneider determined that the tug Jim Thome felt was in his groin, not his quad as I posted yesterday.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched us recently (and who knows how Ozzie runs a clubhouse) to hear we have special bunting practice before today’s game.
Our pitchers will begin taking bunting and hitting practice again on Tuesday in preparation for intraleague road contests.
Key members of our amateur scouting staff, including veteran scouting director Duane Shaffer, and members of our baseball operations department began meeting Friday to discuss this year’s First-Year Player Draft, which takes place Tuesday.
These meetings run throughout the weekend. This year we pick 29th (out of 30 obviously) because of our 99-63 mark in 2005, and the draft has been described by many as being pretty weak.
"That’s all right," Shaffer said. "We will always be willing to pick 29th."
The White Sox remain the only team in baseball that has not had a Top 10 pick in the draft since 1990 (Alex Fernandez, fourth overall).
Grace Under Pressure
Bob DeVoy, senior director of ticket operations for the Sox, announced his retirement, effective December 1, yesterday. Bob has been with the Sox for 34 years — 28 running the box office — and has survived two All-Star Games, four postseasons and a World Series. He will be missed greatly around here.
Beat The Pro
Several Sox — Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski, Jon Garland and Harold Baines — will spent their offday Monday having fun for a good cause.
All of them will take part in the 13th Annual Chrysler All-Star Shoot-out at Rich Harvest Links in Sugar Grove.
After a morning pro-am, the Sox, along with Richard Dent, Carlton Fisk, Jay Hilgenberg (defending champ), Bo Jackson, Jim McMahon and Stan Mikita will take part in a knock-out competition eventually crowning one champion in the end.
Various charities are the winners, so everyone should have a good time.
Our voting totals in the first announcement by MLB were disappointing, so let’s dig deep and see what we can do to promote our guys. Both Jermaine Dye and Tadahito Iguchi deserve stronger consideration given their seasons to date … Iguchi has a chance to catch the Yankee and Red Sox ahead of him. Let’s see if we can get a global "click for the gooch" campaign going.
Jim Thome was scratched from tonight’s lineup with a strained quad. Rodd Gload moves to first base and PK to DH.
Friday, June 2, 2006, 3:15 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; Anderson, CF. Garland Pitching.
At 19-6 (.760), the White Sox own the best home record in baseball … the best 25-game home start in Sox history came in 1972 (21-4) … with 32 quality starts, the Sox are tied with the Tigers for most in the American League … tonight is the first of 10 meetings between the Sox and Texas this year … Chicago is averaging 34,111 fans (including 12 sellouts) this season, fourth-best in the American League … our 17.9 percent increase from last season leads the major leagues … Jermaine Dye, who hit two home runs last night and has 40 RBI in his last 38 games, leads the American League with a .671 slugging percentage, is tied for third with 16 home runs and tied for 10th with 41 RBI.
The White Sox vs. Angels rainout on 5/11 at U.S. Cellular Field has been rescheduled for 8/7 at 7:05 pm … Comcast Sports Net and WSCR 670 AM will broadcast the game … The Sox vs. Indians game on 6/11 and Sox vs. Houston game on 6/25, both at USCF, have been picked up by ESPN with games times now set for 7:05 pm
Thursday, June 1, 2006, 3:28 pm
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mack, CF; Cintron, SS: Gload, 1B; Contreras pitching.
Night off for PK.
Check out AJ’s question and answer (with Sox fans) in our White Sox Wire that went out to registered users (I assume most of you) this afternoon.