Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 2:15 pm CT
Ozuna, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; Alomar, C; Anderson, CF. Jose Contreras on the hill.
Kenny and July: Ken Williams became the 11th general manager in White Sox history on 10/24/00 and has guided the club to a 491-417 (.541) record during his tenure, including the team’s third World Series title in 2005 … in his six seasons as general manager, Williams has made 16 trades in July involving the major-league roster, including the acquisitions of Sandy Alomar Jr. and Mike MacDougal this week … the following is a look at Williams’ trades in July since 2001:
- 7/23 – Acquired C Sandy Alomar Jr. from Los Angeles-NL in exchange for RHP B.J. LaMura
- 7/24 – Acquired RHP Mike MacDougal from Kansas City in exchange for LHP Tyler Lumsden and RHP Daniel Cortes
- 7/31 – Acquired INF Geoff Blum from San Diego in exchange for LHP Ryan Meaux
- 7/18 – Acquired OF Carl Everett and cash from Montreal in exchange for RHP Gary Majewski and RHP Jon Rauch
- 7/31 – Acquired RHP Jose Contreras from New York-AL in exchange for RHP Esteban Loaiza
- 7/1 – Acquired INF Roberto Alomar and cash from New York-NL in exchange for RHP Edwin Almonte, RHP Royce Ring and INF Andrew Salvo
- 7/1 – Acquired OF Carl Everett and cash from Texas in exchange for RHP Frankie Francisco, RHP Josh Rupe and OF Anthony Webster
- 7/6 – Acquired RHP Scott Dunn from Cincinnati in exchange for INF D’Angelo Jimenez
- 7/29 – Acquired LHP Scott Schoeneweis and RHP Doug Nickle from Anaheim in exchange for RHP Gary Glover, RHP Tim Bittner and RHP Scott Dunn
- 7/12 – Acquired INF D’Angelo Jimenez from San Diego in exchange for OF Alex Fernandez and C Humberto Quintero
- 7/23 – Acquired RHP Jon Adkins from Oakland in exchange for 2B Ray Durham and cash
- 7/28 – Acquired RHP Felix Diaz and LHP Ryan Meaux from San Francisco in exchange for OF Kenny Lofton and cash
- 7/29 – Acquired RHP Enemencio Pacheco from Colorado in exchange for C Sandy Alomar Jr. and cash
- 7/31 – Acquired LHP Byeong Hak An and RHP Frankie Francisco from Boston in exchange for RHP Bob Howry
- 7/13 – Acquired RHP Wade Parrish from Los Angeles-NL in exchange for OF McKay Christensen
- 7/26 – Acquired LHP Onan Masaoka, RHP Gary Majewski and OF Jeff Barry from Los Angeles-NL in exchange for RHP James Baldwin and cash
They don’t look great on paper, but here are our guys’ numbers against the Twins left-hander (who is 11-5 with a 3.27 ERA in 2006 and 8-5 with a 3.32 ERA against the White Sox in his career).
Cintron, .286 (2-6)
Ozuna, .286 (6-21)
Alomar, .250 (2-8)
Dye, .229 (8-35)
Iguchi, .227 (5-22)
Crede, .200 (6-30), HR
Uribe, .152 (5-33), HR
Anderson, .143 (1-7)
Konerko, .139 (5-36), 2 HR
Thome, .133 (2-15), 2 HR
Pods, .111 (1-9)
AJ, .091 (1-11)
As you can see, I am trying to reverse the baseball curse. By pointing out our batting averages against Santana, I am hoping to ensure us a big offensive night … kinda like jinxing the no-hitter …
W, L, L, W, L, W, W, L, W, W, L, L, L, L, L, L, L, W, L, W, W, W, W, L, L, L, W, L (and no, it’s not Mark Newman’s creative title for this blog from a couple weeks ago).
It’s last August for the World Champion Chicago White Sox.
And how about this:
L, L, L, L, W, L, L, W, L, W, L, W, L, L … that’s last September 8 through the 22nd.
Now, how about this:
W, W, W, W, W, W, W, W, L (even heroes need a night off), W, W, W, W, W, W, W, W …
That’s September 28 until that wonderful night in Houston (isn’t Houston beautiful in October?).
We aren’t playing well right now. Every team goes through it. Hawk last night compared it to a virus. You don’t know how long it’s going to last, it’s not going to kill you, you just need to fight your way through it. I think that is a appropos comparison.
We will snap out of it and will play better. Will we win the division or make the playoffs? … It’s too early to say one way or the other. There are too many games to play between now and October 1.
But we’ve all been through this before, like 10 months ago, and things turned out pretty darn well. Take it day by day, game by game and let’s see where we end up. No one benefits from panicking, certainly not within our clubhouse. Defeatism doesn’t really seem to accomplish much prodcutive (in my opinion). I think the most productive approach in this situation is to live in the moment and focus on the moment. If you start to think about big pictures and what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week, then our goals appear much too daunting, too steep. Focus on the next step, the next pitch, and let’s see where we end up.