Going For Three
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Tonight’s Lineup in Cleveland
OC, SS; Ozuna, 3B; Q, LF; Dye, RF; PK, 1B; Swish, RF; Ramirez, 2B; BA, CF; Hall, C. Buehrle pitching.
Since his Opening Day start (gulp, in Cleveland), Mark’s ERA is 3.90.
Nice extra-inning win last night to improve to 28-22 (.560) 50 games into the season.
Just for fun (well, maybe I’ll try to come up with some parting gifts in September), I’m asking all of you to record their estimates, on this blog, of the final, regular-season victory total for the Chicago White Sox in 2008.
At our current pace, the White Sox would win 91 games.
Please feel free to post your estimate on this site. I’ll record them and then we’ll check our guestimates in September and see who came closest.
Factors in my mind …
We have slightly more home games than road remaining (58 to 54),
I do believe our offense will score more runs as the weather warms,
I also believe KW will be aggressive mid summer and improve our team,
and with Jerry Owens and Josh Fields in Class AAA Charlotte, we have offensive depth should we need it.
There’s a long way to go, certainly, and injuries may play the biggest role over the coming months, but count me among the optimists.
Since 1970, the best SO/9 IP ratios by relievers:
1. Eric Gagne, 2003 LAD … 14.98
2. Billy Wagner, 1999 HOU … 14.95
3. Brad Lidge, 2004 HOU … 14.93
4. Octavio Dotel, 2008 CWS … 14.81
Spoke to Alex Fernandez today. The former first-round pick is going to join scout Pepe Ortega and represent the White Sox at the First-Year Player Draft on June 9.
Alex is coaching and running a youth baseball team in Florida and stays very, very busy.