Sunday, June 7, 2009
Pods 7, Missile 6, JD 9, PK 3, Fields dh, Castro 2, BA 8, Getz 4, Beckham 5. Colon pitching.
So despite the frustrations of this homestand thus far (2-4), we actually are closer to first place as of this morning, than when we completed the sweep at Kansas City. Go figure, but the club was 24-25, -4.0 after the game on 5/31 and begins today 26-29, -3.5 games.
Not counting the division leaders, only three teams in the AL are closer to the top in their division: Yankees -0.5, Minnesota -2.5 and Toronto -3.0.
So as Ozzie and Paul Konerko noted this week, it could be a lot worse given how we’ve played to date.
I still want to see us play for a couple of weeks with our entire team in place.
Good to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, on the national FOX telecast, lauding our bullpen, specifically Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks. Well deserved.
The White Sox own four of the first 71 picks in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, which begins Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT (note the move to the evening from the afternoon).
The Sox will pick 23rd in the first round and also own the No. 38 and No. 61 picks as compensation for losing Type A free agent Orlando Cabrera, and the 71st pick in the second round.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire draft, which covers three days from June 9-11. MLB Network will carry the first round from Studio 42 in Secaucus, NJ, with those picks simulcast on mlb.com. Ron Kittle and Moose Skowron will represent the White Sox at the draft. Ironically, neither was drafted.
“I was before they had a draft,” Skowron said. “We went to the highest bidder!”
Once Tuesday night is completed, the draft will continue with rounds 4-30 at 11 a.m. CT on June 10. Rounds 31-50 will occur on June 11, starting at 10:30 a.m. CT.
Clayton Richard starts Game 1, and Jose Contreras will start Game 2.