Gearing Up For the Tribe

Wednesday, May 17, 2011

Big Series

Big opportunity over the next two games to slow down the Indians and start the process of closing ground on the Tribe.  Should be two fun games to watch.


Don’t say it too loudly, but Sergio Santos leads all American League relievers with a 0.00 ERA (20.0 IP) and is the only qualifying reliever in baseball yet to allow a run … Santos’ 16 scoreless outings and 20.0 scoreless IP to start the season are both the second-longest streaks by a Sox pitcher, trailing Dustin Hermanson’s 19 games and 21.0 IP in 2005.

Buddy Bell

White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell spent some time on a conference call this afternoon talking to White Sox bloggers who spend a lot of time discussing and dissecting our famr system.

Among the highlights …

On Andre Rienzo, a RHP from Sao Paolo, Brazil, who is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in seven games at Winston-Salem:

“He’s a great story.  This kid’s come really quick, and we need to make sure we don’t move him too quick.  He’s still trying to strike everyone out.”

Bell noted that Rienzo features a good sinker and change and is starting to get a good feel for pitching.

On Jordan Danks:

“Jordan Danks looks better than I’ve ever seen him.  He’s just seeing the ball and getting after it.”

On RHP Dan Romenowsky, who is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA and two saves at Class AA Birmingham:

“He can hit a gnat in the ass on both sides of the plate.” (editor: my favorite quote of the day)

On ever returning to managing:

“No!  I like where I am at too much.  I like the people I’m working with.  I like where I am at.”


Great! game by Peavy tonight! 1-0 pitchers duel against Masterson and the Indians. Good things happen when you throw strikes. Nice catch by Lilly too. Maybe we can stretch our win streak to three again? I guess we’ll find out tomorrow… Go Gavin and go Sox’11…..j.k.

PEAVY!!!!!!! Awesome job last night, and is it me, or is Lillibridge becoming a master at web gems? Don’t stop now boys. Go Gavin and Go White Sox!

Great outing by Peavy. Sox sure needed it.
Brent Lillibridge has to play every day. No down side to this kid and he can play anywhere. Beckam on the other hand needs to go to Charlotte. He is absolutely clueless at the plate and (before striking out yet again) could not even get a bunt down to move a runner from 2nd to 3rd with 0 outs.
If jp continues to struggle, sit him, move CQ back to left and bring up Viciedo and play him in right. Great pitching (like last night) is terrific but this team needs to be shaken up and start hitting. If you’re going to keep Walk, let’s please do something to try and jump start this offense.


I agree that Lillibridge adds a nice dimension. I don’t think he is an everyday player, though, and if he becomes one his production will not be as noticeable. But he’s a great utility player.

Of course, I’d like to see Beckham get better at the plate but his defense is still solid. I would like to see Ozzie utilize Vizquel three to four times a week and rotate him between second and third, with — like he did last night — an occasional game at short to give Alexei a breather. That gets Omar’s bat and smarts in the lineup more often, still gives Morel some playing and learning time (he is our future at third) and still gives Beckham some AB’s to try to work his way out of this funk.

I agree with Viciedo coming up and playing in right and I think — from what I can read between the lines — that is going to happen. Quentin goes to left. If that happens, than it is imperative that Lillibridge plays some to give us at least one guy who can easily go from first to third and threaten to steal a base or two.

The bullpen is starting to take shape. Sergio’s streak will inevitably end soon but his demeanor can handle it.

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