First off, I put up a few photos of the Opening Day trip. I’ll have a few more after I get done editing the photos.
HIT THE **** BALL!!!
And it’s not even that the White Sox are having that much trouble hitting…it’s the stringing together of three or four hits in an inning that is giving them trouble. The Tribune posted a staggering bit of information that I will repeat for your viewing pleasure (or horror, depending on your perspective of things):
Tadahito Iguchi: No multi-hit games this year
Joe Crede: No extra-base hits this year
A.J. Pierzynski: 5-for-34, one multi-hit game this year
Jim Thome: 13 Ks this year
Jermaine Dye: 10 Ks this year
I added Thome’s and Dye’s numbers for good measure. The team as a whole has struck out 76 times while collecting 78 hits. This is a staggering ratio. Their overall on-base/strikeout ratio is 1.75 (including walks and hit batsmen).
That being said, the pitchers have a season ERA of 3.54. The ERA has decreased every day except for one since opening day.
Quod erat demonstratum. Which is Latin for, "HIT THE **** BALL!!!"
A few seconds later, the ball was heading for the Bullpen Sports Bar in right field.
Great view of the park. Sadly, this was the best part of the afternoon.
What a difference a few days makes.
Life in the real world has been calling for the past few days, so I haven’t had time to share an update with everyone, but suffice it to say that life is good. I have been quite encouraged by the White Sox starting pitching the past few days, even in the two losses suffered to Minnesota (v. Santana) and Oakland (the 9th-inning collapse). Every one of the starters had a quality start, and they seem to be throwing the ball very, very well.
I am also quite impressed with the fact that the White Sox did not give up a home run at all during the A’s series. While pitchers will make mistakes from time to time, the fact that they haven’t conceded a home run in three games is telling – it means that the Sox pitchers’ mistakes are not so glaring that they travel 400+ feet in the opposite direction, or that the mistakes they make are spaced out among other very good pitches, so the opposing batters do not have the opportunity to recognize the "mistake" pitches in the same way they would as if the White Sox pitching were already throwing only mediocre games.
The offense does need to get it going, however. I’ll give them a pass, though, because of the amount of truly quality pitching they’ve seen over the first 8 games – starters including Sabathia, Westbrook, Santana, and Harden. That they’ve gone 4-4 is not a bad deal, although now that they’ve started to settle into the season, it’s time to start stringing together wins more frequently. Timely hitting has evoked itself over the first few games – Dye’s home run yesterday could not have come at a more opportune moment. And after that, the patience shown by hitters at the plate in the 9th inning allowed them ample opportunity to take the lead, which they did – with walks, singles, and a sac fly. Konerko’s double was just the icing on the cake. I like this – last year, it seemed that the home run was the primary vehicle for their run-scoring offense. So far this year, the home run is more of a useful supplement, which (in my humble opinion) is how it should be.
I hate this cold weather. I can’t wait for the warmth to finally descend upon Chicago. Until later…