If you haven’t been paying attention (and I know TFD has), the WHite Sox were swept by the Twins at home and have fallen 3 and half games behind them in the division standings. It should be mentioned that the Sox lost their 2 top offensive players for possibly the season. (Ordonez and Thomas) I can’t see how the team can withstand losing their 3rd and 4th place hitters and somehow still stay competitive.
I’m sure the Kenny Williams haters are licking their chops, but his Garcia move has been the biggest reason the team is only 3 games out instead of 5 or 6. I’m also guessing that if you take away the 16 million or so Thomas and Ordonez make in salary, the current overall salary of the team is lower than the Twins or the Tigers.
If you are a fan of Moneyball baseball, the team to hate the most is the Twins, as they play a style of baseball heavy on fielding and small-ball. I still think having Cuddeyer playing second and Morneau playing first would have created more wins, but then, the Twins, as usual, are playing above their Pythagenport Record.
If the White Sox are going to get back into the playoffs, they are going to have to do it counting on their pitching staff, which is probably the best one they have sported since the mid-90’s. They also need Crede and Uribe to hit better. A lot to ask and the future for the franchise looks kind of bleak, as the Twins and Indians have a lot of good young players, where the Sox are middle-aged with a gutted Minor League system. EEEEEK!