Spring Postcard: Rotation depth can keep White Sox in playoff hunt
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The White Sox were an old team in 2009 ... and they let go
That's always been true, but this spring has been particularly entertaining. There was Guillen's dive into the world of Twitter (A representative Tweet: "Very nice day at work loved they are luck good."), which worried Kenny Williams. Then there was the Twitter reflections of Ozzie's son
It has to be that starting pitching staff, though there are questions throughout. Is Peavy healthy and set to be his old dominating self? Is Buehrle, after a restful offseason, ready to overcome his struggles in the second half last season (2-7, 4.78 ERA after throwing his perfect game)? Is Danks or Floyd ready to take a step forward and become elite pitchers? Is Freddy Garcia really back? If the White Sox game some positive answers on those questions, then they undoubtedly can compete in the division.
It has been an interesting career for Pierre, who is one of only 11 active players with 6,000 plate appearances and a lifetime .300 batting average. In many ways, Pierre is the perfect 1970s and 1980s leadoff hitter. He's remarkably durable -- he played in all 810 of his team's games from 2003 to 2007. He hits for average, steals a lot of bases, bunts a lot. He also, by all accounts, is a positive influence in the clubhouse. This has made him the favorite of a lot of baseball managers. It has also made him the focus of a lot of grumpy analysts who will point out that Pierre is overrated because he hardly ever walks, hits for no power and is probably not as good an outfielder as his great speed would suggest. Of course, Ozzie Guillen does not care about any of that and Pierre, after a year on the bench in Los Angeles, figures to once again be hitting leadoff every day.
I have been a Teahen booster for a long time, and except for a terrific second half in 2006 -- when he hit .319 with 18 homers in 83 games -- he has mostly disappointed. I tend to believe that most of it has had to do with his circumstances in Kansas City, where the Royals moved him from position to position and bounced him up and down the lineup. Teahen is now settled in Chicago -- he will be the White Sox everyday third baseman (his favorite position). And he will be playing in the best home run park in the American League. Scouts keep telling me that Teahen is what he is -- a .270 or so hitter with only moderate power and good base running instincts. I think he might be a bit more.
Last year, in the middle of an absolutely dreadful season, the Toronto Blue Jays basically left