- The White Sox opened the week with an incredibly eventful game. Gavin Floyd couldn't find the zone. Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye each hit homer number 300. And oh yeah, Dewayne Wise was lost for a significant amount of time.
- The Sox picked up Scott Podsednik.
- An off day provided me the opportunity to continue the Statistical Prospect Evaluation Primer.
- In the Detroit finale, the offense failed to show up for the 4th time in the first 8 games. I was predictably cranky.
- Ozzie Guillen might have thought about quitting... last year
- The Rays opener looked like the Sox best chance to pick up a win, but the offense tried to give away a game. Thankfully, the John Danks and the bullpen made their small lead stand up.
- Matt Thornton gave up an inopportune bomb in what was shaping up to be the Sox first back-to-back dome wins since '07.
- The Sox walked their way to victory over Scott Kazmir, finally.
- Gavin Floyd got back on track and the offense started clicking to give the Sox their first back-to-back dome wins since '07.
- Larry gave us the White Sox Minor League Week in Review
- Ozzie took offense to Nick Swisher's effusive praise of his manager and teammates, which ironically, given the previous 'maybe quitting' news, included the quote "I guarantee that I will manage a lot longer than he will play."
- The Sox spent Monday getting a tour of the White House and hugs from President Obama.
The loss of Dewayne Wise has shifted CF-leadoff connection to second base. Brent Lillibridge and Chris Getz have led off every game in his absence. I've expressed my reservations about Lillibridge getting at-bats over Getz in the comments, but now realize that Guillen's intent to bat the right-handed Lillibridge first against left-handers has more to do with his faith in Brian Anderson than Getz. Plus, it's only been two games, so I shouldn't really be drawing any conclusions anyway.
With the exception of Alexei Ramirez, the Sox offensive starting 9 has started to settle in at the plate. Though looking through the stats right now, I find a couple of things striking.
- AJ Pierzynski is the only White Sox hitter outside the 3-4-5-6 sluggers to hit a home run, and that came in game 12 of the season.
- The Sox 4-5 hitters, Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye, have combined for a total of 2 hits with runners in scoring position.
Collectively, the Sox are still struggling with RISP, slugging .323. But Carlos Quentin has been picking up the slack with 5 HR in the 6 games this week.