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Owens and Cabrera are Pods and Erstad repackaged

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Darin Erstad's 2001-2006 line .272/.324/.373
Scott Podsednik's 2003-2006 line .276/.342/.378
Orlando Cabrera's Career batting line .273/.321/.403
Jerry Owens' minor league line .295/.362/.368
Jerry Owens' AAA line .270/.341/.353
Jerry Owens' major league line .268/.324/.315
11 months ago, Scott Merkin wrote my favorite single line (lie?) about the 2007 season; "With Scott Podsednik and Darin Erstad physically ready for the start of the 2007 regular season, the White Sox have two fleet-footed, adept handlers of the bat sitting at the top of their potent offensive attack." I don't even think I need to point out how many ways that line came back to bite the Sox.

On that very same day, I was finally coming to the realization that the Sox weren't going to be a good team. It shouldn't have taken that long, but I liked the way Williams constructed the bullpen and thought (naively) that Erstad was brought on to be a 4th outfielder. I was blinded by hope and the belief that things would work themselves out in spring training.

After the debacle of last season, I vowed that I wouldn't sit around and wait to see how things worked out in spring to speak up. It's 2 AM Saturday morning, so I'll just let the headline and accompanying chart speak for me.

Ozzie is at it again.

"If you look at our lineup and (Owens) is the first hitter, our lineup is going to be a lot better," Guillen said. "That's our expectation. We'll give (him) the shot to play every day and hopefully he can grab it and keep it and we don't have to worry anymore about a $100 million player.

"We're going to give this kid a shot and hopefully he looks good."

Discuss among yourselves.

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