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White Sox Week in Review

A look back at the week that was in White Sox baseball

The main storyline from the first week--aside from the good starting pitching--had to be the men penciled into the top of Ozzie Guillen's lineup.

The leadoff hitters combined to go 1-for-the-week at plate, and caused me to go on a bit of a rant when Brent Lillibridge got a start at the top. But the fans' reaction to Dewayne Wise's terrible for 8 at-bats -- which probably had more to do with their general unhappiness with the CF/leadoff situation than anything else -- garnered the biggest headlines. Ozzie was laying the groundwork for a possible lineup shuffle before a single pitch was thrown this season, and by game 3 Chris Getz had taken the spot. Wise has remained at the bottom of the lineup ever since, but Getz hasn't produced at the top.

I've commented a number of times that Getz has a similar profile to some other second baseman who had slow starts to their major league career, so this figures to be a favorite talk radio topic for most of the season.

Also involved in Ozzies early lineup shuffling was Josh Fields, who may have found a bit of a home in the #2 spot. Fields has carried over his hot spring training hitting to the early season, and looks like a completely different player than the guy we briefly saw last year. He's still gonna have trouble with fastballs and anything above his navel, but he seems to have a better all-around approach at the plate. He might become the next in line to leadoff if Ozzie starts to get creative.