Saturday, May 09, 2009

The White Sox Look Creaky

It could be just a rough patch in a long season, or it could just well be the end of a pretty decent run for the Chicago White Sox. They simply look old and creaky at this point. They were completely dominated by a young Matt Harrison and lamely went down to the Rangers, 6-0. The team has now lost six of its last ten.

Looking quickly at the roster, seven of their twelve pitchers were born in the 70s:

  • Mark Buehrle - 30
  • D. J. Carrasco - 32
  • Bartolo Colon - 36
  • Jose Contreras - 38 (supposedly)
  • Octavio Dotel - 36
  • Scott Linebrink - 32
  • Matt Thornton - 32

Both of their catchers are older:

  • Corky Miller - 33
  • A. J. Pierzynski - 32

Konerko is thirty-two. Two thirds of their outfield is older. Dye is 35 and Podsednik is 33. And then there is Jim Thome, who is now 39. The Fan should have included him on the "should retire" list as he is currently batting .205 with an OPS of .729. Last year, Thome struck out 29% of his official At Bats. His number this year is 38%. That's not a good trend.

It seems this team is going to need an infusion of some sort as they just seem out of gas as currently constructed.

1 comment:

Josh Borenstein said...

Yeah, I'd say they're just about at the point where they need a complete overhaul to rebuild. Luckily they have a decent farm system with Gordon Beckham, Jordan Danks (John's brother), Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo, and Aaron Poreda.