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Old 03-30-2018, 10:44 AM
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If there's one thing that White Sox fans are familiar with, it's guys who hit a lot of home runs and strike out a lot. Every Sox fan is an expert on this subject.
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Old 03-30-2018, 10:50 AM
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If there's one thing that White Sox fans are familiar with, it's guys who hit a lot of home runs and strike out a lot. Every Sox fan is an expert on this subject.
But usually they're lefties named Adam.

A righty named Matt is kind of outside my comfort zone.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:28 AM
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And here is the follow up article today by the same author who put Davidson as the worst DH in baseball.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:28 AM
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Righties named Josh, switch hitters named Jose...all sorts of high-HR/high-K guys in this teams history
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:30 AM
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And here is the follow up article today by the same author who put Davidson as the worst DH in baseball.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:32 AM
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It is not a WSI "thing." He was one of the worst regulars in baseball last year. THAT DOESN'T MEAN HE CAN'T BE BETTER THIS YEAR. It just means that the criticism of him is entirely valid and reaches far outside WSI.
I'm not saying he should be immune to criticism. He has holes in his game that need to be addressed and so far he's posted a -.7 WAR. But it went beyond criticism and some here just wanted him gone. To me, that's crazy considering he's played in only 152 MLB games and just turned 27. Plus, the Sox need/needed a DH.

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Old 03-30-2018, 11:40 AM
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I'm not saying he should be immune to criticism. He has holes in his game that need to be addressed and so far he's posted a -.7 WAR. But it went beyond criticism and some here just wanted him gone. To me, that's crazy considering he's played in only 152 MLB games and just turned 27. Plus, the Sox need/needed a DH.
I'll agree with that; there is no reason to have anyone gone from this team, especially anyone under 30.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:44 AM
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And here is the follow up article today by the same author who put Davidson as the worst DH in baseball.
To the author's credit, he seems to eat his crow with a matter-of-factness of how silly he looked so far making that prediction.
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Old 03-30-2018, 11:47 AM
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To the author's credit, he seems to eat his crow with a matter-of-factness of how silly he looked so far making that prediction.
True, but again, it's one game out of 162.

It's the equivalent of picking the Giants to win 70 games, and then having to respond to someone who says, "But they beat Kershaw 1-0 in game one!"
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Old 03-30-2018, 01:49 PM
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While you may not be impressed by Shields, he showed to all those young, inexperienced pitchers in the bullpen watching the game how a professional should go about their business. He showed them that if you get hit hard in the first inning, you put that aside and bounce back and keep your team in the game and eat innings. You don't sulk and make matters worse by chucking it in the second inning and moping and putting the rest of the bullpen in a bad situation the rest of the game. He did his job.

I'm not naive to believe that Shields at 36 is going to be anywhere near the pitcher he was at 26, but he figures to be a strong influence on a bunch of young pitchers who need to know how to go about their business and how to handle adversity.
Thanks for pointing this out. Shields is not my favorite pitcher as far as results go, and I've said as much. But you are right - this sort of intangible is exactly what the 2018 White Sox pitching staff needs.
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Old 03-30-2018, 03:00 PM
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It is not a WSI "thing." He was one of the worst regulars in baseball last year. THAT DOESN'T MEAN HE CAN'T BE BETTER THIS YEAR. It just means that the criticism of him is entirely valid and reaches far outside WSI.
I have no reason to think Davidson can't "figure it out" in his 2nd full season of MLB- BUT- he hit .185 after the All Star break last season and he hit .209 vs. RHP over the entire season.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:13 AM
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I said earlier in the week that the hitting in the last 2 weeks of ST had me excited, if we get decent pitching we might have a chance at a WC.
That's a big if.

We can't survive with this rotation and middle relief.

Need quite a bit IMO.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:15 AM
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Tim Anderson had 2 home runs AND A WALK.

Might as well give him the AL MVP and Silver Slugger now.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:25 AM
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Old 03-31-2018, 01:14 PM
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I consider myself an Anderson believer and a Davidson non-believer. But who really knows? You let them play the season and see what they do with the opportunity. Obviously, a great start for both.

My main takeaway: This Sox team probably isn't very good, but at the very least, the culture has changed. These guys got kicked right in the teeth that first inning, but instead of crumbling, getting three-hit and losing 7-1 like they would have during the Ventura Era, they punched back, and then kept punching. As fans, we're used to Sox teams that roll over and die. I don't think this group is going to do that. Thank God.

The idea that Juan Minaya might still be thought of as a closer is on my list of worries. He is extremely wild, and Stone seemed to chalk that terrible performance up to the old "closer in a non-save situation" excuse. I actually think Minaya just kinda sucks and should be pitching when the Sox are either trailing or comfortably ahead, as they were Thursday. Save the high-leverage spots for Jones and Soria, who could be traded for value midseason.
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