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 Post subject: White Sox in 2008
PostPosted: 13 Apr 2008, 22:58 
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 Post subject: Re: White Sox in 2008
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After capturing the World Series title in 2005, the White Sox posted another 90-plus win season before imploding last year and finishing 72-90. The interesting thing about the two post-championship seasons is the team was, essentially, the same team that won it all.

A mixture of things created the night and day difference, but most notably, a terrible offense that finished last in the league in about every major statistical category in 2007. But general manager Kenny Williams made some moves in the off-season to ensure '08 wouldn't be a repeat of '07, and the current team is leading the MLB in runs scored.

Rectifying last year really starts at the top of the lineup with leadoff hitter Nick Swisher. The energetic former Oakland Athletic has provided ridiculous .435 on-base percentage to spark the offense. Batting at No. 2, Orlando Cabrera brings a good batting average to replace the often-anemic Juan Uribe, who took his stout throwing arm to second base.

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is second in the league in batting average, and Joe Crede, one of the biggest enigmas entering the season, has already hit two grand slams and provided late-inning heroics. The three-four-five punch of Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, and Jermaine Dye gives the Sox one of the most legitimate power combos in the majors.

So, as the White Sox sit at first place in the AL Central, it's important to remember this team has the fifth-highest payroll the major leagues - the talent is definitely there for another playoff push.


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