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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Bakers Dozen

Mercifully, there are only 13 games remaining on the Sox schedule. With the inevitable loss to the Twins tonight, the Sox have been officially eliminated from post-season play.

There's no real reason to dwell on the 149 games that got us to this point. This team was a flawed one before Frank and Maggs went down, their injuries only amplified the problems. It's sorta like a fast car with a little bit of rust on the outside, you could see that it needed a little work, but the base was there, but halfway down the track it blows a tranny, and only has one gear available; reverse. Frank and Maggs were the transmission and engine of the White Sox dragster.

Inside the numbers
With only 13 games remaining I thought I would take a look at what it would take for some Sox players to reach some career milestones or other benchmarks for the season.

  1. Joe Borchard -- Currently batting .150, Joe would have to go 13 for 35 to raise his average to .200 by the end of the season. That is figuring 35 AB's in the final 13 games, generous considering how well thought of he seems to be with Ozzie. He'd need to go 12-for-30, 11-for-25, or 10-for-20, if he received fewer AB's to prevent finishing below the mendoza line.
  2. Jose Valentin -- Currently batting .214, Jose needs to avoid an 0-for-31 slump in order to stay above the mendoza line.
  3. Paul Konerko -- He has had career bests in almost every cumulative offensive category. He needs 2 walks to tie Frank Thomas for the team lead. Frank had 311 plate appearances this season; Pauly has 587.
  4. Mark Buehrle -- Has already reached career highs in hits and HR allowed. Needs only 11 walks to tie a career high. His 4.12 ERA is just .02 below his career high in a full season.
  5. Aaron Rowand -- needs 4 SB's to have his first major league 20/20 season. He can have an 0-for-25 streak and still keep his average above .300
  6. Carlos Lee -- Currently having the best season of his career in almost every statistical category. If he can keep his average about .300, it will be for the first time since his second season. He has made no errors while playing a very solid left field. He should receive some Gold Glove consideration, but he won't.
  7. Jon Garland -- Reached career highs in many categories. None good. Hits, HR, R, ER, ERA, the list goes on.
  8. Juan Uribe and Joe Crede -- if they hit one and three HR's, respectively, The sox will have an infield that each hit 20 HR's.