I've Moved!!!

Cheat's ChiSox Blog
A collection of my random thoughts and haiku about the Chicago White Sox.

Email: dachort@gmail.com

Haiku Archive

Sox Blogoshpere Headlines

ChiSox Links
White Sox Central
White Sox Interactive
Minor League Baseball
Charlotte Knights
Birmingham Barons
Winston-Salem Warthogs
Kannapolis Intimidators

Check out our great selection of White Sox memorabilia and find your favorite Wright jersey, everything is guaranteed authentic and certified.

Baseball Links
Baseball Prospectus
ESPN Stats
Baseball America
Retro Sheet
Doug's Stats
Win Shares


35th Street Mess
Black Betsy
Exile in Wrigleyville
Southside Adventures
ChiSox Daily

Aaron Gleeman's Blog (Twins)
BatGirl (Twins)
Twins Geek
Seth Speaks (Twins)
Twins Chatter
Cleveland Indians Report
Tribe Sports
Royals Baseball
Royals Court

Replacement Level Yankees
Bronx Banter (Yanks)
Golden Sombrero (0rioles)
Orioles Hangout
YaGottaBelieve (D-rays)
Bambino's Curse (Red Sox)
Firebrand of the AL (Red Sox)
Sox Nation
Blue Jay Way

Pearly Gates (Angels)
Baysball (A's)
Athletics Nation
Elephants in Oakland
Texas Rangers Blog
U.S.S. Mariner
Leone for Third (M's)
Mariner Musings

Astros in Exile
Al's Ramblings (Brewers)
The Cubs Reporter
View from the Bleachers (Cubs)
Redbird Nation (Cards) Cincinnati Reds Blog
Reds Daily
Value Over Replacement (Bucs)

The Raindrops (Mets)
Braves Buzz
Braves Journal
No Pepper (Braves)
Phillies Blog
Citizen's Blog (Phillies)

Only Baseball Matters (Giants)
Ducksnorts (Padres)
Dodger Thoughts
Random Fandom (D'backs)
Up in the Rockies

Baseball Think Factory
Hardball Times
Baseball Musings
Baseball Crank
Transaction Guy
Will Carroll Presents
Wait 'til Next Year
Mikes Baseball Rants
Serious Baseball
Independent Thinking

Chicago Sports Review Blog
Mark Cuban's Blog
College Basketball Blog
Big Ten Basketball Blog
Want to add your link?
Email: dachort@gmail.com


Recent Posts
Extreme Makeover: Southside Edition
Buehrle OUT???
Bracket Busted!
Bracket Busted?
Quick Hitters
March Madness
Sometimes you get what you ask for
Bracket'd -- Midwest
Frank Testifies

Misc. Links
Marlin Baseball
The Brushback
Chicago Bears Official Site
Bicycling Forums
Graham Watson
Homestar Runner

* * * * * * * * *

Syndicate this Site

Technorati search
Monday, March 28, 2005
We don't need no steenkin' preview

Yeah that's right, I'm not writing one of those ubiquitous season preview columns. There will be future installments of Extreme Makeover, however. For the most part, these season preview things are a dime a dozen -- Neyer had a decent one a few weeks ago, but that was an Insider article, so I didn't link it. -- Studes, of the Hardball Times actually has one that's worth reading.

THT: Five Questions: Chicago White Sox

Head on over and read the whole thing, then come back here, and I'll chime in with a couple of thoughts. No, I'm serious... go read it, now. There'll be a quiz later.

* * * * *

Two things really stuck out for me in that recap:
  1. When discussing the Sox OBP and subsequent RISP avg., where the Sox were either really good or really bad, depending on your perspective, Studes brings up this:
    In fact, if you look at the number of times Sox batters actually reached base (OBP without the home runs), the Sox were virtually last in the league with a .305 figure. Tamp Bay was last at .303.
    I had never thought of subtracting HR from the equation before. I don't know why, and I feel stupid for not thinking of it first, but this actually helps illustrate why the Sox offense shouldn't face the drop-off that lesser columnists are predicting. I don't think they'll hit the 242 HR that they reached last year, but I'd eat my hat if they don't break 200 this season, and they should make up for the modest loss of HRs by getting more guys into scoring position the conventional way(hitting & walking) and the hard way(stealing & the dreaded productive out).
  2. In question number four, when talking about the bullpen studes introduces this:
    P            All     Sox
    0-0.1 4.22 4.43
    0.1-0.2 3.98 5.05
    0.2-0.3 3.75 4.70
    0.3-0.4 3.57 7.70
    ...Most teams bring in their best pitchers when the game is on the line, which is why their FIP decreases as their P increases (does that sound funny, or is it just me?). The Sox, on the other hand, had a 7.70 FIP when the game was in its more critical junctures. That's just not good, and needs to improve in 2005.
    Studes doesn't fully explain what the numbers on the left represent, but I'm reasonably sure that they represent the difficulty of the situation the reliever inherited. The most difficult situation would be bases loaded, nobody out; and last year we all know what that meant... Thriller. Studes attributes the high FIP for the Sox in the most critical situations to Marte's down year, and he's probably partially right, but I know of at least 2 occasions where first pitch "fastballs" got a one way flight to the outfield seats for a grand slam last season care of Thriller. I can think of another that went for a bases clearing double. Plus we had a half season of Billy Koch. The bullpen will be even more improved than Studes numbers indicate simply with the departure of these two.