Saturday, June 05, 2004

Timo Perez - Part of the Problem

You are either part of the solution or part of the problem. Magglio Ordonez is now confirmed out for at least 6-7 weeks, which is a problem. Timo Perez is pretty clearly not part of the solution with his .586 OPS. That's Valentin-versus-lefties type production, and it's not going to work.

So, while the White Sox currently have 5 outfielders, Timo just isn't productive enough to justify being part of the mix. I think that, no matter how much "flexibility" Jamie Burke provides, he's not the person to replace Ordonez on the roster. Jeremy Reed or Joe Borchard are the right people to fill the spot.

Is the Real Juan Uribe Standing Up?

Juan Uribe has been cold as cold can be lately - 4 for his last 29 (.135 or so)- bringing his average down to .316 from his lofty .360 perch not too long ago. A lifetime .258 hitter coming into 2004, it's hard to see how he's not regressing to his average.

But there are good things about Juan in his slump. During the 4 for 29 streak, he's walked 5 times, meaning he's still getting on base (although only at a .260 clip). This suggests to me that he has, in fact, improved his plate discipline. That's going to be valuable if he settles into a .270 batting average. A .270/.330/.440 line is pretty good from a SS/2B.

Random Thoughts

(1) What happened to Carlos Lee's power? 4 homers and none since...April 27. He's 0 for May and June so far. He's on a 12-HR pace this year. This is not what you expect from your LF. I like the .362 OBP, but the .414 SLG is very soft.

(2) The Rash (Willie Harris) broke out again today against Seattle - on base 4 times in 4 plate appearances. He's got an OBP of .383 (very nice) and is on a pace for 50 walks in 134 games. As much as I am skeptical of Willie, a .323 BA isn't too shabby.

(3) Scott Schoeneweis throws way too many pitches...and he was stupid enough to let Edgar Martinez and Bret Boone beat him. Those are the ONLY two guys in the Seattle order who have hit well against him, and he let him beat him. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I've never been a big Schoeneweis fan, so he still needs to prove something to me. One of the reasons the Sox need to get a 1-2 starter in a trade is so that Schoeneweis can be the 5th starter.

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