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Manny Ramirez – Help or Hurt the White Sox?

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by nathanelwell

What’s certain is that 38 year-old slugger Manny Ramirez is heading to the Chicago White Sox.  What’s uncertain is how effective Manny will be.  Will it be “Manny being Manny” or will he help them reach the playoffs?  Jayson Stark had a compelling article on Manny, which would place Ramirez in the “Manny being Manny” camp.  And he has some valid points.   Not to mention all of Manny’s past woes: With the Red Sox, Manny’s knees were sore, but we never knew which one.  The water-bottle-in-the-back-pocket-syndrome.  The dropped-catch-and-then-sitting-on-the-ball-disorder.  With the Dodgers, his calf and hamstring seemed to be the problem.  The positive PEDs.  The one-pitch ejections.  The impending divorce of the McCourts, the owners of the Dodgers (there is an entire web-site dedicated to their demise).

But in baseball, what ultimately matters?  In 2008 (pre-PED suspension) Manny ONLY hit .396 with 17 HR, .743 slugging percentage, and .489 on-base percentage.  This was over the next two months after he was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers.  Can Manny duplicate these numbers with the White Sox?  He hasn’t exactly provided his “A game” over the last year and a half.  He has only played in about half of the last 260 games.  .269 batting avg.  Slugging and on-base percentages took a royal dive.  So what can make things work for Manny on the South Side?

If you ask me, Chicago is the perfect match for Manny, specifically with the antics of Ozzie Guillen.  In his usual banter-in-broken-English, Ozzie had some entertaining things to say about Manny becoming a South-sider: “I think its funny how people tell people ‘Manny being Manny’.  Hey, Manny be real…To me he’s a great guy.  He don’t have any problem with anybody…It’s two rules I have: You gotta be straight with the team and be there for the national anthem…If the guys can go there butt naked, they don’t have to wear a uniform.  They win game for me?  I’m only happy for them.”  Fair enough, Ozzie.  Essentially we’re looking at a one-month hire.  During Manny’s career, his September hitting has produced a .313 avg, 93 HR, .412 OBP, and a .604 SLG.  Why wouldn’t GM Ken Williams go after this guy?  So what if he left the Dodgers high and dry.  If I were Manny, I wouldn’t want to play for a team who has been caught in the middle of the royal McDivorce.

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Pitcher Perfect!

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by nathanelwell

070418_whiteSox_vmed_8p_widecMark Buehrle notched the 18th perfect game in MLB history today, in front of a frenzied crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.  Probably the most amazing part of the game did not come from the last out, but from the first out in the 9th inning.  Gabe Kapler came to the plate and hit a deep fly ball to left center field.  To the naked eye, it appeared to be a home run, before Center Fielder Dwayne Wise leaped up over the wall and made an unbelievable snow-cone catch, the ball popping out of the glove, and then catching with his bare hand.  There is not much to say about this feat.  Congratulations Mark Buerhle, I am excited for you, even if I am a North-sider!

Major League Excitement

Posted in MLB with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by nathanelwell

Like 4 pre-schoolers fighting for only 2 sets of hotwheels, the Mets and Brewers/Twins and White Sox sure are making life interesting for baseball fans.  With only 1 game to go, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the Wild-Card in the NL, and the Twins are 1/2 game ahead of the White Sox for the AL Central Division.  This will make for a photo finish for the MLB playoffs race.  As most baseball fans remember, the New York Mets held a 7 game lead over the Phillies in 2007, only to lose the last 12 of 17 games and also lose a playoff spot.  It appears it may be happening again.  I couldn’t help but laugh at the article I read in The Onion newspaper entitled “Mets to Play Brewers in One Game Choke-Off”.  If the Mets and Brewers should both lose or both win on Sunday, they’ll head to a one game playoff against each other for the Wild-Card spot.  Part of me wonders if the Mets are betting against themselves to lose the season?  This is the second year in a row, COME ON PEOPLE!!

The White Sox go into Sunday 1/2 game behind the Twins, as they face the Indians.  The Twins will face the Royals.  Should the Twins win, they will win the AL Central Division.  Should the Twins lose and the White Sox win, they will be forced to watch a one-game playoff between the Tigers and White Sox at US Cellular field.  Are you confused yet?  The Tigers are forced into playing the White Sox because if it is necessary, they would need to play a previous rain-out.  If the Mets and Brewers are tied after Sunday, there will be a one game playoff at Shea Stadium on Monday.

The late season developments could prove to be a problem for both the Mets and the Brewers.  The Brewers are pitching their ace, C.C. Sabathia tomorrow vs. the Cubs.  Should they win the game, and should the Mets win theirs, they would not be able to pitch Sabathia or Sheets, who would have a combined 1 days rest.  The Mets would not be able to pitch Johan Santana, as he would only have 1 days rest as well.  And should either team decide to pitch their ace on 1 days rest, it would not allow for either team to start on the right foot should they make the playoffs.  I am sure I have cured someone’s insomnia with this confusion.

I will make a prediction for who will end up on both sides, and I’m using a very complex mathematical system in order to make my prediction: I am going to flip a coin.  And here is what I came up with!

1) The Mets will win the NL Wild-Card spot

2) The White Sox will win the AL Central Division

How is that for accuracy?