Got a package out of the blue from New Era. No idea why. I mean I thought the Cubs game in a luxury box and two bags of product would be the end of our relationship, but I think they just love me. Like maybe even more than I love them. Anyways, I’ve got a shit load of great hats and t-shirts to give away. I feel like I should do some sort of contest. First contest…come up with an awesome contest. Winner gets a New Era hat and a t-shirt.
PS: Miami delenda est
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So I tuned into the Cubs-Sox game today for a little bit. First time I have watched White Sox baseball all season because…I mean…why would I watch the White Sox? Just so happened to be in the top of the 4th inning right before Adam Dunn hit his home run. I nearly fell out of my chair when they showed his numbers for the year. 14 HRs, .390 OBP, slugging .596, and on pace for 120+ RBI…umm WTF? I mean yeah he is still striking out a ton and only hitting .247, but who cares?!? Those are unreal numbers for Adam Dunn. That’s the player they expected to get when they signed him. The weather hasn’t even turned yet and the ball is still flying off of Dunn’s bat. US Cellular is a power hitter’s dream when it’s hot outside. Part of me thinks that he just can’t possibly keep hitting at this pace, but if he does and the White Sox win the division MVP talks shouldn’t be out of the question. I really enjoyed making fun of Dunn last year and I just assumed that contract would go down as one of the worst in White Sox history. I am completely floored by the year he is having. Never saw it coming.
Then just when I thought I couldn’t be more shocked…Jake Peavy came out for the bottom of the 4th inning. I vaguely remember someone telling me that Jake Peavy was the AL Pitcher of the Month for April. That sounded ridiculous and I just assumed they meant comeback pitcher of the month or something. More ridiculous than me assuming he was winning comeback pitcher of the month which doesn’t even exist. I honest to God thought Jake Peavy was pitching out of the bullpen this year as like a setup guy. His numbers are even more baffling than Dunn’s in a way. I thought Jake Peavy was on the Kerry Wood plan. A once great pitcher trying to battle injuries and age who was clearly on his way out of baseball. The graphic showing his 2.39 ERA was literally jaw dropping.
I realize that admitting I completely ignored the White Sox is probably not a good thing since I am building a blogging empire based on Chicago Sports, but whatever. Starting now I will officially sort of keep an eye on what they are doing…ish. Once the new site launches(which is coming soon, hopefully tomorrow) I will have a regular White Sox writer to make sure this Chicago Sports site appears to care about the White Sox. I don’t hate the White Sox. I am glad they are doing well and have a shot to win the division, but they are just…whatever.
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American League East
1. New York Yankees 95-67 Vegas Win Total line: 93.5
2. Tampa Bay Rays 89-73 Vegas Win Total line: 86.5
3. Boston Red Sox 88-74 Vegas Win Total line: 90.5
4. Toronto Blue Jays: 77-85 Vegas Win Total line: 80.5
5. Baltimore Orioles: 66-96 Vegas Win Total line: 69.5
American League Central
1. Detroit Tigers 94-68 Vegas: 92.5
2. Kansas City Royals 81-81 Vegas: 80.5
3. Cleveland Indians 80-82 Vegas: 78.5
4. Minnesota Twins 75-87 Vegas: 73.5
5. Chicago White Sox 73-89 Vegas: 74.5
American League West
1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 97-65 Vegas: 92.5
2. Texas Rangers 94-68 Vegas: 91.5
3. Oakland Athletics 70-92 Vegas: 71.5
4. Seattle Mariners 69-93 Vegas: 72
Don’t forget, 60% of the time I am right every time.
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20. Chicago Cubs–An unfairly maligned system, in my opinion — not a great system, but not a disastrous one. And I say that as someone who’s relatively bearish on some of the Cubs’ more famous prospects.
Not a particularly great showing by the Cubs, but Epstein has already taken strides to improve the Cubs’ system. It should be noted that the biggest move made by the Cubs this winter was acquiring First base prospect Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has long been admired by Theo. Rizzo was once property of the Red Sox, but was dealt to San Diego as a part of a package to acquire all-star 1B Adrian Gonzalez. Rizzo’s presence in the Cubs’ system is probably the biggest reason why the Cubs chose not to pursue free agent Prince Fielder. Epstein has stated that he wants to build a sustainable winner from the ground up, and he will no doubt continue that process going forward.
30. Chicago White Sox–And they’re not particularly close to No. 29, either. When you don’t spend money in the draft, you’re not going to fare well in anyone’s organizational rankings. The new collective bargaining agreement, which clamps down on teams’ ability to acquire premium talent in the draft through higher bonuses, was the result of a long-standing effort by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who wanted to force other teams to play by his rules.
Pretty harsh words from Keith Law on the state of the White Sox organization. The White Sox are locked into some bad long-term contracts and according to ESPN there isn’t much help on the way either. It appears as though dark days are ahead for the White Sox. To me it seems as though Keith Law is taking a shot at Jerry Reinsdorf about the changes he wanted in the draft process. I actually like the rule change that Jerry Reinsdorf “forced”. So many times in the past you would hear about a top 5 talent slipping to Yankees at like pick 28 because they were the only team willing/able to pay the kid. I am always in favor of a rookie wage scale and would like small market teams to have a chance to compete by at the very least developing their top draft picks. Keep being a hard-ass Jerry.
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Peavy was highly recruited throughout the country several years ago…he came to Chicago…and its safe to say that his career has been a disappointment.