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It’s Jerry Owens time!!

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TORONTO – No one is saying that outfielder Jerry Owens can play savior, but he does bring a certain energy and swagger to the top of the lineup. Two things that have left the White Sox the last few weeks.

Right now, they look like a basketball team with five spot-up shooters, and not one that can create his own shot. Owens is a make-things-happen type of player.
I’m not saying he should be starting every day, but why not bring him up and when someone needs a rest, throw the speedster in the leadoff spot? With Paul Konerko on the shelf the last few days, that would have been a great opportunity to let Owens loose.
This thing is slipping away the first week of May already, and wasted in it are stellar pitching performances for a team that should have 20 wins.
With Mark Buehrle throwing a complete game in Friday’s 2-0 loss, Sox pitching has now allowed three runs or less in 14 of its 28 games, and Buehrle’s effort was the 18th quality start by the staff this season.
What do they have to show for it?
A slipping grasp on first place in a division that has run them down.

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Again sox are shut down by a average at best pitcher again. It's amazing Walker still has a job. The resigning of Uribe was a huge mistake as I & others predicted it would be. Heck, I felt at 61 I could go out & shut down sox after watching Blue Jay game.Doubt if Owens will be much of a impact.You have to get on base to be a impact.He failed in 07 & doubt would improve with a hitting coach who can't coach.Sox must pull the plug on Walker,Uribe & others who continue to not do job.You can't continue to waste good pitching as Sox have done for most of last two seasons.As I stated before in another blog the hitting woes are not all Walker's fault but it's certainly shows his coaching isn't helping.

Owens & Anderson can handle CF with Owens leading off! Put Ozuna at 2B every day!!!!!!!!

Cut the moron Uribe & send the Cuban Superman to AAA wheere he belongs!

Or trade for Uribe for the vile spitting Soriano> The cubbies would be ahead!! The White Sox could use another DH, Sorry Spitting Sorian can't run or catch!!!!!!!

I totally agree Joe C. Your analogy of five spot-up shooters, but noone can create is perfect! Owens has that at least to some extent. A low scoring game, one-run games, etc. are made for guys who can manufacture runs. It's also their ability to get on base and be a "pain" for the pitcher who now has to pitch out of the stretch. He's got Owens on his mind as well. The pitcher may also be forced to throw a fastball to cut down Owens trying to steal. We're an excellent fast-ball hitting team. This can make other guys better.

True, the latter comment didn't happen last year, but we have to believe that two consecutive years of this type of dismal hitting display can't happen. If it does, then we are truly as "old" as advertised and time for a rebuild of sorts. Nevertheless, I can't buy it. Hitters don't normally get "old" until they're into their forties anymore. Something else is going on I believe. It very well could be Greg Walker!

Sure this guy can run but he throws like a little girl. I would rather give 350 at bats to this guy compared to Uribe or Anderson.

The problem is Greg Walker and I don't want tired old Harold Baines as a replacement. I love Harold but that guy is old and sleepy.

How about good old Sarge Matthews as the next hitting coach. If Sarge doesn't work then how about Rock Raines.

Its not that it is all Walker's fault but firing him could do a few things.
1. accountability, holding the hitting coach accountable, shows these guys that if you don't get the job done, things happen, people will lose their jobs, and you could be next...
2. Shake things up. Unlike last year when the coaching staff was content to "let them come out of it," a firing sends the message that this failure will not be tolerated.
True, the pitching is simply to good, great actually to waste. I believe there are a few lineup changes that could help.
1. Drop Thome in the order. At his age he is simply not a number three hitter anymore. In fact when he was at his prime in Cleveland Thome never batted third, he did his damage later in the order. I understand that OBP is big in the three hole, but as I understand it, you want your best all around hitter in the three hole. I think, though he has slumped since the injury, you put JD in the three hole (where he was in the 2005 playoff run). The problem with Thome in the three hole is that he is such an all or nothing hitter that he kills an inning. JD can hit for power, or just try to drive a single up the middle. You can hit and run with him. With Thome you can't even start the runner on a 3-2 pitch because he strikes out so much. When he is up the runners simply stand there and wait for him to homer, walk, pop up, or strike out, and he is hitting like .100 in the latter innings of the game.
2. Drop Orlando Cabrera in the order. Probably the most disappionting member of the team so far (and somehow has escaped criticism) Cabrera can't hit his way out of a wet paper bag, he has like 2 extra base hits, like 4 rbis,.. pathetic at the plate so far... bring Quinten up to the two hole (you have to be careful not to mess him up because he is hitting to well but we need pop at the top of the order.
3. send the cuban missile to AAA so he can develop into a real player, bring up Owens so at least he can pitch run and play 1-2 times a week.
this order..
Swisher
Quinten
Dye
Paulie
Thome
Crede
AJ
Uribe
Cabrera (who acts as a type of second leadoff man)
a shake up can't hurt, it can't get any worse than this....

It isn't the rookies who aren't hitting, it's the veterans - can you blame Walker for that? Aren't these guys supposed to know how to hit at the major league level by this point in their careers? The lesson here is that the White Sox violated two of the rules of baseball staffing:
1) Never trade for a DH
2) Never overpay for a DH

This same attitude about Walker is leading this team down the tubes. Something has got to give. Also the Paulie and Thome combination needs to change. You have 2 of slowest guys in Baseball.

Ozzie better do something with Walker soon. Also I am not counting on this pitching staff to continue performing. This team needs to start dumping salary if it can during the Trade deadline. My wish list is a new 2nd Basemen and not Richar, new RF , another starter or reliever. Boone Logan or whoever else they have coming in the 7th are not cutting it.Linebreck has surprised me and he has done a nice job coming in the 8th inning.

Also like I said trade Dye and maybe move Swisher to RF or keep him in Center. We still need another OF no matter how you cut it.

As for another starter, it does not hurt to have a stockpile of quality arms. Keep putting the pressure on Danks and Floyd to keep performing.

2nd base is a joke. Please don't say let's give Richar a chance. The Sox are not very excited about this guy anymore because of the fact he came in camp out of shape. Would you be excited about a guy who you basicaaly handed a job to and he comes in with an I don't care attitude. Ozzie also better get his head out of his you know what about Uribe.

It's time to do the right thing Ozzie [1] Get Thome out of the three spot he is a DP machine should be farther down and rested every 4 days. [2] Get Swisher out of the lead off spot you are destroying a good hitter by making him keep his bat on his shoulder looking to help a unbalanced line up. [3] Get Uribe off the field and admit you made a mistake and move on, let Ozuna get a chance no since trying to save him for a utility role you have enough outfielders. [4] use Owens and Anderson in a platoon system until someone steps forward and takes the job.[5] Toby Hall is a waste of space holding a roster spot for handling pitchers is a luxury for teams that are hitting not this one,[6] change the batting order [1]Owens/Anderson, [2] Cabrera, [3]Swisher, [4] depending on the pitcher Konerko/Thome ( Thome should by replaced by Quentin when certain lefties pitch) [6]Dye, [7]Pierzynski, [8]Crede, [9] Ozuna (only when Anderson is in game lead off with Owens on the bench)this would jumpstart a sluggish offense.

OF Owens is batting .268 in Charlotte.
3B Fields is batting .240.

Meanwhile, 2B Chris Getz is batting .292 with a .351 OBP and a higher OPS than Owens or Fields.

So, who do we want to bring up again??

P.S. How many stolen bases is Getz gonna get? Can Getz play center field? when was Getz on a major league roster and produced anything? or is he a minor league player? has he ever batted lead-off? tell me where does he fit in? Bringing in Getz does not change anything Owens has proved he can play here and until he got injured and the Sox started kind of hot Ozzie didn't want to mess with it but Owens was originally penciled in at lead off and in center field or weren't you paying attention.It would be nice to see the original projected leadoff man in place Cabrera would be better and Swisher could be moved to a more comfortable spot in the line up

Owens is not a major league player. HE TOTALLY STINKS!!! FIRE HIM!!!!

As usual anonymous you don't know what you are talking about you don't fire players you release them. Right now Konerko blows,Thome looks slow, Swisher looks confused, Cabrera is hitting into bad luck and Crede and Pierzynski have cooled off as well as Dye. Bringing up a player or two could send a message. Ramirez needs to play everyday in AAA to learn and get AB's. Now the window is closing to have gotten rid of Konerko and his contract and his slow starts, slow a foot DP machine and it's time to phase out Thome, Thome was a great player but the word is was and phasing him out respectfully is good for him and the team. Konerko will not come close to 100 RBI's again he also looks bad at the plate. I hope the 05 season has not blinded Ozzie and Williams about Konerko he looks done. Quentin was a pleasant surprise and Swisher looks pretty decent at first, time for Anderson and some of the other young players need to play the future is now. Also time to say goodbye to Walker he has lost the players. It's time to back up the truck early get the young ones in and start on the future, the Indians did it and don't laugh but the Royals are coming on too so they are best served to get started before they get too old too fast and it looks like it's starting even Dye who usually spends 3-4 years in one place and it's time to move on is looking really bad at the plate. There is a surplus of young outfielders and they can get to the plate and look bad for less with more of a future.

SURE NIT-WITS ALL TEAMS LOSING LOOK DEAD AND THEN RESCURECT AND ARE LIVELY..HAPPENS TO ALL PLAYERS AND TEAMS IN A MARATHON (162 GM SEASON. URIBE TREMENDOUS "D' GETS BIG HITS.. DYE MVP W/S 2005 CAME ON STRONG LAST 1/2 OF LAST SEASON..THE PLAYERS ARE HERE. MY ONLY CRITICISM IS OF THE SLOW TRODDERS KONERKO AND THOME BATTING BACK TO BACK...DYE SHOULD BE 4TH AND KONERKO 6TH FOR AWHILE WITH AJ 5TH. OWENS TO LEAD OFF PLAY CF AND SWISH AT 1ST BASE WITH KONERKO DH VS LEFTIES.CASEY STENGAL PLATOONED HIS PLAYERS TO LEAD THE YANKEES TO MANY W/S CHAMPIONSHIPS...ALL 25 PLAYERS SHOULD BE USED MORE. IF MLB AND PLAYERS UNION COULD AGREE A 26TH PLAYER WOULD BE GOOD FOR TEAMS WITH NUMBER OF PITCHERS BEING CARRIED TODAY.

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