Posts tagged "kosuke fukudome"

Don't test the bench

Don't test the bench
It’s difficult to quantify an effective bench, especially offensively.  Chances are that in this offense environment, a team with a cadre of effective hitters not getting regular at-bats is simply poorly managed. Moreover, while the plate appearances that the White Sox have given to Brent Morel, Orlando Hudson, Brent Lillibridge, Eduardo Escobar, Kosuke Fukudome, Jordan... Read more »

Fukudome's departure is a good sign

Fukudome's departure is a good sign
Kosuke Fukudome was paid $47 million over the last four years, so there’s a lot less mourning required at his loss of employment than the average fourth outfielder.  He probably doesn’t need to consider a new line of work after being DFA’d.  In fact, he can go without considering the concept of ‘work’ for quite a... Read more »

Friday roster turnover - Humber to DL, Bruney up, Fukudome DFA'd

Friday roster turnover - Humber to DL, Bruney up, Fukudome DFA'd
One of the keys to the success of the 2012 White Sox was avoiding a thorough exploration of their lack of depth. On that note, this Friday is not a particularly good day. White Sox place Philip Humber on the D-L. Designate Kosuke Fukudome for assignment. Bringing up Brian Bruney. — Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) June... Read more »
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1st place roster shuffling

1st place roster shuffling
Thursday saw a wave of news about the White Sox roster–mostly on the outer margins.  The minutiae of shifting around reserve outfielders and spot starters can lend a strong feeling of pointlessness at times, but this is a 1st place team after all, so tales of roster shifting and shuffling become more exciting if you can... Read more »

Injury recoveries bring about crucial roster decisions

Injury recoveries bring about crucial roster decisions
Due to forces mostly beyond their control, the White Sox will have to ponder messing with a good thing in the coming days. John Danks and Brent Morel weren’t exactly elite contributors when they both got hurt, but they were starters and they’re on the recovery trail. Danks Danks is a simple case.  If he’s... Read more »

Lineup at a glance

Lineup at a glance
After a banner week, taking a cross-section of the White Sox hitters after the last seven games should be a blast. 1.  Alejandro De Aza – 8 for 27, 4 BB, 9 K, 5 R, RBI – Not much pop, and an interesting influx of strikeouts, but the rate he’s getting on base at makes... Read more »
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Lineup at a glance

Lineup at a glance
Continuing with the notion of taking a week snapshot at the White Sox performance, and knowing that people love lists, let’s run through the lineup with quick takes on how they’re doing. 1. Alejandro De Aza – 10 for 26, 2 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K – He can take a... Read more »

Robin Ventura wants to use his bench; if only he had one

Robin Ventura wants to use his bench; if only he had one
It’s generally misguided to critique the performance of bench players.  If they were capable of solid performance, they would have regular jobs.  Still, this, doesn’t look like much to work with. *wRC+ is a measure of the hitter’s ability to produce runs compared to league average.  A score of 100 would indicate that a player... Read more »

Death by bunt

Death by bunt
Wednesday afternoon in a 14-inning loss to the A’s, Robin Ventura called for six different sacrifice bunts.  Perhaps one of them went well.  Care to relive it? Bunt #1 – Top of the 6th, runner on 2nd, 0 out, Alexei Ramirez up. Ventura has a lighting fast runner on 2nd in De Aza, and the... Read more »
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Checking in with the outfield

Checking in with the outfield
The number of really, truly proven outfielders the White Sox entered the season with totaled around, oh, let’s say zero.  Alex Rios was terrible in 2011, Dayan Viciedo was dreadful in a September call-up, and Alejandro De Aza was a quarter-season wonder getting an enormous promotion.  It would behoove us to check in on how... Read more »