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 walk, he has plus speed, and his contact issues have subsided. De Aza has been everything anyone could have hoped for, and may or may not be unplayable against lefties.
2. Gordon Beckham – 5 for 27, 2 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K – Had a pretty good week considering he hit .185. He’s driving the ball to right field, staying balanced and strong in his follow-through. The results are going to come…provided he stays in this form, that is. If he slips out again, then the results will not be coming after all.
3. Adam Dunn – 5 for 20, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, 9 BB, 8 K – Every traditional Adam Dunn quality is on overdrive at the moment. He leads the AL in strikeouts, but is also 2nd in the league in walks and home runs. He lets the junk pass by, swings really hard, misses a lot, and crushes what he hits.
4. Paul Konerko – 6 for 22, 2 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K – He’s hit a well-earned slump. Konerko is popping up balls he was driving earlier in the year–and looking disgusted with himself in the process. He was made to look foolish by Felipe Paulino of all people (3 K), and didn’t collect a single extra-base hit on the week. Luckily, a slumping Konerko still gets on base a lot.
5. A.J. Pierzynski – 3 for 19, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K – Seemingly stuck in the middle ground between the enormous raw pull power he utilized in his early-season barrage, and the process for flicking singles to left field he’s made his living on. If he hadn’t sat two games this past week, his slump would be even more noticeable.
6. Alex Rios – 8 for 26 – 2 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K – So now he’s the opposite hitter from last year? Instead of trying to yank every pitch into the left field bleachers, Rios looks to drive everything up the middle or to the right-center gap, and his home run power has disappeared. It speaks to Alex’s general problems keeping a balanced approach, but at least this version of him is playable.
7. Alexei Ramirez – 5 for 24, 2B, R, 5 RBI, 4 K – An absolutely mystifying mess. Two multi-hit games this past week, and drew the collar in all the others. Hasn’t drawn a walk in May. Who is this guy? What happened to the player who took all the way?
8. Dayan Viciedo – 2 for 20, R, BB, 8 K – It’s not unheard of for 23 year-olds with barely over 300 career MLB plate appearances who look like windmills at the plate to be sent down.
9. Brent Morel – 2 for 14, BB, K – Spent half the week out with back pain. Hopefully it had been hurting him terribly, but is now completely better.
Brent Lillibridge – 1 for 8, 2 R, RBI, 4 K – It’d be really nice if he could be De Aza’s occasional platoon partner, but The Bridge has shown absolutely no carry-over from last season. His one hit on the week was an accidental swinging bunt.
Tyler Flowers – 2 for 7, 2B, 3 K – Hasn’t really contributed to any notion that he should get more playing time
Eduardo Escobar – 3 for 10, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 K – Since he’s completely overmatched at the level, he’s doing pretty well
Kosuke Fukudome – 0 for 6, 3 K – He’s not happy about his playing time, but if he had done anything at all, at-bats would be getting siphoned away from Viciedo by now
There’s a very distinct point in the list where there are no longer any nice things to say. Before then, it’s pretty grand.