Summary 88-74 B
If the Red Sox season was a failure at 89 wins, the White Sox season has to be seen as a roaring success at a win fewer. Not expected to break even, the Sox surprised everyone by hanging in, and taking over first place at the all-star break by winning their final 8 games of the first half. They remained in first, leading by as much as 3½, until August 9th and finished second, 6 games back. An altogether successful season, and one of baseball’s biggest surprises.
Hitters 78.75-83.25 C
Anytime Juan Pierre leads your team in plate appearances, you know you don’t have a dynamic offense! Paul Konerko hit very well, with support from Carlos Quentin and a surprising Andruw Jones (perhaps the Yankees weren’t so foolish after all?) but Ramirez and Rios were ordinary and Pierre and Pierzynski actively bad, and it all evens out to an ordinary offense.
Starters 87.5-74.5 B
John Danks was very good, and Gavin Floyd turned in another solid season, leading the White Sox to have a decent rotation. Freddy Garcia turned in 28 starts of above-average performance (why is it that no one would give him a ML contract?) though Mark Buehrle was disappointing. Still, these four gave the White Sox a solid rotation, and they got reasonable production out of the fifth spot, shared by Peavy and Jackson.
Bullpen 39/404 C-
The reliever who pitched the most innings, Tony Pena, was effective in only half of his appearances, which is useless. In fact, Thornton and Putz between them had more value than the entire bullpen together, hence the rating. And Putz, of course, is gone. This is a case that shows the ratings have some consistency: the theory is that the starters value is the team value, if the hitters and bullpen are average. Well, in this case, the hitters and bullpen WERE average, and the starters “deserved” an 87.5-74.5 record. So what was the Sox record? 88-74. Wow, I bet it doesn’t always work THAT well!
|Mark Buehrle||33||210.1||4.28||13 – 13||15 – 18|
|John Danks||32||212.2||3.72||15 – 11||20 – 12|
|Gavin Floyd||30||187.1||4.08||10 – 13||18 – 12|
|Freddy Garcia||28||157.0||4.64||12 – 6||14.25 – 13.75|
|Jake Peavy||17||107.0||4.63||7 – 6||8.75 – 8.25|
|Edwin Jackson||11||74.2||3.24||4 – 2||8.5 – 2.5|
|Daniel Hudson||3||15.2||6.32||1 – 1||1 – 2|
|Lucas Harrell||3||14.1||6.28||1 – 0||1 – 2|
|Tony Pena||3||19.0||6.16||1 – 1||1 – 2|
|Carlos Torres||1||6.0||7.50||0 – 1||0 – 1|