Chicago White Sox Filling Holes For 2014
The Chicago White Sox announced a big signing today, ok maybe not as big as Jacoby Ellsbury with the Yankees but they did bring back team captain and fan favorite Paul Konerko. Although his last season was disappointing as he hit .244 with 12 home runs, he can still hit the lefties. As bad as Adam Dunn is, he is horrendous against lefties. Adam Dunn hit .197 against lefties last year which as anybody knows is real bad.
It would appear that Konerko is an insurance policy if Dunn gets hurt but he is solid against lefties batting .313 with 5 homers in 99 at bats. However Pauly hit a low .226 against righties, suggesting that he is limited to batting against southpaw pitchers.
If you take Paulie’s lefty at bats and Dunn’s righty at bats from last year you get an ok line of .243 avg, 33 homers and 81 rbi’s. That isn’t scaring anybody but it’s serviceable.
These last couple years have been brutal on offense, the White Sox have been tough to watch on offense. There just hasn’t been much excitement. In 2013, nobody hit higher than .284, and except for Adam Dunn, nobody hit more than 17 home runs.
With the addition of Cuban sensation Jose Abreu and retaining Paulie to platoon Dunn against lefties is a step in the right direction. Avisail Garcia gets all the love from scouts and former managers, hopefully he can continue his solid success that he had in limited time last year. Avisail can make up for the trading away of Alex Rios at a much reduced cost.
The starting rotation even with trading away Jake Peavy is good but not great. Chris Sale is an ace, after that it’s a mish mosh of #3 starters with John Danks, Hector Santiago, and Jose Quintana. That 5th spot has to be up for grabs with a bushel basket of starters.
Can’t wait til first pitch and one more season of chanting PAUL-IE PAUL-IE!