Jack-In-A-Box wrote:I don't think Guillen made the offense better in a sense of stats. What he did to make the offense better was he made it to where they didn't have to have a HR or 3 to win the ballgame. He figured out that playing smallball and doing the fundamentals of baseball could produce runs as well. AL teams now are all about HR's. Guillen thought outside the box and tried NL style ball and it's worked. Not to mention the emergence of Garland has help solidfy the pitching. And Jenks 101mph fastball to end games with the 86mph hammer... F I L T H Y! Guillen wins hands down for me.
Well the Sox are 4th in HR's....seems to me as if they are still relying on the long ball. It's not that the Sox are playing "small ball", their starting pitching is doing incredible.
[sarcasm]Not to nitpick, but there's a slight grammatical error in your post. I believe you meant to write that the White Sox pitching WAS doing incredible. When referring to the past tense, the proper form of the verb 'to be' is 'was'.[/sarcasm]
If the White Sox get caught by the Indians, or if the White Sox end up with anything but the best record in the AL then Guillen's chances plummet, IMO. He'll probably still win it though, because the media have bought into the whole 'smallball' spiel and will reward it.
And to comment on an earlier post, I have no idea what to make of Macha. I've got real mixed feelings about him. He showed a lot of patience working with the younger players, but his lineups and in-game managerial skills often strike me as ... odd.
Though I did like his move last night where he replaced Payton with Ginter. Not as a pinch-hitter, but as a defensive replacement. He had five infielders at the end of the BoSox game last night in order to try and prevent the run scoring from 3rd on a ground ball. Of course it was all for naught as Ramirez got the GWRBI after getting hit by a pitch.
"The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews." - Sandy Koufax