05worldserieschamps wrote:I don't think that Dye will be able to put up "MVP" numbers again, but I certainly think he will be better than most believe. He set his Career high in only 3 offensive categories. HR-44(previous 2 best were 33-31) RBI-120 (previous best were 119-118) and SLG-.622 (.561-.526) I think that after he really felt at home with the White Sox and won the WS and the WS MVP, he really built up confidence and comfort on the South Side. I also think with that solid lineup he has around him, his RBI and R totals should be the same. Also, he was just deadly clutch last year. And after seeing so many Sox games and our bullpen blowing the game only to be saved by Dye, I think he was the clutchest player in baseball last season. Ortiz is amazing in big situations, but Dye was just a lock for a big hit in late innings.
I look for him to be more around:
.310 AVG/34 HR/118 RBI/101 R/6 SB
A small decline in every category, but I still feel confident he can lead our team and be the most dominant offensive threat.
But I think one player that can be overlooked is Konerko. I think he will be better than Dye.
.318/42 HR/123 RBI/ 98 R/3 SB
If you look, since 2004, he has gotten better. (HR #'s dropped last year, but 40 and 41 before that). His average has bumped alot and he is just a team leader.
I could see Konerko putting up something close to those numbers, except for the average. He hit .313 last season, well above his career average of .283. As an owner, I'd be thrilled if he even managed to sniff .300 again this season.
Although I admit I'm still jaded from the start of 2005 when he hit in the low .200's for the first third of the season.