HOOTIE wrote:Registered_Guest wrote:If we're talking GM of the year, I'd go with Kenny Williams of the Sox.
Pods is perfect for what the Sox are. Manufacturing runs and solid defense (great range). There's no doubting Carlos is having a standout season at the dish, but he's got terrible range in LF. The deal was great for both sides (a rare occurrence).
Sox needed a leadoff guy in the worst way & Kenny believed Dye could put up suitable stats for Lee.
Every Sox fan i have seen, loves Pods. Nice player, but quite short of CLee. And most Sox fans believe the offense is better. Not true.
This year Chicago is scoring 4.75 runs per game (Pods). Last year Chicago scored 5.34 runs per game (CLee). That's .59 runs per game less.
This year CLee has 67 RC ranking 16th.
Pods has 43 RC ranking 96th.
The sb and glove won't make up the 24 RC differnce, likely to be 40+ by seasons end. Pods could steal 100 bases, and Chicago could win 110 games, but it's not because of Pods or a better offense. It's all pitching. Chicago has a 3.57 era to last years 4.91.
Everything aside, I'll take Pods + Dye over Lee + Harris/Ozuna (whomever you believe could hit leadoff GULP! ) on this squad. The Sox took a Top 5 leadoff guy over perhaps one of the Top 10 power OF's in the game. Given their team need, looks like the right choice.
Sox fans are happy for Carlos -- but I've yet to hear anyone at any home game this season say they want him back. Fans know what Pods brings to the table to this squad as a table setter. The Podsednik's of the world are a dying breed in this day in baseball.
No doubt the pitching has been the key. The #5 starter to begin the season is an All Star and mentioned for Cy Young. In Buerhle, Garcia, Garland, they've got a solid 1-2-3 for the playoffs as well. Just as the pitching has improved, so has the defense......the entire left side of the diamond has improved 100%. No more JOSE VALENTIN!!!!!!!! (Can't emphasize how much I'm glad he's finally gone). Crede is playing Gold Glove caliber defense (if not for a remarkable run by Blalock, he'd most definitely have to be considered for the squad) and Pods is obviously an ugrade over Lee in what he covers. Uribe hasn't been great, but he's better than anything Valentin put up for the Sox in the field.
I've not stated I believe the offense is better than last year. I stated the are better at manufacturing runs. No more having to wait for the 3-run HR (which look no furthur than the North side to see this in full effect). No more station-2-station offense.