kiki loves baseball

i love baseball in general, the White Sox in particular, and if i could just hibernate through the off-season, i would.

25 February 2006

absentee broad

Yes, I know, I know...I've been really bad with posting. So shoot me; it's been an exciting month. I'm working on a collaboration with a really cool guy who was my history professor back in the Nirvana-soaked days of the early 90s. It's a historical novel set in the late Roman Republic. Sad to say, they didn't have baseball back then.

But anyway -- I'm behind on my baseball posting. I still want to review the pitching performances of the V.2005 White Sox, and that'll come soon. In the meantime, spring training games commence very shortly, and my usual birthday present, from the very sweet BoyDeKiki, is tickets to four of those games in nearby Tucson. I'll be there this coming weekend, and again two weeks later. And it's really warm here too. Don't you wish you were me? Ha!

02 February 2006

2005 position player stats

It’s no secret that the White Sox became champions through pitching and defense, rather than offense. Their starting position players had decent-leaning-toward-mediocre overall batting lines, with a few notable exceptions (Paul Konerko’s 40 homers and AL ninth-ranked SLG and OPS; Scott Podsednik’s 59 steals in just 129 games; and – uh – that’s it, I guess). The team as a whole hit .262/.322/.425. The batting average and on-base percentage rank them 11th out of the 14 AL teams; in slugging, they were middle-of-the-pack in eighth place.

The combined batting statistics of the nine starting position players (LF Podsednik, 1B Konerko, 2B Tadahito Iguchi, RF Jermaine Dye, CF Aaron Rowand, C A.J. Pierzynski, 3B Joe Crede, SS Juan Uribe, and DH Carl Everett) were .268/.323/.441. Amazingly, that’s very close to the whole team stats, other than a handful of slugging points (nice to know that your bench is just as good – or bad – as the starters).

Even more amazingly, the Baseball Prospectus gang predicted a PECOTA line of .273/.328/.450 for the starting nine (man, they’re good), albeit in about a thousand fewer at-bats. BP also wins The Best Projection for a New Japanese Player Award with their prediction for Iguchi. They said: .272/.338/.401; Iguchi achieved: .278/.342/.438, not to mention 25 doubles, 6 triples, 15 homers, and 15 stolen bases. That was damned nice pop for a guy who was new to the bigs, and who had to hit second and move the runner over for probably the first time in his professional career. Expect improvement in 2006, with the White Sox looking to bat Iguchi somewhere toward the middle of the order.

So anyway, the hitters weren’t so superfantastic, projected or actual. How about pitching? Sexy McInnings – that’ll be the next entry.