Quick Shots: White Sox need to make room for young sluggers
If the Texas Rangers want A.J. Pierzynski, what are the White Sox waiting for? They need to trade him before June 14, when he can veto any trade as a 10-year veteran with five years on the same team.
It’s also time for the White Sox to call up Tyler Flowers, who has eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 31 games in Class AAA. The White Sox are going nowhere now. It’s time to look to the future. That includes calling up Cuban third baseman Dayan Viciedo (.308, 9 HRs in Class AAA) within the next month.
And when the Sox call up Flowers and Viciedo, they can officially scrap their small-ball approach. The White Sox rank second in the majors in steals, thanks mostly to Juan Pierre (18) and Alex Rios (12), but they are also sixth in homers. And their 45 HRs carry far more weight than their 45 steals.
The same was true when they won the World Series in 2005. They were fourth in steals that year and fifth in homers, but they won with homers, hitting 18 in the playoffs, double that of any team other than Houston (12). And, yes, they also stole 13 bases in the 2005 playoffs, but were thrown out seven times, making them one of the worst base-stealing teams in the playoffs. Don’t run. Slug. That should be the White Sox motto.
Nonsensical Cubs season
Even when something works for the Cubs this year, it doesn’t work the way they said it would. Rookie 20-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro was brought up to help the Cubs defense. He’s hitting a team-high .364 in 12 games, but made four errors in one four-game stretch.
Marlon Byrd, a career journeyman, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot are the Cubs’ leading hitters, while supposed anchors Derrek Lee (.226) and Aramis Ramirez (.167) are lost in action. Ditto for pitching, with Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny leading the way and Carlos Zambrano contributing a $19-million 6.75 ERA. How can the Cubs make any plans when they don’t know what they can count on? They can’t.
Rondo makes Rose look good
The Celtics have to be the Bulls’ new best friends. First, they bounced Miami and Cleveland early from the playoffs, making Dwyane Wade and LeBron James more likely to become free agents.
And now Rajon Rondo is showing James every game how vital a great point guard is. Whatever Rondo is doing for Boston in helping the Celtics dominate Orlando, Derrick Rose could do for LeBron if he came to the Bulls.
Blackhawks in the spotlight
And the Bulls really, really need to sign LeBron James. If not, the Blackhawks could leave them in the dust.
The Blackhawks are one of the NHL’s most fun and likable teams. They are also one of the youngest. And maybe the best. They sure look like the best team standing now.
What’s worse than 3-37?
Not sure what’s the bigger insult for Bears fans, seeing Sports Illustrated’s main NFL writer Peter King rank the Packers as the best team going into the 2010 season, or seeing him put the Bears 25th?
Oh, wait, I do know: It’s putting the Bears one spot behind the Lions. Yes, SI thinks the Bears are worse than a team that is mired in a 3-37 streak.
Matt Trowbridge’s Quick Shots on Sports appear Sundays. He can be reached at 815-987-1383 or email@example.com.