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2011 MLB season in review: Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox finished 2011 with a 79-83 record, which was good enough for third place in the American League Central. They of course got their manger Ozzie Guillen fired or traded or whatever you want to call it. He is now gone and now General Manger Ken Williams to prove Ozzie was what was wrong with this club. If was definitely a distraction at times and it may just have been time for a change. We shall see. Big changes might be in store for a team that has spent some money but only won one World Series. 

This team went 40-40 against the four other teams in the American League Central. Of course, they would only go 5-13 against the division champion Detroit Tigers and just 7-11 against the upstart Kansas City Royals. That is what ultimately doomed this team as they also went 11-7 in inter-league play. 

The White Sox managed to score 654 runs on 1,387 hits. That run totals was the third worst among the 14 AL clubs, and the hits total ranked in the bottom half. The team batting average was .252 and that was just 8th best in their league. The only hit 154 home runs and that was the sixth worst AL total. They are able to work counts as they did not have 1,000 strikeouts, but they do not draw a lot of walks. Just 8th best in that department this year. 

The pitching staff gave up 706 runs on 1,463 hits. The staff ERA was 4.10 and that is not terrible but not exactly great either. The starting five or six since Jake Peavey and Edwin Jackson each had identical 7-7 record only sported two arms to gain double-digit victories. Of course, Gavin Floyd has 13 losses to go with his 12 wins. They did strike out the second most batters in the AL, and issued the second fewest walks. That seems to suggest that when they miss their opponents are very ready to take advantage. Since their closer did have a 3.55 ERA to go along with his 30 saves, it seems safe to assume there are some issues in the bullpen. 

Since this team was 19-21 in blowout games (games decided by more than five runs) it seems safe to suggest that this team had a hard time bouncing back. They get down and the pitching staff goes cold they cannot rely on the offense to get them back into it. They also had a 36-45 record in their own park. Those two things have got to change. 

Of course, I think a lot of the blame lies with their General Manger. The Adam Dunn signing was a complete disaster. In the first year of a four-year deal worth 56 million dollars, he knocked in 66 runs, and hit 11 home runs. That is simply not going to get it done. The Sox must redo the starting rotation and find some true firepower for their lineup. 

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