Led by the direction of southsidesox.com’s “The Cheat,” quite a few White Sox fans chimed in with their opinions about my argument for Jerry Owens being brought up and inserted into the starting lineup in order to inject the lineup with some much-needed speed.
With only one or two exceptions, commenter after commenter either blasted my intelligence or claimed I must have been writing sarcastically. Folks, there was definitely no sarcasm intended. This lineup is in desperate need for speed and last night’s discouraging 2-0 loss to Toronto only made this point more clear to me.
Even “The Cheat” himself was calling for Jerry Owens to get a shot after watching the offense sleepwalk through at bats against Shaun Marcum. The only difference was that he thinks Jermaine Dye should go on the DL in order to instigate the call to Owens.
How about demoting Brian Anderson today in order to make the call for Owens immediately. Ozzie can worry about whether to sit Dye, Carlos Quentin or Paul Konerko on a day-to-day basis. Given the health issues of Dye and Konerko, I think Quentin would still get plenty of at bats.
The fact is that as soon as I saw Marcum get into a good rhythm early, I knew the Sox were in for a tough night. Orlando Cabrera had himself a nice night, collecting two hits and being robbed of a third. The rest of the lineup went 0-25 with 11 strikeouts.
Obviously, Marcum had nasty stuff working for him. We’ll never know if Jerry Owens would have been able to disrupt the flow of the game with a bunt hit or by beating out a hit in the hole. But I would have at least felt like we had a chance to do something to break him out of his rhythm.
Hopefully the Sox can bounce back with some home runs today against Jesse Litch to get themselves back on track. I have a feeling Sunday’s game against Roy Halladay could be another snoozer.