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Jason Vernon - 3 April 2006
by Jason Vernon
White Sox Strength
In 2005 the Chicago White Sox tied for the American
League team ERA title with the Cleveland Indians. Both teams produced 3.61
ERA's. These were the lowest American League team ERA's since 2001 when Seattle
(3.54) and Oakland (3.59) turned in their 100-win seasons. Chicago should be in
great shape again this year as they move into the 2006 season with six
legitimate starters. Just look at the names: Mark Buehrle (27), Freddy Garcia
(31), Javier Vazquez (29), Jon Garland (26), Jose Contreras (34) and Brandon
McCarthy (22). The numbers in parentheses are the ages of these guys for the
2006 season. This is a pitching staff that is young, yet its pitchers have
pitched tons of quality major league innings over the past five to six years.
They've also thrown for many different playoff teams over that time period. The
best type of strength a ball club can have is a deep, experienced and non-injury
prone starting pitching rotation. This fact makes the White Sox tough to beat on
any given night and even tougher to take out of the top spot in the American
League Central. Look for those match-ups where the White Sox offense appears
especially well suited to crush an opposing pitcher and you won't even have to
see who's starting for the Sox that night. A bet on the Sox that night will
probably mean money in your hand.
Jamie and Bart
Jamie Moyer is 43
years old this season and is looking to throw 200 innings plus for the sixth
straight year in a row. The man was born in 1962! After a rough 2004 he got back
on track with a league average 2005. He finds himself facing 2005 Cy Young award
winner Bartolo Colon for their respective team openers on Monday afternoon at
2:05. Between them they have 344 career wins and 5,000+ innings. These two guys
are a study in contrast in regards to how they approach the maintenance of their
bodies. Moyer wants to play to age fifty and has taken the steps to try and
reach that playing age. He keeps his weight down, works hard at remaining
flexible and intensely follows his diet. Colon does none of those things as
evidenced by his 5'11'' 250 pound frame. Yet, just like Moyer he's looking to
grab his sixth straight 200 inning season. The real question isn't whether or
not Moyer can make it to fifty, but if he does will Colon be throwing at
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