Posted on: August 20, 2008 1:15 am
Edited on: August 20, 2008 4:20 am

Is the A.L. MVP a two man race?

It seems most pundits consider the race for the A.L. MVP between Josh Hamilton and Carlos Quentin.  Here's ESPN's Jayson Starks take on the race.  Should Jermaine Dye be included in the discussion? 

                                   Average     Runs     Hits     HR      RBI       On Base%      Slugging %

Josh Hamilton        .300               80        146      28     114         .365                 .543
Carlos Quentin       .293               89        129      35      96          .395                 .586
Jermaine Dye         .301               80        135      29      79          .355                 .575

Will Hamilton's recovery from addiction influence voters?

Alexei Ramirez is making a case for A.L. Rookie of the Year.  As of August 18th he's hitting .308 with 13 homers and 51 RBI's.  Here's how his stats stack up. 

Multihit Games  28               AL Rookies  2nd
Hits  105                                 AL Rookies  4th
Batting Average  .308         AL Rookies  3rd
Runs Scored
  45                  AL Rookies  5th
Home Runs  13                     AL Rookies  3rd
Slugging %
 .484                   AL Rookies  3rd
Extra Base Hits  33              AL Rookies  4th 

Not bad for a guy who stands 6'1'' and weighs 180. 

Paul Konerko continues to struggle at the plate.  He's hitting .225 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI's.  The most surprising thing besides his terrible work at the plate is that he has 2 stolen bases.  Konerko sat in todays win over the Seattle Mariners. On the other end of the spectrum, Carlos Quentin is hitting .409 (27-for-66) with 8 home runs and 19 RBI's in his last 17 games. 

In the last 8 games the White Sox have out scored their opponents 59-15.  They have won 8 of 10 and 4 straight. They lead the Majors with 182 home runs followed by the Brewers with 166. The team batting average of .266 places them 11th and they land in the 17th spot with 794 strike outs. The Marlins lead the Majors in strike outs with 1079.


August 20, 1:05 CT @ U.S. Cellular Field - Gavin Floyd (12-6, 3.75 ERA) throws against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-7, 4.92 ERA) to close out the home series with Seattle.  Floyd has one start against the Mariners this season allowing 5 runs on 9 hits over 3 2/3 innings. 

*Francisco Liriano will throw for the Twins against Dallas Braden and the Athletics in Minneapolis. 

According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com:

After more than two weeks of inactivity, Joe Crede resumed his Minor League injury rehab assignment on Tuesday night with Triple-A Charlotte. Crede played five innings and finished with a strikeout and flyout to right field.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen reiterated on Tuesday that he will make the final call on Crede's return. It's a topic Guillen has discussed with general manager Ken Williams.

"I'm going to make it clear. I'm not going to bring Joe because he's Joe Crede," Guillen said. "I'm going to bring Joe Crede because we need him.

"Joe is ready to play? Bring him up, yeah. But the way [Juan] Uribe is playing and the way we're doing stuff, I'm not going to get Joe when he's 0-for-4, 0-for-8, 0-for-10, all of a sudden, because he's Joe Crede. Right now, it's all about winning, and that's the more important thing."  


Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora and White Sox starter Javier Vazquez have been named the Bank of America Presents the American League co-Players of the Week for the period beginning Aug. 11 and ending Sunday.  

Vazquez went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two starts last week. He struck out 18 batters in 16 innings, issuing just one walk.


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