Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Game 32: Killing me softly (23-9)

The good news was the White Sox 9-1 trouncing of the Angels. The bad news was Jose Contreras going on the DL with a pinched sciatic nerve in his lower back. Contreras, named the "best pitcher in the American League" by two of the three ballplayer-turned-yappers on Baseball Tonight on Monday, will miss a couple of weeks. The White Sox called up 22-year-old knuckleball prodigy Charles Haeger to take his place, at least for now.

I am not optimistic. The odds are just kind of long for a knuckleball pitcher. Since Haeger's never been in the majors before, we don't have any matchup data, but we can check the matchups for Tim Wakefield, Steve Sparks, and Dennis Springer. They aren't encouraging, Guerrero and Anderson have mashed these kinds of guys.

But, if he does work out decently, his trade value will skyrocket.

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