Crede's played in 48 regular season games since then, just shy of one third of a season. Using the incredible Baseball Musings day-by-day database, we can see:
- He's hit .335 since that day. (56-for-167) with an on-base average of .379.
- He's hit a dozen homers and 11 doubles and is slugging .617.
- That gives him an OPS of 996.
- He's walked 11 times, but struck out only 14 times. Effectively he's cut his strikeouts in half.
- Eric Chavez is at .276/.354/.568. Crede has out-hit Chavez.
- A-Rod is at .280/.398/.538. Crede has actually out-hit A-Rod.
So what does this mean for Josh Fields, last night's MiLB "star of the day" for the suddenly invicible 23-6 Charlotte Knights? Fields is hitting .307/.374/.511, which is pretty damned good. He is nowhere near as polished a defender as Crede and probably never will be. He may be benefitting from the close fences in Charlotte. But, regardless, you can't say he isn't adjusting to AAA, and a decision will have to be made soon because he's showing signs of being "ready".
It means, in the short term, the serious luxury here allows the White Sox to think over their relationship with Scott Boras. Crede's a home-grown player, a key cog in a high profile championship team, who seems to show signs of blossoming into the star we all hoped he would be.
I expect Fields will be harvested for middle relief if Crede is still hitting .3-something at the All-Star break.
It's been commented that the White Sox have an awful record when playing three or more substitutes. The Cheat first brought this to my attention back on May 2nd. That begs the question of "why"? Here are some observations:
- The White Sox are 0-5 when Ozuna starts a game
- The White Sox are 2-4 when Widger starts
- They are 8-2 when Mackowiak starts in center field, 1-3 when he starts in right
Chris Widger is probably the one player who is "on notice" in my book. He's hitting a weak .211, isn't a developmental prospect, and has seen pitchers roll up a 7.66 ERA in his 47 innings. I know, catcher ERA is not deeply meaningful, or so say all the studies... but if Pierzynski were to get hurt, the White Sox would probably have to reach into Charlotte and get Chris Stewart as the interim regular.