It's like a broken record on repeat.
It's as if every one knows the answer, except the Chicago White Sox front office.
Even the injury gods have played into the hands of bringing up Dayan Viciedo. With Paul Konerko sporting a hurt knee, there is an open spot at first base.
Finally, the White Sox have to bring up Viciedo, right?...Wait, they are putting Brent Lillibridge at first base?
The reasoning behind not bringing up Viciedo was as follows:
Yes, Brent Morel is terrible, but Viciedo has not been playing third base in AAA.
Yes, Juan Pierre is terrible, but he had been hitting and Ozzie Guillen would develop clean English before benching him.
Yes, Adam Dunn's season is essentially lost, but the White Sox are paying him and, based on history, he has the ability to completely change a lineup.
With Paul Konerko at first base and Dunn at DH, there is no room for Viciedo.
Those were your excuses. Decent reasoning behind some, but mind-boggling idiocy behind others.
Now there's a perfect storm of reasons to play Viciedo. Dunn seems to have officially been benched (guess who gave Tommy Hunter his only two strikeouts of the game last night?) and Konerko has an injured left knee.
If Konerko hits the disabled list, even for just 15 days, the White Sox are done. It's as simple as that. There is no other reliable bat on this team besides maybe Carlos Quentin's—and his bat certainly has ups and downs—and A.J. Pierzynski's. But you don't win a division, even as bad as the AL Central, with a .286-hitting catcher.
Brent Lillibridge has earned the right to play, but logically he should be playing over Juan Pierre, of whom he is better both defensively and offensively. Viciedo should at least be given an opportunity to hit.
Juan Pierre is 12 for his last 40 (.300), with four RBI in his last 10 games. That would seem like a good number if nine of his hits weren't singles. He only walked three times and was 1-for-2 in stolen bases.
If you can't hit for extra bases then you better be able to walk and steal at a good ratio. Pierre's at-bats are generally best-case scenario slap singles and he can no longer move to second with ease (18-for-31 in stolen bases this season).
Viciedo is not the savior of this team, but he certainly can't be worse than a lot of players on it. He'll be up in September, but by then it might be too late.
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