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Kevin Youkilis starts off hitting second for White Sox

Jun 25, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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White Sox No. 2 hitters have batted a pathetic .215/.265/.323 this season. He won’t have to be the old Kevin Youkilis to improve on that.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura will ask Youkilis to help set the table for Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko following his acquisition from the Red Sox on Sunday. Here’s the lineup for tonight’s game against the Twins:

CF Alejandro De Aza
3B Youkilis
DH Dunn
1B Konerko
RF Alex Rios
C A.J. Pierzynski
LF Dayan Viciedo
SS Alexei Ramirez
2B Gordon Beckham

Beckham had been hitting second for the White Sox of late and doing a pretty decent job of it. While his OBP there was just .315, he was hitting .265 with seven homers and 25 RBI in 44 starts. The other three guys to start there this season had been horrible:

Brent Morel: .140/.196/.163 in 43 AB
Alexei Ramirez: .143/.160/.224 in 49 AB
Brent Lillibridge: .050/.130/.050 in 20 AB

On paper at least, this looks like a big improvement. The White Sox have five players slugging better than .450 this season, and their biggest hole has now been covered over by a former All-Star. Now we’ll just have to wait and see what he has left.

  1. jlovenotjlo - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    This lineup has now gone from good to great, assuming Youkilis does some decent work. I think Beckham’s batting 2nd created somewhat of a spark in him, and I hope he can sustain his decent output at the bottom of the order now.

    • JustMeMike - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM


      If you remember Beckham didn’t do well in his time under Oz Guillen who after his successful rookie season, lowered him in the batting order. I think Beckham thrived not only because Ventura showed confidence in him – but also because he saw better pitches with Dunn, Paulie Konerko, Rios and Pierzynski directly behind him.

      This may help Youk but might hurt Beckham.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        Absolutely right.The good news is that Beckham dropping all the way down to 9th actually puts him directly in front of de Aza, Youkilis, Dunn, and Konerko.

        ..So let’s see if he continues to turn cookies into home runs, as he should hopefully still be getting some good pitches to hit.

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