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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 05, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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where. It may prove costly in a short
series.
In their regular season the White
Sox, toward the close of the season,
went into two important series of
games with a chance still left for the
championship. They tangled with .the
Tigers and were sent down to defeat
Then came the five-game tussle with
the Red Sox in Boston, before the
pennant had faded from view. Again
the Rowlands were easily repulsed
and sent tp oblivion, being compelled
to battle fiercely to retain third place
in their league.
Rowland has the best material ever
presented to a Sox manager. In po
sitions where he -was weak Comiskey
spent money with a liberal hand to
plug the holes. And, though Pants
has done better, so far as percentage
is concerned, than any Sox manager
for years, the. work of the team
through the season has been a dis
appointment. The pitching staff has not done as
well as it should. It has not done as
. well as in seasons past Through the
east this is laid to the manner inJ
which the heavers have been han
dled. Critics through that region
concede that the staff mechanically is
in a class by itself, but they condemn
the way the pitchers have been
worked.
That, of course, is a matter of opin
ion, and Rowland Is manager, in close
touch with his players. He undoubt
edly knows secrets about his pitchers
that are not considered by outsiders,
and he has done the best he could
with what came to hand.
But, judging the White Sox on
what they have done, remembering
some of the baserunning stunts they
tried to get away with and on which '
they failed miserably remembering
these things and passing up the club
as a fine paper team, the Cubs have
better than an outside chance to cop
this season.
Should Bresnahan's people happen
to hit one of their good weeks, the
.city flag will go west, for the National
Leaguers can play excellent baseball
if they are in the humor for it, and
care to exert themselves a trifle.
Wise critics are still comparing
Gawy Cravath with Tris Speaker in
estimating the strength of the Phil
lies and Red Sox. In every instance
the edge is given the American
League" star by a goodly margin, but
frequent predictions are made as to
the damage the Phil gardener will do
with his bat
These predictions are based on the
way he has clouted this season. But
the fact seems to be overlooked that
the National League pitching
strength this season has been far be
low normal. Gawy failed to make
good when he was up twice in the
American League, failing once with
the Red Sox and again with the White
Sox.
It may be argued that Hoblitzel
was a poor batter with Cincinnati,
and improved in the American, but
Dick was dissatisfied with the Reds,'
and did not play with his heart in the
game. The same does not go for Cra
vath, who was trying with all the am
bition and energy of a recruit trying
to break into the big show.
No matter who wins the world's
championship the Red Sox compose
the best ball team of the year in any
league. They may fail in a short
series, but that will not alter the fact
that Carrigan has a real team, evenly
balanced, capable in every depart
ment that goes to make up a pennant
winner.
He will still be credited with having
a better team than Moran, evtin
should the National leaguers win.
Last year the Braves copped in four
straight games, but in a stretch of a
season there were few experts cou
rageous enough to venture that the
Boston crowd would finish ahead of
the Mackmen in any league.
Red Sox are 6-to-5 favorites for this
short series. Through a season,
with both teams playing in the same
league, the Boston people would be
2-to-l choices to finish above the-

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