As we all know, arbitrary dates are the bedrock of human society. Taking a large, somewhat reliable sample of data, and drilling it down to a smaller, less useful sub-section with crazier results is how modern, popular analytical baseball articles are made.
Well, ok, not really. But it might be a useful way to examine who is streaking and slumping as part of an effort to discern what's the state of the team before I go on vacation and post infrequently for the next week and a half.
AJ Pierzynski Since May 16th: 18-54, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 4 K, .333/.379/.444 .347 BABIP
AJ's still 'on pace' for the worst offensive season of his career, and the month of May as a whole hasn't done much to really help that. But in the past two weeks, he's entered one of his grooves where he swings at everything in existence and smacks 1/3 of it into short left field for a single. While that admittedly troubles me because of its eerie similarity to Juan Pierre's gameplan, he hasn't entered into any funks approaching the darkness of 2010, so he should eclipse .700 OPS, 1.5 fWAR, and all those benchmarks that make you say "Yeah, alright"
Paul Konerko Since May 15th: .284/.359/.433, just a .792 OPS. Ha! Didn't expect a depressing cross-section of Konerko, did you?! It was mostly a product of a curious power outage that...I'm pretty sure is over now.
Adam Dunn, Since Playing for a Team Without Red In Its Color Scheme: I figured it wouldn't be much news if I found an underwhelming stretch for Adam Dunn, but his platoon splits are just darned interesting.
vs. lefties: .122 wOBA, -40 wRC+
vs. righties: .355 wOBA, 121 wRC+
You don't shell out $56MM for an average platoon DH, but if it turns out that this is what you have.....
Gordon Beckham Since May 1st: .300/.374/.413, .400 BABIP. With all that's happened, I'd gladly take this sweet-swinging singles hitter. But looking at that BABIP, I might be better off hoping for more power, but not that much better (7.7% HR/FB).
Screw Splits, It's Alexei Ramirez in 2011: .297/.357/.455. That's just fantastic. He's been awesome. With his defense, he was a decent bet for best player on the team with an average bat, now he's racked up 121 wRC+. And I think he's going to start homering more.
I've already forgiven him for flopping.
Brent Morel Since His 'Turning Point' HR On May 17th: .269/.321/.308, 11.5% K rate and an actual walk....only 28 plate appearances though.
What the H?
Juan Pierre Since May 1st: .351 OBP, 8.7% BB rate, and as many stolen bases as grounded-into-double-plays (5). He's not good anymore, so just be happy that one of these is satisfactory
Alex Rios Since June 1st...of 2010: .247/.296/.367
Corrected to be even worse than I originally posted, and still--AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carlos Quentin Since May 19th: 13-43, 8 XBH (5 HR, 3 2B), 5 BB, 3 HBP, 7 K. A .302 batting average with just a .251 BABIP.
He hit .209 in May while becoming a fly-ball prodigy, I don't think he's ever going to become a tremendously high on-base guy again, but he seems to be settling into reliably crushing and getting crushed by pitches. Which in theory, is just fine from him.
Is It Possible To Slice Up Brent Lillibridge's Stats To Make Them Look More Absurd?:
Yes, there is.
In games where the starter was right-handed: 11-31, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 3BB, 4 HBP
Dayan Viciedo in May: 109 AB, .349/.410/.615, 27 RBI, 19 R, 11 2B, 6 HR, 9 BB, 17 K
I mean, I'm just saying it's something we should keep an eye on. And it would be a lot easier to keep an eye on him if he were...you know, closer.
John Danks Since 2008: 108 starts, 676.2 IP, 3.78 ERA, 6.3 IP/Start
Edwin Jackson Since Striking Out 13 Tampa Rays: 54 IP, 39 K/20 BB, 27% Line Drive rate. .375 BABIP
Under no circumstances has he been nearly as good since the very start of the season, but that BABIP is still pretty absurd.
Matt Thornton Since May 1st: 9.1 IP, 9 K, 5 BB, 10 H, 0 HR, 27% line drive rate.
Still far too shaky to think about using him like his old self, but no longer getting booed out of bars on the South Side. Coop says he has to throw strikes. That sounds about right.
Chris Sale Since May 25th When Mitch Moreland Bunted Right To Him: 5 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
I noticed that some of this was based on opponents knocking the crap out of balls right at people, but at least he has a slider again. That should help.
Sergio Santos Since Not Technically Becoming The Closer: 14 games, 17 IP, 18 K, 8 BB (Yeesh), 4 ER (all in one outing).
Sergio Santos is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. I am smiling.
The White Sox Since Brendan Ryan Hit A Walk-Off Single May 6th: 16 wins, 9 losses.
Pfft, that's meaningless. Arbitrary date.
Things will be infrequent for me till June 12th, and will probably reek of being written in a stolen vacation moment. I'm off to Colorado, and with the Rockies 3 games under .500 and Carlos Gonzalez still barely above-average on the year, I'm a pretty good bet to come back.