Archive for September 2011

WSO Playoff Primer - NL

WSO Playoff Primer - NL
In a continuation from the decreasingly analytical AL playoff primer, here’s the WSO NL playoff primer! The National League features a style of play where the pitchers hit, and the game is thus more pure.  It’s not about chubby beer-leaguers swatting home runs, it’s about athletes and real ballplayers winning with pitching and defense, strategy and... Read more »

WSO Playoff Primer - AL

WSO Playoff Primer - AL
Wednesday brought about the crushing realization that there will be no more White Sox baseball in 2011.  Wednesday night brought about the shocking revelation that there was other baseball being played wholly independent of the White Sox, and if the evening was any indication, this baseball is quite possibly of a drastically higher quality and... Read more »

It wasn't even a remotely pleasant baseball season, but it was still a baseball season, and it's over

It wasn't even a remotely pleasant baseball season, but it was still a baseball season, and it's over
Welp, 79-83.  A destination reached thanks a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays achieved in familiarly awful fashion. I’ve written a few ‘this loss really summed up this crappy season!” posts, and I’m starting to feel they were unnecessary and obvious.  Of course those losses felt familiar, the White Sox lose the same way all the... Read more »
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His home franchise in flux, Buehrle gives a hell of a goodbye just in case

His home franchise in flux, Buehrle gives a hell of a goodbye just in case
For the second straight year, the White Sox have had their otherwise meaningless closing series punctuated by a poignant tribute to a franchise great facing an uncertain future, due to the failures of the season and the potential future need to cut costs.  What an absolutely horrible trend. That fact took nothing away from one... Read more »

Ozzie Guillen's tenure with the White Sox comes to an end

Ozzie Guillen's tenure with the White Sox comes to an end
I’ve been upset with Ozzie Guillen all season. Whether it was the misguided small ball, the frozen-in-carbonite lineups, or his most recent kamikaze take on mid-season contract negotiations, he’s been obstinate and unresponsive to pressing issues in a way that made it seem like he had just signed a 35-year extension, rather than being someone... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was 9/19-9/25 - Huh? What? Baseball?

White Sox Week That Was 9/19-9/25 - Huh?  What?  Baseball?
The season lost most of its trappings of purpose weeks ago, and the games have really strove to match the appropriate tenor.  Good on them! A sleepy offensive effort against Fausto Carmona was followed by two straight wins in Cleveland, including a sterling come from behind win in the second-half of Tuesday’s doubleheader to save... Read more »
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White Sox acknowledge that Carlos Quentin's season is over

White Sox acknowledge that Carlos Quentin's season is over
Resisting the urge to hold off on a formal announcement until it becomes irrelevant and they don’t have to do it anymore, the White Sox confirmed that Carlos Quentin is out for the season. Out for the season doesn’t mean anything, as there are four games left, and you could say John Danks is out... Read more »

This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals

This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals
I haven’t written any live game blogs this year, and for good reason.  It’s a cumbersome, goofy gimmick that doesn’t allow me much time to gather my thoughts and provide cogent analysis.  Also, it’s an idea I picked up from reading Bill Simmons as a teenager, and I’ve been trying to strip his influence away... Read more »

Back-of-the-season slog offers some insight on back-of-the-roster morass

Back-of-the-season slog offers some insight on back-of-the-roster morass
Phil Humber could have made the damn All-Star team.  It was July, he had a 2.69 ERA, with one start against the light-hitting Twins before the break.  It would have been great for him.  After all, he can really give an interview. Instead he got singled into oblivion by the Twinkies, got hit with a... Read more »
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White Sox are ready for all this to end

White Sox are ready for all this to end
With the White Sox super-officially out of the running, talk of preparing next season is more than welcome.  Hell, it’d ideally be the gameplan at this point. Adam Dunn would just as soon have the whole campaign stricken from the record. “I’ll talk about this up until our last game, and then I’ll never talk about... Read more »