Archive for September 2011

Ozzie Guillen's contract extension demands - There's a disconnect

Ozzie Guillen's contract extension demands - There's a disconnect
Just in case the White Sox brass was under the impression that there was a slight chance they could give one more try, one more year, to their longtime manager in the wake of the worst performance of his career, he reiterated Tuesday that without an extension–an enthusiastic multi-year commitment to more of his leadership–he... Read more »

Piggybacking on the works of others on Alexei Ramirez

Piggybacking on the works of others on Alexei Ramirez
If you didn’t notice it, J.J. had a great piece the other day examining how Alexei Ramirez had ratcheted up his patience at the plate this season, only to see his power go down to the point that his gains were wiped out. I couldn’t help be reminded of a piece by Jack Moore of... Read more »

Disrespecting a veteran

Disrespecting a veteran
Omar Vizquel hasn’t played a whole lot, and if I had to hazard a guess, I would say it’s because he’s been terrible. His .245/.282/.294 line would be rough enough, but he’s paired it with the fielding range of a 44 year-old in a season where the threshold has been a bit more than ‘play... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was 9/12-9/18 - If the games don't matter, why bother winning any of them?

White Sox Week That Was 9/12-9/18 - If the games don't matter, why bother winning any of them?
The White Sox playoff chances were shot in the chest and thrown into a meat locker two weeks ago, so the exact purpose of their remaining slate of games isn’t the easiest thing to pin down. Should they play youngsters with reckless abandon, and focus on figuring out the 2012 starting lineup?  Should they passionately... Read more »

Hope for Dunn? (As in 'ever', because obviously not now)

Hope for Dunn? (As in 'ever', because obviously not now)
Is there any reason to expect Adam Dunn to recover? This question struck me because 1. Adam Dunn got thrown back-t0-back starts this weekend. 2. Adam Dunn was 0-4 with a strikeout Friday night 3. Strangely enough, with their budget constraints, getting substantial contributions from Adam Dunn is one of the few potential sources of... Read more »

Stewart and Axelrod are great stories, under the right circumstances

Stewart and Axelrod are great stories, under the right circumstances
Zach Stewart’s near-perfect game in Minnesota and Dylan Axelrod solid start against Detroit were the type of small, pleasing moments for the fans that are still around to be had in the September doldrums.  Just a couple guys with mediocre stuff making the most of the opportunities having a pointless month of games offers So... Read more »
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White Sox officially eliminated from playoff contention

White Sox officially eliminated from playoff contention
Eh, I already wrote an obituary for the season after the Detroit series, and this garden-variety loss to the Royals to clinch it doesn’t merit it’s own post. What it does deserve, is this. EDIT: Ah hell, apparently because of the Red Sox losing Thursday, there still needs to be another Boston win or White Sox... Read more »

White Sox blow solid Axelrod outing, make funeral arrangements

White Sox blow solid Axelrod outing, make funeral arrangements
On Wednesday afternoon, recent callup Dylan Axelrod–notable for his mediocre minor league strikeout rate, notable for being cut by the Padres, who are notable for not having talent to spare–threw six innings against one of the best offenses in the league. He allowed Carlos Guillen to crank a HR, walked two batters, but also only... Read more »

Brent Morel saved his hot streak for September...like everyone else was supposed to

Brent Morel saved his hot streak for September...like everyone else was supposed to
Against all odds, the Detroit Tigers are proving one-on-one matchups with the White Sox to be even more a waste of their time than it was for the 2010 Twins.  The Sox will pay $24.5 million to the two worst players in baseball (and rode the hell out of them), and have crafted an offense... Read more »
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White Sox suffer authoritative dismissal from elite level in back-to-back years

White Sox suffer authoritative dismissal from elite level in back-to-back years
I’ve seen Monday night’s game before. Last season the White Sox were immolated at home in a three-game sweep at the hands of Minnesota to put the cap on a prolonged late-season slide.  It wasn’t just disastrous in result, it was humbling in the truest sense.  It let the front office know that they would... Read more »