Archive for May 2012

Afternoon notes: Winning and feeling better while doing it

Afternoon notes: Winning and feeling better while doing it
The Baseball Prospectus’ Hit List power rankings–based on three different types of pythagorean calculations and league strength–have the White Sox as 2nd in all of baseball. The difference between them and No. 1 Texas is significant, but BP calculates their chances of making the playoffs at 61.8%, which has raised 27.6% in the last week.... Read more »

Now we have to wonder how serious the White Sox are

Now we have to wonder how serious the White Sox are
Two weeks ago, the White Sox (29-22) were in 3rd place and four games under .500.  Now they’re the hottest team in baseball after winning 12 of out 13 games.  As suspicious as the about-face seems, it won’t take long to compile a list of reasons why the White Sox (29-22) are a legitimate playoff... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - White Sox sweep Rays in spite of Mark Wegner

Instant Rationalization - White Sox sweep Rays in spite of Mark Wegner
After issuing a leadoff double in the 3rd inning with the game tied 1-1, Rays starter Alex Cobb took the opportunity to retaliate for A.J. Pierzynski spiking Ben Zobrist on a slide Tuesday night.  He plunked Pierzynski in the back, which seemed somewhat inevitable, but sparked a two-run inning, so it was hard to look... Read more »
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Morning notes: Appropriate honors

Morning notes: Appropriate honors
It’s high times on the South side, now that seven straight victories have brought the Sox into 1st place for the first time since the beginning of the month.  May 30th is already later than the Sox were in 1st place at any point last season.  Last season was rough. Konerko Paul Konerko’s 14-game hitting... Read more »

A 1st place team starts a rally

Through five innings, White Sox starter Philip Humber was hanging in, but Rays ace James Shields was thriving. He had struck out seven batters, allowed five singles, and had hitters–especially Paul Konerko–off balance with his revered changeup.  The only runs scored off of him had come courtesy of a botched pickoff move that moved Viciedo... Read more »

Instant Rationalization – Seventh Heaven: Seventh straight win bumps White Sox into first place

Instant Rationalization –  Seventh Heaven: Seventh straight win bumps White Sox into first place
“Enjoy this unbelievable White Sox baseball while it lasts.”  Pundits, jealous fans of other teams and “realists” have said this to Sox fans day after day of late.  And yet, the streak never seems to end. Tonight, the White Sox’s seventh straight victory and 11th in their last 12 games behind the pitching of Philip... Read more »
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Further appreciation of Chris Sale

Because I was under the impression that there had not been enough excitement over Chris Sale, click the title to follow the link to Southside Showdown, where I delivered some more.

“The Greatest Ball Plant in the World”: A History of Old Comiskey Park

 “The Greatest Ball Plant in the World”:  A History of Old Comiskey Park
Part I of a series on the home of the White Sox for 81 seasons and over 6,000 games. Before they graced the playing surface at 35th and Shields—heck, before they were even the Sox—the Chicago White Stockings, a charter franchise of the upstart American League, played their home games at South Side Park at 39th... Read more »

Morning notes: Notes on things other than Chris Sale

Morning notes: Notes on things other than Chris Sale
Orlando Hudson has charmed us all with competent major league at-bats from the 3rd base position, but Brent Morel is on the recovery trail and has a starting job waiting for him if Robin Ventura sticks to his words. Morel took BP, did some exercises, and should be starting rehab work in Charlotte Wednesday, which... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization: Sale dominates, Dunn provides the runs

Through five innings, the White Sox seemed all set to waste one of the most dominant starts in franchise history. Against a lineup where the Rays hid most of their prominent lefties from him, Chris Sale annihilated their fill-ins, striking out 15 in seven innings, with absolutely every tool you would hope to see from... Read more »