Archive for May 2012

White Sox Week That Was: 5/21-5/27 - Oh boy, offense

White Sox Week That Was: 5/21-5/27 - Oh boy, offense
Offense Saturday saw the White Sox establish a new season-high for runs scored with 14, topping their previous high of 11–which they set on Thursday–and two higher than their 2nd highest mark of the season (12) which they accrued on Sunday. Of the five best offensive performances by the White Sox this season, four of... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Indians, Floyd's struggles, all covered up by an ocean of runs

Instant Rationalization - Indians, Floyd's struggles, all covered up by an ocean of runs
A piping hot Memorial Day weekend has transformed U.S. Cellular Field into a launching pad, the White Sox offense into a juggernaut, and yesterday it turned two of the AL’s best starters into tomato cans. So what real chance did struggling hurlers Gavin Floyd and Ubaldo Jimenez have? Floyd continued the erratic pitching that marred... Read more »

Instant Rationalization – You can’t stop the White Sox offense, you can only hope to contain it

Instant Rationalization – You can’t stop the White Sox offense, you can only hope to contain it
Remember when the White Sox offense used to be anemic?  When hits were at a premium and strikeouts were about as frequent as rush hour traffic jams on the Kennedy?  It’s getting harder to by the day, as a completely rejuvenated and balanced White Sox hitting attack has been making games very fun to watch,... Read more »
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Fun with recent offensive trends

Fun with recent offensive trends
The last two nights have seen the White Sox post two of their three biggest run totals of the season.  11 runs against Minnesota on Thursday was the highest, 9 against Cleveland Friday was the third-highest.  The second-highest output (10) also came against Cleveland on April 11th. In their last seven games, the White Sox... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Quintana does the job, and it turns out he didn't even have to

Instant Rationalization - Quintana does the job, and it turns out he didn't even have to
The overriding philosophy that justifed picking Jose Quintana to fill in for John Danks was that he was left-handed, Cleveland ‘s lineup is overwhelmingly left-handed, and maybe he could use that to wander through five of six innings without a huge rally being launched In response, Cleveland threw in righties Aaron Cunningham, Jose Lopez, and... Read more »

Afternoon notes: Hopefully Quintana can roll

Afternoon notes: Hopefully Quintana can roll
Jose Quintana is making the start against the 1st place Indians tonight, and who can know what will happen. He’s a left-handed pitcher facing a predominantly left-handed lineup, and he sports a 2.77 ERA in AA Birmingham.  His strikeout rate is average, suggesting he’s not overpowering.  His walk rate is good, but not great enough... Read more »
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Danks to the DL, Quintana up - What's the appropriate level of concern?

Danks to the DL, Quintana up - What's the appropriate level of concern?
The announcement of John Danks being sent to the disabled list Thursday afternoon didn’t come with a great deal of warning. His lingering shoulder soreness wasn’t a topic of discussion during the week.   His Friday start wasn’t pushed back to give him some rest, then canceled altogether. No, the first word of any problems... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Sox and Twins engage in slugfest; Sox hit their home runs with people on base

Instant Rationalization - Sox and Twins engage in slugfest; Sox hit their home runs with people on base
Thursday night, the Twins trotted out a 27 year-old making his first career major league start, and the White Sox started a guy who’s pitched a perfect game, so naturally they won in a rout. Eh, perhaps that description doesn’t quite cover it. Poor defense and a hanging curveball that was hammered for a two-run... Read more »

Rios longs for the old ways

Rios longs for the old ways
In the 4th inning Wednesday night, Alex Rios ripped a line-drive into the left field bullpen for his first home run since the second game of the season. It was the sort of pull-power to left field Rios hasn’t shown since September of 2011, when he hit five home runs in the final month of... Read more »
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Morning notes: Hopefully none of this will require surgery

Morning notes: Hopefully none of this will require surgery
The bulging disc in Brent Morel’s back won’t require surgery, putting him on much more of a week-to-week timeline in his recovery rather than month-to-month.  Since Robin Ventura is steadfast that Morel won’t lose his job due to injury, Orlando Hudson should be sure to keep sharp at all infield positions. However, the description of... Read more »