Archive for June 2012

Delayed Rationalization - Peavy tries to single-handedly beat the Yankees, loses

The great tragedy of Jake Peavy is that while he’s a fine pitcher, he too is of that ignoble breed that is hopelessly reliant on his offense to actually score in order to win a game. Jake’s effort on a sweltering Saturday in New York was a mixture of virtuosity and dire mistakes.  He struck... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Offense, offense, offense, offense, offense, etc.

Delayed Rationalization - Offense, offense, offense, offense, offense, etc.
Jose Quintana was due to be humbled, and soon.  And the combination of the Yankees’ offense and a ballpark particularly ill-suited to his reliance on fly balls not clearing fences figured to be the ideal situation for Quintana to fall. Sure enough, after an inning, he was down 4-0 and had already suffered the pain... Read more »

So long Bruney, we barely knew ye

Brian Bruney has been placed on the disabled list with hip inflammation after making all of one appearances with the major league club (but he warmed up plenty of times!). That one appearance was pitching the 10th inning of the Sunday’s walk-off win against the Brewers, and offered the full Bruney experience–he walked two, struck... Read more »
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James makes a guest appearance on the Oral Sox podcast, kicks Will Ohman while he's down

Adam & Jeff were nice enough to have me on their most recent podcast to extrapolate more on how Will Ohman doesn’t deserve sympathy for how he was used by his last two managers. He might deserve sympathy for being brought into a role where he wasn’t needed, and thus was doomed to be found... Read more »

Morning notes: Still just watching the Viciedo home run video on repeat

Morning notes: Still just watching the Viciedo home run video on repeat
In case you missed it… Viciedo turned around a high fastball for his 14th home run of the season, and gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead they would cling to for a series-opening win in New York Thursday night.  It was a pretty great moment.  You almost wish there wasn’t a game every day,... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Viciedo salvages Axelrod's fine outing

The Sox seemed all set to waste a great start from an unexpected source.  They trailed 3-1 heading into the 9th, after Hector Santiago had offered an insurance home run to Mark Teixiera the previous frame. Even though teams with so-so closers regularly throw up marks like ’58-2 when leading after eight innings’, those two... Read more »
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James T. Farrell’s Baseball Diary: A History of Old Comiskey Park 1910-1919

James T. Farrell’s Baseball Diary: A History of Old Comiskey Park 1910-1919
This installment of Comiskey Park history comes to us vicariously through James T. Farrell. Farrell (1904-1979) was an American fiction writer, most remembered for his three Studs Lonigan novels published in the early 1930s.  Studs Lonigan resonated with a few notable 20th century authors.  The books were among Richard Wright and Norman Mailer’s early favorites,... Read more »

Morning notes: Uncomfortably large divisional lead edition

Morning notes: Uncomfortably large divisional lead edition
Now that the Indians have sank down to .500 after being swept in New York–which is somewhat troubling since that’s where the next series is–the White Sox are up in the AL Central by two and a half games.  That margin ties June 3rd for the biggest lead they’ve held all season, which seems small,... Read more »

You won't have Will Ohman to call the radio station about anymore

You won't have Will Ohman to call the radio station about anymore
Apparently the White Sox wanted two more innings eaten by Will Ohman before they swore him off for good. After he filled in the final two innings of Wednesday’s blowout win to rather poor effect, Ohman outpaced an expected team announcement on his roster status by reporting that he was gone and giving his farewells to... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Sale gets all the run support any man could ever need

Instant Rationalization - Sale gets all the run support any man could ever need
After back-to-back showdowns with NL aces, Chris Sale might be forgiven for not being as keyed up to go toe-to-toe with Nick Blackburn for a daytime getaway day start. Not that it would have mattered. Despite trotting out a bit of a Sunday lineup that lacked Konerko, Beckham, and Viciedo, the White Sox offense pummeled... Read more »