Archive for July 2012

Instant Rationalization - Ex-Twins combine forces to burn their old club, lift White Sox to win

Instant Rationalization  - Ex-Twins combine forces to burn their old club, lift White Sox to win
Francisco Liriano and Jesse Crain hadn’t appeared in the same game for the same team since the 2010 ALDS for Minnesota, but those two combined for seven innings of two-run ball to help the White Sox beat the Twins 4-3. The game was tied at two in the ninth inning, when yet another ex-Twin, A.J.... Read more »

Jose Quintana is falling out of the swing of things

Jose Quintana is falling out of the swing of things
July 5th was a day of tremendous temptation for everyone still avoiding the Jose Quintana bandwagon.  His masterful eight inning, two-hit outing against the Texas Rangers offense–on a hellishly hot day–wasn’t simply another triumph for his strategy of busting hitters inside with his perfectly located 90 mph fastball, it was far more promising that. Quintana... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Now That’s the Twins We Used to Know

Just when Sox fans were read to put the painful era of the seeing-eye singles, the broken-bat bloop hits and the wrath of the “Piranhas,”  the Twins singled the Sox to death in a 7-6 walk-off win for Minnesota. Eleven out of the Twins’ twelve hits were singles, and in retro Twins fashion, took advantage... Read more »
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An interesting time for Hector Santiago to get demoted

An interesting time for Hector Santiago to get demoted
Francisco Liriano and Rey Olmedo being added to the roster meant that someone needed to exit from the bullpen to make room for Philip Humber, even if he’ll probably never actually sit down there. With the bullpen holding two semi-effective lefty rookies, Leyson Septimo and Hector Santiago seemed to be the two men at risk,... Read more »

Ouch update - Everyone's arm is in a sorry state

Ouch update - Everyone's arm is in a sorry state
Since running through an update of the injuries on this team as it careens into the stretch run is likely to completely replace ‘Morning notes’ as a regular feature, and ‘M*A*S*H* unit’ as an article title might offer too much of an approximation of war injuries with the physical problems associated with throwing a ball... Read more »

Kenny rages against the dying of the light

Kenny rages against the dying of the light
For a few years now, I’ve been waiting for the White Sox destitute farm system and aging major league core to culminate in a hellish disaster of a season–a last place finish where everyone’s prime ends simultaneously, and the lack of any viable replacements forces the franchise to go into an Astros-like coccoon for five... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Floyd survives life on the edge, but White Sox don’t survive Feldman, Rangers

Instant Rationalization  -  Floyd survives life on the edge, but White Sox don’t survive Feldman, Rangers
Gavin Floyd, in what seems to be typical Gavin fashion, gave up seven hits and five walks in just six and two-thirds innings, yet only gave up one earned run.  Unfortunately, that one run was all the Rangers needed behind Scott Feldman, defeating the Sox 2-0. Texas scored its first run of the ballgame in... Read more »

White Sox trade for Francisco Liriano: Yeah, alright

White Sox trade for Francisco Liriano: Yeah, alright
In a trade so under-the-radar that it was originally broke by the White Sox official twitter account, the Sox dealt Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez for Twins starter Francisco Liriano. Liriano will presumably come right into the starting rotation, giving the Sox the ability to not only rest Chris Sale as they feel is needed,... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Donkey Kong works as originally intended

Instant Rationalization - Donkey Kong works as originally intended
With a lineup stripped down from collision-related injuries, and Philip Humber on the mound because of John Danks’ everlasting rehab, the White Sox needed primetime efforts from the heart of the order Saturday. They got that, but the fill-ins weren’t half-bad either. After a breezy, scoreless first three innings, Paul Konerko broke the tie with... Read more »
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Injuries bring depth issues to forefront

Injuries bring depth issues to forefront
Back on my since-disavowed list of reasons why the White Sox were in trouble going into the 2012 season, ‘lack of depth’ was cited in a half-dozen different ways.  The Sox had decent pieces, but couldn’t sustain a hit that gave a lot of exposure to the back half of their 25-man roster, or anything... Read more »