Archive for July 2012

Instant Rationalization - Prolonged periods of anxiety rewarded with victory

Chris Sale and the White Sox triumphed over Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, clearly such a performance produced a night of easy pleasures. Almost. First, any semblance of the pitcher’s duel was erased early.  Control problems and a pop-up misread by Josh Hamilton flung Yu Darvish into a 1st inning ordeal that he needed... Read more »

Addressing the holes that the White Sox might fix in a trade

Addressing the holes that the White Sox might fix in a trade
The Kevin Youkilis trade–and his just dandy .277/.373/.479 line with the White Sox–plugged the last truly awful, burning hole amongst the starters.  At 3rd base, there was injured youngster who was terrible, there was veteran fill-in who was terrible, and significant salary commitments to neither.  It was perfect situation to add a veteran rental, and... Read more »

Twins healing powers activate

Twins healing powers activate
Boy, that Twins series really cured some ills. Not only did the Sox snap a five-game losing streak, wipe away their deficit to Detroit in the AL Central standings, and rejuvenate their offense with a 26-run, eight-homer outburst, but even the injuries they suffered seem to be of the carefree variety. Kevin Youkilis said the... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - A sufficient amount of bulldogging for a sweep

Instant Rationalization - A sufficient amount of bulldogging for a sweep
Jake Peavy allowed the first three batters to reach safely…in multiple innings. Two soft hits and a walk gave Peavy a bases-loaded, no out jam in the 1st, while an error, a walk and an RBI double started his 4th frame of work.  Conceding the run, turning a double play, and excellent glovework  ended the... Read more »

Morning M*A*S*H* Unit

Morning M*A*S*H* Unit
A return to a tie for 1st place combined with a return to form from Captain Mufasa himself and an upcoming Wednesday afternoon date with Nick Blackburn offers a host of immediate delights for White Sox fans. The White Sox plane crashed into the mountain this past weekend, and now two days, two wins, six... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - First place, it’s nice to see you again

Instant Rationalization  -  First place, it’s nice to see you again
When the White Sox stranded five runners in the first three innings and were once again giving Jose Quintana very little run support, tonight’s game had the same daunting feeling as last Thursday in Boston.  And when Josh Willingham gave the Twins a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning with his second home run of... Read more »
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A trade of great concern

A trade of great concern
Ultimately, in a baseball season, a team has to worry about themselves.  Get to 90 wins, then start worrying about standings and divisional strength. Monday night was all about righting the ship against the Twins; Bad Gavin stumbled through six positively garish-looking innings, but the offense stirred to life and toppled a familiar tormentor in... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Gavin Indebted to Defensive Prowess (GIDP) in win vs. Twins

Instant Rationalization  -  Gavin Indebted to Defensive Prowess (GIDP) in win vs. Twins
Gavin Floyd came off the disabled list to start against the Twins, a team he’s had his fair share of trouble against.  Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter against the Sox just last season.  So naturally, the White Sox, behind Floyd and five turned double plays, beat the Twinkies 7-4 and snapped their five game losing... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster
There’s a reason that so many have stressed that there is a lot of baseball left–67 games to be precise–after Sunday’s loss and sweep completion in Detroit. It’s a truth, and it’s also a coping mechanism, and coping mechanisms are assembled in response to disasters.  In a single seven-day period, the Sox went 1-6, dropped... Read more »
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Morning notes: Just another panicked Monday

Morning notes: Just another panicked Monday
“We’re all waiting for Gavin Floyd and John Danks to come back,” my mother opined to me over our weekly Sunday dinner together, “but has anyone pointed out that they haven’t been any good?” “They’ll be fine”, I said dismissively, foolishly thinking this would be enough. “They haven’t been any good.” “Danks was terrible, but... Read more »