Archive for August 2012

Instant Rationalization – The drama of the AL Central is here to stay after Tigers take the opener

The White Sox had a chance to extend their first place lead to four games, which would have have been their biggest lead of the season.  Detroit has not been a kind place for the Sox as of late, losing eight of their previous nine in the Motor City.  The Sox definitely had their chances... Read more »

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox start  the first of their two remaining head-to-head series Friday, after each spent the last week kinda killing the buzz of the whole affair. Not killing the buzz for us, obviously.  You the reader–who is either a hyper-partisan Sox fan or at least reading understanding that the target audience... Read more »

Instant Rationalization – The Sox get flipped the bird one last time in 5-3 loss to Baltimore

Instant Rationalization – The Sox get flipped the bird one last time in 5-3 loss to Baltimore
If there is a silver lining to today’s 5-3 loss to the Orioles that gave the Orioles the series win, it’s that the Sox don’t have to see Baltimore anymore this season.  The Sox finished the season a paltry 2-5 against Baltimore.  The biggest reason the Sox were dominated in this series is poor starting... Read more »
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Alexei's good(?) year at the plate

Alexei's good(?) year at the plate
Don’t be fooled by the headline, or the later conclusion of this article; Alexei Ramirez is having a horrible year at the plate.  Just horrible. I had all but given up on the idea that there would be a ‘breakout’ season, and grown to completely accept and love the ‘league-average bat with an incredible glove’... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - A win built on the sturdy shoulders of Axelrod, Ramirez, and Beckham

Delayed Rationalization - A win built on the sturdy shoulders of Axelrod, Ramirez, and Beckham
The White Sox entered the night having not gotten a hit out of the infield in a while…since Monday, to be precise.  It was a drought that needed fixing, so Dewayne Wise went about fixing it with a solid single to left field on the second pitch of the game. With that out of the... Read more »

Everybody's working for the weekend

Everybody's working for the weekend
The White Sox are making overt efforts to save up their best punch for this weekend’s showdown with Detroit–they’ve cued up the best raw stuff on the squad with Peavy, Liriano and Sale, and given them all rest, in various kooky ways. Peavy’s spot against Baltimore is getting skipped to hide away Dylan Axelrod replacing... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Well, at least no good performances were wasted

There was a solid 1.2 innings of good feelings Tuesday night.  Chris Sale had struck out four through that span, and even though the White Sox had yet to get a hit off of Orioles’ starter Chris Tillman, there was great hope that they would prevail with a superior matchup. Sale’s velocity wasn’t top-notch, with... Read more »

6th starters, assemble!

6th starters, assemble!
It’s just another day in bizarro-land, where Jake Peavy and Chris Sale sit 1-2 for the White Sox team lead in innings, and middle rotation members struggle to keep all of their muscles in working order.  At present, the following issues are at the forefront. Gavin Floyd underwent an MRI on his right elbow Thursday that... Read more »

Patience (and a lack thereof) the difference in 4-3 loss to Orioles

Most might point to Nate McLouth’s two-run go-ahead homer in the eighth inning as the difference in the game.  While that might have been the most dramatic turning point,  the difference in Monday’s 4-3 loss to Baltimore can be seen through two stats: White Sox offensive strikeouts, and the bases on balls Baltimore received.  White... Read more »
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The White Sox have a bench? The White Sox have a bench!

The White Sox have a bench?  The White Sox have a bench!
The White Sox scored the decisive runs on Sunday just like you’d expect–Jordan Danks walked and was knocked in by a Tyler Flowers homer. That’s sarcasm, of course.  A little joke for everyone who knows that the White Sox bench spent the first four months of the season being terrible.  Not problematically terrible, since they’re just... Read more »