Archive for August 2012

Farewell, Jim Joyce umpiring crew

Farewell, Jim Joyce umpiring crew
In the past two games, we’ve been treated to… Lance Barrett’s weakness for Blake Beaven’s outside breaking balls Barrett ejecting A.J. Pierzynski while he was still in his crouch on Saturday.  Although, with the words Pierzynski used post-ejection, Barret might have dealt with some grief beforehand. Jim Joyce inserting himself into the dispute between Ventura... Read more »

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road
Click here for larger image. I initially viewed this photo removed of context, and I feel as though that moment provided the most genuine and rewarding reaction.  The full story is fine, heart-warming, even.  However, the initial shock, confusion, and yes, awe is irreplaceable.  I mean, this is how these men are dressed in preparation to... Read more »

Flowers, Mother Nature sends Sox to sweep over Seattle

Flowers, Mother Nature sends Sox to sweep over Seattle
White Sox backup catcher Tyler Flowers saved the day just in the nick of time, hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 4-3 lead.  Then the rain, which had been falling pretty steadily all afternoon was just too much, and the game was finally called after almost a... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Your typical White Sox comeback victory

Instant Rationalization - Your typical White Sox comeback victory
The White Sox have come back to win 34 of their 69 victories. Almost half. Crazy. — Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 25, 2012 That was after Friday night, so now it’s a perfect split.  Per the playbook of the first two nights of the Yankees series, the Sox spent the first inning trying to play... Read more »

Saturday smatterings

Saturday smatterings
The White Sox can still beat the Mariners (22 out of the last 26), so in some degree, the status quo remains alive and well, in spite of last night. The completion of the supersonic mega-deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox has the baseball word aflutter.  The Red Sox sent a quater of a... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess

Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess
There were nine innings in this game.  Nine of them.  All of these innings matter equally–in that no inning is statistically more significant than the other–but in a one-game situation, they don’t.  Innings become what you make of them. The first eight innings were dominated by the White Sox.  Peavy threw seven quality, walk-free frames,... Read more »
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Morning notes: The Mariner menace looms

Morning notes: The Mariner menace looms
The White Sox were swept by the Royals, and responded by sweeping the Yankees.  With that, my general avoidance of individual game previews is validated.  The Sox are more likely to beat good teams than they are to beat bad teams, and more likely to beat bad pitchers than they are to beat good pitchers.... Read more »

The latest ode to Sale

The latest ode to Sale
Chris Sale has long since exhausted his quota of coming out parties.  The All-Star Game appearance, the 15-strikeout game in Tampa, and the White Sox burgeoning national relevance have allowed him to be properly recognized and feared by the outside world. But still, Sale’s Wednesday night outing was his first against the Yankees, and happened... Read more »

Instant (Sweeping) Rationalization – Ladies and Gentlemen, Chris Sale

Instant (Sweeping) Rationalization – Ladies and Gentlemen, Chris Sale
Wow.  Chris Sale hasn’t ceased to impress all year and tonight, against the best team in the American League (coming into the night), was no different.  Sale had everything working tonight, going seven and two-thirds innings, only giving up one run and striking out 13 Yankees.  Five Yankees hitters struck out two times each and... Read more »
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Carlos Sanchez is (on) the Gordon Beckham plan

Carlos Sanchez is (on) the Gordon Beckham plan
White Sox minor league infielder Carlos Sanchez has been promoted to AAA Charlotte after 30 games in AA Birmingham, where he had been promoted to this same season after 92 games at High-A Winston-Salem.  This is shocking and not shocking. It’s shocking because Sanchez only turned 20 in June, and was already one of the... Read more »