Archive for September 2012

Instant Rationalization - Can't stop the bleeding

The White Sox playoff hopes are just a notion these days, but a notion everyone would like to keep alive into next week.  Games in Cleveland don’t need to be made anymore lifeless than they are naturally. But Jose Quintana–the little soft-tossing control artist that could–was unable to keep the illusion going past the first... Read more »

We'll always have the Orlando Hudson grand slam

We'll always have the Orlando Hudson grand slam
What a difference a day makes, especially when those days include a division lead doubling and halving itself back-and-forth at the drop of a hat.  In this case, all the optimism forged by the Sox dragging themselves within one good day of the Tigers was snuffed out very, very emphatically. While the Tigers clinged to a... Read more »

Instant Rationalization – It’s gotten so bad, it doesn’t even seem real anymore

Chris Sale registered his shortest start of the year, in what most likely is his last start of the year, lasting only 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  Of course, no White Sox loss of late is complete without complete offensive ineptitude, and this game was no different. Alex Rios picked up... Read more »
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A late-season collapse, in too much detail

A late-season collapse, in too much detail
The White Sox have been no titans of baseball at any point in the season, but entering into September they had set themselves up well to only have to play .500 baseball, and coast drearily into the playoffs in the worst division in baseball.  Even ~.500 play would have them tied for the division lead... Read more »

Remembering “Pork Chop” Whitehead

Remembering “Pork Chop” Whitehead
Here’s something completely different from Chris, to spare you the autopsy this team’s collapse deserves for a few hours… On Wednesday evening, “Porkchop” Whitehead was the subject of a trivial scoreboard graphic at U.S. Cellular Field, serving to distract White Sox fans from a brutal display of baseball.  The player’s ridiculous nickname prompted the commissioning of... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - So, those problems aren't going way

Instant Rationalization - So, those problems aren't going way
With the Tigers having already weathered the disappointment of a blown lead and earning a walk-off victory earlier in the day, the stage was set for the White Sox to continue their quiet descent into that good night. It was indeed quiet, because the opener of the final home series of the season failed to... Read more »
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Oh, the brutality

Oh, the brutality
Wednesday night, the braintrust of White Sox Observer all met at once for the first time to enjoy each other’s company in the presence of the game and team they love. Fittingly, the White Sox pitching staff didn’t want the night to end. Sox pitching walked a season-high 12 batters, which according to the preeminent... Read more »

Things are not okay

Things are not okay
The manner of baseball the White Sox have been playing recently–light on the baserunners, stingy on the clutch hitting and fresh out of starters who look fresh out on the mound–is a secondary concern. Team performance has shown itself annoyingly capable and willing of turning on a dime, even after everyone is filling buoyed and... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Not that there's ever a good time...but this wasn't it

Delayed Rationalization - Not that there's ever a good time...but this wasn't it
This will give some fuel to critics of the homer-dependent offense…. If you’re going to get beat by the Corey Klubers and Russ Canzlers of the world… If the Tigers’ Sunday doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Twins was their loss that they would regret at the end of the season, this might be... Read more »
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Not the biggest performance of Adam Dunn's life, but more than close enough

Not the biggest performance of Adam Dunn's life, but more than close enough
“We just have to take a step back and relax,” Dunn said. “We have to realize we are in first place and in a really, really good position.” That was Adam Dunn, the veteran of absolutely zero MLB playoff wars, before Monday night’s crucial showdown with the Cleveland Indians.  Dunn would cooly go on to... Read more »