Archive for September 2012

Delayed Rationalization – The losing streak is Dunn!

Adam Dunn hasn’t played in many meaningful games in his career, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t clutch.  Dunn smacked two homers, including the go-ahead three-run shot in the eighth inning to lead the Sox to a 5-4 win over Cleveland.  This was a must-win for the Sox, throwing Chris Sale against a sub-par team.... Read more »

A bad time for reality to set in

A bad time for reality to set in
Some of the raw horror of the White Sox five-game losing streak has been blunted by Detroit forsaking a chance to take a division lead, and getting swept out of a doubleheader by the Twins.  It’s hard to figure out how the Sox will ever win another game at this rate, but maybe they won’t... Read more »

Instant Rationalization – The ‘syndrome’ plagues the Sox once again in 4-1 loss to the Angels

Instant Rationalization – The ‘syndrome’ plagues the Sox once again in 4-1 loss to the Angels
Hawk Harrelson has been crabbier than normal (and unbearable to listen to) on Sox broadcasts.  I mean, sure, we are all thinking exactly what he’s been saying, but one set of hanging dark clouds is enough.  But one of Hawk’s new theories is that the White Sox have a “syndrome” in which nobody could hit. ... Read more »
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1964: A Pennant Race!

1964: A Pennant Race!
Search for Yankees biographies and autobiographies on Amazon, you’ll find 246 books; do the same search for the White Sox, you’ll find 14.  History is written by the victors, or the writers commissioned to prevent the victors from sounding like bumbling idiots.  So tales of Yankees triumphs are part of the documented record, while White... Read more »

Instant Rationalization – Peavy, Sox carry over hangover from Kansas City

Instant Rationalization – Peavy, Sox carry over hangover from Kansas City
The game started of very well, with Alejandro de Aza homering to leadoff the game.  After that homer, however, the game went downhill fast. Jake Peavy once again just didn’t have it in a big game situation, leaving pitches out, over the plate that Angels hitters didn’t miss.  Peavy allowed five runs on eight hits... Read more »

Questions about the authority

Questions about the authority
I only got to see the last two innings of Thursday’s game live, but I understand that baserunning blunders that prevented the Sox from blowing things open, more ineffectiveness versus Jeremy Guthrie, and the chasm in the number of opportunities between Chicago and Kansas City made the 9th inning a culmination of a night of... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization – It’s time to get the hell out of Kansas City

Instant Rationalization – It’s time to get the hell out of Kansas City
It’s difficult to logically wrap your head around how many chances the White Sox had to put this game away; yet, just like most other games in 2012, the Royals found a way to win.  Tonight it was Eric Hosmer delivering the walk-off hit off of Matt Thornton on an 0-2 pitch for a 4-3... Read more »

Your anxiety has little precedent

Your anxiety has little precedent
Full disclosure: I was born in 1987, which limits the reach of my memory. However, my earliest, and still strongest memory of the pain of a late-season collapse is Mark Langston of the California Angels sitting in the dugout with his head in his hands.  He had just been pulled after a disastrous four-run 7th... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there
Considering how little went right, the White Sox really stuck around for quite a while on Wednesday night.  Little fighters, they are. A somewhat egregious mismatch of Chris Sale vs. Bruce Chen marked the night, but both pitchers seemed set on creating their own problems. Sale placed Billy Butler in big-time RBI situations in the... Read more »
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Help from below

Help from below
The bottom of the White Sox lineup is by definition, fairly bad, and certainly not reliable.  It’s a bottom of the order, after all. But there’s been a smattering of sparks throughout the normal darkness.  It hasn’t been enough for anyone to get promoted–lest the ‘return Beckham to the #2 spot!’ crowd regain any steam.... Read more »