Everyone has been making their random selection of "tough losses that really killed the Sox". In honor of the series currently being played on the North side of town between two 100-loss teams, I would offer that dropping four games combined against the Cubs and Astros (all at home) really killed the Sox, since they currently trail the Tigers by three.
RIP 'The Floating Part of Konerko's Wrist'
Paul Konerko is having wrist surgery on Thursday--the day after the season ends--to remove the bone chip that's been giving him trouble all throughout this late-career renaissance. Konerko will go to his grave insisting that the wrist wasn't an issue after the flushing procedure in June, but the corresponding disintegration of his power and immediacy with which the issue is being addressed are worth a raised eyebrow.
Jake's Swan Song
There's been a lot of talk about Peavy's home finale as a White Sox, or his career finale as a White Sox, and that's because it seems very, very unlikely that he will return. The $22 million option for 2013 has already being declined, and the free agent starting pitching crop is less than robust...setting Peavy up for a satisfying payday
The Sox are not typically prone to big free agent starter signings, and with a rebuild possible, there is likely even more of a need for Peavy to take a hometown discount in order to stay than usual. He has yet to give a great indication of wanting to do that.
"I’m looking forward to getting back to Alabama and seeing some family who is not doing too well," Peavy said. "I get to be with all of them and have some down time and see what happens, what’s the best decision for me and my family moving forward."
There's no real way to see how Peavy fits into Sox plans before they actually make them, though.
Rios is Done for the Season
It's fun to use alarmist terms like 'out of the season' this time of year, since in Rios' case it means he's getting all of two games off.
Tuesday's game was Rios' first one off since August 8th, and only his fourth missed contest all season. Robin Ventura acknowledged the problem with finding him a day off all season during his pre-game radio show on 670 AM The Score, summarizing it all with "he's done all he could."
That's accurate, since Rios has set career-highs in all triple-crown categories. Naturally, he'll be the subject of trade rumors as a result.
Santiago goes South
In his quest to work his way into whatever the starting rotation looks like next season, Hector Santiago will be going to the Puerto Rican League in a month to throw approximately forty innings of work.
Despite all the talk of workloads this summer, this seems like a fine play. Santiago only threw 85 innings this season across two levels, is showing no signs of hitting a wall judging from Monday night's sharpness and velocity. By A.J. Pierzynski's account, some work on his off-speed stuff would be a very good thing.
"He probably wants to be a starter but he needs to work on his breaking ball," Pierzynski said. "He needs to work on some strikes, just little things about being a starter."
Ever since I dismissed his chances to break the single-season record, Adam Dunn has been on a strikeout tear, and is within one of tying Mark Reynolds' 2009 mark of 223. It's unclear whether Dunn will play Wednesday and have a crack at it.
Previously, I was in favor of Dunn breaking the record, because I thought it would de-stigmatize the strikeout a bit to have a player with a still-productive year claim the mark. But Reynolds already had a far superior season to Dunn's, and Adam inability to post even a remotely respectable contact rate has sapped from his on-base skills.
"So when someone says it's been a successful year, I'm like, no, you just don't know. Shoot. It's not. The only thing I take away from this now is disappointment.''
Kenny Williams refused to accept any moral victories from the 2012 season to reporters or to David Haugh for his piece, but gets into a lot of semantics in response to accusations that the Sox "choked".
"We can't change the culture, whether it's the social media world or traditional media world or the fan blogger. Everyone has a voice. You can't react to it, but you can use it as motivation."
Well, I, the fan blogger, did not want to pass judgment on the mental state of players and make such an uninformed assessment.
"I just think they were trying to do too much in those situations,'' Williams said. "They wanted it too badly and couldn't relax.''
But now you've gone and convinced me to.