Posts in category "AL Central"

A completely SERIOUS look at WINNING the DIVISION

A completely SERIOUS look at WINNING the DIVISION
Previously, I was under the distinct impression that the White Sox season was over.  Kaput.  Donezo.  Finito Santiago. However, this is not the case.  If the White Sox win all three of their games against the Indians, and Tigers lose all three of their games against the Royals, then it forces a one-game playoff for... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

Home run dependency and learning not to care

Home run dependency and learning not to care
I am particularly disappointed that information regarding what percentage of team runs are scored via home runs is not readily available.  Printed clearly and in sortable charts for my easy use would be best.  Alas, it is not, but I can tell you that the White Sox have scored 298 of their 657 runs in... Read more »

In ragged straits as the biggest series of the season begins

In ragged straits as the biggest series of the season begins
The White Sox don’t have much of a shot at the American League Wild Card.  At the moment, they’re two and a half games out of the last spot, which isn’t as big of a hindrance as three teams they’d have to overcome. Luckily, they play in the weakest division in all of baseball, and... Read more »
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If the Twins are just going to defend Adam Dunn wrong...

Perhaps you’ve noticed this, but no points taken off if you haven’t–teams have been defending Adam Dunn in a very specific way in the infield.  They’re featuring a shift.  I could describe it, but the Baltimore Orioles could just demonstrate it. The 2nd basemen is playing a sort of ‘Short Right Field’ position, the shortstop... Read more »

Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline

Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline
The last day before the non-waiver trade deadline came and went without any significant additions to the AL Central powers, despite “interesting discussions” all around.  It was a bit of a surprise since the Sox had the rather reasonable options of improving the bullpen or overcorrect their bench, and an even bigger surprise that the Tigers... Read more »

Twins healing powers activate

Twins healing powers activate
Boy, that Twins series really cured some ills. Not only did the Sox snap a five-game losing streak, wipe away their deficit to Detroit in the AL Central standings, and rejuvenate their offense with a 26-run, eight-homer outburst, but even the injuries they suffered seem to be of the carefree variety. Kevin Youkilis said the... Read more »
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A trade of great concern

A trade of great concern
Ultimately, in a baseball season, a team has to worry about themselves.  Get to 90 wins, then start worrying about standings and divisional strength. Monday night was all about righting the ship against the Twins; Bad Gavin stumbled through six positively garish-looking innings, but the offense stirred to life and toppled a familiar tormentor in... Read more »