Category: AL Central

Morning notes: Uncomfortably large divisional lead edition

Morning notes: Uncomfortably large divisional lead edition
Now that the Indians have sank down to .500 after being swept in New York–which is somewhat troubling since that’s where the next series is–the White Sox are up in the AL Central by two and a half games.  That margin ties June 3rd for the biggest lead they’ve held all season, which seems small,... Read more »

Afternoon notes: Second-place edition

Everything seems less rosy when it doesn’t have the ‘activities of a 1st-place team’ stamp on it.  A Wednesday night set to be spent battling the Cubs to avoid a sweep with one of the league’s worst starters of the last month lacks a certain tinge of nobility. So does marveling at Detroit’s comeback.  In... Read more »

Now we have to wonder how serious the White Sox are

Now we have to wonder how serious the White Sox are
Two weeks ago, the White Sox (29-22) were in 3rd place and four games under .500.  Now they’re the hottest team in baseball after winning 12 of out 13 games.  As suspicious as the about-face seems, it won’t take long to compile a list of reasons why the White Sox (29-22) are a legitimate playoff... Read more »
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Indians Preview with Matthew Van Wormer of DTTWLN

Indians Preview with Matthew Van Wormer of DTTWLN
This Monday brings about the third series of the season for the White Sox against the Cleveland Indians.  They just so happen to be leading the division, despite the AL Central being betrothed to Detroit at the beginning of the season. To figure out why Cleveland’s been rolling recently, I contacted Matthew Van Wormer of... Read more »

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers
Last Spring, I wrote a capsule for every other AL Central team for the purpose of sizing up the competition.  The 2011 White Sox didn’t figure to run away with the AL Central unopposed, but they were serious contenders and it was important to get a handle on just how many games they’d need to win... Read more »

White Sox around the world

White Sox around the world
If I really wanted to, I think I could squeeze a third post out about Kosuke Fukudome signing on to be the 5th outfielder, but it’s probably not the best thing for anyone involved or in the surrounding area.  Additionally, the video for the classic White Sox game I was going to write a retrospective... Read more »
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Plunken' Em

Plunken' Em
Mark Parent was talking pretty tough on Sunday, and no tough-guy, hard-nosed bench coach persona is really complete without some pledge of loyalty to the team, seasoned with a bit of implied violence.  Or at least, that’s what all the bench coach handbooks say. So while it was notable that Parent made a pledge of... Read more »

Welcome distractions from Prince Fielder

Welcome distractions from Prince Fielder
Prince Fielders had 128 weighted runs created in 2011.  Adam Dunn + Alex Rios + Gordon Beckham had 125.  I would like a distraction from Prince Fielder, please. Yoenis Cespedes and that other finesse lefty guy Yoenis Cespedes is a distraction, and is even the opposite of Fielder in many ways.  There’s no worry of... Read more »

Death at the hands of large men

Death at the hands of large men
The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Is there any other way to start into discussing this?  The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a 9-year (with no opt out), $214 million contract, seemingly in response to losing DH Victor Martinez (who’s signed through 2014) for the season to a knee injury.  Good gravy. The best... Read more »
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Trade rumors put White Sox firmly on the fence

Trade rumors put White Sox firmly on the fence
The White Sox are still listening to offers for Gavin Floyd. Listening, doesn’t necessarily imply anything is actually being said.  It could mean that the White Sox are merely open to receiving chatter.  It could mean that the White Sox are simply laying down on their back, in the middle of a grassy field, chewing on... Read more »