Category: Game Preview

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 »

White Sox home opener will start their greatest challenge of the season

White Sox home opener will start their greatest challenge of the season
The past two years, the White Sox have been really good about getting off to a promising and encouraging start.  In both 2010 and 2011, the first game of the year was a showdown with a Cleveland Indians team that seemed more or less unconvinced that Spring Training had ended, and was violently dispatched to the... Read more »

What should carry over from Opening Day

What should carry over from Opening Day
Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheehan says he doesn’t like to comment on the opening couple of games, because there’s nothing to do but comment on but small samples. That’s a bit self-limiting, because it’s also a point of the season where interest and fan investment might be the highest–if Chris Rongey fielding calls about Konerko not... Read more »
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I thought the six-man rotation was for when you have too many GOOD starters...

I thought the six-man rotation was for when you have too many GOOD starters...
Zach Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte after Friday night’s game with the express purpose of starting Saturday night in Minnesota, pushing back Jake Peavy to Sunday after he threw 115 pitches on Monday. Brian Bruney was DFA’d to make room, and despite his many intangible attributes, his ERA had recently ballooned to 6.86.  That along... Read more »

A crazed preview of Monday's White Sox-Royals game

This Monday evening, the White Sox square off against the Kansas City Royals and noted terrible starter, Kyle Davies.  Much has been written on the travails of Davies’ career, and the arguments often made about him have been underscored by Davies recording a 7.74 ERA (in this run environment) in 50 IP on the season. ... Read more »

Goals for the West Coast trip

Goals for the West Coast trip
Danks has one goal: Win! Everyone else has stuff a lot more complex // Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune I’ve decided it’s too soon for my elaborate 25th Hour metaphor about how the 2011 is the prison sentence the White Sox have always had coming due to their roster-construction style.  To flip that all the way... Read more »
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Off Day, Off Day, Remember to Not Shoot Your Boss Day

Off Day, Off Day, Remember to Not Shoot Your Boss Day
Sit back, relax, and scratch it down // Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune White Sox Observer always discourages violence in the workplace, but especially in the continuing cool-down from Wednesday’s afternoon’s three-reliever pileup on the Dan Ryan expressway. It’s OK to feel good again.  After all, you’re a fan of a 7-5 baseball team, or you’re... Read more »

White Sox MUST sweep the Minnesota Twins

This is indicative of the type of the effort that will NOT lead to sweeping the Twins And then they need to get a hell of a lot of help right afterward too. The label of ‘must-win’ is applied to a lot of series over the course of the year, especially if a team spends... Read more »

The most important White Sox games aren't against the Twins

  Big 2-run jack to put the team up 11 in the 8th inning! Cluuuuttccchhhh!! Let’s face it.  It doesn’t seem like big, showdown games are the White Sox thing.  The adrenaline, the palpable pregame excitement, the capacity crowds; they probably do nothing more than weird everybody in black & white out.  The Twins were... Read more »
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White Sox have two days to fish themselves out of Lake Michigan

It’s a metaphor If one is an incident, two is a coincidence, and three is as far back as you ever want to be in a division race halfway through August, then the White Sox have fumbled (literally) their way to the doorstep of rendering their June comeback to contention super-irrelevant.  3 games back is... Read more »