Posts in category "Instant Rationalization"

Instant Rationalization - Thanks for the memories/dingers

Final games of the season always feel like the last day of college.  Everyone’s going through their routines, but at half-speed because of the wistful sadness that builds as the night’s activities draw closer to the end. Hawk started thanking the production crew during the broadcast, and even worked ahead on talking himself into the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A baseball game was played in Cleveland until it ended

No offense to the 10,015 Cleveland fans who carved up their Tuesday schedule to wedge a trip to the ballpark into it, but it wasn’t the most purposeful baseball game that was played in Progressive Field on this night. The White Sox lineup–absent Paul Konerko, Alex Rios (probably on break for the rest of the... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Oh oh oh, so NOW you want to drive in runners in scoring position

Delayed Rationalization - Oh oh oh, so NOW you want to drive in runners in scoring position
I put no measure of belief in the idea that any professional sports team can troll, or actively twist a knife in their own fanbase.  But there’s something just a little too perfect about the White Sox busting out a titanic offensive effort replete with timely hitting, and production outside the home run ball just in... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Can't stop the bleeding

The White Sox playoff hopes are just a notion these days, but a notion everyone would like to keep alive into next week.  Games in Cleveland don’t need to be made anymore lifeless than they are naturally. But Jose Quintana–the little soft-tossing control artist that could–was unable to keep the illusion going past the first... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - So, those problems aren't going way

Instant Rationalization - So, those problems aren't going way
With the Tigers having already weathered the disappointment of a blown lead and earning a walk-off victory earlier in the day, the stage was set for the White Sox to continue their quiet descent into that good night. It was indeed quiet, because the opener of the final home series of the season failed to... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Not that there's ever a good time...but this wasn't it

Delayed Rationalization - Not that there's ever a good time...but this wasn't it
This will give some fuel to critics of the homer-dependent offense…. If you’re going to get beat by the Corey Klubers and Russ Canzlers of the world… If the Tigers’ Sunday doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Twins was their loss that they would regret at the end of the season, this might be... Read more »
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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 »

Instant Rationalization - A textbook loss to the Royals that the White Sox won

Tuesday night, the White Sox were walking into Kaufman Stadium–frequent home of their worst-played games of the season–coming off a emotional triumph over their chief rival, facing inconsistent but occasionally capable Luke Hochevar, and starting Gavin Floyd; the famous linguist who coined the term “mercurial”. It started with the appropriate amount of dread and malaise.... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Liriano comes up preposterously big

This was not a game the White Sox displayed any great desire to have Francisco Liriano start.  He had been pulled from the rotation earlier in the week, bumped in out and out from rotation schedule twice, and had the bullpen working in the 7th even though he had a no-hitter going. He had a... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Reasonable goals, easily achieved

Instant Rationalization - Reasonable goals, easily achieved
After a week of rapturous highs and lows, in an intense series with Detroit that featured both playoff implications and atmosphere, the Sox were given a slightly different task Friday night – Go beat the last-place Twins with Chris Sale against their #12 starter.  Oh, and Joe Mauer was out of the lineup too. It... Read more »