Posts in category "Managing"

Your Monday update on easily anticipated White Sox news

Your Monday update on easily anticipated White Sox news
Since suddenly transforming into a team that couldn’t drive in runners and coughing up the division, the White Sox have been very light on the surprises. Rick Hahn made his much-rumored about ascent to the GM seat immediately after the close of the season, initiating a waiting game to find things out about Hahn’s style,... 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 »

Questions about the authority

Questions about the authority
I only got to see the last two innings of Thursday’s game live, but I understand that baserunning blunders that prevented the Sox from blowing things open, more ineffectiveness versus Jeremy Guthrie, and the chasm in the number of opportunities between Chicago and Kansas City made the 9th inning a culmination of a night of... Read more »
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Afternoon notes - Who cares about next year? How many of us will still be alive?

Afternoon notes - Who cares about next year?  How many of us will still be alive?
The 2013 schedules were released Wednesday, opening up a dangerous line of thinking. To begin thinking about 2013 is to begin thinking about how the White Sox will manage to be competitive next season.  Option years are coming up for Youkilis, Peavy, and Floyd. Konerko, Dunn, and Pierzynski are another year older….and A.J. doesn’t even... Read more »

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 »

6th starters, assemble!

6th starters, assemble!
It’s just another day in bizarro-land, where Jake Peavy and Chris Sale sit 1-2 for the White Sox team lead in innings, and middle rotation members struggle to keep all of their muscles in working order.  At present, the following issues are at the forefront. Gavin Floyd underwent an MRI on his right elbow Thursday that... Read more »
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Morning notes: The Mariner menace looms

Morning notes: The Mariner menace looms
The White Sox were swept by the Royals, and responded by sweeping the Yankees.  With that, my general avoidance of individual game previews is validated.  The Sox are more likely to beat good teams than they are to beat bad teams, and more likely to beat bad pitchers than they are to beat good pitchers.... Read more »

Robin Ventura's intentional weekend

Robin Ventura's intentional weekend
Criticizing manager strategy is always dangerous territory.  There’s a huge cutoff in access to in-game scouting in play, and theindividual strategic moves that we all hem-and-haw about is but a small fraction of their job. But when managers turn to the intentional walk, they wade into a territory with a lot of research behind it,... Read more »

Don't test the bench

Don't test the bench
It’s difficult to quantify an effective bench, especially offensively.  Chances are that in this offense environment, a team with a cadre of effective hitters not getting regular at-bats is simply poorly managed. Moreover, while the plate appearances that the White Sox have given to Brent Morel, Orlando Hudson, Brent Lillibridge, Eduardo Escobar, Kosuke Fukudome, Jordan... Read more »
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So, you've punted a game...

So, you've punted a game...
To recap the point I’m set to belabor–on Wednesday night, the White Sox started Pedro Hernandez. They sent a future middle reliever who isn’t even ready for such a role yet to face the still-capable Red Sox offense in Fenway Park, and looked on as he suffered a predictably grizzly fate. Everyone involved in the... Read more »