Posts in category "Offense"

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox
There have been some attempts to sum up the surprises, both good and bad, for the White Sox this past season, and generally I feel they could use some context. Everything needs buckets of buckets of context; it’s just a matter of how much we can stand. Mark Gonzales of the Tribune highlighted a fun... Read more »

A late-season collapse, in too much detail

A late-season collapse, in too much detail
The White Sox have been no titans of baseball at any point in the season, but entering into September they had set themselves up well to only have to play .500 baseball, and coast drearily into the playoffs in the worst division in baseball.  Even ~.500 play would have them tied for the division lead... Read more »

Help from below

Help from below
The bottom of the White Sox lineup is by definition, fairly bad, and certainly not reliable.  It’s a bottom of the order, after all. But there’s been a smattering of sparks throughout the normal darkness.  It hasn’t been enough for anyone to get promoted–lest the ‘return Beckham to the #2 spot!’ crowd regain any steam.... Read more »
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Now would be a fine time for May days to return

Now would be a fine time for May days to return
The plan worked. The White Sox spent the weekend rehabilitating their offense and egos in sunny Minneapolis/St. Paul, and waited for Detroit to have an outbreak of defensive miscues that would undermine their superior talent level. It took the whole weekend, but it happened.  A hellacious 5th inning of infield defense put two extra Indians... 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 »

The White Sox have a bench? The White Sox have a bench!

The White Sox have a bench?  The White Sox have a bench!
The White Sox scored the decisive runs on Sunday just like you’d expect–Jordan Danks walked and was knocked in by a Tyler Flowers homer. That’s sarcasm, of course.  A little joke for everyone who knows that the White Sox bench spent the first four months of the season being terrible.  Not problematically terrible, since they’re just... Read more »
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Dayan and information

Dayan and information
I generally have tried to avoid worrying about Dayan Viciedo. He’s young, and raw, and the potential is there, and the kinks are only going to be worked out with time if they get worked out at all.  All of the projections had him shaking out to around league-average at the end of it all,... Read more »

Loose threads

Sometimes a game doesn’t offer a clear, unifying narrative upon which to craft an entire post around, but merely a smattering of disparate thoughts. - The White Sox lost to the Blue Jays 3-2 in 11 innings Monday night, while the Tigers had a miserable old time in Minnesota and lost 9-3.  Nights where the... Read more »

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try
A casual glance at the standings gives the impression that something like a crucial August series is taking place this weekend.  The Angels–still a heavy favorite to end their season in October with a wild card berth safely in tow–head into town fresh off a split with the Rangers where their bullpen allowed 11 runs... Read more »
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Kevin Youkilis and grinding at-bats

Kevin Youkilis and grinding at-bats
The 2012 White Sox have a great many enjoyable qualities, but patience hasn’t been one of them.  ”They don’t work the count!” was a common complaint during the early-season struggles, and while those voices have died down as the wins have piled up, the process has remained the same. Going into Wednesday night, the White... Read more »