Posts in category "Player Performance"

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 »

Not the biggest performance of Adam Dunn's life, but more than close enough

Not the biggest performance of Adam Dunn's life, but more than close enough
“We just have to take a step back and relax,” Dunn said. “We have to realize we are in first place and in a really, really good position.” That was Adam Dunn, the veteran of absolutely zero MLB playoff wars, before Monday night’s crucial showdown with the Cleveland Indians.  Dunn would cooly go on to... 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 »

A relatively small baseball fan base puts its hope in Gavin Floyd

A relatively small baseball fan base puts its hope in Gavin Floyd
Gavin Floyd is being thrust from the disabled list into one of the most important games of the season Wednesday, presumably willingly.  He’s returning from his second inactive stint due to a right elbow flexor strain that makes it hard for him to snap off his sliders and curves without discomfort. At the time, this... Read more »

Might I bend your ear about Jose Quintana for a few minutes?

Might I bend your ear about Jose Quintana for a few minutes?
Things have been going downhill for our friend Jose recently.  There have been three outings for him in between this fine morning and his last quality start, which was also the last time he made it through the sixth inning. Even factoring in that last quality start, Quintana has walked 11 batters in his last... Read more »
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Alexei's good(?) year at the plate

Alexei's good(?) year at the plate
Don’t be fooled by the headline, or the later conclusion of this article; Alexei Ramirez is having a horrible year at the plate.  Just horrible. I had all but given up on the idea that there would be a ‘breakout’ season, and grown to completely accept and love the ‘league-average bat with an incredible glove’... Read more »

The latest ode to Sale

The latest ode to Sale
Chris Sale has long since exhausted his quota of coming out parties.  The All-Star Game appearance, the 15-strikeout game in Tampa, and the White Sox burgeoning national relevance have allowed him to be properly recognized and feared by the outside world. But still, Sale’s Wednesday night outing was his first against the Yankees, and happened... Read more »

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 »
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Odd things to be on pace for

Odd things to be on pace for
Rate stats are everything in analysis, I feel. I regularly throw a triple-slash of a hitter’s average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage and expect you, my dearest reader, to know exactly what type of performer they are. However, I am not made of stathead blogger stone.  It’s a lot easier to have a real grasp on... Read more »