Category: Player Performance

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 »

Sale's rapturous return

Sale's rapturous return
Like most biased observers, I have long since allowed myself–against high-minded notions of caution–to believe that the White Sox are going to make the playoffs. It’s mostly 2011’s fault.  A season mired in mismanagement, a lineup devout in its adherence to Murphy’s Law, and the type of errors in execution that would inspire a Governor... Read more »

Vaya con Rios

Vaya con Rios
Alex Rios just passed Josh Hamilton in wRC+ for the season. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) August 4, 2012 That statement establishes two things; that Josh Hamilton has fallen hard back to Earth since his prodigious May, and that Alex Rios is one of the first to greet him as he arrives. When Paul Konerko nearly... Read more »
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Jose Quintana is falling out of the swing of things

Jose Quintana is falling out of the swing of things
July 5th was a day of tremendous temptation for everyone still avoiding the Jose Quintana bandwagon.  His masterful eight inning, two-hit outing against the Texas Rangers offense–on a hellishly hot day–wasn’t simply another triumph for his strategy of busting hitters inside with his perfectly located 90 mph fastball, it was far more promising that. Quintana... Read more »

Reacting to the latest Quintana episode

Reacting to the latest Quintana episode
There’s really not a red flag that Jose Quintana hasn’t raised during his meteoric rise to prominence in the White Sox rotation.  He was unheralded as a prospect, released by another team, has a hard time hitting more than 91 mph, and is lucky on balls in play and stranding runners.  All the seeds for... Read more »

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 »
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This is the Rios we want

This is the Rios we want
Whether it’s the curse of the five-tool player being inflicted upon him, or the curse of Alex Rios being inflicted on others, ascribing the proper expectations upon the 31 year-old outfielder has always been a challenge. Toronto was excited at how his tools and athleticism would age enough to sign him through 2014 when he... Read more »

Adam Dunn's wacky method

Adam Dunn's wacky method
Not to quibble with one of the best comeback seasons of all-time, but there’s something about the method to Adam Dunn’s princely .369 OBP and .554 SLG, that’s peculiar.  He’s walking and he’s hitting home runs, which is all anyone wanted him to do. He’s striking out more.  Not just more than usual, not just... Read more »

Orlando Hudson can be accountable

Orlando Hudson can be accountable
From JJ: “I f***ed it up,” Hudson snapped after going 0-4 with a key error as the Sox lost 2-1 to the Cubs Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field. “I lost the game for [Peavy], that’s it. The man threw a hell of a game, I lost it for him. Point blank. Case closed. We lost.... Read more »
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Floyd disappoints--in the truest sense of the word

Floyd disappoints--in the truest sense of the word
The nighttime site outage prevented a proper recap, so here is this: Thanks to all the successes of Don Cooper, perhaps no fan base in the sport is as susceptible to excitement over a report of a small mechanical adjustment than this one. Just Floyd’s wording, the wording that makes no sense at all removed... Read more »