Category: Player Performance

Alexei is past his usual point of return

Alexei is past his usual point of return
Wednesday night, Alexei Ramirez struck out in all three plate appearances to lower his season batting line to .218/.238/.272.  Needless to say, he’s on pace for the worst season of his career by far. He’s also stuck on one home run, and is walking less than he did during his free-swinging rookie season, both of... Read more »

Rationalizing Jose Quintana, if that's even possible

Rationalizing Jose Quintana, if that's even possible
It seems like wishful thinking now, but Tuesday night’s showdown with St. Louis seemed like a chance to finally get some definitive answers on Jose Quintana, one way or another. That didn’t quite happen.  Maybe it won’t happen anytime soon He gave up boatloads of hits, but not a lot of truly hard ones, and... Read more »

Recognizing what Dayan Viciedo is doing

Recognizing what Dayan Viciedo is doing
When I warned that Dayan Viciedo would spend most of the year adjusting to being a full-time player before he could be expected to completely replace Carlos Quentin, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind. Viciedo struggled to tap into his power during his call-up in 2011, but nothing that suggested he would struggle to... Read more »
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Rios longs for the old ways

Rios longs for the old ways
In the 4th inning Wednesday night, Alex Rios ripped a line-drive into the left field bullpen for his first home run since the second game of the season. It was the sort of pull-power to left field Rios hasn’t shown since September of 2011, when he hit five home runs in the final month of... Read more »

The best start of Sale's career

The best start of Sale's career
There’s a lot of time that could be spent making subjective arguments about which one of Chris Sale’s starts was the best.  He had the most swing-and-miss stuff against Seattle on April 20th when he recorded 11 strikeouts, and he absolutely decimated the Reds in that one Spring Training game… But it’s easier to just... Read more »

Gavin Floyd's struggles with damage control

Gavin Floyd's struggles with damage control
Back-to-back rough starts have ballooned Gavin Floyd’s ERA to 4.66 on the season.  Not only has every trace of his hot start been erased from his statistical record, but the 16 runs he’s given up in his last two outings dwarf the 13 he allowed in his seven previous times on the hill. Ups-and-downs happen... Read more »
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Let's all share happy stories about how Adam Dunn is fixed

Let's all share happy stories about how Adam Dunn is fixed
Adam Dunn has been hitting enormous home runs with prodigious frequency of recent.  He’s got 14 in total (here’s another one), which is the most of anyone not named Josh Hamilton. Better yet, the last three Dunn blasts have all come against lefties, which brightens up a batting line that otherwise suggests that his struggles against... Read more »

Time to start paying more attention to Gavin Floyd

Time to start paying more attention to Gavin Floyd
After Jake Peavy’s 6th inning meltdown Tuesday, Gavin Floyd is now the ERA leader of the White Sox staff at 2.53. Besides not starting quite as well, less attention has been paid to Floyd because there’s no hope that he’s channeled his ace form of old.   This is his 5th season in the starting rotation, and most people... Read more »

Will Ohman - misused or unusable?

Will Ohman - misused or unusable?
The events of Tuesday afternoon’s game inspired a lot of questions on Twitter of “Why Will Ohman?” and “Why ever Will Ohman?” The first question is a bit too broad for this forum, but the answer to the second is very specific. Over his career, left-handers have hit .210/.295/.344 against Will Ohman, righties have hit... Read more »
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Viciedo might be a hitter after all

Viciedo might be a hitter after all
On rare occasions, I have ideas for post staked out well ahead of time.  This Monday was one of those times, I was going to address how much longer the White Sox should attempt to let Dayan Viciedo develop in a major league lineup.  If my schedule had worked out, I was even going to... Read more »