Posts in category "Season Preview"

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers
Last Spring, I wrote a capsule for every other AL Central team for the purpose of sizing up the competition.  The 2011 White Sox didn’t figure to run away with the AL Central unopposed, but they were serious contenders and it was important to get a handle on just how many games they’d need to win... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview - Starting Rotation

White Sox Season Preview - Starting Rotation
The break in position group previews was long enough to wait for the team Spring Training ERA to shed the moniker of “worst in baseball”, and allow us all to have positive thoughts about them again.  That was the reason for the pause.  It wasn’t apathy or anything like that. Onward! John Danks Solidly above-average... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview - Outfield

White Sox Season Preview - Outfield
Maybe it’s because I’m presently watching a basketball game, but I can’t help but be struck that these position group previews are a lot like former NBA center Oliver Miller.  Like Oliver, these posts bring a lot of meat and fill space, but can also score with some regularity.  Also like Oliver, while it’s been... Read more »
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White Sox Season Preview - Infield

White Sox Season Preview - Infield
Well, the preview for catchers was 1200 words and was only about two players, so perhaps an emphasis on verbal economy would be good to have.  Oh boy, we’re already failing. This will be stated again, possibly during every other position group preview, but the White Sox infield has a lot of uncertainty to it.... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview - Catchers

White Sox Season Preview - Catchers
On Thursday against the Rangers, Adam Dunn homered and doubled.  He homered off of Neftali Feliz, and hit the double off of a lefty.  A left-handed pinata, but still, a lefty.  Gordon Beckham also homered (a bomb).  Hector Santiago struck out three Texas Rangers in two innings, including Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. It’s very... Read more »

Position Battles!

Position Battles!
Spring Training doesn’t mean much. This is a point that’s been made time and again, but the lesson that the first, blessed taste of baseball in over 4 months should more or less be treated with a shrug and a yawn is a hard one to accept. So let’s not! If the White Sox got... Read more »
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White Sox projections - they're not here to make you happy

White Sox projections - they're not here to make you happy
I’m literally giving a bath to a small fish right now in a Home Depot bucket, so let’s allow the computers to do the heavy lifting for me in this piece. A slate of computer projections for the 2012 season have been released.  Not all of them have been released yet, and we’re still about two... Read more »

SoxFest unveils confident talking team that's really standing pat

SoxFest unveils confident talking team that's really standing pat
“Why not us?” would seem to be the motto of the opening day of SoxFest, which is shaping up to be every bit the positivist lovefest that, you know, a pre-season promotional event designed to drum up enthusiasm for the upcoming season should be. Kenny Williams received a smattering of boos when he was introduced,... Read more »

Brent Morel is entrenched; which means....what?

Brent Morel is entrenched; which means....what?
Seeing Adam Dunn and Alex Rios in the Opening Day lineup isn’t going to feel great.  It’ll be a firm reminder that contracts can dictate batting orders, even in extreme scenarios.  The only thing that can stop it from happening is 18 Brent Lillibridge Spring Training home runs.  Swing for the fences, Brent!* But skimming through... Read more »
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Why the White Sox probably won’t be particularly competitive in 2012

I accepted an invitation to start writing once a week at Southside Showdown, and started things out by telling my new audience that the 2012 team would probably be pretty bad.  Not definitely, not almost definitely, just probably.  Hooray for first impressions! You have to click the title for the link, so you can be whisked off to a different,... Read more »