Posts in category "Stats"

Fun with recent offensive trends

Fun with recent offensive trends
The last two nights have seen the White Sox post two of their three biggest run totals of the season.  11 runs against Minnesota on Thursday was the highest, 9 against Cleveland Friday was the third-highest.  The second-highest output (10) also came against Cleveland on April 11th. In their last seven games, the White Sox... Read more »

Holy moly, that's a lot of strikeouts for everyone

Holy moly, that's a lot of strikeouts for everyone
Previously, I referred to the ballooning strikeout total of White Sox hitters as somewhat refreshing, given all the years of emphasizing contact over all other concerns.  Now that it’s lasted for more than a week and exploded in scale, it’s every bit the horrible illness one would expect. The White Sox have struck out a... Read more »

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt
The frustrating thing about trying to evaluate A.J. Pierzynski is reviewing his statistical profile, finding a decent but underwhelming player, and being met with the inevitable reply of “Yeah, but the intangibles”.  It’s a valid complaint, but one that’s hard to reconcile into a firm, sum total. Beyond the mystery of his bat-handling, or clutchitude,... Read more »
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PECOTA projections and Jesse Crain's wanton defiance of them

PECOTA projections and Jesse Crain's wanton defiance of them
The first edition of the Baseball Prospectus’ esteemed PECOTA player projections for 2012 came out on Wednesday, and well, it’s pretty much what you’d expect–The White Sox are noticeably lacking in sure-fire studs. Projections aren’t meant to surprise; that’s usually a sign something might be wrong with them.  Kinda like how ESPN’s Keith Law’s minor... Read more »

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 »

The prospect of losing Gavin Floyd

The prospect of losing Gavin Floyd
Now that John Danks is pretty much agreed to be in the fold, the pending decision of whether to trade Gavin Floyd will say more about the direction of the franchise than any other move that relieves the unfortunate outfield logjam or sheds an expensive bullpen arm.  That’s less about Floyd and more about who his... Read more »
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Kenny Williams sums up 2011 White Sox season in a nutshell

Kenny Williams sums up 2011 White Sox season in a nutshell
After a full season’s worth of mediocrity, at the cost of $127 million, an easy conclusion to make might be that the White Sox are a collection of not especially cheap, mediocre players. Costly mediocre players aren’t especially popular on the trade market, so Kenny Williams’ continued efforts to complete a comprehensive rebuild exclusively through... Read more »

Adam Dunn, and the worst White Sox I can remember

Adam Dunn, and the worst White Sox I can remember
Adam Dunn had pretty much the worst season I could have imagined.  It was known coming in that he couldn’t run, probably offered nothing defensively and struck out of a lot. Instead, his attempts at contact were more hopeless than ever before, his country-strong power was absent, and did you see him play 1st base?!?... Read more »

Biggest moments of White Sox' 2011 season

Biggest moments of White Sox' 2011 season
Welcome, gullible person who puts too much stock in article titles! I’ve been preparing for this day for some time.  Ever since I decided that exhaustive reviews of every player wasn’t worth it this year since I’ve been doing post-mortems on 2011 since late August, I knew the White Sox would offer up some nothing... Read more »
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The White Sox have bravely remained terrible at clutch hitting all year long

The White Sox have bravely remained terrible at clutch hitting all year long
Alex Rios’ game-winning RBI double on Saturday night was simply gorgeous.  The roar of the crowd as it cleared the infield, Hawk’s pleading call of “Turn it on, Brent!”, along with Lillibridge’s face shaking with every step as he rounded 3rd made it one of those moments I’ll cling to into the off-season, especially with... Read more »