Posts tagged "A.J. Pierzynski"

Blow it all up!: and other ideas for the White Sox off-season

Blow it all up!: and other ideas for the White Sox off-season
This off-season should be…interesting. The White Sox are coming off of a year where pretty much every member of their over-30 offensive core met, or improbably exceeded expectations (Jake Peavy even improbably made a bid for 220 innings), and they got all of 85 wins. My quick assessment would be that they’re due for the... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Instant Rationalization - Reasonable goals, easily achieved

Instant Rationalization - Reasonable goals, easily achieved
After a week of rapturous highs and lows, in an intense series with Detroit that featured both playoff implications and atmosphere, the Sox were given a slightly different task Friday night – Go beat the last-place Twins with Chris Sale against their #12 starter.  Oh, and Joe Mauer was out of the lineup too. It... Read more »

Pondering a Dunn-less future

Pondering a Dunn-less future
Adam Dunn has missed his last six games, and eight out of his last 11.  His comeback effort has hit a roadblock.  The roadblock is that he’s not getting better. Adam Dunn tried to hit 2x but hasn’t seen enough progress w/ oblique to play. Ventura said was same as Tues & “not worth having... Read more »
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Afternoon notes - Who cares about next year? How many of us will still be alive?

Afternoon notes - Who cares about next year?  How many of us will still be alive?
The 2013 schedules were released Wednesday, opening up a dangerous line of thinking. To begin thinking about 2013 is to begin thinking about how the White Sox will manage to be competitive next season.  Option years are coming up for Youkilis, Peavy, and Floyd. Konerko, Dunn, and Pierzynski are another year older….and A.J. doesn’t even... Read more »

Home run dependency and learning not to care

Home run dependency and learning not to care
I am particularly disappointed that information regarding what percentage of team runs are scored via home runs is not readily available.  Printed clearly and in sortable charts for my easy use would be best.  Alas, it is not, but I can tell you that the White Sox have scored 298 of their 657 runs in... Read more »

Self-parody

Self-parody
Old habits and horror movie villains both die hard.  This weekend was a stern reminder of both adages, as the White Sox suffered yet another late-season humiliation at the hands of their top divisional competition. In 2010, they entered a crucial mid-August series in Minnesota three games back of the Twins and in the middle... Read more »
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Delayed Rationalization - A bad time to be completely uncompetitive

The White Sox really only needed to drag out one win from this high-tension series with Detroit to stay somewhat comfortably ahead.  Even bad teams can muster up winning efforts one out of three times, but such adages don’t apply to games like Saturday night. There was nothing of note coming from the vistors’ dugout,... Read more »