Tag: addison reed

Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess

Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess
There were nine innings in this game.  Nine of them.  All of these innings matter equally–in that no inning is statistically more significant than the other–but in a one-game situation, they don’t.  Innings become what you make of them. The first eight innings were dominated by the White Sox.  Peavy threw seven quality, walk-free frames,... Read more »

Rising and falling relievers

Rising and falling relievers
In order to spare him a tough matchup in an inning that had already been through a rough start, Addison Reed replaced Matt Thornton in the bottom of the 8th Tuesday night, and ended the evening with a quite rare four-out save. The interplay brought both relievers’ ERA’s to 3.83 on the season, which is... Read more »

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try
A casual glance at the standings gives the impression that something like a crucial August series is taking place this weekend.  The Angels–still a heavy favorite to end their season in October with a wild card berth safely in tow–head into town fresh off a split with the Rangers where their bullpen allowed 11 runs... Read more »
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New manager, new six-man rotation

New manager, new six-man rotation
With all the talk this year about how different Robin Ventura’s style is from Ozzie Guillen’s, the few strategic holdovers stick out like gangrenous thumbs.  They might as well mandate that the phrase “six-man rotation” can only be read aloud in Don Cooper’s Brooklyn accent. The White Sox are heading back to the six-man starting... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Offense begrudgingly gives Peavy the bare minimum run support needed

Instant Rationalization - Offense begrudgingly gives Peavy the bare minimum run support needed
Buried under the larger truth that the Twins pitching staff is the worst in the league, is that Scott Diamond is probably their best starter, and having himself a pretty fine season.  With that in mind, the pitcher’s duel that broke out between Diamond and Jake Peavy Wednesday wasn’t a surprise, even if the name... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster
There’s a reason that so many have stressed that there is a lot of baseball left–67 games to be precise–after Sunday’s loss and sweep completion in Detroit. It’s a truth, and it’s also a coping mechanism, and coping mechanisms are assembled in response to disasters.  In a single seven-day period, the Sox went 1-6, dropped... Read more »
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Brett Myers is here to help

Brett Myers is here to help
Faced with a bullpen where the only men with an ERA under 3.50 are Jesse Crain–who’s record has been saved by being on the DL for the last month–and Donnie Veal–who has faced two batters this season–Kenny Williams took the time to act upon what had become a fairly glaring need. On Saturday, the White... Read more »

A bullpen turns its lonely eyes to Jesse Crain

A bullpen turns its lonely eyes to Jesse Crain
Even before Thursday night’s dull thud, the White Sox bullpen was already pretty comfortably the third-worst group in the American League.  Their 3.92 ERA was third-worst, their adjusted-for-ballpark ERA was third-worst, their adjusted xFIP was third-worst. One could quibble about how the A’s are pitching way above their peripherals, or how the Orioles are doomed... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Youk strikes back, and this time it hurts

Delayed Rationalization - Youk strikes back, and this time it hurts
After a joint commiseration via text over our evening committments that were keeping us from enjoying and recapping the White Sox game in a timely manner, Kevin (for whom the White Sox have something around a 3-20 record when he recaps games–my estimate) and I decided that I would be available sooner to write a... Read more »
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Robin's cry for help

Ventura’s use of Leyson Septimo was disappointing, but imagine how he feels every time he stares into the bullpen.  Click the title to follow the link to my post on Southside Showdown.