Posts tagged "Alejandro De Aza"

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there
Considering how little went right, the White Sox really stuck around for quite a while on Wednesday night.  Little fighters, they are. A somewhat egregious mismatch of Chris Sale vs. Bruce Chen marked the night, but both pitchers seemed set on creating their own problems. Sale placed Billy Butler in big-time RBI situations in the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A textbook loss to the Royals that the White Sox won

Tuesday night, the White Sox were walking into Kaufman Stadium–frequent home of their worst-played games of the season–coming off a emotional triumph over their chief rival, facing inconsistent but occasionally capable Luke Hochevar, and starting Gavin Floyd; the famous linguist who coined the term “mercurial”. It started with the appropriate amount of dread and malaise.... 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 »
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Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability
Grabbing wins, reducing the magic number, and moving on to the next one is all that matters from here on out.  So maybe just saying that the Sox won, and Detroit lost should be enough. But ESPN had that information hours ago, so let’s indulge. The hope was that Hector Santiago could deliver the game... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Division lead swept away

If you wanted to pick a pitching matchup for the White Sox to jump on and grab the one win they needed to leave town with a two-game AL Central lead…it wouldn’t be the one with Justin Verlander in it. Fear of the reigning AL MVP subsided momentarily when Alejandro De Aza led off Sunday’s... Read more »

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember
Notice a trend, perchance? We had a nice little peak there–far longer than the average peak for a reliever–and now Thornton has slid all the way back to where he was just a wide-eyed 31 year-old, not yet learned in The Way of Coop. One could hate the sinner–and Thornton has done himself no favors... Read more »
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Alejandro Anxiety

Alejandro Anxiety
After a mere three games missed while on the active roster–seriously, check out the madness going on with Denard Span–Alejandro De Aza is headed to the DL for whatever is causing his oblique soreness.  Comcast Sports Net keeps pairing the announcement with the clip of De Aza bellyflopping onto 2nd base Friday night.  It looks... Read more »

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub
It’s mid-August, and everyone’s banged-up. The White Sox are old, and that doesn’t help, but most of the regulars have played over 100 games (A.J.’s stuck on 99, but everyone agrees that catching full-time is essentially self-mutilation).  Playing in Saturday night’s slop-fest probably didn’t help anyone. Improbably, Paul Konerko is fine after spending the minimum... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - The third movie is always the worst one - Sox drop the last Sale-Mendoza tilt

Due to the oddities of scheduling, Chris Sale and Luis Mendoza have squared off on three occasions this season.  Due to the oddities of baseball, each game has been a pitching duel demanding everything the White Sox Cy Young candidate has. In the first meeting, a fatigued Sale battled through 10 hits in eight innings... Read more »
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Loose threads

Sometimes a game doesn’t offer a clear, unifying narrative upon which to craft an entire post around, but merely a smattering of disparate thoughts. - The White Sox lost to the Blue Jays 3-2 in 11 innings Monday night, while the Tigers had a miserable old time in Minnesota and lost 9-3.  Nights where the... Read more »