Posts tagged "All-Star Game"

The latest ode to Sale

The latest ode to Sale
Chris Sale has long since exhausted his quota of coming out parties.  The All-Star Game appearance, the 15-strikeout game in Tampa, and the White Sox burgeoning national relevance have allowed him to be properly recognized and feared by the outside world. But still, Sale’s Wednesday night outing was his first against the Yankees, and happened... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was: 7/9-7/15 - The results were good enough to overlook some things

White Sox Week That Was: 7/9-7/15 - The results were good enough to overlook some things
According to dictionary.com, “cromulent” is a real word now and not just a joke from The Simpsons, which makes it the perfect word to sum up the White Sox week in Kansas City.  It was fine, adequate. They came away from the All-Star Game unscathed mostly by not playing, and scratched out two wins out of... Read more »

Morning notes: While you were sleeping, everyone got added to the All-Star Team

Morning notes: While you were sleeping, everyone got added to the All-Star Team
As is the typical reward for finishing 2nd in the Last Man Vote, Jake Peavy has been added to the AL All-Star team as an injury replacement.  The reason for Peavy’s addition is almost a caricature of All-Star Game injury cop-outs: C.J. Wilson has a blister on his middle finger. In any case, Jake Peavy... Read more »
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Afternoon notes: The Aaron Laffey menace looms

Afternoon notes: The Aaron Laffey menace looms
Aaron Laffey starts for the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field Friday night, as a result of a rash of injuries to Toronto’s once promising starting rotation. The familiarity–and contempt–White Sox fans might have with Laffey stems from him spending 2007-10 skulking around the Cleveland Indians bullpen and making spot starts. He’s the soft-tossing... Read more »

Morning notes: In the wake of the snubs

Morning notes: In the wake of the snubs
As any sabermetric writer has already exasperatedly told you, the proper reaction to All-Star selections is exasperation with the selection process, and to not be surprised when anyone outside the obvious choices gets shafted. Player reactions are a different animal.  They’re an odd mixture of the player’s personal feelings, sense of entitlement, level of comfort... Read more »

All-Star teams announced: a guide for your outrage

All-Star teams announced: a guide for your outrage
Chris Sale, Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn were selected to the AL All-Star team.  That’s plenty of representation!  Think back to the years of waiting Magglio Ordonez to be subbed in at the end of the game. Sale’s 1st half performance stacks up against anyone else in the league, and he may yet have a... Read more »
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If Chris Sale has a shot at the All-Star Game, what other White Sox have a chance?

If Chris Sale has a shot at the All-Star Game, what other White Sox have a chance?
Chris Sale or David Price would probably be the AL All-Starter as of today. — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) June 3, 2012 It’s a surprising but fair statement. It’s hard to make the transition from viewing Sale as ‘in development’ and ‘promising’ to acknowledging him as a premier pitcher in the here and now.  But as... Read more »

Welcome distractions from Prince Fielder

Welcome distractions from Prince Fielder
Prince Fielders had 128 weighted runs created in 2011.  Adam Dunn + Alex Rios + Gordon Beckham had 125.  I would like a distraction from Prince Fielder, please. Yoenis Cespedes and that other finesse lefty guy Yoenis Cespedes is a distraction, and is even the opposite of Fielder in many ways.  There’s no worry of... Read more »

All-Star Game completed - No White Sox players accidentally decapitated

All-Star Game completed - No White Sox players accidentally decapitated
This year’s All-Star game shone with promise for the boys on the South Side for one simple reason: No pitchers.  Because as any experienced baseball watcher knows; pitchers can only ruin things. Phil Humber was devoured by piranhas last week, making him ineligible to be added to the AL roster, and helping the Sox avoid... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was 7/4-7/10 - Small failures, emblematic of a larger failure

White Sox Week That Was 7/4-7/10 - Small failures, emblematic of a larger failure
This week brought a critical divisional homestand versus the Royals and Twins.  It offered a chance to improve the team’s divisional record, a chance to go into the All-Star break on a good note, and more tangibly a chance to go into the break well over .500.  Hell, when the Sox started the week they... Read more »