Posts tagged "arizona diamondbacks"

There are more Conor Jacksons where that came from

There are more Conor Jacksons where that came from
This year and the next couple, depending on the fate of a few drafts and a Marco Paddy-led international scouting initiative, “depth” will be a oft-cited weakness of the White Sox organization.  With a barren farm system and a payroll that’s still weighing rather heavy, it’s going to be a tall task to find suitable... Read more »

Large second wave of roster cuts set to make things fun

Large second wave of roster cuts set to make things fun
Perhaps setting a precedent that all games in which the White Sox get shutout will be followed by a third of the roster being cut, 14 players were sent packing from major league camp Monday. Alright, so perhaps this day was selected weeks ahead of time and several lockers were cleared out prior to the... Read more »

Nobody believes in the White Sox, except the people who are mistaking them for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Nobody believes in the White Sox, except the people who are mistaking them for the Arizona Diamondbacks
“Appreciate the Game” is a pretty lame slogan, admittedly. It also has to be.   The unvarnished bravado of “All In” doesn’t go down as easily when its placed alongside with multiple instances of pressing and cascading failure, and an off-season spent cooling heels and waiting for a new window. So they opted for the... Read more »
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Why the White Sox probably won’t be particularly competitive in 2012

I accepted an invitation to start writing once a week at Southside Showdown, and started things out by telling my new audience that the 2012 team would probably be pretty bad.  Not definitely, not almost definitely, just probably.  Hooray for first impressions! You have to click the title for the link, so you can be whisked off to a different,... Read more »

Hot Stove Watch - Day 52 Recap

Hot Stove Watch - Day 52 Recap
First and foremost, news was passed down by the man with his ear to the street, the inside source on all things White Sox–team beat writer Scott Merkin!  Surely his article responding to reader emails has a scoop buried in it! “…don’t think Williams will move players just to move them. However, after looking at... Read more »

The free agent market seems kinda crazy

The free agent market seems kinda crazy
Previously, we explored the concept that Kenny Williams’ free agency ventures of recent have been less than fruitful.  If you count the Rios waiver claim–and when you absorb 4 1/3 years and $55 million, why wouldn’t you?–it’s been $54 million for 2.8 fWAR for all new signings since the close of the 2008 season. The... Read more »
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You won't have Tony Pena to kick around anymore

You won't have Tony Pena to kick around anymore
Well, down goes Pena.  He was released by the White Sox on Friday. In 2010, Tony Pena earned some regard, not for pitching well so much as pitching frequently.  Frequently, often for long stretches of time with minimal notice.  There are plenty of examples of this business model in place–Fast food restaurants, Keystone Light–and while... Read more »

WSO Playoff Primer - NL

WSO Playoff Primer - NL
In a continuation from the decreasingly analytical AL playoff primer, here’s the WSO NL playoff primer! The National League features a style of play where the pitchers hit, and the game is thus more pure.  It’s not about chubby beer-leaguers swatting home runs, it’s about athletes and real ballplayers winning with pitching and defense, strategy and... Read more »

Why is Edwin Jackson failing to live up to expectations?

Remember him as you loved him then. // Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune This article starts off with me explaining the basic principles of FIP then zooming to obscure pitch value and plate discipline stats with barely a warning.  I’d keep the stat primer open and go to FanGraphs Library if this intro is worrisome to... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was - 6/13-6/19: Let's just act like you turned a corner

He ain’t gonna make it. // Norm Hall, Getty Images This week was one uncharacteristically light on baseball for the White Sox, with only five games thanks to an off day and a rain delay.  Perhaps that’s a good thing.  The Sox are still 35-38 on the year, so they’re kind of below average at... Read more »