Posts tagged "Baltimore Orioles"

If the Twins are just going to defend Adam Dunn wrong...

Perhaps you’ve noticed this, but no points taken off if you haven’t–teams have been defending Adam Dunn in a very specific way in the infield.  They’re featuring a shift.  I could describe it, but the Baltimore Orioles could just demonstrate it. The 2nd basemen is playing a sort of ‘Short Right Field’ position, the shortstop... Read more »

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox start  the first of their two remaining head-to-head series Friday, after each spent the last week kinda killing the buzz of the whole affair. Not killing the buzz for us, obviously.  You the reader–who is either a hyper-partisan Sox fan or at least reading understanding that the target audience... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - A win built on the sturdy shoulders of Axelrod, Ramirez, and Beckham

Delayed Rationalization - A win built on the sturdy shoulders of Axelrod, Ramirez, and Beckham
The White Sox entered the night having not gotten a hit out of the infield in a while…since Monday, to be precise.  It was a drought that needed fixing, so Dewayne Wise went about fixing it with a solid single to left field on the second pitch of the game. With that out of the... Read more »
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Everybody's working for the weekend

Everybody's working for the weekend
The White Sox are making overt efforts to save up their best punch for this weekend’s showdown with Detroit–they’ve cued up the best raw stuff on the squad with Peavy, Liriano and Sale, and given them all rest, in various kooky ways. Peavy’s spot against Baltimore is getting skipped to hide away Dylan Axelrod replacing... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Well, at least no good performances were wasted

There was a solid 1.2 innings of good feelings Tuesday night.  Chris Sale had struck out four through that span, and even though the White Sox had yet to get a hit off of Orioles’ starter Chris Tillman, there was great hope that they would prevail with a superior matchup. Sale’s velocity wasn’t top-notch, with... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - This game would have been really awful without the homers

In some respects, this was the worst-played game of the season, or at least a contender.  But it was exciting, and for a moment in the 8th–closely contested! Jake Peavy  was pretty messy on the night–he couldn’t work the inside of the plate, was sprayed into right field all game, and hit the 100-pitch mark... Read more »
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The home stretch looms

The home stretch looms
There are just 52 games left on the White Sox regular season schedule, compared to 50 for the Detroit Tigers.  While the Sox only have a one-game advantage in the division, that lead is entirely composed of the two extra games the Tigers have played and lost. The White Sox play their 111th and 112th... Read more »

A trade of great concern

A trade of great concern
Ultimately, in a baseball season, a team has to worry about themselves.  Get to 90 wins, then start worrying about standings and divisional strength. Monday night was all about righting the ship against the Twins; Bad Gavin stumbled through six positively garish-looking innings, but the offense stirred to life and toppled a familiar tormentor in... Read more »

Up, up, and away

Up, up, and away
Danks wasn’t locating particularly well Thursday night.  A quick, first-impression analysis is that he was leaving the ball up, but that judgment is affected by a few prominent attention-grabbers. First, the catastrophic Jason Kipnis home run came on a cutter up in the zone, and as Ventura noted, the lefty-heavy lineup took away Danks’ signature... Read more »
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We're just focusing on our focus

We're just focusing on our focus
During the most recent episode of the Baseball Prospectus’ podcast, hosts Kevin Goldstein and Jason Parks fielded a question from a reader that asked how many teams would commit $10 million to sign top pitching prospect Archie Bradley to an 8-year deal.  Goldstein and Parks quipped that every team would jump at such an absurd... Read more »