Posts tagged "billy butler"

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 »

Delayed Rationalization - It wasn't a disaster at all

Delayed Rationalization - It wasn't a disaster at all
It’s really not a game against the Royals without needless difficulty, some stretches where basic elements of baseball seem impossible, or a seemingly comfortable win randomly peppered with intense moments. But those were extra dressings on successful elements. The White Sox came into the game with two years of emotional baggage built up against Bruce... Read more »
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Robin Ventura's intentional weekend

Robin Ventura's intentional weekend
Criticizing manager strategy is always dangerous territory.  There’s a huge cutoff in access to in-game scouting in play, and theindividual strategic moves that we all hem-and-haw about is but a small fraction of their job. But when managers turn to the intentional walk, they wade into a territory with a lot of research behind it,... 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 »

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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All-Star Game Mission Accomplished: White Sox avoid embarrassment

All-Star Game Mission Accomplished: White Sox avoid embarrassment
We’re only two years removed from our city’s greatest tragedy. After a rocky beginning to his career, Matt Thornton remade himself into a fireballing reliever, earned an All-Star appearance.  It was a glorious redemption story, right up until he was tagged for the go-ahead RBI double by eventual game MVP Brian McCann. The runner was... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A fitting exclamation point

Instant Rationalization - A fitting exclamation point
Now that the ceiling for the White Sox season has been pushed up a notch, there’s room for them to stretch out their legs and clean up against an inferior opponent. In come the Royals for the weekend, sporting an unfavorable record but a skill set not especially well-suited to the White Sox style.  The... Read more »

This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals

This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals
I haven’t written any live game blogs this year, and for good reason.  It’s a cumbersome, goofy gimmick that doesn’t allow me much time to gather my thoughts and provide cogent analysis.  Also, it’s an idea I picked up from reading Bill Simmons as a teenager, and I’ve been trying to strip his influence away... Read more »
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White Sox Season Preview 2011 - Know Your AL Central Competition - Kansas City

This amusing picture probably represents the most memorable contribution Mitch Maier will provide this season // John Sleezer, McClatchy-Tribune The Royals suffer the ignominy of the first preview because while a lot of positive things could happen for this club this season, winning the division doesn’t seem like one of them.  This team is by... Read more »