Posts tagged "boston red sox"

Slay this mythical beast! - A Royals preview of sorts

Slay this mythical beast! - A Royals preview of sorts
In one of this season’s great peculiarities and sources of consternation, the White Sox have gone 4-8 against the Kansas City Royals.  They’re also 4-10 against the Tigers, but that makes sense to a degree, they’re actually a good team.  Unless you count the enigma that is the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City stands out... Read more »

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 »

Saturday smatterings

Saturday smatterings
The White Sox can still beat the Mariners (22 out of the last 26), so in some degree, the status quo remains alive and well, in spite of last night. The completion of the supersonic mega-deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox has the baseball word aflutter.  The Red Sox sent a quater of a... Read more »
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Kevin Youkilis really likes his new digs

Kevin Youkilis really likes his new digs
It’s been easy to spot Kevin Youkilis exchanging polite celebratory handshakes with Adam Dunn at home plate.  The man who has only eclipsed 20 home runs twice in a season already has 11 in 203 White Sox plate appearances. See if you can spot the big factor in his success with his new team… Youk’s... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Youk's revenge

Instant Rationalization - Youk's revenge
Surely, at some point during the approximately 735 games the Red Sox played against the Yankees during Kevin Youkilis’ tenure in Boston, something was done to inspire his undying hatred toward the pinstripes.   The Yankees have a naturally infuriating way about them.  But it probably came during some turgid, four-hour long marathon between the... Read more »

Rising and falling relievers

Rising and falling relievers
In order to spare him a tough matchup in an inning that had already been through a rough start, Addison Reed replaced Matt Thornton in the bottom of the 8th Tuesday night, and ended the evening with a quite rare four-out save. The interplay brought both relievers’ ERA’s to 3.83 on the season, which is... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster
There’s a reason that so many have stressed that there is a lot of baseball left–67 games to be precise–after Sunday’s loss and sweep completion in Detroit. It’s a truth, and it’s also a coping mechanism, and coping mechanisms are assembled in response to disasters.  In a single seven-day period, the Sox went 1-6, dropped... Read more »

A bullpen turns its lonely eyes to Jesse Crain

A bullpen turns its lonely eyes to Jesse Crain
Even before Thursday night’s dull thud, the White Sox bullpen was already pretty comfortably the third-worst group in the American League.  Their 3.92 ERA was third-worst, their adjusted-for-ballpark ERA was third-worst, their adjusted xFIP was third-worst. One could quibble about how the A’s are pitching way above their peripherals, or how the Orioles are doomed... Read more »

So, you've punted a game...

So, you've punted a game...
To recap the point I’m set to belabor–on Wednesday night, the White Sox started Pedro Hernandez. They sent a future middle reliever who isn’t even ready for such a role yet to face the still-capable Red Sox offense in Fenway Park, and looked on as he suffered a predictably grizzly fate. Everyone involved in the... Read more »
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Saving up for the weekend

Saving up for the weekend
Philip Humber made his return to the starting rotation Tuesday night.  It wasn’t spectacular, but perfect game aside, all the best memories of Philip Humber are of him being unspectacularly effective.  He threw strikes, and didn’t compound any of his problems with extra base-runners. In fact, it was Humber’s only walk-less outing of 2012 besides... Read more »