Posts tagged "bruce chen"

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 »

Pondering a Dunn-less future

Pondering a Dunn-less future
Adam Dunn has missed his last six games, and eight out of his last 11.  His comeback effort has hit a roadblock.  The roadblock is that he’s not getting better. Adam Dunn tried to hit 2x but hasn’t seen enough progress w/ oblique to play. Ventura said was same as Tues & “not worth having... 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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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 »

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 »

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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Delayed Rationalization - Cy Chen returns

Delayed Rationalization - Cy Chen returns
Since Royals starter Bruce Chen had been roughed up badly in two of his last three starts against the White Sox, and was proving to be even more mediocre this season than he was last, the hope was that this ‘Cy Chen’ nonsense might have a permanent place in the past. Alas, aches and pains... Read more »

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers
Last Spring, I wrote a capsule for every other AL Central team for the purpose of sizing up the competition.  The 2011 White Sox didn’t figure to run away with the AL Central unopposed, but they were serious contenders and it was important to get a handle on just how many games they’d need to win... Read more »

One wacky, highly encouraging Spring day

One wacky, highly encouraging Spring day
Often in observing Spring Training stats–besides the desire to just absorb all of it at face value–there’s an inclination to disregard the negative, but take some cautious joy in the positive occurrences.  None of it is supposed to predictive of regular season performance, so your favorite player going 0-for-Spring Training can be waived off (thankfully),... Read more »
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Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and their albatross contract brethren

Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and their albatross contract brethren
Jake Peavy is the highest paid player on the 2012 White Sox. Thaaaat doesn’t make me feel great, but there’s only one more season before a nice, comfy buyout awaits him in 2013. The next two highest paid players are Adam Dunn (who’s got a $2 million raise coming for this year) and Alex Rios.... Read more »