Posts tagged "Chicago Cubs"

The best of the White Sox 1st half

Scott Merkin wrote a great piece on the White Sox playoff hopes as they look to the second half.  If anything, I like it because he confirms that my cynicism from before the season was well-founded.  As Merkin puts it, the White Sox needed a mountain of ‘if’s’ to go their way this season to... Read more »

Morning notes: Stories unrelated to the All-Star Game

Morning notes: Stories unrelated to the All-Star Game
Making a natural transition from talking about the All-Star Game, the White Sox and Cubs are probably going to be playing four games next season, instead of their usual six. As a partial-season-ticket holder, I was initially excited by the prospect of having the chance to avoid being obligated to buy a hyper-expensive Cubs-Sox game every... Read more »

Morning notes - Happy Chris Sale Day

Morning notes - Happy Chris Sale Day
For the second-straight Friday, Chris Sale will square off against one the best pitchers in the National League, this time it being Zack Greinke of the Milwaukee Brewers. Hopefully this goes better than last week’s showdown against Clayton Kershaw, where both hurlers struggled as the game spiraled into a discombobulated slugfest.  Sale in particular seemed... Read more »
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Attendance kvetching

Attendance kvetching
The Cubs and Sox just finished up playing the worst-attended 3-game set of the Crosstown series that U.S. Cellular Field has ever hosted–95,808 total fans. That’s already not great sounding, but the Crosstown series carries a reputation of being the one series the Sox should always be able to sell out.  By that measure, clocking in at the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Walks, bloop hits, and a resurgent Gavin Floyd help the Sox avoid a sweep

Instant Rationalization - Walks, bloop hits, and a resurgent Gavin Floyd help the Sox avoid a sweep
Tuesday night, an error and a drive off of Jake Peavy’s foot keyed the Cubs’ game-winning rally, a complete game effort from Jake was wasted, and opportunities against an overworked Cubs bullpen went for naught. If the fates owed something to the White Sox, they were quick to even the balance.  Randy Wells’ control problems... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - White Sox waste Peavy's gem, opportunities against Wood, division lead

Instant Rationalization - White Sox waste Peavy's gem, opportunities against Wood, division lead
Monday night’s blowout was awful, for sure, but it was also a sly attempt to sneak in a Zach Stewart start, against Matt Garza of all people.  It should not have worked, and did not come close to working. Tuesday was the inverse, Jake Peavy vs. Travis Wood offered an extremely favorable pitching match-up, both... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was: 6/11-6/17 - At least all those games they lost were to good teams

White Sox Week That Was: 6/11-6/17 - At least all those games they lost were to good teams
Last year, there was a clear narrative to every White Sox week.  They were a good pitching team, constantly being betrayed by a every other element of the roster. This season is more muddled.  The offense is firmly in the top 3 in the AL, the pitching staff for all it’s troubles is above-average, and... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was: 5/14-5/20 - The Cubs' series makes everything look better

White Sox Week That Was: 5/14-5/20 - The Cubs' series makes everything look better
The 5-2 record the White Sox managed this past week is right up there with the best performance they’ve managed all season.  The weekend triumph against the Cubs was the first three-game sweep since they bested the Mariners on April 20-22nd. A dominant stretch against the crosstown team covered up a disappointing moment where the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Sox ride dominant Peavy, long home runs to sweep

Instant Rationalization - Sox ride dominant Peavy, long home runs to sweep
Pre-game projections put the wind blowing out of Wrigley Field at 10 mph on Sunday, so the team that kept the ball out of the homer-inducing air probably had the best chance for success. Jake Peavy only allowed six balls to leave the infield through 6.1 shutout innings, and only one honest-to-goodness fly ball. His... Read more »
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Bean Ball

Bean Ball
Events unfolding during Friday’s Sox game got me thinkin…   Ray Chapman got beaned and died Conigliaro nearly lost an eye It was the end of Kirby Puckett’s career When he took a fastball under the ear   Chapman, Kirby, Tony C? How ’bout recent history?   Payton, Rowand, Reynolds to name a few Konerko,... Read more »