Posts tagged "Cleveland Indians"

Instant Rationalization - Thanks for the memories/dingers

Final games of the season always feel like the last day of college.  Everyone’s going through their routines, but at half-speed because of the wistful sadness that builds as the night’s activities draw closer to the end. Hawk started thanking the production crew during the broadcast, and even worked ahead on talking himself into the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A baseball game was played in Cleveland until it ended

No offense to the 10,015 Cleveland fans who carved up their Tuesday schedule to wedge a trip to the ballpark into it, but it wasn’t the most purposeful baseball game that was played in Progressive Field on this night. The White Sox lineup–absent Paul Konerko, Alex Rios (probably on break for the rest of the... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Oh oh oh, so NOW you want to drive in runners in scoring position

Delayed Rationalization - Oh oh oh, so NOW you want to drive in runners in scoring position
I put no measure of belief in the idea that any professional sports team can troll, or actively twist a knife in their own fanbase.  But there’s something just a little too perfect about the White Sox busting out a titanic offensive effort replete with timely hitting, and production outside the home run ball just in... Read more »
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Oh, the brutality

Oh, the brutality
Wednesday night, the braintrust of White Sox Observer all met at once for the first time to enjoy each other’s company in the presence of the game and team they love. Fittingly, the White Sox pitching staff didn’t want the night to end. Sox pitching walked a season-high 12 batters, which according to the preeminent... Read more »

Things are not okay

Things are not okay
The manner of baseball the White Sox have been playing recently–light on the baserunners, stingy on the clutch hitting and fresh out of starters who look fresh out on the mound–is a secondary concern. Team performance has shown itself annoyingly capable and willing of turning on a dime, even after everyone is filling buoyed and... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Not that there's ever a good time...but this wasn't it

Delayed Rationalization - Not that there's ever a good time...but this wasn't it
This will give some fuel to critics of the homer-dependent offense…. If you’re going to get beat by the Corey Klubers and Russ Canzlers of the world… If the Tigers’ Sunday doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Twins was their loss that they would regret at the end of the season, this might be... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Instant Rationalization - Pinch-hit Pierzynski blast delivers series victory

Instant Rationalization - Pinch-hit Pierzynski blast delivers series victory
Seeing as my entire life will surely pass by without me finding my home run stroke, I cannot fault A.J. Pierzynski for needing until age 35 to find his.  The man who hit eight home runs in 129 games last season has now hit five in just as many contests. The most recent A.J. outburst... Read more »
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Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline

Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline
The last day before the non-waiver trade deadline came and went without any significant additions to the AL Central powers, despite “interesting discussions” all around.  It was a bit of a surprise since the Sox had the rather reasonable options of improving the bullpen or overcorrect their bench, and an even bigger surprise that the Tigers... Read more »