Posts tagged "Detroit Tigers"

Your White Sox playoff rooting interests

Your White Sox playoff rooting interests
One might be so bold as to suggest, that this post is a week or so late, since the divisional round just completed.  But that is nonsense. No one needed my suggestion or influence to latch on to the noble, hopeless causes of the Oakland A’s or the Baltimore Orioles.  That’s just second nature for... Read more »

A completely SERIOUS look at WINNING the DIVISION

A completely SERIOUS look at WINNING the DIVISION
Previously, I was under the distinct impression that the White Sox season was over.  Kaput.  Donezo.  Finito Santiago. However, this is not the case.  If the White Sox win all three of their games against the Indians, and Tigers lose all three of their games against the Royals, then it forces a one-game playoff for... 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 »
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A bad time for reality to set in

A bad time for reality to set in
Some of the raw horror of the White Sox five-game losing streak has been blunted by Detroit forsaking a chance to take a division lead, and getting swept out of a doubleheader by the Twins.  It’s hard to figure out how the Sox will ever win another game at this rate, but maybe they won’t... Read more »

Your anxiety has little precedent

Your anxiety has little precedent
Full disclosure: I was born in 1987, which limits the reach of my memory. However, my earliest, and still strongest memory of the pain of a late-season collapse is Mark Langston of the California Angels sitting in the dugout with his head in his hands.  He had just been pulled after a disastrous four-run 7th... Read more »

A year of good fortune

A year of good fortune
It’s well-worn narrative ground that the 2012 White Sox playoff candidacy is a product of almost everything going right.  Bounce-backs from Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Jake Peavy, a career year from A.J. Pierzynski, surprise competence from Jose Quintana, surprise dominance from Chris Sale, etc., etc. But Dewayne Wise has to be the best example of... Read more »
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The slide

The slide
“I just told him that might be the play of the year.” – Gordon Beckham There’s something incredibly neat about the crucial play of the White Sox biggest win of the year being a hard slide by Alex Rios to break-up a double play.  It was a big moment in a huge game against a... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Liriano comes up preposterously big

This was not a game the White Sox displayed any great desire to have Francisco Liriano start.  He had been pulled from the rotation earlier in the week, bumped in out and out from rotation schedule twice, and had the bullpen working in the 7th even though he had a no-hitter going. He had a... 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 »
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Instant Rationalization - Bullpen, division lead is Scherzered in half

Instant Rationalization - Bullpen, division lead is Scherzered in half
Entering into this game, the White Sox were hard up on ways to get to Max Scherzer.  They removed every questionable righty from the lineup in preparation for him, which included pulling a guy who had homered in back-to-back games, as well as turning to Dan Johnson. It was not enough.  It did not come... Read more »