Posts tagged "eric hosmer"

Questions about the authority

Questions about the authority
I only got to see the last two innings of Thursday’s game live, but I understand that baserunning blunders that prevented the Sox from blowing things open, more ineffectiveness versus Jeremy Guthrie, and the chasm in the number of opportunities between Chicago and Kansas City made the 9th inning a culmination of a night of... Read more »

Robin Ventura's intentional weekend

Robin Ventura's intentional weekend
Criticizing manager strategy is always dangerous territory.  There’s a huge cutoff in access to in-game scouting in play, and theindividual strategic moves that we all hem-and-haw about is but a small fraction of their job. But when managers turn to the intentional walk, they wade into a territory with a lot of research behind it,... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - The briefest of respites from KC struggles is not enough for a win

The first two games of the White Sox weekend tilt with the Royals had already compounded concerns about their record in Kansas City, but Sunday added the anxieties of the offense’s occasional abandonment of Jose Quintana, and recent poor performances against Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie. On Sunday, those three factors items twisted together and... Read more »
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Addison Reed taking ownership of the closer role is the best-case scenario

Addison Reed taking ownership of the closer role is the best-case scenario
Expectations for the 1st year of Robin Ventura as a manager probably need to stay reasonable.  As long he doesn’t let Jake Peavy throw 160 pitches, doesn’t make late-inning substitutions that seem to intentionally make his defense worse, and throws in the occasional keen observation like “Alexei isn’t one of our better bunters”, his learning... Read more »

Three lefties in the bullpen ain't no kinda usual

Three lefties in the bullpen ain't no kinda usual
Admittedly, ever since the White Sox lucked into a pitcher with top 10 talent, threw southpaw and could hit the mid-90′s, I’ve been pretty gaga over the idea of seeing him start.  In the last decade, I can recall one hurler who has been drafted by the organization and risen up into a regular rotation contributor,... Read more »