Posts tagged "Gordon Beckham"

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox
There have been some attempts to sum up the surprises, both good and bad, for the White Sox this past season, and generally I feel they could use some context. Everything needs buckets of buckets of context; it’s just a matter of how much we can stand. Mark Gonzales of the Tribune highlighted a fun... Read more »

Help from below

Help from below
The bottom of the White Sox lineup is by definition, fairly bad, and certainly not reliable.  It’s a bottom of the order, after all. But there’s been a smattering of sparks throughout the normal darkness.  It hasn’t been enough for anyone to get promoted–lest the ‘return Beckham to the #2 spot!’ crowd regain any steam.... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A textbook loss to the Royals that the White Sox won

Tuesday night, the White Sox were walking into Kaufman Stadium–frequent home of their worst-played games of the season–coming off a emotional triumph over their chief rival, facing inconsistent but occasionally capable Luke Hochevar, and starting Gavin Floyd; the famous linguist who coined the term “mercurial”. It started with the appropriate amount of dread and malaise.... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability
Grabbing wins, reducing the magic number, and moving on to the next one is all that matters from here on out.  So maybe just saying that the Sox won, and Detroit lost should be enough. But ESPN had that information hours ago, so let’s indulge. The hope was that Hector Santiago could deliver the game... Read more »
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Delayed Rationalization - A win built on the sturdy shoulders of Axelrod, Ramirez, and Beckham

Delayed Rationalization - A win built on the sturdy shoulders of Axelrod, Ramirez, and Beckham
The White Sox entered the night having not gotten a hit out of the infield in a while…since Monday, to be precise.  It was a drought that needed fixing, so Dewayne Wise went about fixing it with a solid single to left field on the second pitch of the game. With that out of the... Read more »

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road
Click here for larger image. I initially viewed this photo removed of context, and I feel as though that moment provided the most genuine and rewarding reaction.  The full story is fine, heart-warming, even.  However, the initial shock, confusion, and yes, awe is irreplaceable.  I mean, this is how these men are dressed in preparation to... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Your typical White Sox comeback victory

Instant Rationalization - Your typical White Sox comeback victory
The White Sox have come back to win 34 of their 69 victories. Almost half. Crazy. — Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 25, 2012 That was after Friday night, so now it’s a perfect split.  Per the playbook of the first two nights of the Yankees series, the Sox spent the first inning trying to play... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess

Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess
There were nine innings in this game.  Nine of them.  All of these innings matter equally–in that no inning is statistically more significant than the other–but in a one-game situation, they don’t.  Innings become what you make of them. The first eight innings were dominated by the White Sox.  Peavy threw seven quality, walk-free frames,... Read more »