Posts tagged "jeff francouer"

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 third movie is always the worst one - Sox drop the last Sale-Mendoza tilt

Due to the oddities of scheduling, Chris Sale and Luis Mendoza have squared off on three occasions this season.  Due to the oddities of baseball, each game has been a pitching duel demanding everything the White Sox Cy Young candidate has. In the first meeting, a fatigued Sale battled through 10 hits in eight innings... Read more »
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Afternoon notes: Hopefully Quintana can roll

Afternoon notes: Hopefully Quintana can roll
Jose Quintana is making the start against the 1st place Indians tonight, and who can know what will happen. He’s a left-handed pitcher facing a predominantly left-handed lineup, and he sports a 2.77 ERA in AA Birmingham.  His strikeout rate is average, suggesting he’s not overpowering.  His walk rate is good, but not great enough... Read more »

Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and their albatross contract brethren

Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and their albatross contract brethren
Jake Peavy is the highest paid player on the 2012 White Sox. Thaaaat doesn’t make me feel great, but there’s only one more season before a nice, comfy buyout awaits him in 2013. The next two highest paid players are Adam Dunn (who’s got a $2 million raise coming for this year) and Alex Rios.... Read more »

AL Central comings and goings

AL Central comings and goings
The White Sox aren’t really allowed to have much of an off-season this year. Presumably the 2011 off-season was traded in return for a veteran rebound candidate at an earlier date, and presumably Gio Gonzalez was thrown in to sweeten the pot a bit.  So instead, we’re left to observe the activities of AL Central... Read more »
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This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals

This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals
I haven’t written any live game blogs this year, and for good reason.  It’s a cumbersome, goofy gimmick that doesn’t allow me much time to gather my thoughts and provide cogent analysis.  Also, it’s an idea I picked up from reading Bill Simmons as a teenager, and I’ve been trying to strip his influence away... Read more »

White Sox-Royals series provides refresher course on underwhelming season

White Sox-Royals series provides refresher course on underwhelming season
It’s regularly perplexing to look at the White Sox roster, or look at the back of the baseball cards (those still exist, right?) of the players on the roster, and then see their 47-51 record.  Hell, even this year’s stats make it a bit confusing.  The rotation has weathered injuries to Jake Peavy and John... Read more »