Posts tagged "jeff manto"

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 »

Dayan and information

Dayan and information
I generally have tried to avoid worrying about Dayan Viciedo. He’s young, and raw, and the potential is there, and the kinks are only going to be worked out with time if they get worked out at all.  All of the projections had him shaking out to around league-average at the end of it all,... Read more »

Vaya con Rios

Vaya con Rios
Alex Rios just passed Josh Hamilton in wRC+ for the season. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) August 4, 2012 That statement establishes two things; that Josh Hamilton has fallen hard back to Earth since his prodigious May, and that Alex Rios is one of the first to greet him as he arrives. When Paul Konerko nearly... Read more »
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Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try
A casual glance at the standings gives the impression that something like a crucial August series is taking place this weekend.  The Angels–still a heavy favorite to end their season in October with a wild card berth safely in tow–head into town fresh off a split with the Rangers where their bullpen allowed 11 runs... Read more »

This is the Rios we want

This is the Rios we want
Whether it’s the curse of the five-tool player being inflicted upon him, or the curse of Alex Rios being inflicted on others, ascribing the proper expectations upon the 31 year-old outfielder has always been a challenge. Toronto was excited at how his tools and athleticism would age enough to sign him through 2014 when he... Read more »

Recognizing what Dayan Viciedo is doing

Recognizing what Dayan Viciedo is doing
When I warned that Dayan Viciedo would spend most of the year adjusting to being a full-time player before he could be expected to completely replace Carlos Quentin, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind. Viciedo struggled to tap into his power during his call-up in 2011, but nothing that suggested he would struggle to... Read more »
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Let's all share happy stories about how Adam Dunn is fixed

Let's all share happy stories about how Adam Dunn is fixed
Adam Dunn has been hitting enormous home runs with prodigious frequency of recent.  He’s got 14 in total (here’s another one), which is the most of anyone not named Josh Hamilton. Better yet, the last three Dunn blasts have all come against lefties, which brightens up a batting line that otherwise suggests that his struggles against... Read more »

Gordon's return

Gordon's return
Wednesday night made it three games in a row for Gordon Beckham batting in the #2 slot, and it’s fairly unlikely that it was accidental. There was a time where Beckham’s skill-set at the plate seemed to be made for the #2 hole, but the Sox have been waiting for him to hit enough to... Read more »

Holy moly, that's a lot of strikeouts for everyone

Holy moly, that's a lot of strikeouts for everyone
Previously, I referred to the ballooning strikeout total of White Sox hitters as somewhat refreshing, given all the years of emphasizing contact over all other concerns.  Now that it’s lasted for more than a week and exploded in scale, it’s every bit the horrible illness one would expect. The White Sox have struck out a... Read more »
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Mark Parent is the bench coach...the bench coach

Mark Parent is the bench coach...the bench coach
Mark Parent has been saying things recently, things that some would consider disturbing depending on where they fall on the “plunking is a necessary evil” or “no, it’s just evil” debate.  However, I would offer that the Parent quote Scott Merkin put in his recent article is objectively disturbing. “Take advantage of what they give... Read more »