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White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault
“”We’ve got a bunch of guys who are really bad at starting,” -Will Ohman, Feb. 26, 2011 Leave it to Will Ohman to make the self-deprecating statement that would later be used in his own post-mortem.  The 2012 season would see the White Sox take a step away from investing in “failed starters”, and their... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Instant Rationalization - Home runs once again prove useful

Of recent, the White Sox offense has come under criticism for being too home run-dependent.  This is one of those fun criticisms, since it inevitably involves nights where the offense dominates via an endless wave of home runs. Wednesday was one of those nights, Thursday was one of those nights!  What fun! Plus, as the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Alex Rios redeems everyone

Instant Rationalization - Alex Rios redeems everyone
The White Sox being in a position to win this game at all is a peaceful bit of absurdity.  They came into the game toting the garish pitching mismatch of Philip Humber versus Zack Greinke.  They needed the absolute best from Humber to compete and got him at his most erratic, and only maxed out... Read more »
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Ouch update - Everyone's arm is in a sorry state

Ouch update - Everyone's arm is in a sorry state
Since running through an update of the injuries on this team as it careens into the stretch run is likely to completely replace ‘Morning notes’ as a regular feature, and ‘M*A*S*H* unit’ as an article title might offer too much of an approximation of war injuries with the physical problems associated with throwing a ball... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Donkey Kong works as originally intended

Instant Rationalization - Donkey Kong works as originally intended
With a lineup stripped down from collision-related injuries, and Philip Humber on the mound because of John Danks’ everlasting rehab, the White Sox needed primetime efforts from the heart of the order Saturday. They got that, but the fill-ins weren’t half-bad either. After a breezy, scoreless first three innings, Paul Konerko broke the tie with... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A sufficient amount of bulldogging for a sweep

Instant Rationalization - A sufficient amount of bulldogging for a sweep
Jake Peavy allowed the first three batters to reach safely…in multiple innings. Two soft hits and a walk gave Peavy a bases-loaded, no out jam in the 1st, while an error, a walk and an RBI double started his 4th frame of work.  Conceding the run, turning a double play, and excellent glovework  ended the... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster
There’s a reason that so many have stressed that there is a lot of baseball left–67 games to be precise–after Sunday’s loss and sweep completion in Detroit. It’s a truth, and it’s also a coping mechanism, and coping mechanisms are assembled in response to disasters.  In a single seven-day period, the Sox went 1-6, dropped... Read more »