Posts tagged "Joe Mauer"

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 »

All-Star Game Mission Accomplished: White Sox avoid embarrassment

All-Star Game Mission Accomplished: White Sox avoid embarrassment
We’re only two years removed from our city’s greatest tragedy. After a rocky beginning to his career, Matt Thornton remade himself into a fireballing reliever, earned an All-Star appearance.  It was a glorious redemption story, right up until he was tagged for the go-ahead RBI double by eventual game MVP Brian McCann. The runner was... Read more »

All-Star teams announced: a guide for your outrage

All-Star teams announced: a guide for your outrage
Chris Sale, Paul Konerko, and Adam Dunn were selected to the AL All-Star team.  That’s plenty of representation!  Think back to the years of waiting Magglio Ordonez to be subbed in at the end of the game. Sale’s 1st half performance stacks up against anyone else in the league, and he may yet have a... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Floyd exorcises demons, Reed hangs on for dear life

Instant Rationalization - Floyd exorcises demons, Reed hangs on for dear life
Gavin Floyd didn’t have much on his side going into Tuesday night’s game.  Already mired in a pretty terrible season that was just starting to turn around, Gavin had to face the Twins. The Sox hadn’t just lost the last eight games he started against the Twins, but Floyd had been tagged with the decision... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Peavy gets Twinned

Instant Rationalization - Peavy gets Twinned
Jake Peavy allowed eight hits and three runs in the first three innings of the night against the Minnesota Twins.  The first part of that sentence would make it sound like Jake got shelled, the last two words give away that something else was amiss. Denard Span legitimately had Peavy’s number, crushing two doubles deep... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Sox and Twins engage in slugfest; Sox hit their home runs with people on base

Instant Rationalization - Sox and Twins engage in slugfest; Sox hit their home runs with people on base
Thursday night, the Twins trotted out a 27 year-old making his first career major league start, and the White Sox started a guy who’s pitched a perfect game, so naturally they won in a rout. Eh, perhaps that description doesn’t quite cover it. Poor defense and a hanging curveball that was hammered for a two-run... Read more »
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AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers
Last Spring, I wrote a capsule for every other AL Central team for the purpose of sizing up the competition.  The 2011 White Sox didn’t figure to run away with the AL Central unopposed, but they were serious contenders and it was important to get a handle on just how many games they’d need to win... Read more »

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 »

Much better moments in White Sox History - The Blackout Game

Much better moments in White Sox History - The Blackout Game
Perhaps I’m a bit of a sap, but all this talk of rebuilding and possibly competent attempts to be competitive are kind of, well, sad.  Ripe for uproarious mockery for sure, but still kind of sad.  In an effort to pep things up, and being the proud owner a robust iTunes gift card, I’d though... Read more »
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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 »