Tag: Justin Verlander

The White Sox escape Thursday with the lead intact

The White Sox escape Thursday with the lead intact
No matter what the result of the Monday makeup game, the White Sox will end this season with a truly miserable head-to-head record against the Detroit Tigers.  The best they can finish at is 6-12, and that’s despite only facing Justin Verlander twice all year now.  Suffice it to say, if the White Sox make... Read more »

Self-parody

Self-parody
Old habits and horror movie villains both die hard.  This weekend was a stern reminder of both adages, as the White Sox suffered yet another late-season humiliation at the hands of their top divisional competition. In 2010, they entered a crucial mid-August series in Minnesota three games back of the Twins and in the middle... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Division lead swept away

If you wanted to pick a pitching matchup for the White Sox to jump on and grab the one win they needed to leave town with a two-game AL Central lead…it wouldn’t be the one with Justin Verlander in it. Fear of the reigning AL MVP subsided momentarily when Alejandro De Aza led off Sunday’s... Read more »
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Delayed Rationalization - A bad time to be completely uncompetitive

The White Sox really only needed to drag out one win from this high-tension series with Detroit to stay somewhat comfortably ahead.  Even bad teams can muster up winning efforts one out of three times, but such adages don’t apply to games like Saturday night. There was nothing of note coming from the vistors’ dugout,... Read more »

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox start  the first of their two remaining head-to-head series Friday, after each spent the last week kinda killing the buzz of the whole affair. Not killing the buzz for us, obviously.  You the reader–who is either a hyper-partisan Sox fan or at least reading understanding that the target audience... Read more »

Everybody's working for the weekend

Everybody's working for the weekend
The White Sox are making overt efforts to save up their best punch for this weekend’s showdown with Detroit–they’ve cued up the best raw stuff on the squad with Peavy, Liriano and Sale, and given them all rest, in various kooky ways. Peavy’s spot against Baltimore is getting skipped to hide away Dylan Axelrod replacing... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Sale can't get 3rd outs, White Sox can't stay in 1st place

The one solace the White Sox had after Friday night’s Verlander-ing, was that they would at least have pitching mismatches in their favor the next two days.  Going into Saturday, starters Chris Sale and Rick Porcello had a two-and-a-half runs of difference in their ERA…in Sale’s favor. Porcello hasn’t faced the Sox since May 6th,... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Peavy is punished for his faux pas

Instant Rationalization - Peavy is punished for his faux pas
With a pitching matchup of Justin Verlander vs. Jake Peavy, scoring opportunities were doomed to be limited in the opener of this crucial divisional showdown. The early innings were marked with promising offensive work, as the Sox actually had runners to strand, and Alejandro De Aza clubbed a two-run homer in the 3rd to stake... Read more »

Saving up for the weekend

Saving up for the weekend
Philip Humber made his return to the starting rotation Tuesday night.  It wasn’t spectacular, but perfect game aside, all the best memories of Philip Humber are of him being unspectacularly effective.  He threw strikes, and didn’t compound any of his problems with extra base-runners. In fact, it was Humber’s only walk-less outing of 2012 besides... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was: 7/9-7/15 - The results were good enough to overlook some things

White Sox Week That Was: 7/9-7/15 - The results were good enough to overlook some things
According to dictionary.com, “cromulent” is a real word now and not just a joke from The Simpsons, which makes it the perfect word to sum up the White Sox week in Kansas City.  It was fine, adequate. They came away from the All-Star Game unscathed mostly by not playing, and scratched out two wins out of... Read more »