Posts tagged "Kansas City Royals"

Things are not okay

Things are not okay
The manner of baseball the White Sox have been playing recently–light on the baserunners, stingy on the clutch hitting and fresh out of starters who look fresh out on the mound–is a secondary concern. Team performance has shown itself annoyingly capable and willing of turning on a dime, even after everyone is filling buoyed and... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there
Considering how little went right, the White Sox really stuck around for quite a while on Wednesday night.  Little fighters, they are. A somewhat egregious mismatch of Chris Sale vs. Bruce Chen marked the night, but both pitchers seemed set on creating their own problems. Sale placed Billy Butler in big-time RBI situations in the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - A textbook loss to the Royals that the White Sox won

Tuesday night, the White Sox were walking into Kaufman Stadium–frequent home of their worst-played games of the season–coming off a emotional triumph over their chief rival, facing inconsistent but occasionally capable Luke Hochevar, and starting Gavin Floyd; the famous linguist who coined the term “mercurial”. It started with the appropriate amount of dread and malaise.... Read more »
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In ragged straits as the biggest series of the season begins

In ragged straits as the biggest series of the season begins
The White Sox don’t have much of a shot at the American League Wild Card.  At the moment, they’re two and a half games out of the last spot, which isn’t as big of a hindrance as three teams they’d have to overcome. Luckily, they play in the weakest division in all of baseball, and... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - It wasn't a disaster at all

Delayed Rationalization - It wasn't a disaster at all
It’s really not a game against the Royals without needless difficulty, some stretches where basic elements of baseball seem impossible, or a seemingly comfortable win randomly peppered with intense moments. But those were extra dressings on successful elements. The White Sox came into the game with two years of emotional baggage built up against Bruce... Read more »

Slay this mythical beast! - A Royals preview of sorts

Slay this mythical beast! - A Royals preview of sorts
In one of this season’s great peculiarities and sources of consternation, the White Sox have gone 4-8 against the Kansas City Royals.  They’re also 4-10 against the Tigers, but that makes sense to a degree, they’re actually a good team.  Unless you count the enigma that is the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City stands out... Read more »
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If the Twins are just going to defend Adam Dunn wrong...

Perhaps you’ve noticed this, but no points taken off if you haven’t–teams have been defending Adam Dunn in a very specific way in the infield.  They’re featuring a shift.  I could describe it, but the Baltimore Orioles could just demonstrate it. The 2nd basemen is playing a sort of ‘Short Right Field’ position, the shortstop... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Homer hands

Instant Rationalization - Homer hands
It’s unclear how this game will be remembered, what with the intense conflicts, wild emotional swings, incompetent play, and the multiple interweaving narratives of an Inarritu film. Here’s a synopsis Initial Plot – Gavin Floyd rocked by hellish control problems.  Walks four, hits another, doesn’t make it out of the third, but somehow only gives... 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 »