Tag: Kansas City Royals

Instant Rationalization - This game would have been really awful without the homers

In some respects, this was the worst-played game of the season, or at least a contender.  But it was exciting, and for a moment in the 8th–closely contested! Jake Peavy  was pretty messy on the night–he couldn’t work the inside of the plate, was sprayed into right field all game, and hit the 100-pitch mark... Read more »

The home stretch looms

The home stretch looms
There are just 52 games left on the White Sox regular season schedule, compared to 50 for the Detroit Tigers.  While the Sox only have a one-game advantage in the division, that lead is entirely composed of the two extra games the Tigers have played and lost. The White Sox play their 111th and 112th... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Cy Chen returns

Delayed Rationalization - Cy Chen returns
Since Royals starter Bruce Chen had been roughed up badly in two of his last three starts against the White Sox, and was proving to be even more mediocre this season than he was last, the hope was that this ‘Cy Chen’ nonsense might have a permanent place in the past. Alas, aches and pains... Read more »
Advertisement:

Sale's rapturous return

Sale's rapturous return
Like most biased observers, I have long since allowed myself–against high-minded notions of caution–to believe that the White Sox are going to make the playoffs. It’s mostly 2011’s fault.  A season mired in mismanagement, a lineup devout in its adherence to Murphy’s Law, and the type of errors in execution that would inspire a Governor... Read more »

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 »

Instant Rationalization - White Sox don't score enough, it winds up not mattering

Instant Rationalization - White Sox don't score enough, it winds up not mattering
Luis Mendoza isn’t a starter the Royals planned on (or hoped to) relying on heavily this season. He throws low 90’s, he’ll hang his slurvy breaking pitch too much, and while he’s been a decent space-filler this year, the 6.14 career ERA going into Sunday made him probably not the best guy to matchup with... Read more »
Advertisement:

Coping with the aftermath of Friday night

Coping with the aftermath of Friday night
Winning doesn’t actually cure all ills, it’s more like an enormous injection of painkillers that covers up all the pain for a six-to-eight hour period. While the eventual White Sox triumph Friday night made burning through the entire bullpen and dragging what is still a fairly old team in terms of position players through fourteen... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - It's over, and they won

Instant Rationalization - It's over, and they won
A lot of smooth and easy narratives went by the wayside during this 14-inning marathon. First, there was the White Sox tattooing Bruce Chen for three home runs and six tallies total.  An easy, happy tale almost arose out of this auspicious beginning Second, was Jose Quintana looking out of sorts, and as a result,... Read more »

Afternoon notes: Second-place edition

Everything seems less rosy when it doesn’t have the ‘activities of a 1st-place team’ stamp on it.  A Wednesday night set to be spent battling the Cubs to avoid a sweep with one of the league’s worst starters of the last month lacks a certain tinge of nobility. So does marveling at Detroit’s comeback.  In... Read more »
Advertisement:

Afternoon notes: Hopefully Quintana can roll

Afternoon notes: Hopefully Quintana can roll
Jose Quintana is making the start against the 1st place Indians tonight, and who can know what will happen. He’s a left-handed pitcher facing a predominantly left-handed lineup, and he sports a 2.77 ERA in AA Birmingham.  His strikeout rate is average, suggesting he’s not overpowering.  His walk rate is good, but not great enough... Read more »