Posts tagged "Mark Buehrle"

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 »

The latest ode to Sale

The latest ode to Sale
Chris Sale has long since exhausted his quota of coming out parties.  The All-Star Game appearance, the 15-strikeout game in Tampa, and the White Sox burgeoning national relevance have allowed him to be properly recognized and feared by the outside world. But still, Sale’s Wednesday night outing was his first against the Yankees, and happened... Read more »

Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, and the best 1st half in recent White Sox history

Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, and the best 1st half in recent White Sox history
It would be a grotesque misrepresentation of fact to say that the White Sox have not enjoyed good pitching in the Kenny Williams era.  They won the 2005 World Series was won with superb pitching, the organizational strategy is centered around acquiring and developing pitching, and advanced metrics have been rating Sox staffs at the... Read more »
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Delayed Rationalization - Quintana somehow does it again

Take some time to glance through a Mark Buehrle game log on Baseball Reference from, well, any season, really.  It won’t take long to find a game–or several–where he broke the double digits in hits allowed (a category he led the league in a few times) and squeezed out a quality start.  And we’d never... Read more »

Gavin Floyd's struggles with damage control

Gavin Floyd's struggles with damage control
Back-to-back rough starts have ballooned Gavin Floyd’s ERA to 4.66 on the season.  Not only has every trace of his hot start been erased from his statistical record, but the 16 runs he’s given up in his last two outings dwarf the 13 he allowed in his seven previous times on the hill. Ups-and-downs happen... Read more »

Sox Index 3/12/12

Sox Index 3/12/12
Cincinnati Reds wins in 140 regular season games in 1919: 96 Chicago White Sox wins in 140 regular season games in 1919: 88 Joe Jackson 1919 World Series OPS: .956 1917 World Series OPS: .638 Joe Jackson, White Sox salary in 1919: $6,000 Buying power $6000 had in 1919 in 2012 dollars, according to U.S.... Read more »
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Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt

Pierzynski is probably brilliant, Short is definitely hurt
The frustrating thing about trying to evaluate A.J. Pierzynski is reviewing his statistical profile, finding a decent but underwhelming player, and being met with the inevitable reply of “Yeah, but the intangibles”.  It’s a valid complaint, but one that’s hard to reconcile into a firm, sum total. Beyond the mystery of his bat-handling, or clutchitude,... Read more »

John Danks is very clearly the Opening Day starter, even after Tuesday

John Danks is very clearly the Opening Day starter, even after Tuesday
The second Spring Training game rolled around Tuesday and oh, well, losing again. The novelty of trying to make cautious judgments off single game performances has waned a bit.  Perhaps that’s because John Danks looked terrible in his first outing, and John Danks is probably the Opening Day starter. “Right now, [Danks] is going to... Read more »

First dose of unbridled Spring Training optimism

First dose of unbridled Spring Training optimism
Taking even a day off the first burst of Spring Training is a good way to fall hopelessly behind all the positivism. It’s only fitting; it’s the beginning of the professional baseball season, professional baseball is a massive and onerous endeavor, so you’re either entering it with unbridled enthusiasm and energy or you’re not doing... Read more »
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Sox Index 2/18/12

Sox Index 2/18/12
White Sox team home runs in 1959: 97 MLB rank: 16 (last) White Sox team stolen bases in 1959: 113 MLB rank: 1 Games started for White Sox by Ed Walsh in 1908: 49 Games completed: 42 Stolen bases on Ray Schalk in 1925: 29 Runners caught stealing: 62 (68%) Major League baseball players born... Read more »