Posts tagged "Matt Thornton"

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault

White Sox relievers are fungible to a fault
“”We’ve got a bunch of guys who are really bad at starting,” -Will Ohman, Feb. 26, 2011 Leave it to Will Ohman to make the self-deprecating statement that would later be used in his own post-mortem.  The 2012 season would see the White Sox take a step away from investing in “failed starters”, and their... Read more »

Questions about the authority

Questions about the authority
I only got to see the last two innings of Thursday’s game live, but I understand that baserunning blunders that prevented the Sox from blowing things open, more ineffectiveness versus Jeremy Guthrie, and the chasm in the number of opportunities between Chicago and Kansas City made the 9th inning a culmination of a night of... 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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A year of good fortune

A year of good fortune
It’s well-worn narrative ground that the 2012 White Sox playoff candidacy is a product of almost everything going right.  Bounce-backs from Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Jake Peavy, a career year from A.J. Pierzynski, surprise competence from Jose Quintana, surprise dominance from Chris Sale, etc., etc. But Dewayne Wise has to be the best example of... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Liriano comes up preposterously big

This was not a game the White Sox displayed any great desire to have Francisco Liriano start.  He had been pulled from the rotation earlier in the week, bumped in out and out from rotation schedule twice, and had the bullpen working in the 7th even though he had a no-hitter going. He had a... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Bullpen, division lead is Scherzered in half

Instant Rationalization - Bullpen, division lead is Scherzered in half
Entering into this game, the White Sox were hard up on ways to get to Max Scherzer.  They removed every questionable righty from the lineup in preparation for him, which included pulling a guy who had homered in back-to-back games, as well as turning to Dan Johnson. It was not enough.  It did not come... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - More homers needed

After Monday night’s festivities, the White Sox allegiance to the home run was a celebrated and revered element of their personality.  I would offer that it still should be–building a lineup around power hitters while playing in a band box is a sound strategy. But the absurd caricature of the approach that the White Sox... 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 »

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember

Matt Thornton can't stop righties, and other things to remember
Notice a trend, perchance? We had a nice little peak there–far longer than the average peak for a reliever–and now Thornton has slid all the way back to where he was just a wide-eyed 31 year-old, not yet learned in The Way of Coop. One could hate the sinner–and Thornton has done himself no favors... Read more »
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Morning notes - Thanks for the memory, Jordan Danks

Morning notes - Thanks for the memory, Jordan Danks
Apparently the White Sox were more than aware of the redundancy of carrying both Jordan Danks and DeWayne Wise on the roster.  They’re sending Jordan back to AAA Charlotte, and replacing him with what was being announced Sunday as “pitching depth”.  In case you were wondering, Jordan Danks’ last at-bat with the team was the... Read more »