Posts tagged "mike moustakas"

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 »

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 »

Instant Rationalization - The third movie is always the worst one - Sox drop the last Sale-Mendoza tilt

Due to the oddities of scheduling, Chris Sale and Luis Mendoza have squared off on three occasions this season.  Due to the oddities of baseball, each game has been a pitching duel demanding everything the White Sox Cy Young candidate has. In the first meeting, a fatigued Sale battled through 10 hits in eight innings... Read more »
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AL Central Rumblings & Bumblings!

AL Central Rumblings & Bumblings!
Adam Dunn gets regular size Potbelly’s sandwiches now, and Ozzie Guillen is going to remove some people’s nerve endings. There.  That’s the White Sox news for the week. But the White Sox–contrary to appearance–do not operate in a bizarre baseball vacuum by themselves.  They exist in the AL Central, where the amount of money they... Read more »

Addison Reed taking ownership of the closer role is the best-case scenario

Addison Reed taking ownership of the closer role is the best-case scenario
Expectations for the 1st year of Robin Ventura as a manager probably need to stay reasonable.  As long he doesn’t let Jake Peavy throw 160 pitches, doesn’t make late-inning substitutions that seem to intentionally make his defense worse, and throws in the occasional keen observation like “Alexei isn’t one of our better bunters”, his learning... Read more »

Three lefties in the bullpen ain't no kinda usual

Three lefties in the bullpen ain't no kinda usual
Admittedly, ever since the White Sox lucked into a pitcher with top 10 talent, threw southpaw and could hit the mid-90′s, I’ve been pretty gaga over the idea of seeing him start.  In the last decade, I can recall one hurler who has been drafted by the organization and risen up into a regular rotation contributor,... Read more »
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This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals

This Awful Moment in Time - A Live Game Chronicle of White Sox vs. Royals
I haven’t written any live game blogs this year, and for good reason.  It’s a cumbersome, goofy gimmick that doesn’t allow me much time to gather my thoughts and provide cogent analysis.  Also, it’s an idea I picked up from reading Bill Simmons as a teenager, and I’ve been trying to strip his influence away... Read more »