Posts tagged "Minnesota Twins"

A bad time for reality to set in

A bad time for reality to set in
Some of the raw horror of the White Sox five-game losing streak has been blunted by Detroit forsaking a chance to take a division lead, and getting swept out of a doubleheader by the Twins.  It’s hard to figure out how the Sox will ever win another game at this rate, but maybe they won’t... Read more »

Your anxiety has little precedent

Your anxiety has little precedent
Full disclosure: I was born in 1987, which limits the reach of my memory. However, my earliest, and still strongest memory of the pain of a late-season collapse is Mark Langston of the California Angels sitting in the dugout with his head in his hands.  He had just been pulled after a disastrous four-run 7th... Read more »

The slide

The slide
“I just told him that might be the play of the year.” – Gordon Beckham There’s something incredibly neat about the crucial play of the White Sox biggest win of the year being a hard slide by Alex Rios to break-up a double play.  It was a big moment in a huge game against a... Read more »
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Now would be a fine time for May days to return

Now would be a fine time for May days to return
The plan worked. The White Sox spent the weekend rehabilitating their offense and egos in sunny Minneapolis/St. Paul, and waited for Detroit to have an outbreak of defensive miscues that would undermine their superior talent level. It took the whole weekend, but it happened.  A hellacious 5th inning of infield defense put two extra Indians... 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 - Reasonable goals, easily achieved

Instant Rationalization - Reasonable goals, easily achieved
After a week of rapturous highs and lows, in an intense series with Detroit that featured both playoff implications and atmosphere, the Sox were given a slightly different task Friday night – Go beat the last-place Twins with Chris Sale against their #12 starter.  Oh, and Joe Mauer was out of the lineup too. It... Read more »
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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 »

Instant Rationalization - Rios doesn't remember anything from last night

Instant Rationalization - Rios doesn't remember anything from last night
Tuesday night, there was a massacre.  The Twins offense bludgeoned White Sox pitching to near-historic proportions and dragged a normal major league baseball game into position-player pitching absurdity. 14 hours later there was no evidence of that.  The carnage had been swept and squeegeed away, and where Philip Humber and Jose Quintana had stood before... Read more »

Might I bend your ear about Jose Quintana for a few minutes?

Might I bend your ear about Jose Quintana for a few minutes?
Things have been going downhill for our friend Jose recently.  There have been three outings for him in between this fine morning and his last quality start, which was also the last time he made it through the sixth inning. Even factoring in that last quality start, Quintana has walked 11 batters in his last... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Der Twain can only hurt you if your heart isn't pure

Instant Rationalization - Der Twain can only hurt you if your heart isn't pure
Thousands of years ago, before the dawn of man as we knew him, the White Sox were leading the Twins 3-0 after the 1st inning. Scott Diamond had been the Twins most consistent starter all season, but spent the first frame falling behind hitters, and getting rapped down the foul lines for three runs on... Read more »