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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 »

Instant Rationalization - A baseball game was played in Cleveland until it ended

No offense to the 10,015 Cleveland fans who carved up their Tuesday schedule to wedge a trip to the ballpark into it, but it wasn’t the most purposeful baseball game that was played in Progressive Field on this night. The White Sox lineup–absent Paul Konerko, Alex Rios (probably on break for the rest of the... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Can't stop the bleeding

The White Sox playoff hopes are just a notion these days, but a notion everyone would like to keep alive into next week.  Games in Cleveland don’t need to be made anymore lifeless than they are naturally. But Jose Quintana–the little soft-tossing control artist that could–was unable to keep the illusion going past the first... 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 »

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability
Grabbing wins, reducing the magic number, and moving on to the next one is all that matters from here on out.  So maybe just saying that the Sox won, and Detroit lost should be enough. But ESPN had that information hours ago, so let’s indulge. The hope was that Hector Santiago could deliver the game... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Thornton luck ruins plucky comeback story

Delayed Rationalization - Thornton luck ruins plucky comeback story
The recap is late due to the time it took for me to voyage back from Camouflage Hat Night at the park to my Logan Square abode.  The rumpus from around the White Sox-ian internets is that this was a frustrating 9-7 see-saw loss to the Oakland A’s, but what could be frustrating about a... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Pinch-hit Pierzynski blast delivers series victory

Instant Rationalization - Pinch-hit Pierzynski blast delivers series victory
Seeing as my entire life will surely pass by without me finding my home run stroke, I cannot fault A.J. Pierzynski for needing until age 35 to find his.  The man who hit eight home runs in 129 games last season has now hit five in just as many contests. The most recent A.J. outburst... Read more »

Robin's cry for help

Ventura’s use of Leyson Septimo was disappointing, but imagine how he feels every time he stares into the bullpen.  Click the title to follow the link to my post on Southside Showdown.

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 »
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White Sox Week That Was: 7/2-7/8 - Splendid performance with little reward

White Sox Week That Was: 7/2-7/8 - Splendid performance with little reward
In what was perhaps the most impressive week of White Sox baseball all year, the South siders swept the best team in the AL, set aside their traditional woes against the Blue Jays, and came within one terribly-played slugfest on Sunday from a perfect week. For that, they increased their division lead just a single... Read more »