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Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox

Great improvements and disappointments of the 2012 White Sox
There have been some attempts to sum up the surprises, both good and bad, for the White Sox this past season, and generally I feel they could use some context. Everything needs buckets of buckets of context; it’s just a matter of how much we can stand. Mark Gonzales of the Tribune highlighted a fun... 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 »

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 »
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Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess

Instant Rationalization - Sox win, I guess
There were nine innings in this game.  Nine of them.  All of these innings matter equally–in that no inning is statistically more significant than the other–but in a one-game situation, they don’t.  Innings become what you make of them. The first eight innings were dominated by the White Sox.  Peavy threw seven quality, walk-free frames,... 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 »

Forget that six-man rotation

Forget that six-man rotation
Per the usual method of announcing managing directives, Don Cooper let it be known via his radio show on 670 AM The Score that the White Sox would be kicking Philip Humber out of the rotation and out to the pen, ending the six-man arrangement after one turn. And so begins the debate; is the... 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 »

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try

Morning notes: White Sox will give this 'winning streak' thing a try
A casual glance at the standings gives the impression that something like a crucial August series is taking place this weekend.  The Angels–still a heavy favorite to end their season in October with a wild card berth safely in tow–head into town fresh off a split with the Rangers where their bullpen allowed 11 runs... Read more »

New manager, new six-man rotation

New manager, new six-man rotation
With all the talk this year about how different Robin Ventura’s style is from Ozzie Guillen’s, the few strategic holdovers stick out like gangrenous thumbs.  They might as well mandate that the phrase “six-man rotation” can only be read aloud in Don Cooper’s Brooklyn accent. The White Sox are heading back to the six-man starting... Read more »
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Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline

Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline
The last day before the non-waiver trade deadline came and went without any significant additions to the AL Central powers, despite “interesting discussions” all around.  It was a bit of a surprise since the Sox had the rather reasonable options of improving the bullpen or overcorrect their bench, and an even bigger surprise that the Tigers... Read more »