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Instant Rationalization - Donkey Kong works as originally intended

Instant Rationalization - Donkey Kong works as originally intended
With a lineup stripped down from collision-related injuries, and Philip Humber on the mound because of John Danks’ everlasting rehab, the White Sox needed primetime efforts from the heart of the order Saturday. They got that, but the fill-ins weren’t half-bad either. After a breezy, scoreless first three innings, Paul Konerko broke the tie with... Read more »

Injuries bring depth issues to forefront

Injuries bring depth issues to forefront
Back on my since-disavowed list of reasons why the White Sox were in trouble going into the 2012 season, ‘lack of depth’ was cited in a half-dozen different ways.  The Sox had decent pieces, but couldn’t sustain a hit that gave a lot of exposure to the back half of their 25-man roster, or anything... Read more »

Addressing the holes that the White Sox might fix in a trade

Addressing the holes that the White Sox might fix in a trade
The Kevin Youkilis trade–and his just dandy .277/.373/.479 line with the White Sox–plugged the last truly awful, burning hole amongst the starters.  At 3rd base, there was injured youngster who was terrible, there was veteran fill-in who was terrible, and significant salary commitments to neither.  It was perfect situation to add a veteran rental, and... Read more »
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White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster

White Sox Week That Was - 7/16-7/22 - Obviously, that was a disaster
There’s a reason that so many have stressed that there is a lot of baseball left–67 games to be precise–after Sunday’s loss and sweep completion in Detroit. It’s a truth, and it’s also a coping mechanism, and coping mechanisms are assembled in response to disasters.  In a single seven-day period, the Sox went 1-6, dropped... Read more »

Morning notes: Just another panicked Monday

Morning notes: Just another panicked Monday
“We’re all waiting for Gavin Floyd and John Danks to come back,” my mother opined to me over our weekly Sunday dinner together, “but has anyone pointed out that they haven’t been any good?” “They’ll be fine”, I said dismissively, foolishly thinking this would be enough. “They haven’t been any good.” “Danks was terrible, but... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Humber bombed, other elements of the game made irrelevant

Instant Rationalization - Humber bombed, other elements of the game made irrelevant
Like a horror movie villan, the bad, long ball-addicted 2012 version of Philip Humber attacks at any time, and without warning.  And just because he appeared to have been banished to the next world a few days ago, doesn’t he mean he’s ever really gone. After Humber had spent a month on the disabled list... Read more »
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So, you've punted a game...

So, you've punted a game...
To recap the point I’m set to belabor–on Wednesday night, the White Sox started Pedro Hernandez. They sent a future middle reliever who isn’t even ready for such a role yet to face the still-capable Red Sox offense in Fenway Park, and looked on as he suffered a predictably grizzly fate. Everyone involved in the... Read more »

Saving up for the weekend

Saving up for the weekend
Philip Humber made his return to the starting rotation Tuesday night.  It wasn’t spectacular, but perfect game aside, all the best memories of Philip Humber are of him being unspectacularly effective.  He threw strikes, and didn’t compound any of his problems with extra base-runners. In fact, it was Humber’s only walk-less outing of 2012 besides... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Youk strikes back, and this time it hurts

Delayed Rationalization - Youk strikes back, and this time it hurts
After a joint commiseration via text over our evening committments that were keeping us from enjoying and recapping the White Sox game in a timely manner, Kevin (for whom the White Sox have something around a 3-20 record when he recaps games–my estimate) and I decided that I would be available sooner to write a... Read more »
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Gavin Floyd and John Danks aren't walking through that door...

Gavin Floyd and John Danks aren't walking through that door...
As it would happen, waiting for Gavin Floyd’s tendinitis to subside will be more of a 15-day type of affair than initially hoped.  According to Mark Gonzales, Floyd has “experienced discomfort throwing off-speed pitches”, and since those are the key to his existence as a major leaguer, that’s plenty reason to shut things down. A DL... Read more »