Tag: Rick Porcello

Home run dependency and learning not to care

Home run dependency and learning not to care
I am particularly disappointed that information regarding what percentage of team runs are scored via home runs is not readily available.  Printed clearly and in sortable charts for my easy use would be best.  Alas, it is not, but I can tell you that the White Sox have scored 298 of their 657 runs in... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Sale can't get 3rd outs, White Sox can't stay in 1st place

The one solace the White Sox had after Friday night’s Verlander-ing, was that they would at least have pitching mismatches in their favor the next two days.  Going into Saturday, starters Chris Sale and Rick Porcello had a two-and-a-half runs of difference in their ERA…in Sale’s favor. Porcello hasn’t faced the Sox since May 6th,... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was - 4/23-4/29: Great beginning and ending to a terrible, terrible story

White Sox Week That Was - 4/23-4/29: Great beginning and ending to a terrible, terrible story
This week, sandwiched in between two dominant pitching performances by Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd, was a brutal five game losing streak that saw the Sox dragged back to the rest of the AL Central (we get to say that!) and get shutout twice. Those shutouts also featured dominant pitching performances from Jake Peavy and Gavin... Read more »
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Holy moly, that's a lot of strikeouts for everyone

Holy moly, that's a lot of strikeouts for everyone
Previously, I referred to the ballooning strikeout total of White Sox hitters as somewhat refreshing, given all the years of emphasizing contact over all other concerns.  Now that it’s lasted for more than a week and exploded in scale, it’s every bit the horrible illness one would expect. The White Sox have struck out a... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was - 4/9-4/15: Overwhelmingly positive

White Sox Week That Was - 4/9-4/15: Overwhelmingly positive
In this instant-reaction world full of judgmental blogs like this one, teams are often thought of as being no better than their most recent dull thud against an average-ish sinker-baller.  Sunday’s effort against Rick Porcello and defensive betrayal of Chris Sale certainly left a lot to be desired, but far from undid the work of... Read more »

White Sox home opener will start their greatest challenge of the season

White Sox home opener will start their greatest challenge of the season
The past two years, the White Sox have been really good about getting off to a promising and encouraging start.  In both 2010 and 2011, the first game of the year was a showdown with a Cleveland Indians team that seemed more or less unconvinced that Spring Training had ended, and was violently dispatched to the... Read more »
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Death at the hands of large men

Death at the hands of large men
The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Is there any other way to start into discussing this?  The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a 9-year (with no opt out), $214 million contract, seemingly in response to losing DH Victor Martinez (who’s signed through 2014) for the season to a knee injury.  Good gravy. The best... Read more »

White Sox suffer authoritative dismissal from elite level in back-to-back years

White Sox suffer authoritative dismissal from elite level in back-to-back years
I’ve seen Monday night’s game before. Last season the White Sox were immolated at home in a three-game sweep at the hands of Minnesota to put the cap on a prolonged late-season slide.  It wasn’t just disastrous in result, it was humbling in the truest sense.  It let the front office know that they would... Read more »

White Sox Season Preview 2011 - Know Your AL Central Competition - Detroit

White Sox Season Preview 2011 - Know Your AL Central Competition - Detroit
Julian H. Gonzalez, McClatchy-Tribune Well color me vaguely excited, it’s time to discuss the Detroit Tigers. As it stands in the AL Central, the split between contenders and non-contenders is determined by whether a team is actually planning to win in 2011.  If you can regularly catch fans of a team speaking in half-convincing tones... Read more »
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The Young & Fresh vs. The Old & Sweaty - Tigers vs. White Sox Preview

I know that we’re all still reeling from Hawk Harrelson Night, and trust me, I can’t believe that Hawk Harrelson once was in a broadcast booth with Dick Stockton, or is close friends with Bud Selig either.  That bit about Dick Stockton knowing nothing about baseball…that didn’t seem as far-fetched.  As disappointing and horrifying as... Read more »