Posts tagged "san diego padres"

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 »

Morning notes: Stories unrelated to the All-Star Game

Morning notes: Stories unrelated to the All-Star Game
Making a natural transition from talking about the All-Star Game, the White Sox and Cubs are probably going to be playing four games next season, instead of their usual six. As a partial-season-ticket holder, I was initially excited by the prospect of having the chance to avoid being obligated to buy a hyper-expensive Cubs-Sox game every... Read more »

Morning notes: Youkilis edition

Morning notes: Youkilis edition
The Kevin Youkilis 90-day free trial started Monday, and somewhat uneventfully ended with a 1 for 4 night at the plate, and basic competence in the field.  Seeing as the two big red flags with Youkilis have been declining power and a death spiral in his strikeout rate, three grounders and one fly out isn’t... Read more »
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Morning notes: Crosstown series looms

Morning notes: Crosstown series looms
The crosstown series starts this Friday.  It’s still sponsored by BP, which is one year closer to being a fact they don’t have to de-emphasize out of embarrassment. Both the Cubs and Sox have losing records and rather mundane future outlooks, so the running narrative is that the rivalry is unimportant and lifeless now.  That... Read more »

Large second wave of roster cuts set to make things fun

Large second wave of roster cuts set to make things fun
Perhaps setting a precedent that all games in which the White Sox get shutout will be followed by a third of the roster being cut, 14 players were sent packing from major league camp Monday. Alright, so perhaps this day was selected weeks ahead of time and several lockers were cleared out prior to the... Read more »

Old Jake Peavy ain't what he used to be

Old Jake Peavy ain't what he used to be
White Sox fans should not be unfamiliar with the concept of a diminished Jake Peavy. Diminished Jake Peavy and White Sox fans have met.  White Sox fans invited Diminished Jake Peavy over for dinner, he was greeted warmly, then keeled over in pain midway through the second course, excused himself while apologizing profusely, and promised... Read more »
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Overvaluing former White Sox!

Overvaluing former White Sox!
When White Sox players get paid more than they’re worth, or saddled with larger responsibilities than they’re capable of executing, it’s a tragic and sad thing.  When other teams overvalue former White Sox players, it’s hilarious and reminds us of the beauty of freedom.  Sweet freedom. What, Atlanta Braves?  You want Scott Linebrink to pitch which... Read more »

Happy New Year's, and oh, hey, Quentin's gone

Happy New Year's, and oh, hey, Quentin's gone
I was just putting some things together for New Year’s Eve, buying absurd amounts of tonic, assembling plastic champagne flutes, etc…and oh hey!  Carlos Quentin got traded to the Padres for two minor league pitchers!  Awwwww crap, that probably merits a post. Good luck making a clear conclusion out of this one, though.  There’s enough... Read more »

Young man's game

Young man's game
Omar Vizquel’s not coming back in 2012, which is one of those announcements that doesn’t really need to happen.  When a 44 year-old utility infielder has every part of his game–except baserunning, strangely–bottom out, it doesn’t exactly merit a press conference, just a calm dismissal of a overly-exuberant Twitter follower. Now that it’s official–sorta–Vizquel isn’t... Read more »
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Hot Stove Watch - Day 32: "Is thing on?...I smell gas, but I don't hear anything clicking"

Hot Stove Watch - Day 32: "Is thing on?...I smell gas, but I don't hear anything clicking"
It would appear that the GMs of the league have for the most part remained doggedly dedicated to waiting until next week’s winter meetings to get into the crazy trading and signing frenzy that, well, traditionally happens in the winter meetings. A new CBA that promised to–and did–completely re-shape the nature of free agent compensation... Read more »