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Your White Sox playoff rooting interests

Your White Sox playoff rooting interests
One might be so bold as to suggest, that this post is a week or so late, since the divisional round just completed.  But that is nonsense. No one needed my suggestion or influence to latch on to the noble, hopeless causes of the Oakland A’s or the Baltimore Orioles.  That’s just second nature for... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was: 6/11-6/17 - At least all those games they lost were to good teams

White Sox Week That Was: 6/11-6/17 - At least all those games they lost were to good teams
Last year, there was a clear narrative to every White Sox week.  They were a good pitching team, constantly being betrayed by a every other element of the roster. This season is more muddled.  The offense is firmly in the top 3 in the AL, the pitching staff for all it’s troubles is above-average, and... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Peavy one-upped by Lynn

Instant Rationalization - Peavy one-upped by Lynn
It took a while to notice that Jake Peavy was having a good game Wednesday night.  He sat around the 89-91 range, Carlos Beltran tagged for him a massive solo home run in the 3rd inning, and he barely escaped that frame without further damage. Also there was Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. Whereas Peavy merely... Read more »
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Rationalizing Jose Quintana, if that's even possible

Rationalizing Jose Quintana, if that's even possible
It seems like wishful thinking now, but Tuesday night’s showdown with St. Louis seemed like a chance to finally get some definitive answers on Jose Quintana, one way or another. That didn’t quite happen.  Maybe it won’t happen anytime soon He gave up boatloads of hits, but not a lot of truly hard ones, and... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Quintana somehow does it again

Take some time to glance through a Mark Buehrle game log on Baseball Reference from, well, any season, really.  It won’t take long to find a game–or several–where he broke the double digits in hits allowed (a category he led the league in a few times) and squeezed out a quality start.  And we’d never... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was: 6/4-6/10 - A regrettable stretch

White Sox Week That Was: 6/4-6/10 - A regrettable stretch
“It’s baseball,” Konerko said. “You catch teams in different moments during the season, a series here and there. There’s a lot of parity in the game now. I don’t read too much into that.” -a quote from Paul Konerko stuffed at the end of Dave Van Dyck’s article on Philip Humber There’s truth to that,... Read more »
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1st place roster shuffling

1st place roster shuffling
Thursday saw a wave of news about the White Sox roster–mostly on the outer margins.  The minutiae of shifting around reserve outfielders and spot starters can lend a strong feeling of pointlessness at times, but this is a 1st place team after all, so tales of roster shifting and shuffling become more exciting if you can... Read more »

Camelback Ranch isn't especially profitable

Camelback Ranch isn't especially profitable
There are a lot of things about Jerry Reinsdorf I’ve yet to resolve in my mind, but right at the top of the list is how the famously shrewd Chairman ever came to be business partners with the Arrested-Development-in-real-life former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.  Even as McCourt prepares to depart, their Spring Training facility joint-venture... Read more »

SoxFest unveils confident talking team that's really standing pat

SoxFest unveils confident talking team that's really standing pat
“Why not us?” would seem to be the motto of the opening day of SoxFest, which is shaping up to be every bit the positivist lovefest that, you know, a pre-season promotional event designed to drum up enthusiasm for the upcoming season should be. Kenny Williams received a smattering of boos when he was introduced,... Read more »
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Well, at least they got rid of Frasor

Well, at least they got rid of Frasor
This is what happens when no one invites Kenny Williams to any New Year’s parties. January 1st brings yet another trade, and this one doesn’t even need to be rationalized! Jason Frasor wasn’t particularly good with the White Sox, and $3.75 million is a bit pricey for an ineffective reliever.  So much so that most... Read more »