Posts tagged "tampa bay rays"

Instant Rationalization - Can't stop the bleeding

The White Sox playoff hopes are just a notion these days, but a notion everyone would like to keep alive into next week.  Games in Cleveland don’t need to be made anymore lifeless than they are naturally. But Jose Quintana–the little soft-tossing control artist that could–was unable to keep the illusion going past the first... Read more »

We'll always have the Orlando Hudson grand slam

We'll always have the Orlando Hudson grand slam
What a difference a day makes, especially when those days include a division lead doubling and halving itself back-and-forth at the drop of a hat.  In this case, all the optimism forged by the Sox dragging themselves within one good day of the Tigers was snuffed out very, very emphatically. While the Tigers clinged to a... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - So, those problems aren't going way

Instant Rationalization - So, those problems aren't going way
With the Tigers having already weathered the disappointment of a blown lead and earning a walk-off victory earlier in the day, the stage was set for the White Sox to continue their quiet descent into that good night. It was indeed quiet, because the opener of the final home series of the season failed to... Read more »
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Things are not okay

Things are not okay
The manner of baseball the White Sox have been playing recently–light on the baserunners, stingy on the clutch hitting and fresh out of starters who look fresh out on the mound–is a secondary concern. Team performance has shown itself annoyingly capable and willing of turning on a dime, even after everyone is filling buoyed and... Read more »

The home stretch looms

The home stretch looms
There are just 52 games left on the White Sox regular season schedule, compared to 50 for the Detroit Tigers.  While the Sox only have a one-game advantage in the division, that lead is entirely composed of the two extra games the Tigers have played and lost. The White Sox play their 111th and 112th... Read more »

The best of the White Sox 1st half

Scott Merkin wrote a great piece on the White Sox playoff hopes as they look to the second half.  If anything, I like it because he confirms that my cynicism from before the season was well-founded.  As Merkin puts it, the White Sox needed a mountain of ‘if’s’ to go their way this season to... Read more »
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Five-run 6th inning rallies Sox past James Shields

The White Sox offense seemed to be all out of hot streak mid-way through their May 29th game in Tampa.  Against the work of James Shields, they had been limited to a single run, and were befuddled by the changeup Shields had rode to a complete game win against Chicago the previous year. But in... Read more »

Chris Sale's 15 strikeouts

Rays manager Joe Maddon is credited with developing The Danks Theory, designed to counteract the effectiveness of the lefty’s changeup against righties by…hiding the righties.  Against Chris Sale, Maddon cleared the lefty sluggers out of his lineup to avoid unfavorable matchups, but it acted as more of an evacuation, as Sale razed the remaining Tampa... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was: 5/28-6/3 - This week's episode features lots of wins

White Sox Week That Was: 5/28-6/3 - This week's episode features lots of wins
For the most part, the White Sox spent the week riding the hot streak that last weekend’s emphatic offensive demolition of then-1st place Cleveland kickstarted. Floyd has been terrible, Danks is hurt, Philip Humber has an ERA over 5.00, and the one loss this week featured 10 runs being allowed to the Seattle Mariners, whose offense... Read more »
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Afternoon notes: Winning and feeling better while doing it

Afternoon notes: Winning and feeling better while doing it
The Baseball Prospectus’ Hit List power rankings–based on three different types of pythagorean calculations and league strength–have the White Sox as 2nd in all of baseball. The difference between them and No. 1 Texas is significant, but BP calculates their chances of making the playoffs at 61.8%, which has raised 27.6% in the last week.... Read more »