Posts tagged "Texas Rangers"

Slay this mythical beast! - A Royals preview of sorts

Slay this mythical beast! - A Royals preview of sorts
In one of this season’s great peculiarities and sources of consternation, the White Sox have gone 4-8 against the Kansas City Royals.  They’re also 4-10 against the Tigers, but that makes sense to a degree, they’re actually a good team.  Unless you count the enigma that is the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City stands out... 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 »

Jose Quintana is falling out of the swing of things

Jose Quintana is falling out of the swing of things
July 5th was a day of tremendous temptation for everyone still avoiding the Jose Quintana bandwagon.  His masterful eight inning, two-hit outing against the Texas Rangers offense–on a hellishly hot day–wasn’t simply another triumph for his strategy of busting hitters inside with his perfectly located 90 mph fastball, it was far more promising that. Quintana... Read more »
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Ouch update - Everyone's arm is in a sorry state

Ouch update - Everyone's arm is in a sorry state
Since running through an update of the injuries on this team as it careens into the stretch run is likely to completely replace ‘Morning notes’ as a regular feature, and ‘M*A*S*H* unit’ as an article title might offer too much of an approximation of war injuries with the physical problems associated with throwing a ball... Read more »

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 »

Instant Rationalization - Prolonged periods of anxiety rewarded with victory

Chris Sale and the White Sox triumphed over Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, clearly such a performance produced a night of easy pleasures. Almost. First, any semblance of the pitcher’s duel was erased early.  Control problems and a pop-up misread by Josh Hamilton flung Yu Darvish into a 1st inning ordeal that he needed... 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 »

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 »

The Entire Texas Series at U.S. Cellular

Rarely do the most difficult series of the year contain the most easy pleasures, but the three-game set against Texas seem scripted for maximum enjoyment by White Sox fans. The opener contained gluttonous amounts of offensive might, the second night gave a chance for newcomer Kevin Youkilis to be the hero, and the finale not... Read more »
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Rios' dramatic home run gives the Sox their first win

In the 2nd game of the season in Texas, most were still under the notion that the Sox were a hopelessly overmatched AL Central cellar-dweller trying their darndest to stick with the defending AL Champions.  Despite Jake Peavy getting rocked during the first three innings, the Sox had made it to the 9th stuck in... Read more »