Archive for June 2012

This is the Rios we want

This is the Rios we want
Whether it’s the curse of the five-tool player being inflicted upon him, or the curse of Alex Rios being inflicted on others, ascribing the proper expectations upon the 31 year-old outfielder has always been a challenge. Toronto was excited at how his tools and athleticism would age enough to sign him through 2014 when he... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Floyd exorcises demons, Reed hangs on for dear life

Instant Rationalization - Floyd exorcises demons, Reed hangs on for dear life
Gavin Floyd didn’t have much on his side going into Tuesday night’s game.  Already mired in a pretty terrible season that was just starting to turn around, Gavin had to face the Twins. The Sox hadn’t just lost the last eight games he started against the Twins, but Floyd had been tagged with the decision... 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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Instant Rationalization - Peavy gets Twinned

Instant Rationalization - Peavy gets Twinned
Jake Peavy allowed eight hits and three runs in the first three innings of the night against the Minnesota Twins.  The first part of that sentence would make it sound like Jake got shelled, the last two words give away that something else was amiss. Denard Span legitimately had Peavy’s number, crushing two doubles deep... Read more »

The dearly departed: Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart

The dearly departed: Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart
It becomes a lot easier to wax nostalgic about players when they’re out the door.  Their deficiencies are no longer a part of your daily concern, and all that’s left is the memories. Worry no longer that Brent Lillibridge can’t hit, or that Zach Stewart is threatening the league’s supply of baseballs.  Before spending all... Read more »

So now the White Sox have a Youkilis

So now the White Sox have a Youkilis
On Sunday afternoon, the White Sox traded for a 33 year-old 3rd basemen hitting .233/.315/.377 on the season, who’s been frequently of injured of recent.  And yet, the trade for this Kevin Youkilis character is being hailed as a great win for the Sox, and one of Kenny Williams’ best moves in recent memory. For... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - This pitcher's duel doesn't sting

Instant Rationalization - This pitcher's duel doesn't sting
Going into the 10th inning without knowing where the scoring is coming from is a familiar, and unwelcome feeling for the South siders. For the second straight Sunday, the White Sox couldn’t deliver Jose Quintana a win after eight shutout frames, as Milwaukee fill-in starter Michael Fiers stepped in from the bullpen and baffled White... Read more »

Kevin Youkilis is coming--reportedly

Jon Heyman, a man who’s made his career reporting on these sorts of things, recently tweeted the following: #chisox get youlikis according to sources — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 24, 2012 The word on the return package is still being formed, but for now, this is the best report. White Sox have acquired Kevin Youkilis... Read more »

Fukudome's departure is a good sign

Fukudome's departure is a good sign
Kosuke Fukudome was paid $47 million over the last four years, so there’s a lot less mourning required at his loss of employment than the average fourth outfielder.  He probably doesn’t need to consider a new line of work after being DFA’d.  In fact, he can go without considering the concept of ‘work’ for quite a... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Possibly the best pitcher's duel of the season goes the wrong way

Everyone finally got the pitching duel they were hoping to see last Friday, as Chris Sale squared off against Zack Greinke. Sale was at his very best, hitting as high as 96 mph, working in a change-up and two different versions of his slider. The only instance in which he found himself in real trouble... Read more »