Tag: A.J. Pierzynski

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about

Here comes that showdown with Detroit you've heard so much about
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox start  the first of their two remaining head-to-head series Friday, after each spent the last week kinda killing the buzz of the whole affair. Not killing the buzz for us, obviously.  You the reader–who is either a hyper-partisan Sox fan or at least reading understanding that the target audience... Read more »

The White Sox have a bench? The White Sox have a bench!

The White Sox have a bench?  The White Sox have a bench!
The White Sox scored the decisive runs on Sunday just like you’d expect–Jordan Danks walked and was knocked in by a Tyler Flowers homer. That’s sarcasm, of course.  A little joke for everyone who knows that the White Sox bench spent the first four months of the season being terrible.  Not problematically terrible, since they’re just... Read more »

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road

Photo-analysis: The White Sox hit the road
Click here for larger image. I initially viewed this photo removed of context, and I feel as though that moment provided the most genuine and rewarding reaction.  The full story is fine, heart-warming, even.  However, the initial shock, confusion, and yes, awe is irreplaceable.  I mean, this is how these men are dressed in preparation to... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - Youk's revenge

Instant Rationalization - Youk's revenge
Surely, at some point during the approximately 735 games the Red Sox played against the Yankees during Kevin Youkilis’ tenure in Boston, something was done to inspire his undying hatred toward the pinstripes.   The Yankees have a naturally infuriating way about them.  But it probably came during some turgid, four-hour long marathon between the... Read more »

Alejandro Anxiety

Alejandro Anxiety
After a mere three games missed while on the active roster–seriously, check out the madness going on with Denard Span—Alejandro De Aza is headed to the DL for whatever is causing his oblique soreness.  Comcast Sports Net keeps pairing the announcement with the clip of De Aza bellyflopping onto 2nd base Friday night.  It looks... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - Homer hands

Instant Rationalization - Homer hands
It’s unclear how this game will be remembered, what with the intense conflicts, wild emotional swings, incompetent play, and the multiple interweaving narratives of an Inarritu film. Here’s a synopsis Initial Plot – Gavin Floyd rocked by hellish control problems.  Walks four, hits another, doesn’t make it out of the third, but somehow only gives... Read more »
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Instant Rationalization - The briefest of respites from KC struggles is not enough for a win

The first two games of the White Sox weekend tilt with the Royals had already compounded concerns about their record in Kansas City, but Sunday added the anxieties of the offense’s occasional abandonment of Jose Quintana, and recent poor performances against Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie. On Sunday, those three factors items twisted together and... Read more »

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub

Pre-game Ouch Update - Everyone spent Saturday night in an ice tub
It’s mid-August, and everyone’s banged-up. The White Sox are old, and that doesn’t help, but most of the regulars have played over 100 games (A.J.’s stuck on 99, but everyone agrees that catching full-time is essentially self-mutilation).  Playing in Saturday night’s slop-fest probably didn’t help anyone. Improbably, Paul Konerko is fine after spending the minimum... Read more »

Odd things to be on pace for

Odd things to be on pace for
Rate stats are everything in analysis, I feel. I regularly throw a triple-slash of a hitter’s average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage and expect you, my dearest reader, to know exactly what type of performer they are. However, I am not made of stathead blogger stone.  It’s a lot easier to have a real grasp on... Read more »
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Delayed Rationalization - Thornton luck ruins plucky comeback story

Delayed Rationalization - Thornton luck ruins plucky comeback story
The recap is late due to the time it took for me to voyage back from Camouflage Hat Night at the park to my Logan Square abode.  The rumpus from around the White Sox-ian internets is that this was a frustrating 9-7 see-saw loss to the Oakland A’s, but what could be frustrating about a... Read more »