Tag: Adam Dunn

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there

Instant Rationalization - Runners placed in scoring position, and left there
Considering how little went right, the White Sox really stuck around for quite a while on Wednesday night.  Little fighters, they are. A somewhat egregious mismatch of Chris Sale vs. Bruce Chen marked the night, but both pitchers seemed set on creating their own problems. Sale placed Billy Butler in big-time RBI situations in the... Read more »

Now would be a fine time for May days to return

Now would be a fine time for May days to return
The plan worked. The White Sox spent the weekend rehabilitating their offense and egos in sunny Minneapolis/St. Paul, and waited for Detroit to have an outbreak of defensive miscues that would undermine their superior talent level. It took the whole weekend, but it happened.  A hellacious 5th inning of infield defense put two extra Indians... Read more »

The White Sox escape Thursday with the lead intact

The White Sox escape Thursday with the lead intact
No matter what the result of the Monday makeup game, the White Sox will end this season with a truly miserable head-to-head record against the Detroit Tigers.  The best they can finish at is 6-12, and that’s despite only facing Justin Verlander twice all year now.  Suffice it to say, if the White Sox make... Read more »
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Pondering a Dunn-less future

Pondering a Dunn-less future
Adam Dunn has missed his last six games, and eight out of his last 11.  His comeback effort has hit a roadblock.  The roadblock is that he’s not getting better. Adam Dunn tried to hit 2x but hasn’t seen enough progress w/ oblique to play. Ventura said was same as Tues & “not worth having... Read more »

Afternoon notes - Who cares about next year? How many of us will still be alive?

Afternoon notes - Who cares about next year?  How many of us will still be alive?
The 2013 schedules were released Wednesday, opening up a dangerous line of thinking. To begin thinking about 2013 is to begin thinking about how the White Sox will manage to be competitive next season.  Option years are coming up for Youkilis, Peavy, and Floyd. Konerko, Dunn, and Pierzynski are another year older….and A.J. doesn’t even... Read more »

In ragged straits as the biggest series of the season begins

In ragged straits as the biggest series of the season begins
The White Sox don’t have much of a shot at the American League Wild Card.  At the moment, they’re two and a half games out of the last spot, which isn’t as big of a hindrance as three teams they’d have to overcome. Luckily, they play in the weakest division in all of baseball, and... Read more »
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If the Twins are just going to defend Adam Dunn wrong...

Perhaps you’ve noticed this, but no points taken off if you haven’t–teams have been defending Adam Dunn in a very specific way in the infield.  They’re featuring a shift.  I could describe it, but the Baltimore Orioles could just demonstrate it. The 2nd basemen is playing a sort of ‘Short Right Field’ position, the shortstop... Read more »

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability

Delayed Rationalization - Unusual sources of stability
Grabbing wins, reducing the magic number, and moving on to the next one is all that matters from here on out.  So maybe just saying that the Sox won, and Detroit lost should be enough. But ESPN had that information hours ago, so let’s indulge. The hope was that Hector Santiago could deliver the game... Read more »

Self-parody

Self-parody
Old habits and horror movie villains both die hard.  This weekend was a stern reminder of both adages, as the White Sox suffered yet another late-season humiliation at the hands of their top divisional competition. In 2010, they entered a crucial mid-August series in Minnesota three games back of the Twins and in the middle... Read more »
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Delayed Rationalization - A bad time to be completely uncompetitive

The White Sox really only needed to drag out one win from this high-tension series with Detroit to stay somewhat comfortably ahead.  Even bad teams can muster up winning efforts one out of three times, but such adages don’t apply to games like Saturday night. There was nothing of note coming from the vistors’ dugout,... Read more »