Tag: AL Central

Instant Rationalization - Rios, Hudson, bullpen, steer the Sox away from sweep

Instant Rationalization - Rios, Hudson, bullpen, steer the Sox away from sweep
So long that it ends in a win, every game can be thought of as a fun little ride, with all of the various disconcerting things that occurred a long the way just being the set up to an inevitable happy ending. Jake Peavy walked five, and needed 117 pitches to make it through six... Read more »

White Sox Week That Was - 4/23-4/29: Great beginning and ending to a terrible, terrible story

White Sox Week That Was - 4/23-4/29: Great beginning and ending to a terrible, terrible story
This week, sandwiched in between two dominant pitching performances by Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd, was a brutal five game losing streak that saw the Sox dragged back to the rest of the AL Central (we get to say that!) and get shutout twice. Those shutouts also featured dominant pitching performances from Jake Peavy and Gavin... Read more »

Instant Rationalization - White Sox 4, A's 0

Instant Rationalization - White Sox 4, A's 0
(This is a new feature, where WSO makes an effort to acknowledge the existence of individual games.  Rapid-fire!) A big night for Jake and some middle of the order thunder continue this new trend of easy wins on the West Coast. Key Contributors Jake Peavy CG, SHO, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB,... Read more »
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White Sox home opener will start their greatest challenge of the season

White Sox home opener will start their greatest challenge of the season
The past two years, the White Sox have been really good about getting off to a promising and encouraging start.  In both 2010 and 2011, the first game of the year was a showdown with a Cleveland Indians team that seemed more or less unconvinced that Spring Training had ended, and was violently dispatched to the... Read more »

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers

AL Central Preview: The only team to fear is the team itself...and the Tigers
Last Spring, I wrote a capsule for every other AL Central team for the purpose of sizing up the competition.  The 2011 White Sox didn’t figure to run away with the AL Central unopposed, but they were serious contenders and it was important to get a handle on just how many games they’d need to win... Read more »

More playoff teams mean, well, more playoffs

More playoff teams mean, well, more playoffs
It’s not officially announced yet, but it’s looking like each league will be sending five teams to the playoffs this year.  Three division winners, and two wild cards forced to battle in a hellish one-game playoff with each other. In general, I enjoy the strong emphasis on the regular season–and the depth and endurance it... Read more »
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The White Sox share your tempered expectations

The White Sox share your tempered expectations
The White Sox have begun every year gunning for the AL Central crown for so long, that to do otherwise seems like a crisis of conscience.  An unthinkable concession.  Their chances for contention are slim this season, but if they’re actually admitting it, good God, they may lose 100. Or at least that’s the concern that... Read more »

White Sox Baseball - Unique or Directionless?

Listening to Kevin Goldstein mock the White Sox off-season for its indecision shook my previous rationalization of Kenny Williams’ moves.  I went over where the White Sox need to have success for their strategy to work over at Southside Showdown.  Click the title to for the link.

AL Central Rumblings & Bumblings!

AL Central Rumblings & Bumblings!
Adam Dunn gets regular size Potbelly’s sandwiches now, and Ozzie Guillen is going to remove some people’s nerve endings. There.  That’s the White Sox news for the week. But the White Sox–contrary to appearance–do not operate in a bizarre baseball vacuum by themselves.  They exist in the AL Central, where the amount of money they... Read more »
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Why the White Sox probably won’t be particularly competitive in 2012

I accepted an invitation to start writing once a week at Southside Showdown, and started things out by telling my new audience that the 2012 team would probably be pretty bad.  Not definitely, not almost definitely, just probably.  Hooray for first impressions! You have to click the title for the link, so you can be whisked off to a different,... Read more »