Tag: Minnesota Twins

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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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 »

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 »

Instant Rationalization - Offense begrudgingly gives Peavy the bare minimum run support needed

Instant Rationalization - Offense begrudgingly gives Peavy the bare minimum run support needed
Buried under the larger truth that the Twins pitching staff is the worst in the league, is that Scott Diamond is probably their best starter, and having himself a pretty fine season.  With that in mind, the pitcher’s duel that broke out between Diamond and Jake Peavy Wednesday wasn’t a surprise, even if the name... Read more »
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Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline

Sizing up the AL Central after the trade deadline
The last day before the non-waiver trade deadline came and went without any significant additions to the AL Central powers, despite “interesting discussions” all around.  It was a bit of a surprise since the Sox had the rather reasonable options of improving the bullpen or overcorrect their bench, and an even bigger surprise that the Tigers... 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 »

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 »
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Twins healing powers activate

Twins healing powers activate
Boy, that Twins series really cured some ills. Not only did the Sox snap a five-game losing streak, wipe away their deficit to Detroit in the AL Central standings, and rejuvenate their offense with a 26-run, eight-homer outburst, but even the injuries they suffered seem to be of the carefree variety. Kevin Youkilis said the... Read more »