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Paul Konerko
May 28, 2012, 11:48 pm
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He’s simply on fire

I think Paulie likes being under the radar. That is just how he conducts his business. A true professional baseball player. The guy did hit a grand slam in the World Series, however, how under the radar can he be?

Paul Konerko will make the Hall of Fame. I think that the White Sox will give him a nice extension, as Konerko just said how proud he is of playing so long for the same team. Playing out the rest of his career in the extremely favorable home run conditions at the Cell, Konerko will hit his 500th home run sometime during the 2014 season and essentially lock up his HoF induction after continuing to hit dingers as a DH player-manager into his lower 40′s. The crystal ball is working today.



Hitting Machines
May 26, 2012, 5:38 pm
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The White Sox have scored 38 runs in their last 4 games. and there is still 1 inning left in this one. Thanks to almost everyone in the lineup hitting well, and guys like Dunn, Konerko, Pierzynski, and Viciedo just lighting it up, it makes the White Sox the team to beat in the AL Central at this time. After today, the run differential for the White Sox will be the only positive one, and a damn good positive one too, likely +22 if the score stays the same. I think that the bottom will surely fall out on the Indians, and the Tigers are probably going to start hitting a lot better. However, the White Sox truly are the team to beat, as they have played the best baseball up to this point. They’ve endured many blown games, close losses, and extra inning losses. They’re playing, by a decent margin, the best baseball in the AL Central.

67-95?

My Ass

JackieBall



On Being the Only Team in the AL Central with a Positive Run Differential
May 12, 2012, 2:45 pm
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Title says it all, White sox have a 134-122 run differential heading into today, the only team with a positive one. Sale is back in the starting rotation, look out.



Robin Ventura Costs the White Sox a Game
April 25, 2012, 4:46 pm
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Inning 6 : Robin elects to have Alexei Ramirez bunt Alejandro De Aza over to 3rd after a lead off double. Strikeout candidate Adam Dunn pops out, Konerko lines out. Inning over, no runs.

Inning 7: Fukudome triples and scores Rios with 1 out. Robin elects to suicide squeeze with Brent Morel. The squeeze is botched, Fukudome out in a run-down. Inning ends after Morel, predictably, goes down silently.

Inning 8 : Robin elects to have De Aza bunt Eduardo Escobar to 2nd after his leadoff walk. A wild pitch puts Escobar on 2nd. Ryan Cook is clearly having trouble locating his pitches. De Aza continues to try to bunt him over to 3rd. He gets beaned by a pitch but can’t pull the bat back. He strikes out, Ramirez and Dunn are retired in order.

That is a lot of runs taken off the board by the guy who is supposed to be putting them on.

Let me be straight forward.

Robin, read a book. You suck.

JackieBall

EDIT: Inning 10, Robin elects to bunt again, right into a force out at 2nd. This sucks

UPDATE: That was the most poorly played White Sox game I’ve ever had to sit through in my entire life, or at least in recent memory.



10-6… Your 1st Place Chicago White Sox
April 24, 2012, 8:26 pm
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The season is off to a very nice start, obviously. 10-6 The bullpen looks almost unstoppable up to this point, Gavin Floyd is our worst starting pitcher, which is a great thing, and the lineup, for the most part, is hitting like they’re paid to. They’re doing it during a cold April too, so that has me even more excited for when the weather warms up.

Some numbers worth nothing:

5  starters with an OPS over .900 (Dunn, Konerko, Pierzynski, Rios and De Aza), and they all have a wOBA over .380. That’s just insane.

However…

Brent Morel (.407 OPS, .191 wOBA) and Gordon Beckham (.484 OPS, .216 wOBA) are hitting worse than your dead grandma. Its disgusting to watch, and I just don’t know how much longer this is going to go on until my man Brent Lillibridge gets a shot. Batting Morel 2nd in the lineup for most of those games has been a HUGE mistake, and we’d be standing alone on top of the division if here were in the 8th 0r 9th hole with Beckham like he is now for all those games.  Something has to give, you can’t put up dead grandma numbers all season long unless you’re making Adam Dunn money. Oh yeah, and Morel has struck out 22 times in 61 PA!

Ramirez and Viciedo are puttering along, looking less than impressive but they’ll be just fine… I’d say at least some of their lousiness is due to very low BABIP. Check it out, Ramirez with his .260 BABIP kind of sucks, and Viciedo is at .219, which is really rough. Things will improve for these two guys.

Turns out I may have been wrong about Rios in the preseason. He looks like a pro out there so far.

I really like this one: Adam Dunn sits atop all of baseball in one major statistical category – Number of pitches seen (340!!!). And he’s done it in less PA than all the other guys below him. He’s eating pitches like pregame hot dogs! His strikeout totals will continue to slow down as more of those 3-2 strikeouts he keeps drawing become 3-2 walks. By the way, he sits at 11th in baseball with 11 walks. He will be in the top 5 at season’s end, you heard it here first. You’ve gotta love all those pitches he’s facing, and getting on base, right in front of Konerko. Just fantastic.

 

Jake Peavy fresh off a ridiculously sick outing against Oakland. Not going to get too excited yet, as I saw a similar outing in person last year from him against the Indians and he still ended up a big dissapointment. We might have more than one pitcher in the All-Star Game, however. Not much else I feel like talking about, the bullpen is awesome and I hope it stays that way. Let’s make it 5 in a row tonight!

 

In Humber We Trust

 

JackieBall

 

 



27 UP 27 DOWN!
April 23, 2012, 10:29 am
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What a great day to be a White Sox fan! Congratulations Phil Humber!

It was a masterful outing, somehow striking out 9 while keep his pitch count at 96. The Mariners at no time looked poised for a hit. No DeWayne Wise catch needed here.

As for that last pitch of the game, Brendan Ryan swung. Here you go



Thoughts After Taking a Big Series Against Detroit.
April 16, 2012, 12:21 pm
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I am very happy with the way things are going thus far. The White Sox looked very competitive and able on the road against Texas, a team whose park they’ve traditionally played poorly in even when Texas doesn’t have the sickest lineup in the MLB. Follow that up with an easy 2 game sweep of Cleveland and 2 out of 3 against the supposed-to-be-really-scary Detroit Tigers, and all of a sudden this team has given everyone a reason to remain optimistic.

I am very curious to see how Phil Humber looks tonight in his season debut. If his season looks like the one we saw last, then the White Sox will have a very solid rotation from top to bottom as long as everyone stays healthy. That is the type of thing that can keep them in a playoff race.

I will be taking bets that the White Sox beat last year’s run total by about 50 or so runs, especially with Adam Dunn finally turning the corner with a handful of doubles this weekend and Dayan Viciedo ripping balls over the fence. Not to mention Konerko seems to be destroying just about everything thrown at him.

And the bullpen looks fairly magnificent up to this point. Will Ohman sucks, but we already knew that. I do get the feeling that this area of the team could come crashing down fairly quickly with it being such a young group and that they’ve already had to pitch out of some self-induced jams, but for right now I’ll take it.

You get the feeling watching the White Sox, even in the loss yesterday, that they are the team to beat, not the Tigers. It seemed like the White Sox didn’t get beat by the Tigers yesterday, they got beat by Rick Porcello. The late game scare, with the tying run at the plate in the 9th inning, made me happy enough to send the Tigers home a little bit worried. Leyland’s interview made me smile (he is awesome).

3 out of 4 against the lowly Orioles looks very doable. This soggy 50 degree weather will not favor their lineup that is quite capable of hitting some bombs. Advantage White Sox. I also picked up some great seats to the game Tuesday so I’ll try to write something about my experiences for my first game of the 2012 season.

JackieBall

 




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