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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

 



5 Games Into the Season, and…
April 12, 2012, 4:47 pm
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We’re fives games into the season, so this means its time to over-analyze and over-think everything that has happened so far. I won’t do that, but here are some fun things to think about:

The team, overall, looks better than expected. In the second game against the Rangers, Ventura actually put in a lineup that mildly resembled mine. Needless to say, I was thrilled. The White Sox won that game.

Adam Dunn looks great. In the opener of the series against the Indians, he took all 5 of his at bats to a 3-2 count, including one 11 pitch at bat. I LOVE that, and pretty soon some 3-2 fastballs are going to become 3-2 three run homers (or at least 3-2 walks) on a regular basis. Truly exciting to see The Big Donkey look like a pro again. He even looks better, after cleaning up his facial hair, and he’s got a thinner frame. Not exactly the unshaven fat guy we saw last year.

Paul Konerko is mashing the hell out of the ball, despite having no home runs yet. I think at least some of this has to do with pitchers dealing with the suddenly difficult Adam Dunn in front of him and the hot-hitting AJ Pierzynski behind him. The home runs will come, and Paulie will continue to mash just like he always has.

The bullpen is fantastic, starting the first 8 runs or so of the season without giving up a run. Santiago (and his screwball) is a fine surprise and really allows Ventura to have some flexibility with the other strong arms in the pen. Great to see that.

The starting pitching is… fine. Not great, but I remain optimistic, especially with Sale’s kick ass outing against the Indians. The future doesn’t look so bleak like it did a few months ago.

Huge series this weekend against Detroit. Yes, it is only 3 games, but taking 2 out of 3 from the Motor City Mashers (made that one up, also the 3rd time I’ve said mash in this article) on the opening weekend would be great for fan morale and get the wheels turning for an exciting season.

Go Sox!!

JackieBall