Monday, April 30, 2012
In a few weeks the White Sox will travel to Wrigley Field to play three games against the Cubs, and in June the Cubs will come to The Cell to do the same. This is nothing new, as it's been happening for years.
Though it may not be happening that way in the future.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Rejoice! The five-game losing streak is over! The White Sox have returned to the land of mediocre with a 4-1 win against the Red Sox to salvage one win in a four-game series and get back to 11-11 on the year.
And while 11-11 isn't exactly anything to be excited about, it sure as hell beats last April when the Sox went 10-18 in the first month of the season.
|WHITE SOX||10-11||Gavin Floyd||1-3 3.60 ERA||1:10 PM CT|
|RED SOX||10-10||Josh Beckett||2-2 4.56 ERA|
So last night I wondered how much longer the Sox would be willing to put up with Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel both in the lineup, and today those two have been replaced by Eduardo Escobar and Brent Lillibridge. That's the good news.
The bad news is that Paul Konerko is also out of the lineup with a stiff neck. Which means that an offense that has struggled all year will be without the man that has provided nearly 20% (31 of 174, 17.8%) of their hits this season.
More good news: Gavin Floyd is 6-0 with a 3.47 ERA in 7 career starts against Boston. The bad news is that means he's due for a loss!
Today's Bet: White Sox +115
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Before this game started I wrote that Jake Peavy had to go out and be the ace he has been all season to put an end to this four game losing streak. Peavy held up his end of the bargain.
|WHITE SOX||10-10||Jake Peavy||3-0 1.88 ERA||6:10 PM CT|
|RED SOX||9-10||Jon Lester||0-2 6.00 ERA|
Today is the day the White Sox need Jake Peavy to be the ace he was supposed to be and has been so far this season. I just feel like if the Sox lose again today then they'll fall into the same tailspin they went through to end the month of April last season that effectively killed the season before it ever began.
Today's Bet: White Sox -104
Friday, April 27, 2012
I watched this game on the DVR tonight and things were going perfectly well until the sixth inning, and that's when the fast forward button started getting a lot of work. Frankly, it's games like this that are the ones you want to watch on the DVR, because watching it live is a lot less fun.
|WHITE SOX||10-8||John Danks||2-2 5.11 ERA||7:10 PM CT|
|RED SOX||7-10||Daniel Bard||1-2 4.38 ERA|
So far this season John Danks hasn't really pitched up to the contract he signed this winter. Which I'd easily forgive him for if he came out tonight and helped put an end to this three-game losing streak. I just like being over .500 more than just being .500.
If for no other reason than to give me more breathing room in my daily bets.
Today's Bet: White Sox +101
In a move that wasn't unexpected the White Sox placed Jesse Crain on the disabled list with a strained left oblique Friday. The move is retroactive to last Saturday April 21 which means he'll be eligible to come off the DL on April 36.
More commonly referred to as May 6.
The Sox called up Dylan Axelrod from Charlotte to replace Crain on the roster. Axelrod was being used as a starter with the Knights and has allowed 3 runs in 25 innings so far this season.
Last year Axelrod made three starts for the Sox, and appeared in four games allowing 6 runs in 18.2 innings.
|The hell is going on in Baltimore?|
Thursday, April 26, 2012
This was not a pretty game for the White Sox, and there wasn't much about it to be happy about. That said, I'll take this kind of loss over the kind we experienced on Wednesday.
A quick, clean death is always preferable to hours of torture.
|WHITE SOX||10-8||Phil Humber||1-0 0.63 ERA||7:10 PM CT|
|RED SOX||7-10||Felix Doubront||0-0 3.94 ERA|
Something, something, Johnny Vander Meer, no-hitters, perfect games, Phil Humber PLEASE DON'T PLAY LIKE YOU DID THE LAST TWO GAMES.
Today's Bet: White Sox -109
|Herm Schneider is a huge fan of Roc-a-fella Records|
Or was that only me?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Lost in all the terrible that was the Sox loss to Oakland on Wednesday was the fact that Jesse Crain was unavailable out of the bullpen because of an oblique injury. Nobody had noticed Crain's injury even though he hadn't pitched since Friday because with Phil Humber's perfect game, Jake Peavy's complete game, and Gavin Floyd pitching so late into Tuesday's game, the White Sox haven't really needed their bullpen much lately.
Then the 14-inning fiasco came on Wednesday.
I'm sorry that this recap took longer to get up than usual, but I was staring at my screen for a good fifteen minutes. I just didn't know what to say.
No, actually, I have plenty of things to say about this game.
It's just where the hell do I start?
|WHITE SOX||10-7||Chris Sale||2-1 3.50 ERA||2:35 PM CT|
|ATHLETICS||9-10||Jarrod Parker||0-0 0.00 ERA|
Let's put a nice bow on this road trip with a win this afternoon. Hopefully all the runs the Sox weren't able to score last night show up today, and Chris Sale is able to pick up his third win of the season and we go back to Chicago in first place and 5-1 on this trip.
Oakland's Jarrod Parker is making his first start of the season.
Today's Bet: White Sox -139
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
As I said in the pregame post, this game had all the makings of a contest in which the White Sox would struggle to score runs. My question was whether or not Gavin Floyd would finally get his act together and keep the reins on a weak-hitting Oakland offense.
|WHITE SOX||10-6||Gavin Floyd||1-2 4.58 ERA||9:05 PM CT|
|ATHLETICS||8-10||Tommy Milone||2-1 2.84 ERA|
More important than seeing the win streak extend another game, I'd like to see Gavin Floyd follow the example of Phil Humber and Jake Peavy before him tonight. The Sox are facing a soft-tossing lefty which generally means we're going to have problems scoring runs. Combine that with the fact that Oakland isn't an easy place to score a lot runs at night, and this has the feel of a the kind of game the Sox may have to scratch out 2-1.
Can Floyd be relied upon to hold down the Oakland offense? Well, honestly, if there's any offense that can cure Floyd's early season woes it's Oakland's. He just has to go out and do it.
Today's Bet: White Sox -111
While Phil Humber may have had the best game of the week from any White Sox pitcher, it appears that one perfect game is not quite enough to overtake four wonderful starts from Jake Peavy.
Not only is Peavy still on top of the leaderboard after two weeks, but he also scored more points than any other pitcher on the team.
As is the tradition, when you throw a perfect game, you end up on Letterman doing the Top 10 list. Phil Humber is no different, as he filmed his segment from Oakland on Monday before the White Sox beat the Athletics and it aired on Monday night while the White Sox were beating Oakland.
Phil Humber is a media star!
|Little known fact: Paulie's bats are filled with honey|
The top three players remain the same, with Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, and Alejandro De Aza leading the way, but there is some movement beneath them.
We're ten percent of the way through the 2012 season and the White Sox are tied for first place with the Detroit Tigers. Does that mean anything? No, not in the grand scheme of things, but I think mentally -- both for the team and the fans -- it's somewhat of a big deal.
Monday, April 23, 2012
|WHITE SOX||9-6||Jake Peavy||2-0 2.75 ERA||9:05 PM CT|
|ATHLETICS||8-9||Bartolo Colon||3-1 2.63 ERA|
While the Oakland Coliseum isn't quite the House of Horrors that it used to be for the White Sox, it still hasn't been all that friendly to us, as the Sox have gone 4-5 there over the last two seasons. So winning this series would still be a pleasant surprise, and the best way to do that would be to win this first game and keep the momentum from Seattle going.
Though it won't be easy because our old friend, the ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, will be starting tonight. Let's just hope that Jake Peavy continues to dominate like he has in his first three starts.
Today's Bet: White Sox -120
Sunday, April 22, 2012
As I tweeted during the game, I'm not really sure how to wrap my mind around what Alex Rios is doing right now. It started the second night of the season when Rios homered off Joe Nathan to give the Sox their first win, and it's continued over the last two weeks.
Rios extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Sunday, finishing a home run shy of the cycle and driving in 3 runs. All of which were important runs.
|WHITE SOX||8-6||John Danks||1-2 4.82 ERA||3:10 PM CT|
|MARINERS||7-9||Kevin Millwood||0-0 6.30 ERA|
Well, no matter what happens today, save for a super-perfect game from John Danks, it's not going to live up Saturday's game. But you know what would be nice? It'd be nice if the White Sox did something they did last August.
Sweep a three-game series against the Mariners in Seattle.
Today's Bet: White Sox -130
Saturday, April 21, 2012
|WHITE SOX||7-6||Phil Humber||0-0 1.69 ERA||3:05 PM CT|
|MARINERS||7-8||Blake Beavan||1-1 2.70 ERA||FOX|
If the Adam Dunn that showed up to Seattle last night wants to put on an encore performance this afternoon, that'd be cool. It would also be nice to clinch this series and head into Sunday with a chance to sweep.
When you have to play the Mariners in Seattle and manage to avoid Felix Hernandez, you need to take advantage of it.
Today's Bet: White Sox -110
There were a number of times last season where Adam Dunn gave us a glimpse of what we thought we were getting when the Sox signed him last winter, but those glimpses never turned into anything sustainable.
Hopefully that won't be the case with Friday night's performance from Dunn.
Friday, April 20, 2012
|WHITE SOX||6-6||Chris Sale||1-1 3.09 ERA||9:10 PM CT|
|MARINERS||7-7||Hector Noesi||1-1 5.73 ERA|
Who's excited for the first west coast trip of the season? I mean, what can be better than a Friday night game that doesn't start until after 9pm local time? You don't want to go out on a Friday anyway! Going out is for losers!
Sure, you could watch the game out at the bar, but I just told you going out is for losers, and so is alcohol, kids. You should stop drinking beer and instead start drinking two gallons of Coke everyday like this lady.
Today's Bet: White Sox -115
I don't think A.J. Pierzynski is a bad baseball player or catcher by any means, but at the same time I've never had as high an opinion of him as a lot of White Sox fans always have. To me it's always felt like the things Pierzynski did in 2005 during the playoffs have made him a cult figure amongst the fan base, and the adoration has continued even though it's seven years later, and Pierzynski is still the same player he's always been.
|Let's talk about how everybody but us sucks|
Thursday, April 19, 2012
There were chances. Oh, there were chances, but the White Sox just didn't take advantage of them.
On Wednesday night Adam Dunn doubled with the bases loaded to bring in 3 runs. That's the only hit the Sox have had all season with the bases loaded, as they wasted three more opportunities on Thursday afternoon.
CHICAGO, IL - Disaster was averted on Thursday afternoon at a baseball game in Chicago thanks to the bravery and quick reactions of a baseball player.
During the seventh inning of a game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, a young child made his way onto the field with the intent of injuring third base umpire Cory Blaser.
|WHITE SOX||6-5||Gavin Floyd||1-1 3.09 ERA||1:10 PM CT|
|ORIOLES||7-5||Jason Hammel||1-0 2.08 ERA|
The Sox have a chance to earn a split in this series and finish the first homestand of the season with a 4-3 mark. To do so, Gavin Floyd will have to work his way through his hometown team. Can Gavin Floyd get over the demons of his childhood? The demons that we aren't even sure actually exist, but since most of our knowledge of Baltimore is based on The Wire, we can only assume he grew up on the docks, forced to sell drugs to get by. All of this only to see his beloved Uncle Frank pulled out of the harbor with his throat slit.
Poor Gavin. Poor, poor, Gavin.
Today's Bet: White Sox -145
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
All spring Jake Peavy made a habit of saying he's as healthy as he can be. Well, if this is Jake Peavy at his healthiest, can we please encase him in bubble wrap and only let him out until it's his turn to pitch again?
Through three starts Peavy has now pitched 19.2 innings, allowing only 5 runs while striking out 21 batters and only walking 2.
|WHITE SOX||5-5||Jake Peavy||1-0 3.55 ERA||7:10 PM CT|
|ORIOLES||7-4||Tommy Hunter||1-0 2.77 ERA|
Can we please win tonight? Please? Three-game losing streaks are great and everything, but how about some damn variety?
Today's Bet: White Sox -155
It's too early to really judge Robin Ventura as a manager considering the White Sox have only played 10 games, but so far from what we've seen, there have been things I've liked and things I haven't.
The one thing that's bothering me right now, though, that also seems to be bothering a lot of other White Sox fans is Ventura's insistence on keeping the same lineup he's had most of the season.
|Really starting to not like this guy|
Who would score more on Tuesday night? The Blackhawks or the White Sox?
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
|WHITE SOX||5-4||John Danks||1-1 5.40 ERA||7:10 PM CT|
|ORIOLES||6-4||Wei-Yin Chen||0-0 3.18 ERA|
What's the best possible way to forget about the disaster that was Monday night? By going out and winning on Tuesday night. I mean, while last night was a touching tribute to April 2011, what with the blown save and dropped fly balls and everything, one tribute is all last April needs.
Today's Bet: White Sox -126
After debuting the first Hitters Power Poll of the season earlier today, it's now time for the Pitchers Power Poll.
And, as I'm sure we were all expecting before the season started, Jake Peavy is on top. And you don't even get extra points for injuries, or bulldogging, or getting drunk in Wrigleyville with fat topless guys or anything! He did it all on merit!
Last week I said that there wouldn't be any Power Polls since the Sox had only played 4 games at that point, and it seemed kind of silly. Well, that's no longer the case.
It's still silly, but there has been enough data to put together an actual poll.
Monday, April 16, 2012
I don't even know what to say about that one. Seriously, I don't. That was one of those games where you can't do much more but laugh. Hector Santiago showed us he was capable of allowing the long ball last week in Cleveland, but we ignored it because the Sox won anyway.
He then decided to drive the point home tonight.
|WHITE SOX||5-3||Phil Humber||0-0 0.00 ERA||7:10 PM CT|
|ORIOLES||5-4||Jake Arrieta||1-0 2.63 ERA|
You know what the White Sox haven't experienced yet this season? A losing streak. Let's try and make sure that stays the case tonight with an Orioles team that, while not horrible at all so far this season, really isn't that good. The goal in this series should be taking three of four, so get the first one tonight.
Today's Bet: White Sox -122
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
While it would have been nice to finish off a sweep of the Tigers this weekend, I find it hard to complain about taking two of three from what is supposed to be the best team in the division. I also found a lot to be happy about in this game, despite the final score.
While watching the game, I couldn't help but feel like that if the same game were being played last season, it's a game we lose 10-2.
|WHITE SOX||5-2||Chris Sale||1-0 1.35 ERA||1:10 PM CT|
|TIGERS||5-3||Rick Porcello||0-0 2.57 ERA|
Anybody up for a sweep? The White Sox send Chris Sale to the mound this afternoon, who looked better than every starter in his first start of the season against Cleveland, until Jake Peavy's performance on Monday. Detroit will be starting Rick Porcello, who pitched well in his first start, but is 2-4 with a 6.91 ERA in 7 career starts against the White Sox.
He's been slightly better at The Cell, and I mean slightly, going 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA in 3 starts.
Oh, and let's not forget, today is the first day the Sox will break out the 72 throwbacks.
Today's Bet: White Sox -110
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The fact that the White Sox are in first place on April 14th means absolutely nothing right now. Sure, it's fun to say, and it's really nice to see this team win four straight games including two in a row against the Tigers.
But first place means nothing at the moment.
|WHITE SOX||4-2||Gavin Floyd||0-1 6.35 ERA||3:10 PM CT|
|TIGERS||5-2||Adam Wilk||0-0 0.00 ERA|
Can the White Sox take two in a row from the Tigers? It'd be nice, but I won't sit here and say I'm not worried about the fact that the White Sox are not only facing a pitcher they've never seen before, but a lefty at that. It's a formula that by and large hasn't worked well for the Sox over the last decade.
Today's Bet: White Sox +165
Friday, April 13, 2012
There was a whole lot to like in this game from a White Sox perspective. Whether it was Jake Peavy dominating the Tigers lineup for over six innings, Dayan Viciedo flashing both his bat and glove, or Alexei Ramirez continuing to be a Gold Glove shortstop without an actual Gold Glove to show for it.
But, in it all, there was one moment that I may never forget.
|WHITE SOX||3-2||Jake Peavy||0-0 4.50 ERA||1:10 PM CT|
|TIGERS||5-1||Max Scherzer||0-0 23.62 ERA|
The White Sox return to The Cell for what is easily the most important home series the team has had this season. First place is on the line, damn it!
Today's Bet: White Sox -170