Friday, August 25, 2006

Game 128 Preview

Brad Radke 12-9, 4.35 for the Twinkies

vs.

Javy "Chernobyl" Vazquez 11-8, 5.13 for the ChiSox

Huge, huge series for the Sox. This is even bigger than the series with the Tigers.

Javy could really endear himself to the fans by pitching lights out for the 4th or 5th time all season.

Some thoughts from Pander

What more can we say about Brad Radke, a pitcher who should need no introduction to White Sox fans. I have taken to calling him Rocket lately, not after Mr. Clemens, but rather after Gary Busey's character in Rookie of the Year, a washed-up starter who pitched through an injury. Guts and guts alone buoyed him and the Cubbies to the promised land in the movie, an ending that could only fly in Hollywood. (Also of ironic note is that the main character in that movie, a young pitching phenom, blew away competition before injuring himself. However, that character's last name wasn't Liriano.) We're more along the lines of the White Sox from the Major League movies, particularly the one with the hated White Sox hitter who was traded from Cleveland (to be ably played by A.J. Pierzynski). We're going to smack hits and smoke bitches and not make any apologies for being mean or looking bad in the process. I just hope we can exert some patience today to achieve that mission, cause with Brad Radke the key is first pitch ball. We get that, and Brad's just a righty Mark Buehrle without a curveball.

My pick to click is Jermaine Dye.
DickDaStick picked AJ.
Pander's going with Gooch
James is glad to pick Gload

Readers, you only have 8 hours to make your picks. Post 'em here as comments!

44 Comments:

Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

Let me jump in on the ideal line-up game:
Mack -- LF
Iguchi -- 2B
Dye -- RF
Konerko -- 1B
AJ -- C
Crede -- 3B
Pods -- DH
Cintron -- SS
Anderson -- CF

8/25/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger Pander said...

Haha, 3 times I go to write a preview, and 3 times you beat me by MINUTES to the punch, heh. Well, for the sake of completeness (cause we definitely don't need two redundant posts), here it is.

Game 128 Preview

Back to the gametime being when I can actually watch it at 7:35 CST.

Brad "Rocket" Radke, R, 12-9, 4.35 ERA

vs.

Javier "Haunted by the Ghost of Jaime Navarro" Vasquez, R, 11-8, 5.13 ERA

What more can we say about Brad Radke, a pitcher who should need no introduction to White Sox fans. I have taken to calling him Rocket lately, not after Mr. Clemens, but rather after Gary Busey's character in Rookie of the Year, a washed-up starter who pitched through an injury. Guts and guts alone buoyed him and the Cubbies to the promised land in the movie, an ending that could only fly in Hollywood. (Also of ironic note is that the main character in that movie, a young pitching phenom, blew away competition before injuring himself. However, that character's last name wasn't Liriano.)

We're more along the lines of the White Sox from the Major League movies, particularly the one with the hated White Sox hitter who was traded from Cleveland (to be ably played by A.J. Pierzynski). We're going to smack hits and smoke bitches and not make any apologies for being mean or looking bad in the process. I just hope we can exert some patience today to achieve that mission, cause with Brad Radke the key is first pitch ball. We get that, and Brad's just a righty Mark Buehrle without a curveball.

My PtC will be TADAHITO IGUCHI. Nyah.

8/25/2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

atta boy Pander...it's a BIG series, so 2 previews are very appropriate.

Jeeves, I agree - this could be a good "solidifier" to our ticket to the playoffs, this weekend.

...may the sticks stay hot !!

8/25/2006 12:46 PM  
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8/25/2006 1:01 PM  
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8/25/2006 1:02 PM  
Anonymous jakester said...

Hmmm, yesterday I didn't make a PtC and it seemed to work out pretty well. Although I DID root for Gload to have a big game over on SSS, and he had an ofer.

I'm officially the kiss of death.

Therefore, my PtC is going to be Sandy Alomar.

Hopefully in the near future we'll be 3.5 games up on the Twins and I can feel better about making a real pick!

8/25/2006 1:03 PM  
Blogger Fornelli said...

I'm taking Paulie I guess. I wanted AJ or Gooch, but you bastards took him.

8/25/2006 2:24 PM  
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8/25/2006 2:25 PM  
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8/25/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous D.T. Kelly said...

I'll take Crede.

8/25/2006 3:04 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

So Jeeves, those deleted comments aren't that spammer again, are they?

8/25/2006 7:44 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

Wow. So far, so good. Great play by Crede, great DP turned by Gooch and Uribe, and I know it's cruel of me, but I get a sick smile with every bunt or nubber that forces Bradke to throw the ball to first. "THROW THE BALL, WOUNDED ONE!" Yep, going to hell.

Oh, and PK's blast? Homeric. As in Iliad/Odyssey Homer in epicness. As well as home run homeric, due to homerness. Homer.

And Mack makes us Brian-blowers swallow our hard words a bit with a good single, but hey, Brian would have hit a TWO RBI single. So THERE.

8/25/2006 8:27 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Mack also got lucky when he threw home on that Castillo single that it didn't end up n the Twinkies dugout, and that Tyner/ Bartlett (?) didn't score.

And Pods is still awful. Mack should be in left field.

8/25/2006 8:33 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

At least Javy looks like he belongs on the mound tonight. Two straight quality starts makes my loins shake in trepidation.

8/25/2006 8:35 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

We haven't reached the 5th-6th yet.

8/25/2006 8:38 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

Touche.

Javy might make it that far, but it looks like Radke won't. Damn. With Johan coming out tomorrow, they probably can throw as many relievers as they want at us today. They sure won't need em tomorrow...

Today would be a good day for Javy to make those three runs stick.

8/25/2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

It's imperative the Sox get a few more runs in the bottom of the 5th. For.My.Sanity.

8/25/2006 8:45 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

since when is YOUR sanity so important ?

....most of us have lost ours shortly after the ASB...

watch Javy closely noe please OZ...

8/25/2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

...free ross gload and let him play left !!!!

8/25/2006 8:53 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

....I mean Mack !!!!

8/25/2006 8:53 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Jail Scotty Pods!

8/25/2006 9:02 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

The 6th Inning has arrived. And there is a homer. From Little Nicky Punto.

Raise your hand if you're surprised.

8/25/2006 9:08 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

...only that Oz is not letting Vaz face a few more batters before pulling him...

8/25/2006 9:11 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

...he put Cotts in to face Morneau...who hit him at a 4/9 pace with a HR. And he got a hit.

THOSE WHO DON'T REMEMBER HISTORY ARE DOOMED...how's that saying go? I forgot. Oh well. Let's treat Cotts like a LOOGY again!

8/25/2006 9:14 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I'll raise my hand....

that Cotts kept Morneau in the yard.

8/25/2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

...well, there's always tomorrow.

8/25/2006 9:16 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

Ozzie's bad move of the game is reaching out and cockslapping us.

8/25/2006 9:17 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Well, the good news is that the 6th inning is over.
The bad news is that we need a run to tie.
The good news is that we still have 12 outs to score two runs.
The bad news is that the Twinkies bullpen is god-like.

8/25/2006 9:18 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

AJ = god of thunder
thank you thank you thank you thank you

8/25/2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

I'm shocked that Pods hit a groundout that killed a rally.

Shocked.

8/25/2006 9:30 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Pods: worthless as an umbrella in a tornado

8/25/2006 9:31 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

Blessed be Coop, for he hath saved Matt Thorton, who has in turned savedeth us.

8/25/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

We are officially in a dogfight. Time for Snoopy to shoot down the Red Baron.

Watch, if Ozzie lets Pods hit in the 9th, he'll hit a walk-off hr and have all of us Pods bashers holding our dicks in our hands.

8/25/2006 10:11 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

Gahhhhhhhh...game over?

8/25/2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

That was a weird half inning. Did any balls hit NOT go within 3 feet of MacDougal? They ALL looked like grounders up the middle...weird.

8/25/2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

not over yet...3 cracks and I expect good efforts tonite !

I'm not giving up ...

8/25/2006 10:29 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

DJ: Scotty's saving it for the right time.


My analysis: Yes, now is a MUCH better time than when runners were on earlier in the game. Yeah, they woulda scored then easily, but now is a MUCH better time for Pods to get a hit. I'm thankful and all he got a hit, but man, with Nathan out there, it's cute but probably useless.

8/25/2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

...Alex was taking ALL the way on a pitch that was right down broadway. I don't think I ever cursed so loudly.

8/25/2006 10:40 PM  
Blogger Pander said...

...our fans cost us a lot of games. Morneau was going to catch that, but man, as a rule, our fans suck at that.

Sigh.

8/25/2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Cintron gave up on the curve, and he looked to be on Nathan.

But the fan thing was one of those whatever things, and so whatever...

Detroit loses, the Sox now in third place. Ozzie gets this one for using Cotts.

8/25/2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

....have to get Santana tomorrow....it will be good for psyche to nail him !

8/25/2006 10:47 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Talk about a mental mushball. This team is just crazy. Play inspring ball a few days, then lose in such bad ways on others. Someone invite Nurse Ratchet to my house with here sedatives. I'm losing my mind.

Where is my ledge?

8/25/2006 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, contributors
Please please please do not say Ozzie=God any more. Please!!!! Please let him go next season. We're not forgettable. We always remember him as a hero for the year of 2005. He is not the guy to lead sox for the fourth title. His weapons are used up and his managing is no effective any more.

8/26/2006 12:52 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Man, you guys were going through the exact same feelings we were going through at the ballpark.

Those deleted comments weren't deleted by me. I don't know what they were. They must have been deleted by whoever made them.

8/26/2006 12:43 PM  

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