Monday, September 25, 2006

A Resounding End to The Playoff Hunt: Game 157 Thoughts

Sox get murdered 1-14

So yes, I realize that harldy anyone had any real hopes that the Sox would still make the playoffs, but today's loss (plus the Twins' win) officially ends the Sox' hopes for making the playoffs. No matter how hard you twist the numbers the Sox are D-U-N.

Oh boy, was this a way to go out. I fully expected the Sox to remain competitive down the stretch. I thought with the pressure of making the playoffs removed the Sox would get back to playing solid baseball, but I was wrong. Either I was wrong or I jinxed the Sox big time, because today they bounced out of the playoffs in an impressive fashion with their worst loss of the season.

So just about every aspect of the Sox' game sputtered today...offense, defense and pitching.

The pitching was bad, even with our "ace" on the mound. A week ago I wouldn't have used the "" but Jonnie boy has been far from our ace the past few times through the rotation. Garland is 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in his last three starts. He started with a Buehrle like performance, giving up 4 runs in the first, and ended with a Javy like performance in the sixth giving up a BIG crooked number. Boone Logan continues to suck. All the potential we saw in spring training has been replaced in my mind with his absolute suckiness. Boone gave up a pair of runs plus two inherited runs.

The offense did one thing properly all day. They scored a first inning run; after that bupkus. 5 hits, 3 BB's, and 9 LOB. You can thank Thome for the one RBI.

The defense was bad as well, but what was shocking was it wasn't the usual suspects. The Chi Sox' blogging world's favorite CF, Brian Anderson had an error in the fifth, which was followed by a Juan Uribe. Public enemy number one, AJ Pierzynski also had an error.

For the most part, I've enjoyed this season, but efforts like this bother me a lot. 14-1, is absolutely pitiful. That's Tampa Bay Devil Ray bad. That's Oakland A's in the first half bad. That's a flub-tastic performance. I say play the youngins! The Sox regulars are floundering, and there's no purpose now to having them play. We can't even pretend the Sox have a chance at the playoffs now, so just play the damn kids. I know BA is going to be benched because of his error, so hopefully we'll at least see Sweeney.

And the academy award for worst performance of the month

The Chicago White Sox


Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

It's September, yet the saying for March rules here...

"In like a lion, out like a lamb."

At least we hung around til the last week. Can we take pride in that?

9/26/2006 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


But you can feel embarassed that our former champs can't even defend their crown.

9/26/2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

The inconsistency of this year is baffling.....I expect to hear some interesting "explanations" in the upcoming weeks about our underacheiving team.

9/26/2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger Criminal Appeal said...

Mariotti was throwing "embarrassing" around today, along with blaming "arrogance" for the team's downfall. Both arguments are preposterous. The team played about as well as it did last year, it just wasn't as lucky. Last year's team finished 12 games better than you would expect based on hits, hits allowed, home runs, etc. This year's team didn't get that lucky.

The explanation is pretty straight foward. The pitching allowed a run more per game than last year. It was a worse than league average staff. The offense hid the problem for half the year, but that's what caught up to them in the end.

9/26/2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

Thanks Crim App

I do see the stats that happened - I'm curious WHY this happened.

Baseball people far smarter than I predicted much better for us this year. We were supposed to have a better than League average staff. We struggled against inferior teams and pitching more than we should have. Stats say what happened...what is anyones opinion as to why this happened.

I agree Marriotti's opinion is a waste - I welcome all others with interest

9/26/2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Fornelli said...


I stopped watching White Sox games last week boys, and my life has been better for it. Take yesterday's loss for what it really is, an oppurtunity to enjoy life again.

9/26/2006 1:54 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

Hey Jeeves...I'm taking Paulie tonight

9/26/2006 5:17 PM  
Blogger DickdaStick said...

Dye for it a 2 horse race Nordie ?

9/26/2006 6:05 PM  

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