Chicago White Sox 1st Half Report Cards: Pitchers

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For the first couple months of the 2010 season, the White Sox pitching staff was similar to the iPhone4: high expectations of “the best yet,” followed by major problems, mechanical flaws and overall disappointment.

Then, more mysteriously than the Chupacabra, the White Sox win 25 of their last thirty games to go into the All-Star break leading the AL Central as the hottest team in baseball.  Let’s break down their success in our second “back to school” edition of 1st half “report cards.”

For position player report cards go here

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Chicago White Sox First Half Report Cards: Position Players

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The White Sox were 9.5 games behind AL Central leaders Minnesota and Detroit following a loss on June 8, but they have won eight consecutive games and 25 of their last 30 to end the half in first place.  Only one team in major-league history has been further behind at any point in the first half and entered the break with a division lead (the 1973 Cardinals).  How did they do it?

Soxman breaks it down “back to school” style with player report cards for the first half of the season.

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Are the White Sox Playoff Contenders?

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Megan Fox gets engaged to Brian Austin Green, Rocker Bret Michaels survives a brain aneurysm and LeBron James can now pick any team in the NBA to call home.

Yet, I still consider myself a luckier man.  Why?  Even though Sox Girl is hotter than Megan Fox, that’s not my reason.  After our win over Steven Strasburg and sweep of the Nationals, the Chicago White Sox have a .500 record for the first time in what feels like two seasons.  So why the mania over mediocrity?

Well, for the first time in months, fans can talk about something other than trading Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, and can debate one simple question: Are the White Sox now play-off contenders?

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Blown Perfect Game Call Costs Galarraga History, May Help Expansion of Instant Replay

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We were robbed of an 80’s pop culture icon when actor Gary Coleman recently passed away. And in a blown call yesterday, which likely would’ve had Coleman saying: “Whatchu talking about Willis?” major league baseball fans were robbed of the greatest feat in baseball: The Perfect Game.

Detroit Tiger’s pitcher Armando Galarraga came within one foot (literally) of throwing the 21st perfect game in major league history, when a clearly blown call (as admitted by the umpire making it) had him settling for a one hit shut out instead.

Is umpire Jim Joyce really to blame for stealing history? Or is major league baseball to blame for ignoring the obvious?

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White Sox 1st Qtr Report Card: Pitchers & Coaches

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“They’re all dead?!?!” describes the “Lost” television series finale in three simple words.  “You’re Fired” are two words to perfectly summarize the “Celebrity Apprentice.”  And do these analogies compare to White Sox pitcher report cards for the first quarter of the 2010 season?  How about Ozzie Guillen’s future with the Sox?

Let’s play ball! For the 1st Qtr report card of position players go here

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Chicago White Sox 1st Qtr Report Card: Position Players

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As Chicago White Sox trade rumors become more frequent than talk of LeBron James signing with the Chicago Bulls, it’s time to hand out first quarter grades to the Chicago White Sox.

As May draws to a close, the major league baseball season is 25% over.  Perhaps these grades will inspire our players to get a passing grade. Maybe they can optimize summer school, instead of continuing to “be schooled” by teams with worse records.

That’s right Sox fans, parent\teacher conferences are in session and first quarter report cards have been issued.  Sorry Sox position players, no bell curve will be used in this classroom.

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If White Sox Raise White Flag

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If GM Kenny Williams were to wave the white flag on the 2010 season in June, White Sox fans could get an extended look at some future franchise cornerstones.

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As the White Sox fall further in the AL Central standings, whispers of White Flag trades begin to swirl among fans at U.S. Cellular Field. For reasons ranging from bloated salaries to pending free agency, the following players would be the top trade candidates for GM Kenny Williams to use in landing top prospects:

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(Former) White Sox Show Dedication to Pitching, Speed, and Defense

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As the Chicago White Sox look at their 2010 blueprint and question “what happened, fans chants of “Fire Ozzie” or “Wave the White Flag” grow another decibel as the losses pile one, but I challenge the following:

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White Sox Pushing Self Destruct Button for GM Kenny Williams

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White Sox fans may not always agree with the moves GM Kenny Williams makes, but they know he is a man of his word.  Ask his index finger, it once proudly displayed the 2005 World Championship ring to Cubs fans, and often becomes itchy around the trading deadline. Now it seems to be hovering over the 2010 season self-destruct button. We can’t say he didn’t warn us.

Realistically, Williams indicated that the White Sox had until June to “right the ship” and after losing the past weekend series to the Kansas City Royals, it appears this team is pushing the self destruct button for him. [Read more…]

Sox Win over Royals Offers Preview of “What’s Meant to Be”

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Speed, Pitching and Defense was the Kenny Williams blueprint of success for the 2010 Chicago White Sox.  The plan seemed feasible.  After all it worked in 2005.

He started acquiring the parts for “the project” at the end of the 2009 season and through a busy winter he acquired the best “materials” available within his budget to build a winner.

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Jake Peavy’s Peaved and Sox Masher Math

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In a growing tradition through my near daily Twitter rants, I provide a quick glass half full, glass half empty outlook on the Chicago White Sox.

As we enter week four of the 2010 season, and a 8-11 record, there’s a glaring opportunity:

Glass Half Full:  The White Sox are tied for 3rd in the AL Central.

Glass Half Empty: The White Sox are also tied for last in the AL Central.

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Soxman excited about BP Crosstown Cup

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Cubs have legitimate shot at a 2010 championship trophy

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What better way to get fans even more deeply embattled over who has the best mediocre team (looking at 2010 records at this point in the season anyway), then to raise the stakes of inter-league play even higher?

What if I told you that there is a 50% certainty Cubs fans might see a championship trophy on the Northside this year? Well, it’s true, and could happen before the All-Star break.

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox announced on April 26, 2010 an official trophy to heat up the Crosstown Classic even further as both sides will compete for the BP Crosstown Cup.

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