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  • *Official* 8/9 Another Twin Killing Postgamer

    Something something perpetual losers.

  • #2
    Giolito was efficient and masterful.

    Eloy provided all the offense needed, but TA is getting hot too. Moncada and Robert also were productive.

    Eloy is the fastest Sox hitter to reach 50 career homers (187 games), beating Ron Kittle and Jose Abreu.

    21 games over .500. Division lead stays at 10.5 games.

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    • #3
      White Sox magic number:

      "Hope...may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...but those who stake their all upon the venture see it in its true colors only after they are ruined."
      -- Thucydides

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      • #4
        Helluva game…. Eloy en fuego.

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        • #5
          In the second inning those two nice defensive stops by Robert and Hernandez made me think, "hmmm those are the kinds of plays you see in no-hitters that everyone remembers saving the day." Of course it was the second inning so I put it out of my mind. Then Gio started cruising and until the baseball went off his ankle things were looking very smooth. Of course Sano ended the discussion, but even after the HBP and that fluke pinball single Gio was facing the minimum through 7.1 thanks to two DP the defense turned. Heck of a performance and he'd have had the juice to finish if the shutout had been intact. Glad it didn't come to that actually. Rather he save his pitches.

          Offense was just nuts again. Goes to show you how good this team will be once it gets healthy. All those balls flying into the stands and both players who didn't get hits (Hernandez and Garcia) both walked twice and scored. Team looks primed to take off and that's just fine by me. Gonna have to pitch to someone because there's protection 1-9 once Grandal gets healthy.

          Just picturing seeing some of the teams we've struggled with this season in the playoffs and I'm reminded of the scene from Cinderella Man where the manager of a boxer fighting Braddock looks at his boxer who's getting beat and says, "You beat this guy before". The boxer replies, "he's not the same guy..."

          Tingles...





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          • #6
            Fun right from the get go! Love it!

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            • #7
              Hopefully this ends the narrative that Eloy can’t succeed as a DH. This offense is starting to resemble last year’s that put up the most runs in the league.

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              • #8
                That was one serious ass-kicking the Sox put on the Twins tonight.

                Don't stop now boys!

                Jimenez is the first Sox player with two straight games with two home runs and five RBI's.

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                • #9
                  Dingers are fun!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ChiTownTrojan View Post
                    Hopefully this ends the narrative that Eloy can’t succeed as a DH. This offense is starting to resemble last year’s that put up the most runs in the league.
                    One game doesn't tell you much here, especially vs this pitching. Sure he can succeed at DH, but it either might delay his rise to a .900-.1000 OPS player as he adjusts or he just might not get there at all and be a mid to high .800 OPS guy at the position. Those are the risks. In the meantime, I think he splits LF/DH with Vaughn for the rest of this year and playoffs, and a decent chance next season before they have a clearer idea.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ChiSoxNationPres View Post

                      One game doesn't tell you much here, especially vs this pitching. Sure he can succeed at DH, but it either might delay his rise to a .900-.1000 OPS player as he adjusts or he just might not get there at all and be a mid to high .800 OPS guy at the position. Those are the risks. In the meantime, I think he splits LF/DH with Vaughn for the rest of this year and playoffs, and a decent chance next season before they have a clearer idea.
                      There is no good reason to DH Vaughn, or any other able-bodied outfielder who isn’t nursing something, in favor of putting Eloy in the field when the playoffs start. No good reason whatsoever…

                      Small sample sizes magnify the importance of all those isolated baseball events that we tend to shrug off during the regular season. Sticking Eloy out there represents the greatest possible chance for a negative outcome to occur and cost you a playoff game. It would be negligent.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mohoney View Post

                        There is no good reason to DH Vaughn, or any other able-bodied outfielder who isn’t nursing something, in favor of putting Eloy in the field when the playoffs start. No good reason whatsoever…

                        Small sample sizes magnify the importance of all those isolated baseball events that we tend to shrug off during the regular season. Sticking Eloy out there represents the greatest possible chance for a negative outcome to occur and cost you a playoff game. It would be negligent.
                        Well, rest for one.... and it's common knowledge that lot's of players have a hard time transitioning to DH and keep up production, so that's two.

                        But, anyway, this is a topic that triggers too many people so I really wasn't looking to start a big rehash of this. Was merely pointing out that Eloy's one big game as a DH doesn't "end the narrative" he can't succeed there.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ChiSoxNationPres View Post

                          One game doesn't tell you much here, especially vs this pitching. Sure he can succeed at DH, but it either might delay his rise to a .900-.1000 OPS player as he adjusts or he just might not get there at all and be a mid to high .800 OPS guy at the position. Those are the risks. In the meantime, I think he splits LF/DH with Vaughn for the rest of this year and playoffs, and a decent chance next season before they have a clearer idea.
                          I agree- you can develop an ongoing rotation of Abreu (banged up in general of the course of the season), Vaughn (has never played a 162 game season before) and Eloy (coming of injuries, avoiding future injuries)- mixing and matching in LF/DH/1B/full day off- to insure these guys are in the best position to deliver strong post season performances.

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                          • #14
                            Some (no one on this board) might think the Sox just beat up on minor league teams or bottom-dwellers. Isn't that what top level teams supposed to do? Personally, it would worry me if the Sox were winning winning these games by only one run. So let the beatings continue.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by longtimefan View Post
                              Some (no one on this board) might think the Sox just beat up on minor league teams or bottom-dwellers. Isn't that what top level teams supposed to do? Personally, it would worry me if the Sox were winning winning these games by only one run. So let the beatings continue.
                              And hopefully morale will improve...
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