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The Texas Two-Step -- Two Games, Two Losses

April 19th vs. the Texas Rangers

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Early Season Frost
Pitching growth has been stunted, though hitters look to have a stronger harvest.

Short Take:The Sox were outplayed by the Rangers 6-3 for their second Texas loss in a row.

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

Brutus says this to Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, reminding him that when the tide of opportunity offers to lift us to our fortune, we should go with it. The Sox lost 6-3 to the Rangers, marking two in a row in which the affairs of our men have been bound in shallows and miseries.

Sadly, the White Sox are not students of Shakespeare. But they're clearly students of recent history, trying hard to look like the team of 2013: runners were left on base in situations ripe with opportunity, and pitchers used too many pitches to give up too many hits.

Jose Quintana started but many of his pitches didn't finish as they went into the dirt or way off the plate. He went deep in the count to too many hitters, most of whom waited patiently for something to hit. And hit they did, scoring five runs on nine hits in Quintana's five- inning appearance.

A bit of good news was seeing Adam Dunn hitting to get on base rather than trying to go 450 feet with every swing. He went 3-4 to bring his average to .304, which is rarefied air for the big donkey. Here's hoping he doesn't get lightheaded at that altitude.

The bit of bad news was the end of Alexei Ramirez's 17-game hitting streak. Joe DiMaggio's 56 was never at risk, I suppose, but Ramirez's two double-plays were a sorry way to end it.

The Rangers are a good team. There, I said it and got it out of the way. The White Sox are not as good a team as the Rangers and I hope they take copious notes while watching the Rangers go about their business: hitting with runners on base and making pitchers work long counts. The Sox are hitting better this year but not necessarily at the right times. And the pitching? Oy!

Jake Petricka pitched the remaining three innings after Quintana was pulled and didn't look too bad, but the 2014 Sox bullpen has set a low bar on expectations. The previous night's Paulino implosion should be a more than a wakeup call to Rick Hahn -- it should be a blaring klaxon behind a wall of flashing lights telling him that the pitching levee has been breached. Chris Sale can't pitch every day.

Until Hahn pulls some pitching rabbits out of his hat, we're going to have to keep watching this drama repeat itself: score four, give up five; score six, give up nine; wash, rinse, repeat. The very definition of futility.

But let's give the Bard the final word on the subject:
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

...except lost ballgames.

The Futures Market:
Higher yields forecast for Adam Dunn. Sell your pitching futures, and sell them now.

submitted by tebman.

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3-for-4 tonight with solid base hits. Hits look so much better than strikeouts.

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