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Danks For Nothin', Though The Price Was Right

June 6th vs. the Detroit Tigers

Sox Project Update:
Thin, Weak Concrete
Nothing solid will get built unless the foundation is made stronger.

Short Take: David Price played the White Sox like a violin and John Danks squawked on his kazoo, as the Tigers won 7-1 in Chicago.

The Detroit Tigers came into tonight's game with the White Sox having lost eight in a row, including Friday night's spectactular (ahem) walk-off hit-by-pitch by Avi Garcia. But streaks don't last forever, and this one ended tonight as the Tigers soundly defeated the Sox 7-1.

This game looked like a leaky boat before we boarded it. John Danks was starting for the Sox against the Motowners' David Price. Price has a well-earned reputation as a steady winning machine. Danks does not, and thus our expectations were tempered with fatalism.

Price dispatched the Sox hitters mechanically, as if he were buttoning his shirt. He threw a complete game, giving up only one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts, and doing it economically on 110 pitches. In one stretch from the fourth to the sixth innings, he struck out seven hapless Sox in a row. Your friendly TBGR correspondent was at tonight's game and got excited thinking there might be a consecutive-strikeout record to be witnessed (heck, the Sox were going to lose anyway). But alas, the record is ten, set by Hall Of Famer Tom Seaver in 1970. Ah well, no records set tonight, just another discursive evening watching the Sox shuffle in futility.

And shuffle they did. The one run scored was courtesy of Alexei Ramirez's RBI double in the third. The rest of the Sox offense didn't show up. I mean, seven straight strikeouts? Maybe it's a problem seeing the ball, though it's not as if it's changed much in the past 90 years.

The Tigers took advantage of Danks' willingness to throw batting practice in the fifth inning, in which he gave up five runs on seven hits, including an impressive two-run homer by Miguel Cabrera. Up to that point Danks looked pretty good. But Major League sharpshooter Johnny D abruptly morphed into Nuke LaLoosh and the die was cast. Hector Noesi pitched the last couple frames and gave up two more runs, but the game was clearly over after that fifth inning, especially knowing that Price was tying Sox hitters into knots.

It would seem the Tigers were "due" to win since they'd lost eight before tonight. In probability study that's called the Gambler's Fallacy, the assumption that if a tossed coin comes up heads ten times in a row, the odds are increased that it will come up tails on the 11th toss. Not true, because the 11th coin toss still has a 50/50 chance of coming up heads.

In our little world we call this the White Sox Fallacy. This is the assumption (proved correct this year) that if an opponent comes to town with a losing streak, then the Sox are likely to get beat as the opponent inevitably snaps out of their streak. Though that may not wash mathematically, we know better, and we have the sour countenances to prove it.

Rebuilding Recap:
The carpenters can't find the hammers and the masons can't get the mortar to stick.

submitted by tebman.

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Adam LaRoche

Two for three tonight beating the shift. In a losing game, that was fun to watch.

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