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Twinkie Town May 5, 2016

Series Preview: Twins at White Sox

The floundering Twins head to Chicago for a three game series. In case you haven't been keeping up on things, the White Sox have the best record in the American League, and they're doing it mostly on the strength of their pitching. They have a team ERA of 2.67, the 3rd lowest in the league (the Cubs hold the lowest ERA, at 2.37). They're playing a rubber match today, hosting David Ortiz and the Red Sox (a great band name). In White Sox news: on May 3rd they DFA'd starter John Danks, eating a bunch of his salary in the process. In 22.1 innings this year he had given up 18 ER, and also...
South Side Sox May 5, 2016

Terrerobytes: John Danks bids farewell as DFA day arrives

Plus: Weather isn't cooperating with Avisail Garcia's hamstring, FanGraphs falls in love with Jose Quintana, and Adam Eaton's defense is still great John Danks wore a White Sox uniform for every day of his nine-plus MLB seasons. He spent enough time with the franchise to end up on several leaderboards, some better than others: 11th in starts (247) Sixth in strikeouts (1,102) Fourth in home runs allowed (197) Tied for 10th in losses (104) Which is why he's getting as much (e-)ink as he's received, even though his impact has been diminished for years. His time with the White Sox will...
South Side Sox May 4, 2016

White Sox give the people what they want with John Danks DFA

He didn't live up to his salary, but he served a purpose until this year There's a funny moment during the media session Rick Hahn held on Tuesday to announce the White Sox' impending DFA of John Danks. He began with a 2½-minute opening statement about the decision, wrapping up with: "We're going to use this as an opportunity again to try to get improved production out of this spot, and also to get our guys an extra day of rest here and there if possible. So it's going to be, again, a fluid situation here going forward with Erik Johnson starting on Thursday to start us off." Then, after...

White Sox to cut lefty Danks after 10 seasons

White Sox to cut lefty Danks after 10 seasons
South Side Sox May 3, 2016

White Sox DFA John Danks

We'll always have the Blackout Game. The White Sox announced this afternoon that John Danks has been designated for assignment. While 2015 wasn't a great year for Danks, it showed some improvements.  He mixed in his curveball more and seemed to have a bit more control with his pitches.  Walks and strikeouts per nine innings improved and he had a post-surgery low FIP of 4.49.  He even saw some velocity improvements on his fastball in the second half, so things were looking like he'd at least be an OK fifth starter until someone in the minors could step up if needed this...
South Side Sox May 3, 2016

Under New Management - A Boston Red Sox preview

A look ahead at the current AL East frontrunners On August 4, 2015, the Detroit Tigers made the surprising decision to release team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski. The Tigers were in the midst of a difficult season and the twin anchors of a barren farm system and heavyweight contracts to aging players were threatening to drag the franchise into the abyss. Whether desperate times called for this specific desperate measure was questionable; Dombrowski is respected as one of the best executives in the game. However, the on-field frustration and the general impatience of owner...
South Side Sox May 3, 2016

White Sox bring electric road show home

First-place performance generating buzz and ticket sales, which the Sox seek to sustain at U.S. Cellular Field So far this season, the White Sox have shed comparisons to their 2015 selves rather easily. Hopefully they're game for the next challenge on this quest, which is to keep excitement alive at home. Last year, the White Sox botched two homestands at crucial times. In mid-May, they reached .500 with a 5-1 road trip through Milwaukee and Oakland, and their return was initially triumphant (the Chris Sale-Corey Kluber game). But the Sox went on to lose the next three to the Indians, then...
South Side Sox May 2, 2016

Podcast: Are these White Sox destined for greatness?

A friend of the podcast, Dan Szymborski, joins the show to share the updated ZiPS projections are envisioning a windy city World Series. Here is the show rundown: We recap the craziness that was the four-game split with the Baltimore Orioles. Why it shouldn't be a surprise that John Danks and Mat Latos struggled against a high-octane offense, how Jose Abreu has changed his approach to hitting, and evaluate if Jerry Sands and Carlos Sanchez will continue to get at-bats. After a month of play, ZiPS is now projecting the Chicago White Sox to not only win the American League Central, but...
South Side Sox Apr 26, 2016

Following up: Despite swaps, White Sox roster even more uncertain

Miguel Gonzalez resembles John Danks, Kevan Smith's dream debut is dashed, and Jimmy Rollins does something the 2015 White Sox failed to do Besides giving Chris Sale and friends an extra day of rest during a prolonged stretch of consecutive games, Miguel Gonzalez was supposed to show the White Sox a future for the fifth starter beyond John Danks. Instead, he more or less proved that Danks' standard isn't the easiest bar to clear. Gonzalez gave up five runs on 11 hits and two walks over 5⅓ laborious innings in his no-decision against Toronto on Monday. (How laborious were they?) They were...
South Side Sox Apr 24, 2016

White Sox shuffle rotation, but to what end?

Miguel Gonzalez taking John Danks' start on Monday, and it might not be a one-time thing For the first time since his rookie season, John Danks isn't inevitable. The White Sox are going out of their way to skip his Monday start, which is the second time they've moved his cheese in the young season. Officially, Erik Johnson was optioned to Charlotte with a corresponding move to be made Monday. Unofficially, Miguel Gonzalez will come up and take Danks' start, with Danks being pushed back all the way to Friday in Baltimore. It's not curious when looking at the day in isolation. John Danks...
South Side Sox Apr 24, 2016

White Sox 4, Rangers 1: Battery-powered sweep

Mat Latos improves to 4-0 with help from his catcher It's no surprise that Chris Sale is 4-0, because we know how he can do it. Now Mat Latos is 4-0, and it's hard to figure out how he's doing it. But he's doing it. Latos pitched another strong six innings, even if he gave up a run on a Nomar Mazara solo shot that caused his ERA to spike all the way up to 0.74. It should've been worse, because he didn't locate all that well. He lacked swing-and-miss stuff, he left a lot of breaking balls up in the zone, and that seemed like a disaster waiting to happen with the wind blowing out. He also...
South Side Sox Apr 24, 2016

The Call-Up: Kevan Smith

Cue the Clerks jokes It was only a matter of when, not if, Alex Avila hit the disabled list. This unavoidable fact made existing on the 40-man roster as a catcher an even more enviable honor than usual. And today that pays off for Kevan Smith. One thing to know about Smith is that he's 27. He's actually less than a year and a half younger than Avila. His advanced age for a sorta prospect is not really due to years bouncing around the minors - he was drafted in the 7th round in 2011 - but because he spent three seasons playing quarterback at Pitt before turning his attention to baseball in...
South Side Sox Apr 24, 2016

Alex Avila's injury puts Dioner Navarro under microscope

White Sox pitchers started getting squeezed in late innings after catcher change, which correlates with receiver reputation The White Sox were one of two teams without a player on the disabled list, but the White Sox most likely to be injured is about to change that. Alex Avila exited Saturday's game at the end of the sixth inning after pulling up lame running to second on a fielder's choice: Your browser does not support iframes. Avila was replaced immediately, and there was also no hesitation when assessing the probability of his strained right hamstring forcing him to the DL. Then again,...
South Side Sox Apr 23, 2016

White Sox 4, Rangers 3 (11 innings): Wild one helps end wild one

Jose Abreu comes through with game-winning single after Nick Martinez loads the bases with an array of errant pitches The White Sox took the opener by playing a clean game. They locked in a series win with even a pretty sloppy effort this afternoon. This game needed 11 tense innings for several reasons -- a failure to capitalize with the bases loaded, a David Robertson blown save thanks to some poor defense, random wrong decisions by Chris Guccione, and a homer-robbing catch by Nomar Mazara, among other things. But in the end, the White Sox were bailed out by Nick Martinez, who loaded the...
South Side Sox Apr 23, 2016

The lengths the White Sox have gone for a triple play

Friday's 9-3-2-6-2-5 is the 30th triple play in franchise history, but it's far from the longest If you had to identify a flaw with the triple play executed by the White Sox on Friday, it's that it could've been two steps simpler had Tyler Saladino held onto the ball. After Dioner Navarro fired to Saladino to force Prince Fielder home, it was a footrace between the White Sox' fastest player and (one of?) the Rangers' slowest -- not to mention Fielder was 1) running for a while, and 2) not making a hard break for home. Saladino could've chased him down clean, but instead he flipped to...

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