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South Side Sox 9 hours ago

J.B. Shuck, Geovany Soto and Matt Albers making White Sox roster

Pitchers Brad Penny and Jesse Crain are retained The fates of Geovany Soto, J.B. Shuck and Matt Albers were decided as they made the major league roster according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. The best part of Soto's spring training is that he made it without getting injured. In just 28 at-bats, Soto batted .286/.444/.500 with a home run and five RBI. He's also tied with Adam Eaton with being walked eight times. Despite not being reliable health-wise and questionable defense, Soto is the best backup Tyler Flowers has had taking over the starting gig in 2013. It'll be interesting how...
South Side Sox 12 hours ago

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Dodgers

The last Battle of Camelback Ranch for 2015 J.B. Shuck is officially breaking camp with the club, and he's leading off. Carlos Rodon is heading to Charlotte, but he's starting regardless. TV: CSN Chicago, MLB.tv at 3:05 p.m. Central Lineups: Today's #SoxSpringTraining starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/Ywvu85j8kT — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 31, 2015
South Side Sox 21 hours ago

FanGraphs bearish on White Sox position players

Projections say organization lags behind at six of nine positions, but there are reasons to anticipate overachievement Projections systems have never been a fan of the White Sox, and this year is no different. The baseball-watching world -- fans, media, analysts, front-office types -- all agree that Rick Hahn's array of moves improved the White Sox, and significantly. The question is whether it was enough, and that's when the metrics faction jumps off the bandwagon. For instance, FanGraphs' projected standings hand the Sox a 78-84 record, good for a tie for third place behind the Indians...
South Side Sox Mar 30, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Indians

Hector Noesi makes his final spring start, and he's backed by a nearly complete lineup TV: whitesox.com webcast Lineups: White Sox lineup March 30 pic.twitter.com/OYcfop5YA8 — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) March 30, 2015
South Side Sox Mar 29, 2015

Gamethread: Indians vs. White Sox

1st of back to back games between the two squads heading into the final week of Spring Training. Today's Lineup: White Sox vs Indians lineups. pic.twitter.com/WBr5BBuIVu — Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiSox) March 29, 2015 TV: (Chicago area) CSN Chicago / (Outside Chicago Market) MLB.tv Some additional information to chew on while watching the game. Expect W Sox to follow same plan y'all. RT @MikeDiGiovanna: #Angels will open season with four starters and 12 pitchers. — Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiSox) March 29, 2015 Kyle Drabek said the experience has been a little overwhelming but...
South Side Sox Mar 29, 2015

White Sox second base competition back to square one

Bullpen, 40-man roster crunch could make Carlos Sanchez more sensible than Micah Johnson A funny thing happened on the way to Micah Johnson's coronation for the wide-open White Sox second base job: Johnson regressed back to Earth, and Carlos Sanchez closed the gap. Entering March 11: Johnson: .500/.563/.929, zero errors Sanchez: .273/.273/.273, one error Entering March 20: Johnson: .444/.500/.667, zero errors Sanchez: .263/.333/.263, one error Entering March 29: Johnson: .333/.392/.422, three errors Sanchez: .355/.429/.355, one error It's basically the tortoise and the hare,...
South Side Sox Mar 28, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. A's

Marcus Semien and Josh Phegley face their old team as Oakland's 3-4 punch TV: CSN, MLB Network at 3:05 p.m. Central Lineups: Today's #SoxSpringTraining starting lineups: pic.twitter.com/CdQbrHdrqn — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 28, 2015
South Side Sox Mar 27, 2015

White Sox claim Kyle Drabek off waivers, add to 40-man roster squeeze

Nate Jones placed on 60-day disabled list to make room for former top prospect, so at least somebody will have to go At one point, Kyle Drabek was a big deal. He was a top-20 prospect desirable enough to be a centerpiece in a trade package for peak Roy Halladay. But he never realized that potential with the Toronto Blue Jays, due in large part to a second Tommy John surgery in 2012, and a drop in velocity afterward. Comparing his minor-league stats to his MLB ones, it seems like big-league hitters punish his strikes, so he doesn't throw them nearly as often. So at this point, the...
South Side Sox Mar 27, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Cubs

Jeff "Smardzija" Samardzija pitches against another former team TV: WGN, MLB.tv at 4:05 p.m. Radio: WSCR Lineups: Today's #SoxSpringTraining starting lineups: pic.twitter.com/I7aD8l7sys — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 27, 2015
South Side Sox Mar 27, 2015

White Sox injury updates: Chris Sale therapy a course for a horse

Plus: David Robertson, Jake Petricka and Conor Gillaspie all have their own kinds of soreness A few weeks ago on the South Side Sox podcast, Will Carroll said Chris Sale was receiving an unusual/fascinating form of treatment that he wasn't at liberty to disclose just yet. With Sale still on track to make his first regular-season start on April 12, Carroll made his big reveal: Sale is using pulsed elecromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, which is more popular among veterinarians than MLB trainers: Sale is one of the first in baseball known to use "PEMF" (pulsed electromagnetic field) as part of...
South Side Sox Mar 26, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Dodgers

Brad Penny isn't as exciting as Carlos Rodon TV: CSN Chicago, MLB.tv now. Lineups: White Sox lineup today vs. Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/nqlGeiMjP3 — Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) March 26, 2015
South Side Sox Mar 26, 2015

White Sox name Jeff Samardzija Opening Day starter

And he'll have his own cheering section -- the Shark Cage -- too After dragging his feet -- perhaps for his own amusement -- Robin Ventura finally announced his Opening Day starter: Jeff Samardzija. It's not a terribly big surprise, considering Jose Quintana tipped it off by saying he was preparing to pitch the second game of the season, and Hector Noesi and John Danks weren't going to get the nod. So what was behind Ventura's decision? Ventura said as he got to know his new pitcher, he realized he was the right guy to replace left-hander Chris Sale, who will miss the opener as he recovers...
South Side Sox Mar 25, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Royals

They come out at night First night game of the season! TV: MLB Network, MLB.tv at 8:05 p.m. Central Lineups: Today's starting lineup (revised): pic.twitter.com/Z4TcxMjN9c — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 25, 2015 That's Brett Austin behind the plate, catching his N.C. State teammate Carlos Rodon.
Bless You Boys Mar 25, 2015

5 key additions who could influence the AL Central race

In their quest to unseat the Detroit Tigers atop the AL Central Division, both the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox made significant offseason moves. If either team is successful, these additions will likely be a big reason why. The Detroit Tigers have reigned supreme over the American League Central Division for four straight seasons. Apart from the Minnesota Twins, the other three teams have each taken turns as chief opposition. This offseason, both the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians added serious firepower to their clubs in an attempt to finally unseat the Tigers and...
South Side Sox Mar 25, 2015

Notes from the Rick Hahn-Buddy Bell conference call

White Sox GM, assistant GM tackle an array of topics, from Chris Sale's comeback to Courtney Hawkins' spring As I mentioned in last night's post about the bullpen battle, Rick Hahn talked to a quorum of White Sox bloggers, as did assistant general manager Buddy Bell afterward. These calls are always enjoyable because they're so wide-ranging, with questions varying from organizational philosophies to nagging minor procedural details like, say, Matt Albers' minor league contract. And sometimes there are combinations of the two, as we go through the summaries of the topics: On the pool of...
South Side Sox Mar 24, 2015

Regression strikes White Sox bullpen competition

Javy Guerra is the only one to escape numbers normalization unscathed It's often said that pitchers start spring training ahead of the batters. Based on the performance of White Sox pitching the last week, it appears as though the bats have caught up. The Sox have allowed 44 runs over their last five games, including seven in a loss to the Rockies today. That's not necessarily a cause for concern, because in a lot of cases, the crooked numbers are due to regression for the fringe/non-roster pitchers -- especially those who last long enough to get into this time of year, when relievers start...
South Side Sox Mar 24, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Rockies

John Danks takes the mound in front of a bench-heavy lineup TV: CSN Chicago, MLB.tv, MLB Network (delayed broadcast at 10 p.m.) Lineups: Today's starting #SoxSpringTraining lineups: pic.twitter.com/qjpjxVIlrK — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 24, 2015 Kinda disappointing that I can't just use the Rockies' version of the lineup card, since Colorado bench coach Tom Runnells has some terrific handwriting. #Rockies lineup at #White Sox. No DH. Pitcher hitting ninth. pic.twitter.com/i5IAIOLeef — Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) March 24, 2015 Scheduled pitchers: John...
South Side Sox Mar 24, 2015

Terrerobytes: Getting closer to Jose Abreu in Year Two

Plus: Chris Sale returns to the mound, Adam Eaton's origin story, and more A full year and a half before Jose Abreu signed with the Chicago White Sox for $68 million, won the American League Rookie of the Year Award and finished fourth in MVP voting, Jonah Keri primed the public with some reconnaissance on the largely unknown Cuban slugger: So let’s enjoy Jose Abreu while we still can. Let’s dream on a hitter so big, so powerful, he just might be better than anyone else on Earth. The information explosion has made us more knowledgeable sports fans than we could have ever imagined. But...
South Side Sox Mar 23, 2015

Gamethread: White Sox vs. Padres

Jose Quintana tries to keep up the good work TV: CSN Chicago, MLB.tv, MLB Network (replay Tuesday at 8 a.m.) Lineup: White Sox lineup today against Padres. pic.twitter.com/nwjpv9dbqF — Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) March 23, 2015 Scheduled pitchers: Jose Quintana, David Robertson, Frankie Montas, Jake Petricka, Daniel Webb and Maikel Cleto.
Gaslamp Ball Mar 23, 2015

Spring Training Game Thread: 03/23 Padres vs. White Sox

Lineups: The #Padres host the #WhiteSox today with @TysonRoss on the bump. Here's the lineup: pic.twitter.com/TwoofIDKaN — San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 23, 2015 Today's #SoxSpringTraining starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/Zer2xrONao — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) March 23, 2015 How to watch/listen: Fox Sports SD / MLB.TV and padres.com/At-Bat have got you covered for today's TV and radio broadcasts. Game time is 1:05 pm PT.

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