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South Side Sox 1 hour ago
Season Review: 2014 Charlotte Knights

Season Review: 2014 Charlotte Knights

Mixed bag, as AAA always is We saw a lot of once and future Charlotte Knights this season at the Cell. Essentially, any pitcher of even remotely potential major league ability got a shot (see, e.g., Taylor Thompson). Position players, as is normal, were less prominent with Marcus Semien getting an extended early season look and Jordan Danks racking up some frequent flier mileage on the shuttle from Charlotte. The baselines: The average hitter batted .261/.331/.393. The average pitcher struck out 19.4% of batters and walked 8.8% of batters. The average player was 26.9 years old. A large...
South Side Sox 1 hour ago

White Sox call up Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, Jordan Danks, Scott Carroll, Eric Surkamp, Chris Bassitt, and Michael Taylor

There are no surprises in who is joining the team, just with those that didn't. With their expanded September roster, the White Sox have recalled Josh Phegley, Marcus Semien, Jordan Danks, Scott Carroll, Eric Surkamp, Chris Bassitt, and Michael Taylor.  When GM Rick Hahn was asked a few weeks ago about the September callups, he said the Sox would add five to eight players in September.  If you include Andy Wilkins and Scott Snodgress, who were called up Sunday, this takes the Sox to nine. Marcus Semien was called up last September and started this season in Chicago with Gordon Beckham on...
South Side Sox 7 hours ago

White Sox unburden themselves for September

Organization turns page on failed era with three trades, leaving the younger players to turn the page on a disastrous August The White Sox had Labor Day off along with most of the rest of the United States, so we'll have to wait a day to see if September looks any different from August. August looked different from any single month since 1948, but not for a good reason. It's not that the Sox went 9-19, because last year's Sox won fewer than 10 games in three different months. However, the 2013 didn't lose those games as badly as this year's edition did in August. In between, the White Sox...
South Side Sox 16 hours ago
White Sox Minor League Update: End of the regular season

White Sox Minor League Update: End of the regular season

Great Falls is the only affiliate to reach the playoffs The White Sox's full-season affiliates wrapped up their regular seasons on Monday. Here's where they finished: Charlotte Knights: 63-81 The Knights finished with the worst record in the International League, which is pretty remarkable considering they led the league in runs scored with 699. Alas, they also led the league in runs allowed (767). It wasn't all bad news, as the opening of BB&T Ballpark helped them lead all of the minors in attendance with 687,715, after drawing just 254,834 last season. They put together a relatively good...
South Side Sox Sep 1, 2014

Podcast: Dunn Deal

Happy Labor Day as we chat about the recent trades of Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza. ESPN.com's Dan Szymborski and SouthSideSox.com's Jim Margalus breakdown the trades. Happy Labor Day! Here is this week's rundown for the podcast: ESPN.com's Dan Szymborski joins to discuss the impact Alejandro De Aza will have with the Baltimore Orioles and Adam Dunn for the Oakland Athletics. Jim Margalus breaks down the impact for the White Sox, including who they got in return in the deals. Also the future DH for the White Sox in 2015 and if there is any fire to the smoke from Bruce Levine's report...
South Side Sox Sep 1, 2014

Thoughts on the Adrian Nieto experiment

With September 1st upon us, the Sox have survived the season with Adrian Nieto and we can officially call him our own. Almost as surprising, Tyler Flowers survived it as well. Also, Josh Phegley gets to show how he's doing now after some rather specific criticism from the Sox September 1st is here, and the White Sox have already begun the process of September callups a couple of days early.  With one of those callups guaranteed to be Josh Phegley, the Adrian Nieto experiment can be brought to an end.  Technically, he could sit on the bench the rest of the way and the Sox would still...
Bless You Boys Aug 31, 2014
White Sox 6, Tigers 2: Woeful defense leads to series split

White Sox 6, Tigers 2: Woeful defense leads to series split

The Tigers combined brutal defense with a lack of offense and fundamentals into a toxic, losing mix, the White Sox rolling to a far too easy 6-2 victory. Rick Porcello deserved far better. Four Detroit Tigers errors and countless mental mistakes led to three unearned runs. Combine that with a just six hits on offense and you get the Tigers gift wrapping a victory for the Chicago White Sox. The Pale Hose happily obliged, their 6-2 win salvaging a series split. In the race for the AL Central lead, the Tigers fall 1/2 game back of the Kansas City Royals, who take on the Cleveland Indians...
Bless You Boys Aug 31, 2014
Game 136: Tigers at White Sox

Game 136: Tigers at White Sox

Rick Porcello goes for his 16th victory against Chicago's Jose Quintana Detroit Tigers (74-61) at Chicago White Sox (61-75) Time/Place: 2:10 p.m. E.T.,U.S. Cellular Field SB Nation blog: South Side Sox Media: Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP  Rick Porcello (15-8, 3.06 ERA) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Porcello 25 173.5 5.3 1.7 0.8 1.12 3.68 3.89 2.7 Quintana 27 165.2 7.7 2.6 0.4 1.26 2.87 3.68 4.3 Jose Quintana has been quietly having a fine season for the...
South Side Sox Aug 31, 2014
Adam Dunn traded to Oakland

Adam Dunn traded to Oakland

The White Sox traded Adam Dunn to Oakland for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash, marking an end to a disastrous tenure with the White Sox that began with a 4 year, $56 million contract. In 528 games with the White Sox, Dunn batted .201/.321/.410 with 106 home runs. Depending upon which WAR you prefer, he was worth -1.5 bWAR or -3.1 fWAR. His negative value and low offensive numbers can largely be attributed to one of the worst seasons a baseball player has ever had. In the first year of his contract in 2011, Dunn batted .159/.292/.277. While he made a solid turnaround in 2012 and...
South Side Sox Aug 31, 2014
Tigers 8, White Sox 4: Bullpen negates late rally

Tigers 8, White Sox 4: Bullpen negates late rally

Chris Bassitt gets singled to death in major-league debut, but equally ineffective relief makes a game of it The miserable bullpens of the White Sox and Tigers canceled each other out. The major-league debuts of their starters did not. Kyle Ryan outpitched Chris Bassitt, but it's hard to tell by how much. Ryan had all the BABIP luck (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K), whereas Bassitt was beaten for two crooked numbers despite allowing few well-struck balls. For instance, the Tigers' two-run third started when Ezequiel Carrera bounced the ball over Leury Garcia's head at third base. He then scored...
Bless You Boys Aug 30, 2014
Tigers 8, White Sox 4: Kyle Ryan shines in debut

Tigers 8, White Sox 4: Kyle Ryan shines in debut

The Tigers bullpen nearly squandered a stellar performance from first-time starter Kyle Ryan, but a late burst of offense finally put away the White Sox for good. The Detroit Tigers out-dueled the Chicago White Sox in a battle of rookie first-timers to win the back end of Saturday's doubleheader, 8-4. Kyle Ryan (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers, tossing six shutout innings in his major league debut. The win brings the Tigers to 74-61 on the season, just half a game behind the Kansas City Royals at the top of the AL Central. Chris Bassitt (0-1) made the spot start for the White Sox,...
South Side Sox Aug 30, 2014

White Sox trade Alejandro De Aza to Orioles for two minor-league pitchers

Baltimore sends Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas in return Earlier today, minor league #HugWatch revealed Andy Wilkins bidding farewell to his teammates in Charlotte. @BigTexJosh Another former @Intimidators headed to Chicago. Happened pregame in Gwinnett while Andy was stretching pic.twitter.com/TiWb9W2DlE — The Josh (@thejosh20) August 30, 2014 A couple of hours later, we found out a potential reason for the embraces -- the White Sox traded Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor-league right-handed pitchers, Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas. De Aza did the Sox...
South Side Sox Aug 30, 2014
White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Sox snap Scherzer skid.

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Sox snap Scherzer skid.

Thanks to a four run 3rd inning, the White Sox beat Max Scherzer for the first time in 2014. It's known that Max Scherzer owns the Chicago White Sox, especially in 2014. Before today's game he was 4-0 with an ERA of 0.96 striking out 31 while walking only 8. Shoot, he had his first complete game shut out of his career against the Sox this season. With the wackiness that comes with late season double headers, Manager Robin Ventura bumped Chris Sale from the nightcap to face off against Scherzer for better results. The anticipation of a pitchers duel was in the air prior to the game...
South Side Sox Aug 30, 2014
White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Chris Sale settles down, strikes out 13

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Chris Sale settles down, strikes out 13

Chicago ace beats Max Scherzer for elusive August win after giving up two homers in the first inning I followed this one on the radio and Gameday while on the road, so bullet points. *Chris Sale in the first inning: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR *Chris Sale over the next six: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K *Ian Kinsler led off the game with a solo shot, and Victor Martinez added a two-run homer later in the inning to put Sale in a quick 3-0 hole. But Sale also struck out the side that inning, which suggested that his stuff might win out. And after striking out the side in three...
Bless You Boys Aug 30, 2014
White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Chris Sale tops Max Scherzer

White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Chris Sale tops Max Scherzer

The Tigers couldn't build upon their three early runs against Chris Sale. The White Sox countered by scoring six unanswered runs off Max Scherzer to take game one of today's doubleheader. Max Scherzer was given a three run first inning lead courtesy of the Detroit Tigers' offense, but the Chicago White Sox countered with six unanswered runs off Detroit's ace to to take the first game of today's day/night doubleheader 6-3. The loss drops the Tigers to one game back of the first place Kansas City Royals, who take on the surging Cleveland Indians tonight. With a doubleheader sweep and a Royals...
Bless You Boys Aug 30, 2014

Game 135 Preview: Tigers at White Sox

A pair of pitchers will make their major league debuts as the Tigers' Kyle Ryan faces Chicago's Chris Bassett in the second game of a double header. Detroit Tigers (73-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-73) Time/Place: 7:10 p.m. E.T.,U.S. Cellular Field SB Nation blog: South Side Sox Media: Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup:LHP Kyle Ryan vs RHP Chris Bassitt, both pitchers are making their major league debuts. Kyle Ryan is a former 12th-round pick out of Auburndale (Fla.) High School, near Lakeland. Ryan pitched at Class A Lakeland in 2013, winning 12...
South Side Sox Aug 30, 2014
Less may be more with Hawk Harrelson

Less may be more with Hawk Harrelson

Reducing broadcaster's workload stands to make White Sox broadcasts more resilient against team's struggles Joining the perpetual debate about baseball's slow death, Tim Marchman at Deadspin hit on a point that we've talked about when discussing the Hall of Fame's future -- the anti-marketing of a sports and its stars: Let's take a normal 25-year-old, born in 1989. He would have spent his formative years as a sports fan in the immediate aftermath of a canceled World Series, hearing that greedy players were destroying the game and that the dynastic Yankees team dominating the sport was such...
Bless You Boys Aug 30, 2014

Game 134 Preview: Tigers at White Sox

Showdown in Chicago: Tigers send Max Scherzer to face off against White Sox ACE, Chris Sale. Detroit Tigers (73-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-73) Time/Place: 1:10 p.m. E.T.,U.S. Cellular Field SB Nation blog: South Side Sox Media: Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP  Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13 ERA) vs. LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Scherzer 27 181.0 10.39 2.49 0.75 1.14 2.81 2.91 2.8 Sale 21 142.0 10.46 1.84 0.57 0.93 2.43 2.58 2.7 Chris Sale has been probably second...
Bless You Boys Aug 30, 2014
Tigers 7, White Sox 1: Justin Verlander cruises to victory

Tigers 7, White Sox 1: Justin Verlander cruises to victory

Justin Verlander pitched out of early trouble against the White Sox, ultimately settling in to toss one of his best outings of 2014. The Detroit Tigers rode a five run fourth inning and seven strong frames from Justin Verlander to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1. The win gives the Tigers five wins in their last six games, pulling them within 1/2 game of the first place Kansas City Royals in the AL Central. In the wild card race, Detroit is currently up 1/2 game over the Seattle Mariners. Verlander (W, 12-11) survived a rocky start, but ended up twirling quite possibly his best outing of the...
South Side Sox Aug 29, 2014

Tigers 7, White Sox 1: Ugly fourth extends ugly stretch

Two errors by Jose Abreu lead to five runs, and ninth loss in 10 games The White Sox of old turned out to be the cure for what ails old Justin Verlander. The Sox offense blew a couple of early opportunities, and the Sox defense blew a few plays in a five-run fifth that made the second half of this game a snoozer. They pushed one run across the plate against Verlander on a first-inning Adam Dunn sac fly, and a walk to Conor Gillaspie loaded the bases, but Verlander came back to freeze Tyler Flowers on an outside-corner fastball to end the threat. But the offense really came crashing to a...

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