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South Side Sox 6 hours ago

The White Sox use up their cushion, so now what?

Offense will have to figure out how to get more runs from talent on hand until trade market heats up For the first time in a month, the White Sox are in danger of dropping into second place at the end of the day. The Sox last held a half-game lead on April 24. It topped out at six games after an 8-4 victory over Texas on May 9, but a 4-11 stretch since has them back where they started, more or less. Normally, it'd feel good to be in first place approaching Memorial Day weekend, but losing 11 of 15 always highlights the undercurrent of dread. The Sox now have a fight on their hands. The...
South Side Sox 19 hours ago

Indians 4, White Sox 3: Fitting end to homestand

A decent Jose Quintana outing isn't enough to make up for a lack of offense The traditional bullet-point, watched-at-work recap: *Jose Quintana suffered a different kind of hard-luck loss, as the Indians scored two of their three runs against him via unusual methods. Adam Eaton played an RBI single into a two-run triple in the second inning -- the dive didn't work, but that might've been the reason why it was a bad idea. An inning later, Joe West called a pickoff a balk, which moved a runner into scoring position, and turned into a run on a sac fly. *He also received his customary lack of...
South Side Sox 20 hours ago

South Side Sox LIVE!: Lost opportunity

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South Side Sox May 25, 2016

Chris Sale threw harder for some reason

White Sox ace suffers first loss, but it's not a referendum on new approach Chris Sale was due for a dud, but I figured it'd happen when a team exploited his power-saving setting. Leading up to his abbreviated outing against the Indians on Tuesday, ESPN Stats & Info joined FanGraphs in noting that the softer-throwing version of Sale was dependent on a different batted-ball profile, and something would have to give -- whether it was a manageable BABIP correction, Sale readopting some of his old ways, or, maybe a new profile. We still haven't learned which one it'll be, because Tuesday's...
South Side Sox May 24, 2016

Indians 6, White Sox 2: Chris Sale can't win 'em all

Perfect season meets abrupt end after start derails in third inning Two undefeated pitchers entered. One left with his 1.000 winning percentage intact, but it wasn't the one you might expect. Chris Sale's perfect season came to an unceremonious end, as he lasted just 3⅓ inning. He was due for an off night, but the shape of this one was surprising. He had a 1-0 lead with the bases empty and two outs in the third ... and by the time he could get the third out, he trailed 3-1. Jose Ramirez, who won a 10-pitch battle against Matt Albers in Game 1 on Monday, won another one against Sale by...
South Side Sox May 24, 2016

White Sox survive doubleheader and turn to Chris Sale

Resumption of Cy Young quest aligns with resumption of normal -- albeit difficult -- schedule In the end, the doubleheader of doom between the White Sox and Indians turned out to be fairly mundane for both teams. The games were different enough -- and the starters lasted long enough -- that neither manager had to consider using the same relievers. Mat Latos gave up two dispiriting homers and came away with the win, thanks to Brett Lawrie's magical swings: Erik Johnson gave up two dispiriting homers, and his reward is a loss and a return to Charlotte. Latham's Tommy...
South Side Sox May 24, 2016

Indians 5, White Sox 1: Dingers doom Erik Johnson

AL Central lead remains at 2.5 games. If you exclude the home runs, Erik Johnson looked pretty good tonight. Instead, Cleveland's power game continued into the nightcap as the Indians blasted three more dingers to split the doubleheader, winning 5-1. Johnson started the game strong by striking out Rajai Davis and Jason Kipnis. In the second inning, Jose Ramirez hit his third home run of 2016 to give Cleveland the early lead, 1-0. After the homer, Johnson came a bit unglued, walking both Jose Uribe and Lonnie Chisenhall. After a mound visit from pitching coach, Don Cooper, Johnson was able...
South Side Sox May 23, 2016

Podcast: Step away from the ledge

After losing two out of three against the Kansas City Royals, and their fourth straight series loss, many White Sox fans frustrations are getting the best of them. Despite the recent struggles, there are many reasons why fans should keep the faith. Episode 94 is much shorter than typical for our shows. Here is this week's rundown: Chicago White Sox lost another series, the fourth straight series loss, and now a five-game lead has dwindled down to 2.5 games. Leaving many fans wanting to jump off the ledge on the 2016 season and call it  a total loss. Yes, the team is struggling, but...
South Side Sox May 23, 2016

Difficult doubleheader a good time for Jose Abreu to return

With a couple of questionable pitching matchups today, the White Sox could use the offense Of all the days for the White Sox to play a doubleheader, this isn't the best one. Of all the days to catch Cleveland for a doubleheader, this isn't the worst one. Of all the days to bet on a position player pitching, this might be a good one. The Sox and Indians will tangle for a straight doubleheader at 4:10 p.m., and this date has grown more dreadful with each series loss, especially knowing that Mat Latos and some Triple-A starter (Erik Johnson) were going to be the ones taking the ball. The good...
South Side Sox May 23, 2016

White Sox Minor League Update: May 22-28

Scores, news and more from around the White Sox farm system The cool thing about Tim Anderson's surge -- he has five multi-hit games during his six-game hitting streak -- is that he's also stealing bases. After going 49-for-62 over 125 games at Birmingham, he's 10-for-13 in 39 games at Charlotte. While he's far off his pace from last year, that's still a 32-steal pace, with successes on his last six attempts. Beyond that, you probably don't want him throwing his body around as much if you want him to be in adequate condition for a second-half call-up. His teammates haven't been as...
South Side Sox May 22, 2016

White Sox 3, Royals 2: One big hit enough

Melky Cabrera's bases-loaded single gives a lights-out bullpen the lead it needs After going 0-for-12 over the first two games of the series with runners in scoring position, the White Sox were just 1-for-11 in that category today. Normally, that would mean a loss. In this case, that would mean a costly sweep to the Royals at home. Fortunately for the Sox, a few things set this game apart from the first two. No. 1: The hit was a big one. The White Sox had the bases loaded against Yordano Ventura with two outs after a four-pitch walk to Todd Frazier. Melky Cabrera fell behind 0-2, but he...
South Side Sox May 22, 2016

MLB Draft 2016: Second White Sox mock draft roundup agrees at No. 26

But the ideas about what they might do at No. 10 are still all over the place A strange characteristic of this year's draft? There's far less certainty over whom the Sox will draft at No. 10 than there is 16 picks later. Also strange: Baseball America didn't have a mock draft this week. It left off on May 13 by tying the Sox to Capital Region righty Ian Anderson at No. 10, and college lefty Eric Lauer at No. 26. I'm eager for a follow-up, not just because Anderson's in my neighborhood, but more because I want to see if there's any kind of consensus about even the type of player the White...
South Side Sox May 21, 2016

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Offense still absent

A good Miguel Gonzalez start goes to waste Miguel Gonzalez did his job. The White Sox offense, once again, failed at its task. Facing another auxiliary starter -- this one limited to just 60ish pitches -- the White Sox only scratched across one run, and of course it scored on a bases-loaded double play. Gonzalez ended up taking the loss despite giving the Sox what they needed from the back end of the rotation. He allowed two runs over his six innings, making it his longest start of the year. An Eric Hosmer sac fly in the first and a Lorenzo Cain solo shot in the sixth bookended his...
South Side Sox May 21, 2016

White Sox MLB draft 2016 possibilities: Zack Collins, C, Miami

Lefty-hitting catcher is mashing his way up draft boards After starting our MLB draft series with Louisville outfielder Corey Ray, we stick with collegiate position players and look into Miami (Fla.) catcher Zack Collins. Who is Zack Collins? Collins is a junior at the University  of Miami. A catcher by trade, he is a big strong young man -- 6'3" and 225 pounds of muscle. He bats left and throws right. He was well-known in high school but had a strong desire to go the college route. Each year in Miami has been better than the last. He looks to come off the board somewhere in the first...
South Side Sox May 20, 2016

Royals 4, White Sox 1: Jose Quintana hits wall in sixth

After facing the minimum through five, Royals blitz him with doubles to take season series opener Jose Quintana was sailing along, peaceful and calm. Suddenly, the sixth inning went wrong. Holding the slimmest of margins with aplomb through five, Quintana went from facing the minimum to being down 3-1 in a flash. With one out, Omar Infante started the rally innocuously with a double. Paulo Orlando then slashed a double to right center to tie the game, and while Tyler Saladino saved a run with a diving stop on Alcides Escobar's infield single, it didn't matter. Lorenzo Cain dropped a double...
South Side Sox May 20, 2016

The Madness of Paul-Evan - A Kansas City Royals preview

The story of one who has the unfortunate job of forecasting baseball's most projection-defiant bunch Scene: Office of Ludwig von Oddsmaker, managing partner of Linesetters for Gamblebets, Ltd. March 13, 2014. Ludwig von Oddsmaker: "Who do we have working on the Royals futures, Jerry?" Jerry N. Darling: "That'd be Paul-Evan." LvO: "Ugh, another one of those guys that has a first name for a last name." Jerry: "It's a hyphenated first name. He makes you say both, kinda like that guy who played Zack Morris." LvO: "How thoroughly unnecessary. I'm not doing that. What's his last name?" Jerry:...
South Side Sox May 20, 2016

Grading the first quarter

Time for fans to grade player's performance after the first 40 games. For the upcoming podcast on Monday, Jim and I will be handing out our first quarter grades. We will also be announcing the crowdsourced grades. Below is a form that you can submit your own takes on how well (or poorly) the players have performed after the first 40 games. Loading...
South Side Sox May 19, 2016

White Sox 2, Astros 1: Chris Sale ends skid with another complete game

Condor goes distance for second consecutive outing for ninth win in nine starts With a four-game losing streak and a potential sweep on the line, the White Sox had the right guy on the mound, and Chris Sale lived up to the billing. Sale turned in another masterful performance, throwing his second straight complete game in fairly easy fashion. He needed just 107 pitches, a whopping 80 of which were strikes. He didn't walk anybody while striking out nine, limiting the Astros to four hits on the evening. One of them did count -- an Evan Gattis solo homer on the first pitch of the eighth...
South Side Sox May 19, 2016

What's (not) working for the White Sox at the quarter pole

The stars have more help than last year, but Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura will have to work to avoid other areas from collapsing If somebody told you, a White Sox fan, that your team would be eight games over .500 through the first quarter of the season, you'd probably complain about John Danks. Then, if somebody told you that Danks would be gone after a month, you'd probably be relatively pleased. It isn't quite that simple, of course, as the White Sox backed into the quarter pole by losing four straight. That makes it a little more difficult to issue a forecast. Few expected the White Sox...
South Side Sox May 18, 2016

Astros 5, White Sox 3: Leaky Sox lose fourth straight

Sequencing just isn't on their side during this skid The White Sox' fourth straight loss and six out of seven couldn't have summed up the frustration of the last week much better. Again, the Sox weren't outclassed, but their inefficiencies kept their heads below water the entire evening. On the run-prevention side: Mat Latos gave up five runs over 5⅓ innings, and they were all single tallies scored in a variety of ways. He gave up 11 hits, a majority of them the softest possible hits -- and Brett Lawrie probably could've cut down one run in the first -- but two of them solo shots hit...

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