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South Side Sox 4 hours ago

Podcast: Chris Sale goes for the record.

Already tying Pedro Martinez's mark of eight straight games with 10+ strikeouts, Sale gets a chance to break it vs. the hottest hitting team in the AL. Episode 59 is live and brought to you by Gametime. To help support the podcast, download Gametime in the Google Play or iPhone app store. Use promo code "SouthSideSox" in share promotions on the menu screen and receive $10 dollars off on your first purchase. With tickets going less than $10 dollars on Gametime for White Sox games, you can get yourself a free ticket to a game. Here is this week's rundown: We debate if Chris Sale can...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

MLB trade rumors: Tigers could be interested in White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija

Samardzija is 5-4 with a 4.33 ERA this season, but will still be a hot commodity on the trade market this July. Baseball may be turning its eyes towards Cincinnati for next week's MLB All-Star Game, but the real action will be held via telephone, email, text message, and any other form of communication you can think of. One name that will be thrown around quite a bit in the next few weeks is Jeff Samardzija, the right-handed free-agent-to-be of the Chicago White Sox. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is no stranger to trade rumors -- even the slightest ripple will earn space in one of his...
South Side Sox 9 hours ago

Kenny Williams focused on Chicago, but Toronto remains a possibility

USA Today report says Blue Jays are expected to pursue Williams again for their club president job after the season The last time the White Sox front office underwent a significant shift, USA Today's Bob Nightengale was the first to report it. He tipped off the transition from Kenny Williams to Rick Hahn by sneaking in a line about Williams' future in a larger column in September of 2012: White Sox GM Kenny Williams [will be] promoted to vice president of baseball operations, with assistant Rick Hahn becoming the GM. This wasn't a one-off scoop, as Nightengale's info on the White Sox is...
South Side Sox 14 hours ago

White Sox Minor League Update: July 5-11

Scores, news and more from around the White Sox farm system With Conor Gillaspie unable to field his position and Gordon Beckham unable to hit, there seems to be an opening for a third baseman who can do even a little bit of both. That's where Matt Davidson comes into play. There's nothing particularly exciting about Davidson's season on the whole -- .233/.327/.403 with 13 homers and 13 doubles while playing half his games in Charlotte's hitter heaven -- but it's worth pointing out that he's probably had his best run of strike-zone control since he joined the White Sox organization. Over...
South Side Sox 22 hours ago

Orioles 9, White Sox 1: Ugly all over; winning streak over

Four-game roll halted as early error foreshadows more mistakes The White Sox were so lousy today that even their best moments came with strings attached. For instance, trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Melky Cabrera followed a Jose Abreu single by pulling the first ball in the air by a Sox hitter all day. It split the right-center gap and Abreu scored from first easily on the double. But ... Cabrera tried stretching into a triple, and he was cut down by a successful relay. Likewise, in the eighth inning, Chris Davis was robbed of a homer for the second straight day. This time, it was J.B....
South Side Sox Jul 5, 2015

White Sox trade rumors: Jeff Samardzija makes sense for everybody

There are advantages to keeping him, but if the Sox are shopping him, plenty of teams could use him Jeff Samardzija's 4.33 ERA might not show it, but he's finally on track and doing his thing. After his gem against Baltimore on Saturday, Samardzija has: Pitched at least seven innings in each of his last six starts (and nine of his last 10). Allowed just one homer over his last five starts. Allowed fewer hits than innings pitched in consecutive starts for the first time all season. With Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels commanding higher asking prices, writers -- both reporters and analysts --...
South Side Sox Jul 4, 2015

White Sox 3, Orioles 2: Shuck's hit, Garcia's catch save day

Late-inning heroics turn a potential heart-breaker into a fourth straight win Through seven innings, today's game was on the course for a sleepy 2-0 White Sox shutout. Then Zach Putnam threw a flat, fat splitter to Manny Machado, a few things happened, and while the Sox still ended up with their fourth straight victory, this one was anything but boring. Machado crushed Putnam's splitter over the White Sox bullpen to tie the game at 2. Of course, it happened right after Jeff Samardzija threw 7⅔ beautiful innings and Robin Ventura lifted him responsibly, but we know nothing is easy this...
South Side Sox Jul 4, 2015

White Sox bring Carson Fulmer into the fold

First-round pick signs for slot-value bonus and shares the wealth Carson Fulmer is in the fold, and he wasted no time making a strong impression on the White Sox organization. The eighth-overall pick in the 2015 draft received a slot-value bonus of $3,470,600, and he donated $10,000 of it to the Amateur City Elite program. "I definitely wanted to give back somehow," Fulmer said. "Coming into an organization that believes in the ACE program, really sticks with it, that was definitely a group I wanted to donate to and give back, especially with the organization behind it all. "It was just a...
South Side Sox Jul 3, 2015

White Sox 1, Orioles 0: John Danks, out of nowhere

Embattled lefty throws seven shutout innings and makes a Jose Abreu solo shot stand up The recap for this one is pretty simple: John Danks pulled one of those random great games out of his butt, Jose Abreu hit an opposite-field homer, and David Robertson looked as dominant as he did in April. That's really all there was to the White Sox' third straight victory. Abreu opened up a long stretch in Chicago for the Sox with a homer that U.S. Cellular Field affords. Leading off the third inning and down 0-2, Abreu went with an outside-corner Ubaldo Jimenez fastball and poked it into the Bullpen...
South Side Sox Jul 3, 2015

Terrerobytes: White Sox trade rumor season off to quiet start

Plus: Chris Sale named AL's best pitcher in June, the Cardinals' hacking scandal has its first casualty, and more While the White Sox were idle on Thursday night, the Oakland Athletics shut out the Seattle Mariners, which means the White Sox now have the American League's worst record in terms of winning percentage. There's small solace in the fact that the White Sox (along with the Royals) have played the fewest games. The Sox are three games ahead in the loss column of Oakland, two ahead of Boston, and one ahead of Seattle. That's about the only thing keeping their playoff percentages...
South Side Sox Jul 2, 2015

White Sox July 2 signings

International signing period opens The annual international signing day, July 2nd, has become pretty anticlimactic. Changes in the rules and the way teams operate have resulted in the vast majority of top prospects having been all but signed by teams for months, in some cases more than a year. And the internet and the insatiable demand for baseball news now has multiple outlets extensively covering J2 signings, which means everybody pretty much knew already which teams have signed which players. If you've been following the minor league thread for the past few months, you've known that the...
South Side Sox Jul 2, 2015

Who will finish second in homers for the 2015 White Sox?

Tyler Flowers' recent hot streak puts him two dingers behind Adam LaRoche, who is four dingers behind Jose Abreu It's hard to not feel a tinge of jealousy when reading Toronto Blue Jays box scores. Take a look at Wednesday's, and not just because Mark Buehrle picked up his ninth win. They scored 11 runs against the Red Sox to take over baseball's best run differential, and they did it with the long ball. Underneath the batting lines, you can see the Jays' sluggers tacking onto their home run totals: Josh Donaldson (19) Edwin Encarnacion (16) Jose Bautista (16) They're on pace to hit...
South Side Sox Jul 2, 2015

White Sox 7, Cardinals 1: Living after midnight

Three rain delays can't stop Sox from taking both games in St. Louis For the late-night Twitter crowd, Kevin Goldstein (formerly of Baseball Prospectus, now with the Astros) coined the hashtag "#weirdbaseball" for any game that runs past midnight in its time zone. They're usually (but not always) extra-innings affairs, where position players or starters could pitch in relief, or other crazy gambles suddenly look appealing. Ice cream is involved. Based on the events of a five-run ninth inning, "weird baseball" may be the White Sox' default setting. Either that, or: This is what happens...
South Side Sox Jul 1, 2015

Chris Sale making strikeout history, and on pace for more

White Sox single-season records in play after another 10-K start DID YOU KNOW: The last time Chris Sale struck out fewer than 10 batters in a game... There were only 48 stars on the American flag? The Union Stock Yards and Pullman Palace Car Company employed 87 percent of South Siders? Parents wrestled with explaining "jazz" to their children? Flappers box socials Model T keep cool with Coolidge? If you didn't, good. None of those things are true. Except for maybe the last one. It does kinda feel that way, though. By striking out 12 Cardinals on Tuesday night, Sale tied Peak Pedro...
South Side Sox Jul 1, 2015

White Sox 2, Cardinals 1 (11 innings): Battery cools down Cards

Chris Sale ties Pedro Martinez's record with eighth straight 10-strikeout game, while Tyler Flowers hits game-winning homer in extras The White Sox offense was its usual tedious self, but at least they forced Lance Lynn to pile up the pitches early. That meant when the 11th inning rolled around, they had the opportunity to face a former farmhand in a high-leverage situation. Miguel Socolovich, whom the Sox acquired when they shipped David Aardsma to Boston lo those many years ago, topped out at 90. That was still enough to for him to strike out Gordon Beckham -- badly -- but Alexei Ramirez...
South Side Sox Jun 30, 2015

Winning - A St. Louis Cardinals preview

A look ahead at baseball's top team "Winning is not a sometime thing, it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit." -- Vince Lombardi From time to time, a fan of a struggling baseball team will ask, "Why can't we have nice things?" One possible valid response to this question is: "Because the St. Louis Cardinals took them all." The St. Louis Cardinals are an absolute machine of a baseball franchise that just seem to get it right at every stage of the game. The major league team is...
South Side Sox Jun 29, 2015

Podcast: It's time for the White Sox to fire Robin Ventura

32-42, on pace to win only 70 games and the worst performance by positional players since the 1998 Minnesota Twins means the timing is now to move forward with a new manager. Episode 58 is in the books and I have a feeling many of you share the same thoughts as we do. With Jim attending the SABR Conference, Adam Hazlett (Hazymania) fills in to discuss why it's now time to fire Robin Ventura after Sunday's game. Should the White Sox call up Matt Davidson and Erik Johnson? Well, according to larry, yes in the minor league report. We also discuss what the timeline is for Tim Anderson in...
Redleg Nation Jun 29, 2015

Week 12: Cardinals reach 50 wins…..Cubs in trouble?

The Cardinals have won six straight games, and have increased their lead in the NL Central to nine games. When the Cardinals reached 50 wins on Saturday, they were the first team to reach that mark in 74 games or less since the 2005 Chicago White Sox. The White Sox went on to win the …
South Side Sox Jun 29, 2015

White Sox Minor League Update: June 28-July 4

Scores, news and more from around the White Sox farm system With only eight picks in the first 10 rounds, the White Sox ran with college pitchers early on. College pitchers usually have some sort of innings governor after turning pro, but it's hardly a blanket policy. Carson Fulmer, whose season just came to a close, threw 128 innings for Vanderbilt, which is the most NCAA innings thrown by a Sox draft pick over the last six years. Jace Fry comes closest, and he threw the second-fewest pro innings of the sample. I assume that will be the case here. With the other two picked by the Sox, it's...
South Side Sox Jun 28, 2015

Tigers 5, White Sox 4: Robin Ventura hangs Shark out to dry

Despite warning signs, Jeff Samardzija is allowed to blow a 4-0 lead When Victor Martinez hit a bases-clearing double off Jeff Samardzija in the eighth inning to tie the game at 4, my first response: "Good." Which is bad. It wasn't directed at Samardzija, who pitched crisp, clean, no-caffeine baseball through seven innings before encountering trouble in the eighth inning. That sort of thing happens to pitchers. Robin Ventura, on the other hand, deserved any consequence that stemmed from his inaction. And it's easier to talk about it when the White Sox don't get him off the hook. Here's how...

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