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Following up: James Shields takes advantage of room for improvement

Plus: Tim Anderson has his hands full with late-inning power arms James Shields threw his best-ever start for the White Sox on Thursday. Of course, he allowed three runs over five innings yet still lowered his ERA to 11.79, so "best-ever" for Shields is a one-size-fits-most tag. As you might expect from the line -- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR -- it doesn’t answer a whole lot of questions. He addressed one problem in that he threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of 23 hitters. He worked ahead in the count far more often, setting up his changeup and curve more than he had in previous...
South Side Sox Jun 23, 2016

Red Sox 8, White Sox 7 (10 innings): Load ‘em and leave ‘em

Offense wastes two golden opportunities, and compromised bullpen can’t hang on The traditional followed-from-work bullet-point recap: *The White Sox had the bases loaded and nobody out twice in the late innings, and came away with zero runs. Worse yet, the same three hitters -- J.B. Shuck, Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton -- failed the Sox each time. The first time, they failed to extend a 7-6 lead in the eighth. The second time, they failed to take any kind of lead in the 10th. *Matt Purke lost the game in the 10th. Taking over for David Robertson, he walked two of the first three batters he...
South Side Sox Jun 23, 2016

South Side Sox LIVE!: Better in Boston

After being swept in Cleveland, the Chicago White Sox had a good showing against the Boston Red Sox, winning three out of four and winning the season series. Show starts at 6:30 pm CT. To listen, click play below:
Fenway Nation Jun 23, 2016

Travis Shaw Out Of Today's Red Sox Line-Up

Travis Shaw's balky right shin will keep him out another game on Thursday afternoon. Here is the full Red Sox line-up as they try to salvage one win against the formerly pathetic Chicago White Sox: Mookie Betts RF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Xander Bogaerts SS, David Ortiz DH, Chris Young LF, Jackie Bradley Jr. CF, Hanley Ramirez 1B, Christian Vazquez C, Marco Hernandez 3B.Taking to the hill for The Carmine Hose is right-hander Rick Porcello.
South Side Sox Jun 23, 2016

Pieced-together White Sox bullpen stretched to limit

Injuries, starting pitching failures and tight games have forced club to dip way too deep into relief reserves After the two homers the White Sox hit, the two homers the Red Sox nearly hit, and the two White Sox Red Sox pitchers hit and Hawk Harrelson’s subsequent call for blood, I may have paid too little attention to the two relievers Robin Ventura used in the last two innings on Wednesday night. In the eighth inning, he went to Michael Ynoa. In the ninth inning, he went to Zach Duke. And given the talent on hand, it was hard to think of a better alternative. I thought about prefacing...
South Side Sox Jun 22, 2016

Profiles in approaches: Tim Anderson, Todd Frazier and Jason Coats

Three White Sox hitters are their own kinds of extreme Tim Anderson hit his first major league home run on Tuesday night at Fenway Park, and it was the most Andersonish way he could collect it: on the very first pitch of the game. He got all of it, as Statcast shows an exit velocity of 107 mph and a distance of 426 feet. The video looks the part: Anderson is hitting .292/.292/.479 with 14 strikeouts in 49 plate appearances. He’s yet another new White Sox to take his time drawing his first walk, seeing only three three-ball counts. He’s not getting any closer, as he’s only seen one...
South Side Sox Jun 21, 2016

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1: Chris Sale gets, holds immediate lead

Tim Anderson homers on first pitch to put Condor on course for 12th victory A White Sox team that has been starved for early leads couldn't have built one any earlier than they did tonight. Tim Anderson hit his first MLB homer on Clay Buchholz's first pitch of the game, starting the path toward a 2-0 cushion for Chris Sale before he ever took the mound. The Condor had more than enough to hold it, striking out nine batters over seven innings of one-run ball for his league-leading 12th victory. The White Sox didn't light up Buchholz like the rest of the league has, but they did enough by...
South Side Sox Jun 21, 2016

Miguel Gonzalez gains separation from White Sox pitching mess

Cutter-fueled rebound a welcome sight during a stretch that has been damaging for Don Cooper's reputation The White Sox’ signing of Miguel Gonzalez might not even qualify as an "offseason" move because it happened late in spring training. It also doesn’t meet Larry’s criteria for a significant move, as he came to the club on a minor-league deal. But now that Austin Jackson is on the DL for several more weeks and Todd Frazier looks unlikely to leave Trayce Thompson in the dust, Gonzalez has taken the lead for the team's most valuable addition this season. His Cy Young stats are...
South Side Sox Jun 20, 2016

White Sox 3, Red Sox 1 (10): More Monday Magic

A week after the White Sox overcome a seven deficit to beat the Tigers, Zach Duke pulls off a Houdini act to escape a 9th inning bases loaded jam and Jose Abreu's 2-run double win it in extra innings. Thanks to a superb outing by Miguel Gonzalez, Zach Duke pulling an "El Duque", and Jose Abreu the Chicago White Sox defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in 10 innings. Coming off his worst start of 2016, Gonzalez was very efficient, pitching six scoreless innings against the best offense in Major League Baseball. It made for a very fun pitching duel with Boston's Steven Wright, who lead the...
South Side Sox Jun 20, 2016

Hey Jerry, It's Time for Changes

It's broke, so fix it Hi Jerry. It's your old pal, larry. I think it's time we had a frank chat about the recent past and current state of  your organization. It's over, Jerry. Your way of running the organization hasn't worked. Hahn gave it a good effort. Williams left him a pretty poor hand and he tried to make something of it. But, as we get further and further away from the Kenny era, while the internal talent pipeline is in better shape, Hahn hasn't sufficiently turned around the major league product. And that lack of execution is on him. Let's take a look at how things have gone...
South Side Sox Jun 20, 2016

Podcast: Searching for answers

Guest this week is Dan Hayes from CSN Chicago. Episode 98 is an attempt to look at the current state of the Chicago White Sox and try to unearth what the answer is to get this franchise back to its winning ways. Even if that is playing above .500 ball and only making the playoffs once in a great while. The rundown: Calling from Cleveland, CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes shares his insights on how the clubhouse is handling the tailspin. What he has been told about James Shield's struggles and the plan moving forward with him. Why he doesn't think the team is ready to sell quite yet and the progress...
South Side Sox Jun 19, 2016

Indians 3, White Sox 2 (10 innings): Second walk-off seals sweep

Bullpen and defense can only hold off Cleveland for so long Today's going to be a bullet-point recap. I was painting in the basement, and between Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson and the fumes, I might not have the most accurate reading on the events of today's game. *The Indians once again swept the White Sox, this time in extra innings, even though Robin Ventura pulled out all the stops. He used Nate Jones in the ninth and David Robertson in the 10th, and when Rajai Davis led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a sac bunt, Ventura called for two intentional walks, then brought in...
South Side Sox Jun 19, 2016

Abysmal James Shields, slumping Todd Frazier latest blows to White Sox

It's not like the organization's talent-acquisition engine needed even more evidence against it Saturday night would've been sad enough if James Shields were the only thing about it. Shields melted for the third time in as many starts with the White Sox, and it's special in its brutality. Roll them with the disaster start that capped his Padres career, and that leaves him without a true historical precedent. Here are Shields' game scores from his last four starts: May 31: -1 June 8: 12 June 13: 20 June 18: 8 According to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index, there's only one other...
South Side Sox Jun 18, 2016

Indians 13, White Sox 2: James Shields spirals further

Starter takes a step in the wrong direction, which is hard to do after first two outings The Cleveland Indians had all the runs they needed before James Shields recorded an out. Shields was shellacked for a third consecutive start. The Tribe greeted him with a walk, double, single, homer for a 4-0 lead, and unlike his last start, he couldn't save even the slightest amount of face. Instead, he allowed eight runs over just 1⅔ innings, as Matt Purke was once again needed to save the meat of the bullpen from the first five innings. I'll talk about Shields in more detail -- or maybe more...
South Side Sox Jun 18, 2016

White Sox sign Luis Curbelo

6th round pick signs for $700,000. According to sources, the Chicago White Sox have finalized a deal with 6th round pick, Luis Curbelo for $700,000. The draft slot was $286,700, so paying quite a bit overslot is similar to the White Sox signing 2015 draft pick Corey Zangari. Shortstop at Cocoa High in Florida, Curbelo will forgo his commitment to the University of Miami. Many scouts ponder if Curbelo will be a better fit defensively at third base in the future. Ranked #104 on mlbpipeline.com's Top 200 Draft Prospects, Curbelo's strength will be with the bat as he continues to fill in his...
South Side Sox Jun 17, 2016

Jose Quintana's Hall of Fame plaque

If the rest of his career goes like the first 4½ years have gone ... Hello, everybody. I'm 20 or so years in the future, but still making road trips to Cooperstown like usual. Anyway, I decided to take a picture to let you rest assured that Jose Quintana's toil is ultimately vindicated.
South Side Sox Jun 17, 2016

AL Central roundup: Top four teams clash this weekend

White Sox seek their second straight series win against a divisional opponent in Cleveland while Tigers and Royals lock horns The White Sox needed to win a series in general, but they doubled their pleasure by finally breaking through against a divisional opponent. By taking two of three against the Tigers, the Sox are now 12-15 against the Central, which only seems not-terrible until you realize it's 6-15 against divisional opponents who aren't the Twins. Improvement has to start somewhere, and at least the Sox tightened up the standings in the process. They're still in fourth place, but...
South Side Sox Jun 16, 2016

South Side Sox LIVE!: Ventura's Fate

Chicago White Sox start a crucial seven-game road trip with the first stop in Cleveland. The live stream begins at 9 pm CT. KenWo is filling in for Jim Margalus. SouthSideSox is on Mixlr
South Side Sox Jun 16, 2016

White Sox Rumors: Robin Ventura is on the hot seat

There’s new talk of Robin’s job security. This time, it’s coming from a national baseball writer. That's not good for Robin. Maybe the idea that Robin Ventura’s job security with the White Sox is great isn’t that new to us. In Chicago, there’s been some rumblings among the various beat writers. Now, however, the national writers have picked up the story so things are starting to get a bit serious. While Jon Heyman doesn’t have the batphone to Kenny Williams' office that Ken Rosenthal has, Heyman picks up on the Robin Ventura rumors and writes that things for Robin are...
South Side Sox Jun 15, 2016

White Sox 5, Tigers 3: A series victory

Chris Sale survives laborious third inning to pick up 11th win Now we know the White Sox can win a series without needing Matt Albers' offensive prowess. The Sox took just their second series out of their last 12 by avenging their loss in an otherwise favorable Chris Sale-Mike Pelfrey matchup 11 days ago. This time, Sale endured a tough three-run third to outpitch Pelfrey, who was tormented by Tim Anderson throughout the evening. Anderson went 3-for-5 with three runs. He gave Sale the lead with his first one, and after the Condor gave up an RBI single and a two-run homer in a 35-pitch...

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