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South Side Sox 7 hours ago
Catching up with Avisail Garcia

Catching up with Avisail Garcia

Now that the rust is knocked off and Avisail Garcia has the same number of plate appearances as last season, how's he doing? After Sunday's game, Avisail Garcia has the same number of plate appearances in the major leagues with the White Sox as he did last season.  So, how do they compare? Year PA H HR BB K BA OBP SLG OPS wRC+ 2013 168 49 5 5 38 .304 .327 .447 .775 97 2014 168 40 7 14 40 .267 .333 .460 .793 119 Although these numbers are similar enough for the number of plate appearances, things look a lot different if you take a look at the splits per...
South Side Sox 9 hours ago
Podcast: Goodbye, Captain.

Podcast: Goodbye, Captain.

Pay tribute to Paul Konerko as he enters in the last week of his career. A pretty special week for the White Sox as not only do they have a hand on who will win the American League Central, but it's time to say good-bye to the Captain, Paul Konerko. Rundown is as follows: Paul Konerko tribute Final week of the season, we break down the series match-up's for the White Sox as they head to Detroit Tigers starting today til Wednesday, and then end at home with a four game series against Kansas City Royals. We address why Wednesday will be Chris Sale's final start and who will find...
South Side Sox 13 hours ago

The road to the AL Central pennant goes through the White Sox

Meddling opportunities abound with three games in Detroit, followed by four at home against Kansas City The Kansas City Royals staved off an attempted sweep by the Tigers with a 5-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. It wasn't a particularly inspiring series for the Royals, who were smoked 10-1 in the opener, and ran themselves out of a 3-2 loss on Saturday. But Billy Butler showed he's not dead with an RBI single (he's starting the rest of the way), and a two-run Nori Aoki triple covered Ned Yost's butt for one of those Nervous Ned bunt calls that went awry (Alcides Escobar popped it...
South Side Sox Sep 21, 2014

White Sox 10, Rays 5: Indoor fireworks

Avisail Garcia homers twice and Marcus Semien once in an easy Sunday winner A White Sox lineup featuring five September call-ups -- well, four and Carlos Sanchez -- put together quite a show of power and patience in Tropicana Field's season finale. Avisail Garcia hit a pair of homers and Marcus Semien added a big three-run blast as the Sox ran away with a game that wasn't as close as the final score suggests. They scored all 10 of their runs before the Rays collected their first hit. Garcia proved Ed Farmer's axiom about "rally-killing homers" wrong on two occasions, as he started both of...
South Side Sox Sep 20, 2014

Rays 3, White Sox 1: Opportunities limited, squandered

Hector Noesi throws a quality start, but doesn't get much help Tonight's game wasn't a baserunning clinic on either side. But the Rays made it easier on themselves by trotting home for two of their three runs, which held up as the difference. Then again, it's kind of surprising that the White Sox had outs to make on the basepaths, considering Rays pitching held them to three hits all evening. But there was Jose Abreu, running into a tag on a 4-3 double play in the first inning, rather than stopping and forcing a fielder's choice or an out-of-order double play, either of which would've at...
South Side Sox Sep 20, 2014
Paul Konerko playable, but not in lineup tonight

Paul Konerko playable, but not in lineup tonight

Broken hand won't derail last week of White Sox captain's MLB career Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Rays on Friday night, but results aren't really the point here. The question is more whether Konerko can swing the bat without letting it go, crying or both, and that doesn't seem to be the issue. "I can still feel it in there a little bit, but I think it's more than ready to go give it a try," Konerko said. "Going back to 12, 13 days ago, I feel like I've come a long way -- because I was really nervous. Not that I wouldn't get back out there, but that it would...
South Side Sox Sep 19, 2014
White Sox 4, Rays 3: Fifth-inning outburst enough for Jose Quintana

White Sox 4, Rays 3: Fifth-inning outburst enough for Jose Quintana

Three-run deficit erased as Sox bat around on Jeremy Hellickson Chris Sale hit a speed bump on his way to the finish line, but Jose Quintana was in fine form for his penultimate start. Quintana shook off some bad defense and a bad inning to pick up his ninth win of the season. He found himself in an early 3-0 hole early, but a four-run blitzkrieg in the fifth inning changed Quintana's fortunes, and he pitched into the eighth to hold up his end of the bargain. Quintana was only partially to blame for the early deficit, and Logan Forsythe was entirely reponsible on the Rays' end. Marcus...
South Side Sox Sep 19, 2014

Updates: Former White Sox playing meaningful September baseball

Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham are heading to the postseason for the first time, and Adam Dunn's A's are trying to cling to a wild card With the White Sox idle on Thursday, it's as good a time as any to check in and see how old friends are faring with their new teams. Alejandro De Aza: .327/.377/.612, 2 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 7 K in 54 PA I was surprised that De Aza didn't garner more interest around the trade deadline(s), because he had proven his worth to a major league team time and time again over a four-year stretch on the South Side. Even though his 2014 season was largely...
South Side Sox Sep 18, 2014

Predicting Jose Abreu's place in the American League MVP vote

The White Sox first baseman figures to receive plenty of votes for the American League's top honor The 2014 season has given the White Sox plenty to celebrate despite the team’s sub-par record. In addition to fine seasons from Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, and Conor Gillaspie, Chris Sale is a finalist for American League Cy Young Award and Jose Abreu should be unanimously voted Rookie of the Year. Abreu’s season has been so great that he should find himself in consideration for another, higher honor: the AL Most Valuable Player Award. Of course, Mike Trout has the AL MVP award essentially...
South Side Sox Sep 17, 2014

White Sox 7, Royals 5: Kansas City bullpen titans falter

Conor Gillaspie's bases-clearing triple makes the difference and ends scoreless streaks for Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis In Wade Davis' relief season for the ages, Conor Gillaspie scored the biggest hit off him all season, both in terms of size and importance. Gillaspie cleared the bases with a one-out triple off Davis in the seventh inning, which was the first better-than-a-double hit allowed by the Kansas City righty all year. It turned a 5-4 deficit into a 7-5 lead, and the White Sox bullpen protected that margin to hand the Royals a loss as agonizing as it was lengthy. The White Sox...
South Side Sox Sep 16, 2014
South Side Sox Podcast: AL Central Showdown

South Side Sox Podcast: AL Central Showdown

Entering the season's last fortnight, we check in on the pennant race between the Tigers and Royals and answer your White Sox questions In honor of my No. 31 Jose Canseco jersey -- and not at all because Josh is on vacation -- I'm your host for the entire episode of the 31st episode of the South Side Sox podcast. Over the hour, you'll hear from: Me, as I jog through a rare winning week of White Sox baseball, celebrating Bless You Boys' Al Beaton and Royals Review's Max Rieper, as they talk about the Tigers and Royals, the AL Central pennant race, what both teams face in the offseason,...
South Side Sox Sep 15, 2014

Royals 4, White Sox 3: Defense, bullpen astound again

Errors, wild pitches allow Kansas City to erase 3-0 deficit over final three innings With two weeks left in a season marked by disastrous late-inning work, you'd think the White Sox exhausted all the ways to lose a game this season. You would be wrong. Down 3-0 through six, the Royals whittled away with a run in the seventh and a run in the eighth before scoring two in the ninth. The tying run scored from second ... on a wild pitch. The winning run scored from second ... on an infield single. The Royals actually scored all of their runs with the White Sox's help. The Sox just happened to...
South Side Sox Sep 15, 2014

Reading Room: Jose Abreu ties a White Sox rookie record his way

Plus: Paul Konerko closes in on the end, a White Sox scout gets his due, and Joe West might have a point It's fitting that Jose Abreu used a signature plate appearance to write his name into the White Sox record books on Sunday. Abreu tied Ron Kittle for the White Sox rookie record with his 35th homer in the ninth inning of the 6-4 loss to Minnesota, but look at how he did it. Your browser does not support iframes. Specifically, this: And this: In the kind of shadow condition that enabled Jose Quintana to set a career high in strikeouts, Abreu pretty much one-handed an out-of-zone...
South Side Sox Sep 14, 2014

Twins 6, White Sox 4: Sweep hopes evaporate early

Opening salvo on Hector Noesi too much to overcome, but, hey, Jose Abreu homered again Remember the kind of heartening loss that Dayan Viciedo steered the White Sox away from on Saturday night? Well, we saw one to a lesser degree this afternoon. At least if you weren't counting on Hector Noesi playing a significant role on next year's Sox. Noesi's problems with the long ball surfaced once again, as he gave up a pair of homers that accounted for three of his five runs allowed over 6⅔ innings. The Twins didn't seem to have much of a problem picking up Noesi's stuff, mostly because he wasn't...
South Side Sox Sep 12, 2014
White Sox do not renew affiliation with Great Falls Voyagers

White Sox do not renew affiliation with Great Falls Voyagers

Au revoir The White Sox reportedly did not renew their player development contract with their Advanced Rookie League affiliate, the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League. Great Falls had been affiliated with the White Sox since 2003. The White Sox have a few options to consider. I speculated last year after the White Sox sold the Bristol Sox to the Pittsburgh Pirates and announced that they would field a team in the Arizona League that they may be interested in acquiring an affiliation with a Class A Short-Season club. If they choose to pursue that route, there are four teams in the...
South Side Sox Sep 12, 2014

Dayan Viciedo's power isn't strong enough

Home run total impresses, but the rest of his game has eroded While the White Sox cleared much of the roster brush at the end of August, Dayan Viciedo remained. The fact that he's still getting regular playing time could be construed as one more chance. The fact that Robin Ventura is rotating new players in left field suggests Viciedo is being phased out. It's nice to see new faces in left, not just because they represent a defensive upgrade, but also because they provide tangible examples of missing day-to-day value. Let's take a look at the Oakland series. On Tuesday, Viciedo hit his 20th...
South Side Sox Sep 11, 2014

White Sox 1, Athletics 0: Chris Sale extends Oakland's misery

League-leading ERA down to 1.99 after eight shutout innings as Sox take series This game took roughly as long as a couple of meetings I had, so here are some bullet points for a game I'll have to watch later: *Chris Sale lowered his ERA to 1.99 with eight beautiful innings. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out nine, and he didn't allow an Oakland baserunner to reach second until his final frame. *Jed Lowrie had both of the Athletics' hit, including a leadoff single in the eighth that interrupted a string of 17 consecutive batters retired. After a popout and a strikeout,...
South Side Sox Sep 11, 2014

Maybe Tyler Flowers' magic glasses are for real

White Sox catcher's offense has spiked since sporting spectacles, so is there some magic in those glasses or are we just seeing things? The first half of the season wasn't great for White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.  After a bad 2013, he seemed to be struggling under an increased workload with Adrian Nieto with his backup.  While he was OK behind the plate -- the shoulder surgery did seem to help in that regard -- his offense clearly lagged behind, hitting a .218/.273/.304 line with a 60 wRC+. In full working order and with years of experience, the supposed offense-first catcher that was...
South Side Sox Sep 11, 2014

White Sox 2, Athletics 1: Avisail Garcia finds the big hit

Offense awakens with Oakland's help in eighth inning for classic spoiler win In the battle of "it's not who you play, it's when you play them," well ... I'm not exactly sure how to declare the winner in such a war, but it's a better time to be playing the Athletics, especially if you like dramatic wins. The White Sox pulled off their second dramatic win of the series, scoring both runs on a two-out, bases-loaded Avisail Garcia single to deny the struggling A's consecutive wins for the first time since Aug. 23. The Sox only went 1-for-10 in scoring position, but Garcia picked the perfect...
Athletics Nation Sep 10, 2014

Game Thread #145: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox (2)

We're going to the sixth. The A's, thanks to a single from Adam Dunn against the shift, have a 1-0 lead. The White Sox, thanks to Jeff Samardzija, have been held scoreless. LET'S GO OAK-LAND!

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