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South Side Sox Aug 19, 2016

Following up: Second look benefiting Tim Anderson

Plus: Chris Sale feels strong into September, and so does Hawk Harrelson Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double on Thursday, but he couldn’t extend his walk streak to three games. He had an opportunity in the first against Danny Salazar, but he couldn’t lay off a 3-2 pitch in the dirt. He took a similar pitch on 1-1, but it’s going to be a process. Dan Hayes asked Anderson himself about the recent stretch of patience we talked about on Thursday morning, and he said exposure is the leading reason: "It’s a lot easier," Anderson said. "You’re seeing the...
South Side Sox Aug 17, 2016

Optioning Carson Fulmer inefficient, but probably for the best

White Sox had to burn an option with top pitching prospect, but it might not be a waste Heading into tonight’s game, the White Sox had their choice of replacements for Miguel Gonzalez, who hit the disabled list with a strained groin after lasting only an inning last Thursday. Carson Fulmer pitched three innings in relief of Gonzalez and hadn’t pitched since, so he was on track for another extended appearance. Anthony Ranaudo threw a quality start — and homered! -- in his only appearance for the White Sox on July 27, and he last started for Charlotte against Durham five days ago. As...
South Side Sox Aug 15, 2016

White Sox draft picks in person: Zack Burdi and Alex Call

Positive first impressions, along with video and notes, from the top of the 2016 draft I spent the weekend in North Carolina getting to see the Kannapolis Intimidators and Charlotte Knights in person, with the primary purpose of seeing what a couple of 2016 draft picks -- supplemental first-rounder Zack Burdi and third-rounder Alex Call -- are all about. Chances are I didn't resolve that with one game, but I return bearing video and images so you can put motion pictures to the names as well. Alex Call A change of plans -- mostly prompted by American Airlines, which botched nearly the...
South Side Sox Aug 15, 2016

Podcast: White Sox Farm Report

Our guests this week include Brian Boesch of the Winston-Salem Dash and Curt Bloom of the Birmingham Barons, who share their insight on the White Sox top prospects. Episode 106 is available for download and to stream. Here is this week's rundown: A friend of the podcast, ESPN's Dan Szymborski provides the updated ZiPS projected win total for the Chicago White Sox. He also predicts who will make the American League playoffs and can Jose Quintana win the AL Cy Young. Our main focus on this week's episode is the White Sox farm system. Starting with Brian Boesch and the Winston-Salem Dash....
South Side Sox Aug 14, 2016

White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 14-20

Scores, stats, and news from the White Sox farm system On Monday, I’ll have a post on Zack Burdi and Alex Call, both of whom I watched in North Carolina this weekend. Besides that, here are smattering of other impressions from Friday night in Kannapolis and Saturday night in Durham: *Luis Martinez has a really easy motion, but it didn’t get a lot of swings and misses until his final two innings or so, when he started using the high fastball to great effect. *Tyler Sullivan has a great stirrups game, and Micker Adolfo sports a real smart mustache. *Every time I’ve seen Jacob May play,...
South Side Sox Aug 14, 2016

Marlins 5, White Sox 4 : Wild game appropriately ends in bewilderment

I'm starting to think that the blocked plate rule only applies when the White Sox are on defense For a game that could have been a casual walk in the pitcher duel park, the final 2016 showdown between the Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins, was far from a simple Sunday affair. The White Sox came hot out of the gates against a pitcher who has been lights-out dealing since the All-Star break. Adam Eaton took Tom Koehler deep on the first pitch of the game - a right field foul pole home run. Tyler Saladino didn't have the same luck with the two pitches he saw, but Melky Cabrera...
South Side Sox Aug 14, 2016

Gamethread: Three in Miami?

Sale takes the bump for the Sunday finale White Sox lineup today at Marlins. pic.twitter.com/HwGSciASiG — Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane) August 14, 2016
South Side Sox Aug 14, 2016

Carlos Rodon returned from the DL with his changeup

While sitting on the DL, Carlos Rodon’s changeup suddenly reappeared. Did he get more confident with it or did something else happen? Almost from the time that Carlos Rodon was drafted by the White Sox, the common refrain that was heard from the front office was "he needs to work on his changeup." Well, I guess that was until this season. In his second season, Carlos Rodon has been struggling. Last season, he gave up 0.71 HR/9. This season, it’s 1.39 HR/9. Obviously, that will do bad things to a pitcher’s FIP. Rodon’s is now at 4.31 vs. 3.75 for 2015. Righties have been the...
South Side Sox Aug 13, 2016

White Sox 8, Marlins 7: James Shields pitches, Sox win anyway

Right-hander continues to look like a toxic asset, but the bullpen holds Miami at bay while the offense comes back The White Sox jumped on Marlins starter Adam Conley and had a 4-0 lead by the top of the second inning. Of course, no lead is safe with James Shields on the mound, and he unraveled once again. But the bullpen gave the hitters a chance to win it, and they took that opportunity―even if they needed help from the Marlins. After Justin Morneau roped a pinch-hit double to tie the game in the eighth, the White Sox couldn't do anything with runners at second and third and nobody out....
South Side Sox Aug 13, 2016

Dioner Navarro's terrible year could be costly

With his service time at nine years, Navarro is a just a year away from securing 10 years in the majors, a pension increase, and a chance at $20 million in earnings. However, with this poor of a season, why would any MLB team give him another opportunity? The signing of Dioner Navarro was questionable from the onset and has continued to look worse with each passing week. Brought in to help improve the offense, Navarro is not only one of the worst defensive catchers in the game, but he is also one of the worst at hitting. With more than 200 plate appearances, only Yan Gomes (31), A.J....
South Side Sox Aug 12, 2016

White Sox 4, Marlins 2: Carlos Rodon gets a win

The southpaw gets his first win since May after a 122-pitch outing. On May 22nd against the Kansas City Royals, Carlos Rodon pitched well enough to earn his second win of 2016. Almost three months later, he earns his third win of the campaign, and it came with a heavy workload. A 122-pitch outing in six innings of one-run ball and Adam Eaton matched a career-high with four base hits as the White Sox defeated the Miami Marlins, 4-2. Chicago started very fast against Miami's Andrew Cashner with four straight hits to start the first. Eaton leads it off with a single and would have scored on...
South Side Sox Aug 12, 2016

Miguel Gonzalez placed on the 15-day DL, Chris Beck recalled from Charlotte

Miguel Gonzalez is taken out by a strained right groin. Chris Beck is the replacement for now, but who takes over Gonzalez’s turn in the rotation is still the question. The White Sox have placed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day DL today due to a strained right groin. To take his place on the roster, the White Sox have recalled pitcher Chris Beck from Charlotte. Gonzalez was hurt during the second inning of last night’s game. During the first at bat of the inning, Salvador Perez fouled off a 3-2 pitch. Gonzalez winced a little bringing out Robin Ventura and Herm Schneider to...
South Side Sox Aug 12, 2016

Pinching Pennies - A Miami Marlins preview

A look ahead at the NL Wild Card hopefuls from Florida In the 2011-12 offseason, the Miami Marlins built up some real excitement for the team for the first time since the 2003 World Series. They were opening a new stadium for the coming season, had brought in a new manager in Ozzie Guillen, and flexed considerable financial muscle for the first time ever. The notoriously penny-pinching Marlins went from a $57 million opening day payroll in 2011 (24th in baseball, which rates as sort of high for the Marlins) to a whopping $118 million in 2012. Part of the jump can be attributed to bringing...
South Side Sox Aug 12, 2016

South Side Sox Live!: Kansas City Blues

Another winnable series for the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman stadium but the combination of a stuttering offense and closer David Robertson's struggles make it nine series losses out of the Sox's last 10. To listen, just click play below: Rundown: Miguel Gonzalez is reportedly heading to the disabled list with a groin injury. Who will fill in for Gonzalez while he is on the mend? The bullpen had a strong performance Thursday night, but the White Sox may have a difficult decision on their hands giving David Robertson more opportunities to close games this season. Is it best to have...
South Side Sox Aug 11, 2016

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Danny Duffy goes the distance

Hard work by bullpen after Miguel Gonzalez's groin injury goes for naught Thanks to a groin injury that limited Miguel Gonzalez to one inning, the White Sox had to throw the front end of their bullpen against the Royals’ best starter. Despite receiving only a Jason Coats RBI single as support, they kept it close. Alas, the game turned on a couple of close plays on Carson Fulmer’s watch in the sixth inning. Fulmer created his own trouble by walking Jarrod Dyson to start his second inning of work. The Sox almost got him out of it by calling a pitchout, but a low pitch from Fulmer turned...
South Side Sox Aug 11, 2016

Exploring David Robertson's second-half struggles

Worst stretch of White Sox career comes after missing series with leg injury David Robertson has spent the second half turning into the reliever version of James Shields. Not in the sense that he’s a diminished version of what he used to be, but that the White Sox are probably stuck with the last two years of his deal, unless they want to include a fair chunk of change. He blew his second save in as many games to the Royals on Wednesday, and his fourth in eight tries during the second half, during which opponents are hitting .268/.348/.610. The good news? He isn’t battling the...
South Side Sox Aug 10, 2016

White Sox 7, Royals 5 (10 innings): Todd Frazier KO's KC with counterpunch

Three-run homer off Kelvin Herrera in 10th covers for David Robertson's blown save in ninth Was it worth David Robertson blowing a save to see the White Sox offense finally torch Kelvin Herrera? Maybe. At least if you’re not Chris Sale. Robertson couldn’t preserve a one-run lead in the ninth, costing Sale his 15th victory. Todd Frazier made sure the frustration was short-lived, delivering a three-run homer off Herrera in the 10th that gave the Sox the lead for good. Jacob Turner gave up a double that came around to score (unearned) in the bottom of the inning, but Dan Jennings struck...
South Side Sox Aug 9, 2016

Avisail Garcia to the DL; Jason Coats recalled from Triple-A Charlotte

The White Sox infirmary occupancy increases yet again. Alex Avila, Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, and Charlie Tilson were already on the disabled list. Now, Avisail Garcia can be added to the list of injured players that shouldn’t be as important to a major league baseball team as they are to the depth-starved White Sox. Garcia’s sprained right knee is coming at a particularly unfortunate time, as his play had picked up of late. The 25-year-old was hitting .292/.346/.792 since July 30 and probably needs a convincingly strong performance over the last two...
South Side Sox Aug 8, 2016

The obligations to James Shields are here to stay

First two starts in August show why teams probably weren't all that interested in trading for him in July It’s almost as James Shields was designed to maximize the embarrassment of the Chicago White Sox front office. After giving up four homers over four outs to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, his numbers do the heavy lifting. There are numerous shocking ways to characterize them fairly, considering he has a 6.68 ERA. Two of my favorites: Sabermetrically oriented: When you see a pitcher with a 6.68 ERA, it’s fair to assume he’s getting all the bad breaks on top of his bad pitching....
South Side Sox Aug 8, 2016

Podcast: Prospect talk with Jim Callis

Senior Writer for MLB.com visits to share his thoughts on the prospects dealt for major league talent and names a new team that could be a possible suitor for Chris Sale in the offseason. Episode 105 is available for your listening pleasure. Here is this week's rundown: After a very dismal start that is reminiscent of his first starts as a Chicago White Sox, is James Shields going to turn into a pumpkin like Mat Latos did? Preview the Kansas City Royals series as Jose Quintana goes for win number 10 on Wednesday. A friend of the podcast, Jim Callis is our guest as he is still trying to...

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