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Two days on the basepaths with the White Sox

A close examination reveals baserunners who don't want to be as bad as they have been You don't need to look at numbers to know the 2015 White Sox have been a disaster on the basepaths, but the numbers do provide a sense of scale. The ratio between "seems" and "is" runs pretty close to 1:1. Entering Wednesday, FanGraphs pegged White Sox baserunners at 11.9 runs below average. which is by far the worst in the league. To give you some context, they were the second-worst baserunning team in baseball last year ... at -14.2. They've pretty much used their entire allotment of bad ideas in the...
South Side Sox May 27, 2015

White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 (10 innings): Wacky win

Bullpen blows the lead (again), but Jose Abreu & Co. deliver in the 10th Despite excellent pitching from Jeff Samardzija (seven innings, eight hits, one unearned run, five strikeouts), the Chicago White Sox had difficulties closing out the Toronto Blue Jays as closer David Robertson suffered another blown save at the hands of Josh Donaldson. Tasked with holding a 3-2 lead, Robertson surrendered Donaldson's 13th home run of the year (and fourth of the series), which tied the game and once again made  Robertson look mortal on the mound. Too bad for the Blue Jays that it wasn't a walk-off...
South Side Sox May 27, 2015

White Sox get a refresher course in lineup construction

For the second time in three years, Blue Jays show value of batting the best hitter second On one hand, the headline of the recap for Tuesday's game -- "A new way to lose" -- is accurate. Before David Robertson's collapse in Toronto, the White Sox were 12-0 after eight innings, and 16-0 after nine innings, so that's a first for 2015. On the other, we've seen this loss before -- to the same opponent, and because of a specific aspect of the way said opponent operates. Back on June 11, 2013, the Sox led the Blue Jays 5-4 with two outs in the ninth inning. Then Addison Reed hung a 1-2 slider to...
South Side Sox May 26, 2015

Blue Jays 10, White Sox 9: A new way to lose

Josh Donaldson's three-run homer caps off ninth-inning blitzkrieg on David Robertson Good news: The White Sox offense scored nine runs. Bad news: White Sox pitching allowed 10. Worst news: The White Sox had David Robertson on the mound in the ninth with a two-run lead, the bases empty, and facing the bottom of the Toronto order. Robertson just got beat. Josh Thole smoked a liner to right for a double, Jose Reyes did the same to score Thole, and then Josh Donaldson completed his monster day by hammering a fastball over the wall in right for a game-winning three-run walk-off job. Donaldson...
South Side Sox May 26, 2015

How bad is bad really?

In my time as a White Sox fan, I've become immune to the cries of "dumpster fire" or "worst team ever" that often popup in the White Sox Facebook comments or on Twitter.  After Monday's bad loss though, I really thought it's time to take a look at the numbers. So Monday night, I took a bit of time to see how bad is bad really. It's bad. Last in the AL in Home Runs and 28th out of 30 in MLB The teams nine stolen bases are last in MLB. Team ISO of .108 is last in the AL and 29th in MLB. Last in the AL in slugging and 29th in MLB. 26th in MLB and 14th in AL in wOBA 28th in wRC+ in MLB and...
South Side Sox May 26, 2015

White Sox pitchers left to fend for themselves

It's hard to play baseball without bats or gloves After scoring 15 runs over a seven-game homestand, Robin Ventura decided to shake up his lineup -- gently. The big idea? Moving Gordon Beckham to the second spot, and Melky Cabrera and everybody else down one spot. For somebody who hoped that said shake-up would take the form of Adam LaRoche hitting first or second, just for goofs and grins if nothing else, I was underwhlemed. The offensive performance that followed on Monday night? Even more underwhelming. I dare say, it was utterly devoid of whelm. Drew Hutchison and his 6.06 ERA threw...
South Side Sox May 25, 2015

Blue Jays 6, White Sox 0: A new low

Drew Hutchison throws a 96-pitch shutout for ugly start to road trip Drew Hutchison entered this game with a 6.06 ERA. He threw a Maddux. This better be the nadir for the White Sox offense, because I don't have the imagination to picture worse. Hutchison needed just 96 pitches to cut through the White Sox lineup, as he allowed just four singles, and no walks. More impressively, he limited the Sox to just one at-bat with a runner in scoring position (they were 0-for-1), and that came in the first inning. He retired the last 11 batters he faced and 17 of the last 18, with Emilio Bonifacio's...
South Side Sox May 25, 2015

Podcast: White Sox first quarter grades

Dishing out grades for the Chicago White Sox after the first 40 games. After the successful road trip in Milwaukee and Oakland which got the Chicago White Sox back to .500 the team suffered another face plant, going 2-5 during a 7 game home stand against divisional rivals the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. Now at 19-22 and completing the quarter mark of the 2015 season, the White Sox have a lot of soul searching to do if they are going to make a run at the play-offs. This rundown for episode 53: Recapping the Paul Konerko ceremonies and predicting who could be the next...
South Side Sox May 25, 2015

White Sox Minor League Update: May 24-30

Scores, news and more from around the White Sox farm system A few things before proceeding to those sweet, sweet box scores: *Birmingham Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom sat down with Courtney Hawkins for a 10-minute interview. They cut it into two parts. The first part deals with the start to his season, including spring training: Your browser does not support iframes. Part 2 goes into the homer off the train, his personality, and his assessment of baseball's ability to attract young African-Americans. Your browser does not support iframes. Hawkins is still a ways off, but he's progressing...
South Side Sox May 24, 2015

Twins 8, White Sox 1: Lumber slumbers through homestand

Offense held to 15 runs over seven games It feels like the White Sox achieved self-parody today. A White Sox starter gave up a run on the second pitch of the game, and the Twins spent the entire game in front. Jose Abreu hit a solo homer in the fourth inning to put the White Sox on the board, and the Sox couldn't get a hit afterward. Now the defense is getting involved, with a combination of bad health, breaks and execution playing a big role in Jose Quintana's undoing. The Sox finished a 2-5 homestand in fitting fashion by failing to score more than three runs, and this one was the most...
South Side Sox May 24, 2015

Ruminations on the retirement of Paul Konerko's number

White Sox' second ceremony for retired captain is just as successful as the first The White Sox nailed Paul Konerko's final weekend as a player last year, and they got his retirement ceremony right on Saturday, too. In front of a sold-out U.S. Cellular Field, Konerko made a dramatic entrance from center field to "Harvester of Sorrow" -- the at-bat song he never changed, and for good reason --  resulting in this incredible photo: The captain's entrance. #Paulie14 pic.twitter.com/yhCrpjNoCe — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 23, 2015 And unlike last time, when it got bogged down...
South Side Sox May 23, 2015

Twins 4, White Sox 3: Sold-out crowd can't fire up offense

Chris Sale outdueled by Trevor May after White Sox retire Paul Konerko's number After some early troubles aided by a Conor Gillaspie error, Chris Sale looked like Chris Sale. The problem was, the White Sox lineup made Trevor May look like like Chris Sale, and they didn't have an unearned run to help them out. Sale struck out 10 over eight innings, but he gave up two runs in both the second and third innings. The Sox answered both times, but they didn't show the initiative to score unprompted. They haven't scored more than three runs in a game on this homestand, which is now guaranteed to be...
South Side Sox May 23, 2015

MLB Draft 2015: New names for White Sox in mock drafts

Keith Law enters the fray, but neither he nor the consensus think the Sox can get Tyler Jay Last week, Illinois lefty Tyler Jay's stock rose high enough to be considered a favorite to land with the White Sox in a majority of the major mock drafts. Jay's stock keeps rising, though, partially because other collegiate pitchers are faltering. Some prognosticators think Jay will be taken well before the Sox get to choose with the eighth overall pick. In Jay's place, we have a few favorite. Keith Law: Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt Last week: n/a In his first mock draft of the season, Keith Law...
South Side Sox May 23, 2015

Tough stretch of games brings additions to the rotation

With the White Sox playing 18 games in 17 days, adjustments are being made to give the starters a bit more rest. After the cancelled games in Baltimore, the White Sox knew that they'd be coming up with a tough stretch of games for the second half of May.  The Sox right now are in a stretch of 18 games in 17 days.  Next week is the toughest part of the stretch.  After Sunday's game the Sox play three games in Toronto.  Then, they fly to Baltimore to play a doubleheader Thursday to make up the cancelled games.  After they finish that, they fly to Houston for three games starting on...
South Side Sox May 22, 2015

White Sox 3, Twins 2: Shark Attacks Twins

Samardzija goes eight strong as Sox are back in win column. The White Sox entered Friday night on a three-game losing streak. With the Twins embarrassing the Sox earlier in the season, I felt it was important for the Sox to get off to a good start. That didn't happen. Jeff Samardzija was very shaky in the first inning. Torii Hunter lined a single with one out in the first and came around to score on a Joe Mauer double. Mauer stole third without a look or a throw and scored on a Trevor Plouffe sacrifice fly to put the Twins up 2-0 in a hurry. Samardzija threw a ton of pitches in that first...
South Side Sox May 22, 2015

Terrerobytes: Upon further review, baserunning is getting more physical

Plus: Carlos Rodon's first adjustment, the Twins are beating logic, and more The White Sox are two days away from 40 games, which is usually the first meaningful measuring stick. Plus, they've it's been the same story all week -- the lineup needs to help the pitching -- so I'm pretty sure we can wait two days before issuing forecasts and warnings and ultimatums and whatnot. In the meantime, I'd like to point you to a pretty interesting post over at Bucs Dugout by David Manel, who asked a sample of MLB players how instant replay has affected baserunning. The one-sentence summary: It...
South Side Sox May 21, 2015

Indians 5, White Sox 2: A total team loss

Ugly first inning by John Danks is the last thing a struggling offense needed The score says the White Sox lost to the Indians, 5-2. It felt like it should've been worse, and they probably deserved to be shut out, but it's a third straight defeat and a lost series no matter what. John Danks took the air out of the stadium by giving up four first-inning runs -- including back-to-back solo shots after he induced a run-scoring double play to supposedly eliminate further damage. That the scene for an incredibly frustrating evening that infected all facets. First inning: Jose Abreu...
South Side Sox May 21, 2015

This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Three pitchers After a few middling starts, Erik Johnson got back on his phoenix-like path last night: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K. It also marked his highest innings total this season, as well as pitch count (104). Endurance-wise, he's essentially just about where he needs to be. Those middling starts coincided with his pitch count jump to mid-90s and above so we may be looking back at those starts as growing pains instead of a cause for concern. But, of course, with Johnson everything good he does is going to be met with heightened skepticism while everything bad he does is magnified....
South Side Sox May 21, 2015

White Sox pitching now waiting for offense to catch up

Strong five-start turn through the rotation makes the lack of production from the lineup more glaring It took seven weeks, a swap of back-end starters and a string of sub-.500 oppoonents, but the White Sox rotation finally strung together five starts that serve their individual purposes. Date IP H R ER HR BB K GSc John Danks May 16 7 3 2 2 1 3 6 66 Jeff Samardzija May 17 8 8 3 3 1 3 5 56 Chris Sale May 18 8 4 1 1 0 2 7 75 Jose Quintana May 19 7 8 2 2 0 4 4 53 Carlos Rodon May 20 6 4 1 1 0 5 4 59 Total 36 27 9 9 2 17 26 2.25 ERA Rodon completed the full turn with the...
South Side Sox May 21, 2015

Indians 4, White Sox 3: Late-arriving offense can't finish job

Dan Jennings' ugly seventh inning creates too large of a deficit to overcome Bullet point recap, as I missed the first half of this game... *Dan Jennings took the loss in this one, and he deserved it by giving up -- and giving away -- three runs. He started the seventh inning of a 1-1 game by walking Brett Hayes to start the inning. Then, when presented with a chance to cut down the lead runner on a bad bunt by Michael Bourn, he threw the ball well behind the Hayes, who was sliding into second. The Indians tried letting Jennings off the hook multiple times. There was the bad Bourn bunt....

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