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South Side Sox 8 hours ago

Terrerobytes: Chris Sale's fastball has a mind of its own

Plus: The Royals find a new sparring partner, Nancy Faust's legacy, and insidde the White Sox' sign language One of the benefits of the White Sox traveling to Boston -- aside from the fact that I can see them -- is that David Laurila of FanGraphs usually comes away with something for us to read. That's where he's based, so he catches up with other teams when they play the Red Sox. Sure enough, in his Sunday notes, he talked to Tyler Flowers about Chris Sale's pitch mix, and it kinda sounds terrifying: Flowers on Sale’s four-seam fastball: "He’ll throw one that sinks and then he’ll...
South Side Sox 12 hours ago

White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 2-8

Scores, news and more from around the White Sox farm system Since we're just starting August, let's look back at the notable perfomances from the last month, for better or for worse. Charlotte That's good: Micah Johnson, who hit .378/.427/.613 over 28 games in July before going on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Erik Johnson did not allow an earned run over 15 innings (1 hits, six walks, 11 strikeouts). That's bad: Matt Davidson hit .181/.282/.295 during his 28 games. Junior Guerra has allowed an 8.31 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP in five games since the All-Star...
South Side Sox 21 hours ago

Yankees 12, White Sox 3: Jeff Samardzija bombed in finale

Series loss hurts record and run differential This game had a little too much April in the White Sox for my liking. I'm guessing I'm not alone with this sentiment. You had: *Jeff Samardzija giving up a first-inning run on the second pitch of the game. *Alexei Ramirez getting picked off to end the second inning. *The offense taking a lot of wild swings against Ivan Nova, which made those baserunners more precious. *A pop-up dropping behind shortstop with one out in the fourth (a shift on Brian McCann meant everybody pursued it at an unnatural angle and nobody took charge) *Samardzija not...
South Side Sox Aug 1, 2015

White Sox 8, Yankees 2: Answering a rout with a rout

After losing by seven the night before, Sox can coast to the finish of this one Once again, John Danks stepped up and guided his team to a big win at home when few would have bet on it. Sure, it wasn't all Danks. The offense gave him an early lead and the defense made a few spectacular plays, but Danks did his part by striking out eight Yankees, which tied a season high. The White Sox dusted themselves off quite nicely all in all, bouncing back from a butt-kicking on Friday with a good team win tonight. A lot of credit goes to Avisail Garcia. While he continues to struggle at the plate, he...
South Side Sox Aug 1, 2015

Billy Pierce: The Hero Next Door

The left hander helped revive the White Sox franchise in the 1950's. But that was only the beginning. Depending on when you were born and when you became a White Sox fan, Billy Pierce is either a Childhood Hero or Cool Old Man. If your formative years were in the 1950's, Billy Pierce was part of a team that elevated the White Sox from permanent joke to perennial contender.  If you were born after the Go Go White Sox went their separate ways, Pierce was the friendly legend who had an arsenal of polished stories about the good old days.  In person, he was extremely kind.  But he had just...
South Side Sox Aug 1, 2015

White Sox resist flailing at deadline

Even if they made a trade, playoff hopes rest on biggest individual disappointments redeeming themselves To the chagrin of many, the Chicago White Sox neither bought nor sold at the trade deadline. Rick Hahn said it wasn't for a lack of trying: "We were fairly aggressive on multiple fronts, and there wasn't that type of deal for us to do," Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "Frankly, it's a little frustrating. We were optimistic we were going to get something done. Ultimately, the cost just didn't justify the return." But I never saw standing pat as the worst possible outcome, because...
South Side Sox Aug 1, 2015

Yankees 13, White Sox 6: Adam LaRoche pitched

Carlos Rodon's start was awful, but the ninth inning left a pleasant aftertaste The White Sox didn't have a comeback story in them tonight, but maybe this is the start of one for Adam LaRoche. LaRoche collected more hits tonight (four) than he did over his last seven starts (three, in 30 plate appearances), and he delivered the final one -- an RBI single -- as a pitcher hitting for himself. Saved for posterity. pic.twitter.com/M342Z0hNQA — South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) August 1, 2015 Robin Ventura may not have a whole lot of whimsy in him, but he isn't afraid to let the...

7/31 to 8/2 Series Preview: Chicago White Sox

The Yankees are on Chicago’s south side for the final three games of this ten-game, three-city road trip. It’s almost August and yet this is the first meeting of the season between the Yankees and White Sox. The only other AL team the Yankees have yet to face this season is the Indians. They’ll see [...] 7/31 to 8/2 Series Preview: Chicago White Sox is a post from: River Avenue Blues The post 7/31 to 8/2 Series Preview: Chicago White Sox appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
South Side Sox Jul 31, 2015

Blasts from the Past - A New York Yankees preview

A look ahead at the current AL East leaders From 1995 through 2012, the New York Yankees put together a spectacular run of baseball. They made the playoffs 17 times in 18 seasons and won the World Series five times. It was a string of success so dominant that losing in the ALDS constituted a disappointing season. For the sake of comparison, was anyone here disappointed by the 2008 White Sox? Fans of other teams may have drooled over the 100-win seasons and postseason success, but they sure did resent the way the Yankees put those teams together. They didn't need to make brilliant trades,...
South Side Sox Jul 31, 2015

Key White Sox fueled key winning streak

7-1 road trip made possible by players who needed to prove they could be counted upon in rebuiding effort With the White Sox in the hunt for a power hitter along the lines of a Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton, there's a very good chance whatever I write below won't be what everybody wants to talk about before lunch rolls around. At this point in the rumor cycle, the most popular question is whether trading from the farm for a rental player is a sound idea, and just like everything else, nobody can really say until we know the demands. As long as the prospect isn't Tim Anderson, the Sox can...
South Side Sox Jul 30, 2015

Red Sox 8, White Sox 2: Wright guy beats right guy

Winning streak ends at seven, even with Chris Sale in a favorable matchup The White Sox entered this game with a seven-game winning streak and their ace on the mound against a 30-year-old knuckleballer who had just five wins to his name. Moreover, Chris Sale started his night with a  2-0 lead, as Jose Abreu took Steven Wright deep for a two-run shot in the top of the first. It had all the makings of an 8-0 road trip, a .500 record and a triumphant return to Chicago. But because baseball is baseball, the Red Sox won this won in a rout. Sale's night got off to a rough start, as Xander...
South Side Sox Jul 30, 2015

The White Sox are rumored to be in on Cespedes, Justin Upton

In a complete 180 from earlier this week, the Sox are rumored to be in the market. For Upton and Cespedes. Buying. Yes, buying. What a difference a seven game winning streak will make.  The White Sox are rumored to be in the market and looking for hitters.  Earlier this week, the Sox were rumored to be shopping Jeff Samardzija for a pretty high price tag.  Since that time, the Sox have kept on winning.  They've passed the Tigers to move into third place in the AL Central.  The Blue Jays were the team most mentioned in the Samardzija, but now the Sox are a half game behind the Blue...
Bless You Boys Jul 30, 2015

MLB trade rumors: Chicago White Sox interested in Tigers' Yoenis Cespedes

The red-hot White Sox are reportedly looking to upgrade their moribund offense at the trade deadline, with an eye on Yoenis Cespedes. After spending most of the year in the basement of the American League Central, the Chicago White Sox have made a recent run, winning won seven in a row. Heading into Thursday's action, the Sox sit just 2 1/2 games out of the second AL wild card slot, ahead of the Tigers. Because of this, the White Sox have scrapped their plans to shop players at the trade deadline, and instead are actively pursuing upgrades. The thing Chicago needs if they are to attempt a...
South Side Sox Jul 30, 2015

Trade deadline activity picks up without the White Sox

Winners of seven straight remain on sidelines as the action turns twisted It was only a week ago that the White Sox figured to be signiifcant players at the trade deadline, even if in the wrong direction. Then they rattled off seven straight wins to pull within 2½ games of the second wild card spot in the morass of the American League, and with only one truly tradeable asset, it looks like they're better off dancing with who they brought. Major League Baseball doesn't need the Sox to have a good time, because the road to July 31 is as chaotic as ever without them. A review of Wednesday's...
South Side Sox Jul 30, 2015

White Sox 9, Red Sox 2: They're even scoring early for Jose Quintana

Adam Eaton opens the game with a homer, and everybody else joins in I made a late call to go see Interpol tonight, but I was able to catch the first 80 minutes of the game before heading out. Little did I know that 80 minutes could only cover two-plus innings, but I'm not going to complain. Adam Eaton started the night by wrapping a high cutter around the Pesky Pole, which opened a short night for Boston starter Rick Porcello. The end result: A seventh straight victory, a third straight at Fenway, and the second by a comfortable margin. Here's what I caught: *Adam LaRoche coming back from a...
South Side Sox Jul 29, 2015

White Sox's last bench spot looms larger than usual

Emilio Bonifacio's injury, Adam LaRoche's slump create scenarios for an unorthodox roster This season has been a cruel one for Emilio Bonifacio. He can't be as bad as his numbers, but the numbers are awful. He entered Tuesday hitting .160/.192/.173 with two walks to 27 strikeouts. Worst yet, he's 1-for-5 on the basepaths, and he should be 0-for-5. Nothing is going his way, and that point was hammered home on Tuesday. He came through with a big RBI double in his first at-bat, good for only his second extra-base hit and fourth RBI on the year. In his next at-bat, he hurt his rib. Your browser...
Fenway Nation Jul 29, 2015

Sox Lose Another Game—And Possibly Mookie

()Pedro Martinez (whose #45 was retired at Fenway last night) gave up just four first-inning runs in all of 1999. Wade Miley gave up five earned runs in one inning last night. This difference tells you all you need to know about the 2015 Carmine Hose. Boston lost again—this time a 9-6 drubbing by the once-crappy Chicago White Sox. On top of everything, the Red Sox may have lost CF Mookie Betts—who made a spectacular catch tumbling into the bullpen, which was later reversed into a HR. All in all, a really bad night to honor Pedro.
South Side Sox Jul 28, 2015

White Sox 9, Red Sox 4: Another big first inning

Five-run outburst more than enough for Jeff Samardzija in sixth straight win If you wondered what Monday night's game would have looked like with the White Sox starting a better pitcher, it was your lucky night. Once again, the White Sox rushed out to a huge first-inning lead. This time, Jeff Samardzija kept the Red Sox from ever truly threatening, and the White Sox's sixth consecutive victory was far easier than slobberknocker in the opening game at Fenway Park. It started inauspiciously for the Sox, as Adam Eaton was rung up on a classic lefty (non-)strike, and flirted with an ejection by...
South Side Sox Jul 28, 2015

The muddled middle of the American League

White Sox crack the AL Top 10. So what. 4.5 games back of the Twins for the second wild card with 65 games to go. That doesn't seem so insurmountable until you realize a third of the league is in the same boat. 6 teams are feasibly still in the hunt, despite being on the outside looking in tonight. I mean just look at this log jam- So that's the competition. The muddled middle of the American League. These guys are currently on the outside looking in, and deservedly so. Still, at the 100 game marker, it's too early to count any of them out, and it makes the looming trade deadline...
Over the Monster Jul 27, 2015

Red Sox 8, White Sox 10: Red Sox lose worst game ever played, pretty much

It may not have actually been the worst. But it felt like it. The Red Sox commemorated the hundredth game of a horribly played season by losing a horribly played game Monday night, 10-7 to the Chicago White Sox. There are times when this team--and other bad Red Sox teams of seasons past--have made an art of losing. They manage the ebbs and flows of a train wreck the way Picasso might wield a brush. Consider, for instance, their 13-10 loss to Toronto back in June. The one where they got ahead 8-1 and still found themselves down five runs by the end of the seventh. Masterful! Tonight was not...

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