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South Side Sox 4 hours ago
Orioles 4, White Sox 3: Homers hector Noesi

Orioles 4, White Sox 3: Homers hector Noesi

Three Baltimore homers are enough for three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field The Baltimore Orioles won this game the way their stats suggest they drew it up -- three home runs, and all from the heart of the order. In the process, they pulled off a pretty impressive sweep of the White Sox -- at U.S. Cellular Field, and with Chris Sale and Jose Quintana starting the first two games. Hell, even Hector Noesi pitched pretty well tonight. He struck out eight with zero walks over seven innings, over which he allowed just seven hits. The problem is that three of them left the park. With Noesi...
South Side Sox 15 hours ago
The importance of fixing the bullpen

The importance of fixing the bullpen

A look at the damage done to the White Sox' 2014 win total by the relief corps From Gordon Beckham to the back three slots of the rotation, there's been plenty of reasons to explain the White Sox' sub-par record in 2014, but it's the bullpen that's served as the team's most prominent punchline. A month or two ago, it would frequently be said that the White Sox could be in contention if they had an average bullpen.  This sort of statement wasn't exactly spot-on, but given the meltdowns we've witnessed from relief pitchers that have been stretched to roles beyond their talent level, it...
South Side Sox 21 hours ago

Examining Carlos Rodon's present and (near) future

White Sox' first-round pick makes successful Triple-A debut, which is also figured a tune-up for an impending promotion Carlos Rodon made his Triple-A debut with the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday, and it's a testament to his stuff that his line didn't look much different from his heady days at Winston-Salem. Last start with Winston: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K First start with Charlotte: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K His stuff matched both the recent scouting reports and our man-on-the-scene report -- his slider is devastating, his changeup isn't far away, and his fastball...
South Side Sox Aug 19, 2014

Orioles 5, White Sox 1: Bats, Hawk put on ice

Pitchers duel turned south when the Orioles stunned Jose Quintana with a two-out rally While watching Chris Tillman and Jose Quintana battle to a draw after five innings, one got the sinking feeling that this one might be decided by the bullpens.  It never came to that.  The Orioles' hitters made the most of their third look at Jose Quintana and put the game essentially out of reach with a three-run sixth while Chris Tillman mowed down the Sox hitters. Quintana's command turned shaky in the first inning after an impressive strikeout of Nick Markakis to lead off the game.  The attack...
South Side Sox Aug 19, 2014

Ronald Belisario has plenty of company in White Sox bullpen

Matt Lindstrom the latest right-handed reliever to suffer repeat shellings On this week's edition of the South Side Sox podcast -- subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud! -- one of the questions I answered in P.O. Sox is a popular cry: "Why is Ronald Belisario still on the team?" The short answer: Because somebody always finds a way to be demonstrably worse than him. And this month, it's happening in triplicate. First it was Taylor Thompson, who looks like he fits the mold of a AAAA reliever. He proved to be eminently hittable, giving up six runs on nine hits (including a homer) and four walks...
South Side Sox Aug 18, 2014
Orioles 8, White Sox 2: Bullpen kicks game out of reach

Orioles 8, White Sox 2: Bullpen kicks game out of reach

Conor Gillaspie robbed of go-ahead homer in seventh, and another disastrous outing by Matt Lindstrom follows For the briefest of moments, the White Sox looked like they would take the lead of a game they had no business controlling. Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, Jose Abreu (shallow flyout) and Adam Dunn (backwards K) couldn't cash in runners on second and third. Yet Avisail Garcia bailed them out by drilling a two-run single through the right side, cutting Baltimore's lead to 3-2. Conor Gillaspie followed by squaring up a 1-1 fastball and sending a deep fly to right. Nick Markakis retreated...
South Side Sox Aug 18, 2014

Podcast: The Dog Days

We're back with the podcast. Sorry for the two week delay as we ran into some technical difficulties. To help enhance future episodes of the podcast, we will be switching to a new resource for the upcoming podcast to record. Hopefully that will help with the bugs we have recently encountered. Major thanks for those that listen. What is on tap for this week's podcast: Jim Margalus and I chat about the White Sox struggles so far in the month of August. What could possibly be ailing Jose Abreu and how to fix Rule 7.13. With the recent Top 20 Prospects for the Chicago White Sox, MLB.com's...
South Side Sox Aug 18, 2014
White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 17-23

White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 17-23

Scores, stats, and news from the White Sox farm system Micah Johnson left Saturday's game against the Durham Bulls early after tweaking his knee on a swing. It wasn't pretty... ...but he did manage to finish his at-bat, and reach base when the second baseman booted his grounder. He sat out of Sunday's game, but it looks like a precautionary measure thus far. That awkward fall adds to the list of aches and pains for Johnson this season. He's dealt with persistent hamstring issues, and Buddy Bell shared another story with Chris Rongey on White Sox Weekly Saturday: Rongey: He hit his head,...
South Side Sox Aug 17, 2014

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 5: Grand opening holds up

Grand slam by Conor Gillaspie, two-run shot by Jordan Danks provide all the necessary runs despite a rocky effort by the pitching staff The White Sox didn't hit a home run in either of the first two games of the Toronto series, but Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks made up for lost time. Adam Dunn and Avisail Garcia gave Gillaspie a chance to break it open by drawing back-to-back walks with two outs to load the bases. Gillaspie held up his end by cranking a plate-splitting 2-2 fastball from Drew Hutchison over the wall in right for his first career grand slam. It was enough to force Moises...
South Side Sox Aug 16, 2014

Blue Jays 6, White Sox 3: Matt Lindstrom's bad inning overshadows stories

John Danks and Mark Buehrle battled to a draw, while Avisail Garcia enjoyed a successful return The head-to-head matchup between John Danks and Mark Buehrle fizzled out in the White Sox' favor. Matt Lindstrom's appearance in the seventh inning? Not so much. After the White Sox caught up to the Blue Jays with a three-run sixth, Lindstrom restored the margin with a combination of bad luck and bad pitches. Munenori Kawasaki led off by chopping an infield single over Lindstrom's head, and Jose Reyes chopped a double over Jose Abreu's to put runners on second and third. Then Lindstrom's...
South Side Sox Aug 16, 2014

Avisail Garcia returns to White Sox amid flurry of roster moves

Moises Sierra's perfectly timed oblique injury places him on DL, while Charlie Leesman is DFA'd Once thought to be done for the season thanks to a torn left labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, Avisail Garcia has a solid 1½ months of major-league reps ahead of him -- provided he fixed his diving technique, anyway. The White Sox reinstated Garcia from the disabled list this afternoon, but since he's coming off the 60-day DL, it required a bit of extra maneuvering to get him back on both rosters. The 40-man roster was full, so the Sox designated Charlie Leesman for...
South Side Sox Aug 16, 2014

Jose Quintana's disappearing cutter

Jose Quintana has almost completely stopped throwing his cutter and that's OK. Jose Quintana didn't have a great outing on April 19th.  In his first loss of the season, he threw 98 pitches in five innings.  Very uncharacteristically, he walked two while striking out one.  He gave up nine hits, including a homer, and five runs.  Since joining the White Sox, the cutter has been Jose Quintana's number two pitch.  He threw his cutter 26 times in that loss to Texas.  Since that game, Quintana has almost completely given up on his cutter. Does he even need it though? Quintana has always...
South Side Sox Aug 16, 2014

White Sox 11, Blue Jays 5: Offense wakes up, demoralizes Marcus Stroman

Five-run attack knocks out Toronto starter in first inning After scoring 13 runs over its previous eight games combined, the White Sox offense returned to U.S. Cellular Field and teed off on well-regarded Toronto rookie Marcus Stroman. They battered him and batted around for five runs over two-thirds of an inning, and the Sox would have another five-spot in them before the night was over. I spent the first two hours of this game at a Jason Isbell concert (spoiler: he's really good) and tuned in after all but one run of the scoring, so let's do this in bullet points: *The Sox scored 11 runs...
South Side Sox Aug 15, 2014
The year in White Sox pitchers hitting

The year in White Sox pitchers hitting

An infield single by John Danks keeps a very modest streak alive for another season The White Sox pitching staff has experienced an uncharacteristic amount of turbulence thanks to an assortment of injuries and flops, but one thing remains constant: its ability to gather all its offensive talent and produce exactly one hit per season. The Sox wrapped up the interleague portion of their schedule with the controversial loss to the Giants, and Jose Quintana's 0-for-2 performance at the plate cemented another .0something batting average (and slugging percentage) for the staff. Of all the things...
South Side Sox Aug 15, 2014

Rob Manfred named Major League Baseball's next commissioner

Jerry Reinsdorf participates in unanimous show of support after reportedly leading the drive for another candidate Major League Baseball named its 10th commissioner on Thursday, and he's Jerry Reinsdorf's second/third/fourth choice current Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred. Manfred was Bud Selig's handpicked successor, which made Reinsdorf's preference for another candidate -- eventually Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner -- counterintuitive. After all, Reinsdorf and Selig are close friends and allies, so the guy who figured to perpetuate Selig's platform would slot right into Reinsdorf's...
South Side Sox Aug 14, 2014
Giants 7, White Sox 1: Robin Ventura ejected after lengthy review

Giants 7, White Sox 1: Robin Ventura ejected after lengthy review

Rule 7.13 foils Tyler Flowers and Sox, which allowed the tying run to cross the plate and triggered an unraveling Here are a couple problems with the way Rule 7.13 was applied against the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon: Your browser does not support iframes. No. 1: It's hard to see what Tyler Flowers could have done differently. The spirit of 7.13 is to untrain catchers who camp out in front of home plate waiting for the throw. Flowers didn't set up in front of the plate, because the combination of the backward-flying bat shard behind him, the left-handed batter and the grounder to the...
South Side Sox Aug 12, 2014

Royals back in first place, and with feeling this time

Kansas City held first place for only three days in June, but a lot has changed in two months For the second time this season, the Royals have overcome a seven-game deficit to take a lead in the AL Central. Last time, they only occupied first place for three days (June 17-19), and the fact that Kansas City needed an eight-game winning streak and a dismal stretch by the Tigers to regain the top spot suggests that regression could make this stay another short-lived affair. But there are a handful of key differences that might kick history to the curb and make this dogfight its own, um,...
South Side Sox Aug 11, 2014

White Sox waiting games: Jordan Danks, Josh Phegley, second base

Sometimes patience at Triple-A pays off, sometimes the door doesn't open, and sometimes there isn't a good reason why Jordan Danks’ return to the big leagues has produced one up and one down. Considering he hit .098 before his demotion to Triple-A in May, 1-for-2 doesn't sound so bad. In the 10th inning of Saturday night's White Sox winner over the Mariners, he upgraded a fielder’s choice with a stolen base. His subsequent presence between second on third on Gordon Beckham’s routine grounder to short might’ve caused Seattle’s Chris Taylor to bungle the play, which extended the...
South Side Sox Aug 11, 2014

White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 10-16

Scores, stats, and news from the White Sox farm system This White Sox Minor League Update catches the full-season affiliates at bad times. *The Charlotte Knights have lost four in a row, including a sweep by the Pawtucket Red Sox at home. *The Birmingham Barons are off to a 1-7 start in August, but at 23-26, they're only 1½ games out of first place in the Southern League North's second-half standings. *The Winston-Salem Dash went winless on a six-game road trip, while the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have won seven in a row. The Dash went from leading the Carolina League Southern second-half...
South Side Sox Aug 10, 2014
This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

This Week in White Sox Minor League Baseball

Good pitching news It's been a tough season for pitchers in the White Sox organization. Like in the majors, in a given week, there'd be a couple good performers and a whole lot of unremarkable or bad ones. This week, though, has been one of the more overall positive ones. First, LHP Carlos Rodon. There isn't much to add to what crack SSS cognoscenti karko VICE SQUAD provided in his on-the-spot, eyewitness account of Rodon's performance on Thursday for the Dash. In two outings this week, he pitched five innings, gave up three hits, walked two and struck out five. His three innings on...

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