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White Sox Minor League Update: July 15, 2018

White Sox Minor League Update: July 15, 2018

Though Dylan Cease and Luis Basabe starred in D.C., there were still games to play in the minor leagues Futures Game Luis Basabe brought a little bit of this with his bat ... Woah! A 102-mph fastball comes in, @whitesox prospect Luis Basabe hits it out at 104mph... #FuturesGame pic.twitter.com/xBwRzNmdmw— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 15, 2018 ... and a little bit of that with his arm today. No Run Zone Luis Basabe shows off his arm with a perfect throw to second to nail the runner and get the last out of the first inning! #FuturesGame #NextSox pic.twitter.com/mwNCAMLffB—...
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Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 10, Royals 1

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 10, Royals 1

Filled with delight, on the heels of a 10-1 drubbing Heckuva way to end the first half, White Sox! Let’s crack right into the Six Pack: 0.77 Kansas City Royals (two-inning) starter Burch Smith pulled off an ugly double-double: Highest leverage faced in the game (0.77) but lowest WPA to come out of it (-.114). That’s what you call a really bad game. .224 Easy game MVP today: Lucas Giolito, tripling the WPA of every other player on the field but Daniel Palka (.194). Giolito had a season-best 74 game score over 6 1⁄3 innings, with two hits, three walks and six Ks. .355 The catcher...
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Chicago throttles K.C., 10-1

Chicago throttles K.C., 10-1

White Sox bookend first half with blowouts over the Royals The Chicago White Sox ended the first half of the 2018 season pretty close to how they started it, with a blowout win over Kansas City. Back in March, it was an icy, 14-7 comeback win over the Royals. Today, it was a steamy, 10-1 blowout that put smiles on a lot of faces unaccustomed of late to cracking a grin. The Sox went up 2-0 in the first, 4-0 in the third, and then went full ham on K.C.’s “bullpen day,” crooked-numbering up a five-spot in the fifth to climb to 9-0. (Speaking of crooked numbers, Ken Harrelson was due to...
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Ozzie Guillén: 1993 reunion Q&A

Ozzie Guillén: 1993 reunion Q&A

The former White Sox manager and ‘old man’ of the silver anniversary team stopped by the broadcast booth for a chat in the fourth Make no mistake, I love Ozzie Guillén. He was so, so good to me on the beat. Him calling me out, with affection, at the winter meetings in front of some odd conglomerate of national/international/bullfighting beat media after I’d lost a ton of weight like two months into the offseason, is still an all-time favorite moment I have of covering the team. He made the job so much fun. Terribly taxing, given you couldn’t miss a moment of his endless waxings on...
Jul 15, 2018
White Sox Minor League Update: July 14, 2018

White Sox Minor League Update: July 14, 2018

Michael Kopech has his best start of the season, overshadowing Jimmy Lambert’s bid for a no-hitter Charlotte Knights 3, Durham Bulls 1 (10) -- FINAL LINE -- @MichaelKopech5 tonight vs. #Bulls in Durham:6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO (96 pitches, 70 strikes). : @laurawolffphoto pic.twitter.com/mFp9zAbo3m— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) July 15, 2018 Nicky Delmonico: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K Jose Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K Matt Skole: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K Michael Kopech: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K **MVP** Aaron Bummer: 1 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Thyago Vieira: 1 IP,...
Jul 15, 2018
Six Pack of Stats: Royals 5, White Sox 0

Six Pack of Stats: Royals 5, White Sox 0

Danny Duffy’s dominating game earned him an easy MVP on Saturday Not the most inspiring game for the Chicago White Sox, as they were whitewashed by the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Still, we crack open the Six Pack. .109 Only three White Sox players had positive WPAs: Yoán Moncada (.071), Jace Fry (.002) and Chicago’s MVP for the game, Kevan Smith (.109). .388 K.C.’s Danny Duffy, with seven innings, four hits, three walks and eight Ks, was the definitive MVP of the game, with an astronomical .388 WPA — 77.6% of the Royals’ total for the game. 2.57 It seems a strange selection,...
Jul 14, 2018
Wait ... it’s over? Royals blank White Sox, 5-0

Wait ... it’s over? Royals blank White Sox, 5-0

None of Chicago’s six singles stretch to score on 1993’s silver anniversary You know what was cool about today’s game, besides the presence of a couple of dozen 1993 Chicago White Sox heroes on their 25th anniversary day? The White Sox were shut out, 5-0, with mercy — no three-and-a-half hour losses here, bub. That’s about it. The closest the White Sox came to scoring was in the third inning, when Tim Anderson burped a blooper out to center, followed by an excuse-me single through the hole to right by an embarrassed Leury García, putting runners on the corners for José Abreu. ...
Jul 14, 2018
Flash poll: Flashbacks

Flash poll: Flashbacks

Where does it go from here? Is it down to the lake, I fear? Over the weekend, I’d like to solicit a bit of feedback from SSS on the Chicago White Sox Flashback anniversary series. The stories are a bit of a bear to do in-season, and taking over here in February, about a week before pitchers and catchers reported, didn’t leave a lot of offseason prep time. There will be one or two really cool Flashbacks series beginning this offseason. But for now, given the time put in and the relative lack of readership/interest in the pieces, I’d like to get an idea of which season(s) stand out to...
Jul 14, 2018
Flashback: 1993 White Sox

Flashback: 1993 White Sox

A thrilling season and first playoff appearance in a decade marked the beginning of a possible South Side dynasty Today, the Chicago White Sox tomorrow welcome back members of the 1993 American League West Division winners. Celebrating the 25-year anniversary will be Ozzie Guillén, Bo Jackson, 1993 AL Cy Young winner Jack McDowell, Hall-of-Famers Tim Raines and Frank Thomas, Wilson Álvarez, Jason Bere, Craig Grebeck, Mike Huff, Lance Johnson, Warren Newson, Dan Pasqua and manager Gene Lamont. Four years ago, friend of SSS Rob Hart wrote a nice piece about 1993, his favorite White Sox...
Jul 14, 2018
Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 9, Royals 6

Six Pack of Stats: White Sox 9, Royals 6

Daniel Palka rains WPA; Chicago continues to feast on K.C. With yet another win over the Kansas City Royals for the Chicago White Sox, let’s crack the Six Pack: .211 With a 3-for-5 night with a double, two runs and an RBI, Daniel Palka accumulated a .211 win probability added, making him tonight’s MVP. .462 In seven games this season vs. Kansas City, Matt Davidson has hit .462, with seven home runs. He sat on the bench for the entire game on Friday. .950 Since Welington Castillo was sidelined while illegally training for the Tour de France with EPO on May 24, Omar Narváez has put up an...
Jul 14, 2018
White Sox Minor League Update: July 13, 2018

White Sox Minor League Update: July 13, 2018

Nick Madrigal’s first career hit overshadows everything else Durham Bulls 5, Charlotte Knights 2 Nicky Delmonico: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP** Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K Matt Skole: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K Spencer Adams: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K Carson Fulmer: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K Charlotte falls short again, as Spencer Adams was clobbered for eight hits and five runs. It was one of Adams’ worst outings with Charlotte, but he was due for one with a 4.87 FIP entering today’s game. Nicky Delmonico had his best rehab outing, with three hits, the same total he left...
Jul 14, 2018
White Sox strike early, hold off K.C. for 9-6 win

White Sox strike early, hold off K.C. for 9-6 win

Leury García and Omar Narváez drive in three apiece in an offensive outburst On a 95 degree night, the Chicago White Sox brought the heat right to Kansas City Royals starter Brad Keller, plating five by the third inning to knock him out en route to an eventual, nail-biting win, 9-6. The Royals closed within 7-6 after scoring two runs in Chicago’s evil incarnate inning, the eighth. But in the bottom of the frame, Omar “Babe” Narváez clocked a two-run shot to center off of Kevin McCarthy that set up a Joakim Soria 1-2-3 save to end it. By the 339th pitch of the game, Soria’s inside...
Jul 13, 2018
South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Wrap

South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Wrap

We made it through 42 top prospects, count ’em down in the final wrap-up, here It’s been almost two months since our Prospect Vote finished up, but we never quite wrapped it, with the full list. Amado Nuñez finished up as the 41st-best prospect in the SSS rankings, earning 71% (32of 45 ballots). And Yermin Mercedes ended up as the 42nd-best prospect in the SSS rankings, earning 29% (13 of 45 ballots). Next year, we will begin a Top 50 Prospects Poll around the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training in 2019. The Top 30 (or so) Roster Ranking Poll will begin when the final...
Jul 13, 2018
Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

It’s the debut of the Ryan LaMarre Experience! It’s been a hard year half-year. But this, this is adorable: "I'm drawing you like a handsome man." pic.twitter.com/rGM3N2Gsa4— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 12, 2018 I learned how to say en Español (). OK, well, before baseball depression full-on swallowed me whole back some mere days ago, I believe I counted 15 games left between the White Sox and Royals? Something like that. In other words, the race for the No. 2 overall draft pick ain’t over yet. James Shields, he of the 21st-worst ERA among qualifiers in all of...
Jul 13, 2018
Super Stats Pack: Pitchers

Super Stats Pack: Pitchers

Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but: The White Sox are bad It’s been awhile, friends. Some stuff got tweaked. Leaderboards include all qualifying players (I’m going with anyone who’s played in half of the games this year), which I believe gets us to 13 White Sox pitchers on most lists. In all applicable cases, I’ve included a highlighted “average” performer for each stat, so you can get an idea of what a league average value is (in this case, “average” is the average for all league qualifiers, which is one inning pitched per game). For stats where “0” is by...