Reasons for the Chicago White Sox Surprising Start

The hot start to the 2016 season for the Chicago White Sox has fans and experts alike making comparisons to their 2005 club that won the World Series. Possibly the most equivalent characteristic between the two seasons thus far is that few saw the success beforehand. As someone who has written 5,600 words on the 2005 season, I am well aware that it’s a long season and I am not...
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Adam Eaton and the South Side’s Hot Hand

Through the first month of the 2016 season, the Chicago White Sox are sitting pretty. With impressive pitching from Chris Sale and Mat Latos and some strong power numbers from Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu, the “pale hose” are looking good and fitting well. Baseball pundits predicted a strong season from this bunch, but with strong competition in the division from the likes of...
Via Baseball Essential
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jose Abreu’s struggles unprecedented for Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu is going through the worst funk of his entire career. That’s not hyperbolic. Through Thursday’s game in Baltimore, Abreu has been to the plate 100 times this season and is hitting .2o7/.290/.345 with three home runs, 10 RBI, eight walks and 23 strikeouts. His TAv is .232, his OPS is .635 and his OPS+ is 83. Abreu’s rough start is highlighted because it has happened...
Via BP South Side
2 hours ago

White Sox coming together with strong April

There's no way to know if this will be Chicago's year in baseball. It's too early for any such pronouncements, but this has certainly been Chicago's month.
Via WhiteSox.com
4 hours ago

Wynn, World Series, and White Sox

Not since Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven others received lifetime bans from baseball had White Sox fans suffered a collective depression akin to the one on October 8, 1959. Chicago’s beloved team from the South Side lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the transplanted team from Brooklyn, in its second year of basking in the southern California sunshine. And so, the...
Via The Sports Post
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The Chicago White Sox Bullpen is Legit

The chatter in the Chicago area, at least on the South Side, has been the starting rotation of the White Sox. Chris Sale and company have given fans more than enough to applaud over, sitting three games up in the AL Central with the best record in the majors. But there’s more to this fairy tale than the Cy Young contender. The White Sox bullpen has been phenomenal, combining for...
Via Baseball Essential
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The White Sox' John Danks problem is exposed

If he can't find his fastball, they should probably find somebody else, and soon Going through the stories about John Danks' ugly start against the Orioles on Thursday night, I couldn't help but notice the byline on the MLB.com version: Elliott Smith. That makes for some pretty (ugly) poetry, since the state of Danks' career would fit right in with a lot of Smith's catalog. I mean...
Via South Side Sox
7 hours ago

Rodon looks to stifle O's, help White Sox even set

Pitching has been a driving force in the early-season success of both the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, and in the second game of a four-game set between the division leaders Friday, a pair of young starters in Carlos Rodon and Mike Wright look to even their records.
Via WhiteSox.com
15 hours ago

Chicago White Sox dominating with plenty of upside left

The Chicago White Sox, after finishing off a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night, are on a six game winning streak. The Sox have the most wins in the American League with a 16-6 record, and a three game lead over second place Kansas City. The most exciting part about this team is the fact that the bats are just starting to wake up. In Toronto, a few players had a nice...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

White Sox place closer Robertson on bereavement list

BALTIMORE (AP) Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson will miss at least three games after being placed on the bereavement list before Thursday's series opener at Baltimore Orioles. Robertson leads the AL with eight saves. He has an 0.87 ERA with 13 strikeouts and a .152 (5-33) opponents' batting average. Chicago recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte. Sanchez...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

So far, Chicago is baseball’s epicenter in 2016

The Major League Baseball season is closing out its first month of the 2016 season this weekend, and while the first 30 days of the season tell very little of what the big picture will be once it is fully painted, it does provide a backdrop for early season predictions. Entering the year, fans of the two respective clubs in the city of Chicago were receiving very different pieces...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bear or Bull: Jose Abreu

El Grande Dolor. The Cuban Barry Bonds. Oso or Yogi. All of these are phrases and nicknames that have been used to describe Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in recent years. I'm not really sure where those last couple of ones came from, but they're listed under his profile at baseball-reference, so we'll roll with it. Side note: can those profiles be edited by the public á la...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The White Sox build a cushion

Being 10 games over .500 during the first month of the season has its advantages Leading up to Opening Day, we stressed the importance of a strong start for the White Sox on a fairly frequent basis. It's obviously important for every team to avoid burying itself, but it felt especially pertinent for this club, what with the... Hot seat: In the last year of Robin Ventura's contract...
Via South Side Sox
1 day ago

White Sox on the Road – Game 3 with Jose Quintana

***Game Three – Jose Quintana in the office **Top of 7th – Frazier with a single; but out on the force at 2nd, Melky safe, Lawrie with a walk moving Melky to 2nd, Navarro with a triple to right scoring Melky and Lawrie for a 2 to 0 Sox lead, Jackson triples bringing home Navarro for a 3 to 0 Sox lead. Eaton walked and safe at second. **Bottom of 7th – Zack Duke in the office...
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White Sox recall RHP Webb, option RHP Gonzalez

TORONTO (AP) The Chicago White Sox recalled right-hander Daniel Webb from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to Triple-A. Webb went 2-1 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA in seven games with Charlotte. He was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 27 games with the White Sox last season. Gonzalez was promoted to start against the Blue Jays on Monday, allowing five runs and...
Via Associated Press
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The White Sox Have Gotten the Start They Needed

The White Sox beat the Blue Jays last night by a score of 10-1 (box). Comprehensive victory. Chris Sale won his fifth game, going a ho-hum 8.0 innings versus a lefty-destroying lineup in a hitter’s park. Southside hitters compiled 15 hits. They won on Monday in the first game of the series and five of the six games before that, too, and today they go for the sweep at the Rogers...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

C Smith scratched before White Sox debut, placed on DL

TORONTO (AP) Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith thought he'd be making his major league debut in Toronto. Instead, he made his debut trip to the disabled list. Called up Sunday after Alex Avila landed on the 15-day DL with a sore right hamstring, Smith was in the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays but was scratched after injuring his back while stretching before...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Improved defense has White Sox perched at top of American League

One of baseball’s biggest disappointments in 2015 was the Chicago White Sox, who went into the season with high expectations after signing outfielder Melky Cabrera, first baseman Adam LaRoche, and closer David Robertson in free agency. Things didn’t go according to plans – the Sox scuffled to a 76-86 record, just three games better than the record they posted in 2014. This...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Prospects that Never Were: Scott Ruffcorn, Chicago White Sox

Throwing strikes—it’s not for everybody. For Scott Ruffcorn, it was relatively impossible. At the major league level, anyway. Drafted 25th overall by the White Sox in 1991, it wasn’t as though Ruffcorn was starved for chances as he attempted to make a career in the big leagues. There was also a genuine level of hype surrounding him, something he’d never live up to. For three...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Chicago White Sox have the tools to win the AL Central?

As games came to a close on Sunday, the White Sox found themselves in the midst of a sweep of strong Texas Rangers team and the lead of the AL Central.  The White Sox are 13-6 through their first 19 games and feature one of the lowest ERAs in the league with their pitching staff. White Sox fans are generally not accustomed to starts to the season like this year’s team is doing...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox get weird and twisty to pull off this historic triple play

The Chicago White Sox pulled off the first triple play of the MLB season against the Texas Rangers in a weird and twisty fashion Friday night. The bases were loaded with no outs at the top of the seventh inning when Texas' Mitch Moreland hit a line drive into right field and Adam Eaton ran for the catch. Eaton then threw to first baseman Jose Abreu, who scrambled to tag out Ian...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: White Sox pull off crazy triple play

Triple plays don’t come around very often. A triple play like the one executed in the White Sox-Rangers game on Friday night, however, was as absurd as it was unique. Describing it in words would take way too long. We’ll let the visuals tell the story. That’s 9-3-2-6-2-5 if you’re scoring at home. It was the first White Sox triple play since Sept. 18, 2006 against Detroit.
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The White Sox Offense is Still A Work In Progress

CHICAGO- It’s an issue that won’t go away for the Chicago White Sox, and that’s the issue of their offense- or lack thereof. During their four game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim earlier this week, the Sox were outscored 11-9. They were shut out during the series opener on Monday night. The split the series 2-2 and now they welcome the Texas Rangers to U.S. Cellular...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The White Sox Continue to Lean On Their Pitching Staff

CHICAGO- As the Chicago White Sox (10-6) prepare for their weekend series with the Texas Rangers (10-6), they do so after coming off an up and down series with the Los Angeles Angels. They split two games out of four in that series earlier this week. They could have won more if they had more offense, but what’s kept them going all season long has been their pitching. The Sox are...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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