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Barack Obama is Rooting for the Cubs

Oh no he didn’t. Ask any Chicago White Sox fan who they’re rooting for this postseason and the answer is likely to be the same…“anyone but the Cubs”. It would appear Barack Obama didn’t get the memo. “With the Sox Out, I’ll be rooting for the Cubs to win the Series,” the longtime Sox fan told the Chicago Tribune. “They’re due. They’ve got great young players...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: Where do they go from here?

The Chicago White Sox came into 2015 with great expectations and it is safe to say they did not live up to those expectations, finishing with a 76-86 record. The South Siders have a few pieces to be excited about, but for the most part they are a franchise that is currently stuck in neutral. Now that the Sox missed out on the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season the obvious...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox beat Tigers 4-3 to avoid last place

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox will conclude their losing season with one minor accomplishment. They will avoid last place in the AL Central. And they were able to celebrate when Leury Garcia singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night to finish fourth in the division. Pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Sale breaks White Sox 107-year-old strikeout record

Chris Sale now holds the Chicago White Sox’s single-season strikeout record after reaching 270 for the season in the second inning of a 2-1 victory over the Tigers Friday night. Sale broke Ed Walsh’s franchise mark of 269 set in 1908. Walsh set his record in 464 innings, while Sale needed 203 innings to best it. His average of 11.82 strikeouts per nine innings stands as...
Via Sports-Glory
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sale sets franchise strikeout record

CHICAGO (AP) Chris Sale set the Chicago White Sox's season strikeout record in the second inning of Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. By getting James McCann looking at a 3-2 breaking ball, Sale registered his 270th strikeout of the season. Sale entered the game with 267 strikeouts and broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Ed Walsh in 1908 when he struck out 269 batters...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox GM Hahn expects Ventura back as manager

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday he expects manager Robin Ventura to return next season. Hahn said the team will not be renewing the contract of bench coach Mark Parent and that assistant hitting coach Harold Baines has requested to move into an ambassador role. Ventura and the rest of the staff members are expected back next season. ''Obviously...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Appreciating Jose Quintana

For whatever reason, people enjoy ranking things. A perfectly rational species would be okay with measures of quality, but humans are really into ordering things and arguing about the ordering of things. It explains why we often find ourselves arguing about which pitchers qualify as aces. Definitions vary, but lots of us get caught up in determining the best 10, 15, or 30 pitchers...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray: The anti-Chris Sale

Earlier this week, I took a look at the AL Cy Young race, utilizing batted-ball metrics to address the respective candidacies of David Price, Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale. To make a long story short, I concluded that Sale’s strikeout-to-walk (K/BB) superiority, along with solid contact management skills that have been obscured by his horrendous team defense, placed him on top...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Will Close Out Disappointing Season With Six-Game Homestand, Tickets Remain Very Cheap

For the Chicago White Sox fans who may have grown enamored with this year’s roster, take a good look. In the last week of the regular season, the White Sox will play nothing but home games, as their final six contests will take place from the friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field. It’s also surely the last time you’ll see this gang all accounted for and in the same uniform...
Via Grab Some Bench
15 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Chicago White Sox

The Cinderella story that didn’t happen, many writers picked the White Sox to finish near the top of the AL Central with some even picking them as a dark horse for the World Series. Of course, not all fantasies can come true and the reality of the Kansas City Royals was just part of the reasons Chicago saw an early exit from contention. Preseason Prediction: The White Sox are...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Refsnyder v White Sox: three singles, a double and a walk. All together now: Small Sample Size!

Yesterday, Rob Refsnyder - the lost fairy of Wilkes Barre -went 2 for 3 and lashed a drive to the centerfield wall, to be robbed of a double. His batting average now stands at .273. Imagine that: Seventy-three points over over .200. As John Sterling would say, "Isn't that amazing?"Wait, I hear you chanting: SSS! SSS! SSS! Small Sample Size! And you're right. There is nothing...

2015 MLB Farewells: Chicago White Sox

It is that part of the year when pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is a chance to book better winter destination vacations for some, emptier seats for most and a chance for reflection for all. Who should win the World Series? The Nationals. No other team can match Washington for pitching...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: who’s in and who’s out for 2016

Just like the 2015 season brought in a wave of new faces and names into this lineup, 2016 should also bring a significant amount of personnel change. Once again, the Chicago White Sox front office will look to “retool” this team in their bid for a quick turnaround. Even though they have suffered from the underperforming acquisitions of last offseason, the Sox could make good...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox pitcher has car stolen after being demoted

Chicago White Sox pitcher Scott Carroll was expected to be called up to the majors when rosters expanded on September 1st. He wasn’t, only getting called up from AAA Charlotte on Wednesday. He’d been up and down between the majors and AAA all year so an early callup was expected. But when Carroll finally got back to Chicago, he received an unwelcome surprise – his car was...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox failed to upgrade where they needed to upgrade

On Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox got shredded by the Oakland Athletics, 17-6. The game was a complete farce – Jeff Samardzija allowed ten runs, and recorded only nine outs. Daniel Webb recorded one out, allowed three hits, six runs (four earned), and walked three. Two position players – Leury Garcia and Alexei Ramirez – pitched for Chicago, and didn’t allow a run...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Erik Johnson Continues His Adjustment to Major League Baseball

White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson has made two starts since being called up from the minor leagues on September 1st. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)   CHICAGO- As the Chicago White Sox (66-73) continue to add their infusion of young arms to the pitching staff, one of these young gun slingers is already starting to show some veteran-like consistency. That’s exactly what the...
Via The Sports Journal
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox Catcher Channels Ferris Bueller

Catcher Rob Brantly got called up to the big leagues by the Chicago White Sox when rosters expanded on September 1 and has been busy ever since. He even hit a three-run home run in his fifth at bat for his new team. So, when given his first chance to explore his new city…he did what just about any tourist would do. Thursday, Brantly awarded himself a day off, Ferris Bueller-style...
Via Hall of Very Good
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The White Sox Must Make a Decision on Robin Ventura

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is in the second-to-last year of his contract with the franchise. (Getty Images)   There’s no question that Robin Ventura’s tenure as the manager of the Chicago White Sox has been less than spectacular. With a career managerial record of 286-336, an offense that has struggled more often than not, and a defense that has accumulated 382...
Via The Sports Journal
September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Olt's errant around-the-horn throw hits umpire in groin (Video)

Chicago White Sox third baseman Mike Olt made an errant around-the-horn throw that caught the second base umpire in the groin during the eighth inning of Sunday's game in Kansas City. After Royals batter Mike Moustakas struck out, catcher Rob Brantly started the around-the-horn with the throw to Olt. It was all good at that point, but Olt's toss to shortstop Alexei Ramirez went...
Via Holdout Sports
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Did White Sox fan working on Wrigley reno zing the Cubs?

A Chicago White Sox fan working on the renovation of Wrigley Field says he buried a little something in some concrete as a means to rub in his squad’s most recent World Series triumph. But the Chicago Cubs have gone on record to question the validity of his claims. The legendary ballpark of course is in the midst of a massive $350 million renovation project, which provided the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite Fainting Playoff Hope, White Sox Tickets Have Great Value Throughout September

Mathematically, the Chicago White Sox enter September still technically in the American League Wild Card hunt, but overcoming several other teams in front of them looks like a nearly impossible task. Even so, with a month-and-change remaining in the slate, the White Sox will keep fighting and trying to string together as many wins as they can get. They’ll find out quickly how legitimate...
Via Grab Some Bench
September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Straight Outta Compton’ has amusing White Sox cap mishap

“Straight Outta Compton” may have dominated the box office over the past weekend, making over $60 million in a No. 1 weekend debut, but a rather inconsequential but amusing wardrobe error in a scene at the beginning of the film has sports fans — make that persnickety sports fans — calling foul. In the opening scene, Eazy-E, portrayed by Jason Mitchell, is wearing a black...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Chris Sale may be the most valuable player in baseball

Yesterday, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale put together one of the most artful pitching performances of the season. Facing the Crosstown rival Chicago Cubs, who had won 15 of its previous 16 games, Sale fanned 15 Cubs hitters in only 7 innings of shutout work, whilst giving up a single hit and walk. If it wasn’t for a 116-pitch count through those seven innings, Sale would have...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox closer: Mike Scioscia was ‘bush league’ to stand in way

    Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson blew a save against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night, and he felt that some “bush league” antics from Mike Scioscia led to the misfortune. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth with the White Sox leading 2-1. The pitch was in the dirt, so Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers reached out and tagged Aybar...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

A first look at White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson

With the end of the minor league drawing near, teams are starting to call up some of their more promising Triple-A players to the big leagues. Just this week, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing Richie Shaffer, Jon Gray, Henry Owens and Luis Severino take the field for the first time. Also called up, but somewhat lost in the shuffle, was 24-year-old White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson...
Via Fangraphs
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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