Thomas honored and more

Frank Thomas inducted into MLB Hall of Fame

First things first. This is awesome. For the first time in my life, a player that I grew up watching play for the Chicago White Sox, my favorite team, has been elected to the MLB Hall of Fame. Yes I remember seeing Carlton Fisk near the tail end of his career since I began watching White Sox baseball in 1990, but “The Big Hurt” was the player I grew up with and the reason I became a White Sox baseball fan. He was my favorite player and still is to this day.

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He was awesome. His speech was awesome. I even got choked up a bit. It is totally worth 18 minutes of your time. You can watch it here:

I don’t need to go over the numbers. They speak for themselves. I don’t need to repeat again that Thomas has repeatedly stated that he has NEVER used PED’s and is a voice against them in Major League Baseball. I don’t need to say how much of a clubhouse leader and class act Thomas was when he was playing.

Well deserved Big Frank. Well deserved.

Updated Prospect list

We have a new list of top prospects from MLB Pipeline. Carlos Rodon is now listed as the Chicago White Sox top prospect replacing Matt Davidson. Rodon also lands at #23 overall. The newly drafted Rodon was called the most “MLB ready” in this years’ draft class so the White Sox had no hesitation jumping on him at #3 overall despite having Scott Boras as an agent.

SS, Tim Anderson, who was selected 17th overall in 2013 now comes in the list at #2 for the White Sox and #89 overall. He was 3rd for the Sox in their organization to begin the season but rose quickly playing in Class-A ball. If he can recover from a wrist injury quickly, he could be playing next season for this team by 2016 when the team is contending.

3rd is Francellis Montas, RHP. Who? Well if you remember last season, he was included along with Avisail Garcia in the Jake Peavy deal. He began at #19 on the Sox prospect list this season and not much was expected of him as he was coming off surgery. But the hard-throwing 18-yr old has been great and continues to develop.

Some familiar names in Micah Johnson and Courtney Hawkins round out the top 5. While, Spencer Adams, the 44th overall pick by the White Sox in this years’ draft comes in at #6 overall. Tyler Danish has dropped one spot to #7 overall and Matt Davidson has fallen all the way to #8 as he has struggled a bit in the minors. The Sox are in no hurry to have him get here though as Conor Gillaspie has really emerged as a solid 3rd baseman.

Rounding out the top 20 are: Trey Michalczewski (3B), Carlos Sanchez (IF), Chris Beck (RHP), Jacob May (OF), Trayce Thompson (OF), Adam Engel (OF), Keon Barnum (1B), Adam Lopez (RHP), Micker Zapata (OF), Braulio Ortiz (RHP), Andrew Mitchell (RHP) and Kevan Smith (C).

With players such as Erik Johnson, Marcus Semien, Eric Surcamp, Daniel Webb and Jake Petricka making the big club in brief stints or currently from last years list, the future looks bright for this team. That being said…

Trade Deadline

The key here is even though the Sox have some players they could move such as: Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Adam Dunn or John Danks; they are not about to give up any of that young talent listed above just for this season. They are looking to contend in the near future in 2015 and especially in 2016 and beyond. And if a trade would not help them do that, don’t expect it from Rick Hahn this season.

Keep an eye on the next three days but don’t be too shocked if nothing is done.

As always…LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!

Sox fall in finale in Minnesota

Scott Carroll deserved a better fate.

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In yesterday’s series finale in Minnesota Scott Carroll pitched a great game. He allowed just one run on four hits, walking one and striking out four over six innings of work. The only run he allowed was on a Danny Santana RBI triple that was preceded by a Eduardo Escobar double. The Sox would trail 1-0 for a good majority of the game but Carroll would keep them within striking distance.

In the top of the 6th, they would strike. They had only had two base runners prior to the 6th, a Jose Abreu walk in the 1st and an Alejandro De Aza single in the 5th. Yet in the 6th, Gordon Beckham would lead off the frame with a double. He would be moved to 3rd on a great sacrifice-bunt by Adrian Nieto. Adam Eaton then chopped a ball to first base, Chris Parmelee got the ball, held it to hold Beckham from coming home, but was late getting to first base and Adam Eaton was called safe despite the replay review. Alexei Ramirez then tied the game with a sacrifice-fly. Jose Abreu then came to the plate and doubled to left scoring Adam Eaton and extending his hitting streak while putting the White Sox ahead 2-1.

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Ronald Bellisario entered the game for Carroll in the 7th and got in a ton of trouble. He clearly was shaken by what occurred after he had thrown two pitches. Umpire Jeff Kellogg said that Bellisario had used too much rosin on his arm. He had to remove the rosin and he also had to remove a rubber band he wore on his wrist. I have NEVER seen that before. It clearly rattled Bellisario. He walked Josh Willingham, allowed a single to Chris Parmelee and then walked Eric Fryer to load the bases. Javy Guerra entered the game and got Eduardo Escobar to pop out in foul territory and give the Sox a chance to escape the jam with a ground ball, but Danny Santana tied the game a 2-2 with a fly ball to center for a sacrifice-fly. Sam Flud then singled to center to score two runs and put the Twins ahead even though he was tagged out at second after both runs scored.

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Adrian Nieto hit his first career homer in the 8th, cutting the Twins lead to 4-3. In the 9th the Sox Put runners on the corners with no outs with singles by Jose Abreu and Paul Konerko. Both were substituted for speed in Leury Garcia and Moises Sierra but the Sox could not take advantage of it off closer Glenn Perkins. Dayan Viciedo struck out on three AWFUL swings. After Conor Gillaspie drew a walk to load the bases Alejandro De Aza struck out on a terrible slider outside of the zone. Perkins then got Gordon Beckham to fly out to left to end the game.

The White Sox will have a day off today before heading to Detroit for a 3-game set.

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Sale continues spectacular pitching

Sometimes a story or a movie gets old if you have heard or seen it before. Yet just like your favorite stories that you have heard from a parent or a grandparent that have been passed down, they become a part of you. They grow bigger. They become legend. And sometimes even though you may have seen a movie 100 times, you can always watch it. You come back to it when you are feeling bad and need a laugh or just to make your day better. It becomes a classic.

Chris Sale continues to dominate baseball this season every time he steps out on the mound and I am enjoying and appreciating every second of it. His dominance can seem like old news. It can seem as if you may have heard this story before or seen the movie millions of times. Yet that is why you need to be appreciative of what you are seeing.

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Sale dominated the Twins yesterday throwing eight scoreless innings. He allowed just five hits, two walks and struck out 12 batters to improve his record to 10-1 on the season. Sale posted a season high in strikeouts in this one. It is his 15th game in his career where he has posted 10 or more strikeouts moving him into a tie with Juan Pizarro on the White Sox all-time list. He now only trails Ed Walsh who had 17 such games.

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The offense gave plenty of support to Sale as they scored seven runs on 14 hits and were 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Every player had a hit except Dayan Viciedo who went 0-for-5 on the day with two strikeouts. Conor Gillaspie had 3 hits and scored twice, Adam Eaton, Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko and Tyler Flowers each had two hits in the game and all of them scored once. Ramirez and Flowers each drove in a pair of runs. Jose Abreu, Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham each had one hit, and drove in a run.

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Daniel Webb pitched a scoreless 9th inning in relief of Sale who had thrown 110 pitches. The Sox improve to 51-54 as they try to get back to .500 on the season.

Today at 2:10pm ET Scott Carroll (4-6; 4.52 ERA) will take on Yohan Pino (1-3; 4.64 ERA). LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Abreu powers White Sox to win

If you have yet to acknowledge what Jose Abreu is doing in baseball it is time to take notice. After last night, he now has 30 homers on the season and leads the majors in that category. Yes, he is considered a rookie because it is his first year in MLB, although he had been playing in Cuba for quite some time. In just his first season in the Major Leagues he is doing some remarkable things.

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In 89 games he is hitting .292 with a on base percentage of .341 and a slugging percentage of .620 on the season. He has 30 homers 77 RBI’s and currently has a hitting streak of 15 straight games while hitting safely in 33 of his last 34 games. He has already been named rookie of the month in the AL twice this season (April and June) and was named AL player of the month for April.

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His 3-run blast last night put the White Sox up 3-0 in the first inning and they never looked back. The team scored nine runs on 17 hits as Tyler Flowers and Alexei Ramirez also homered in the game.

The White Sox had everything go there way in the 9-5 win as they even scored one run on a throwing error and two runs on bloop singles by Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo that could not have been placed in the open space any better.

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The nine runs was plenty of offense for John Danks who pitched well despite allowing four runs on six hits. He did not walk any batters, struck out five and pitched seven strong innings. If it is Danks’ last start in a White Sox uniform with the trade deadline looming, he did well as a member of the White Sox.

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Javy Guerra threw a scoreless 8th and despite Taylor Thompson giving up a run on three hits in the 9th, the Sox preserved the win with Chris Sale pitching tonight.

Chris Sale (9-1; 2.03 ERA) will take on Logan Darnell (0-0; 0.00 ERA) who will make his MLB debut. The Chicago White Sox at 50-54 are trying to climb back to .500 and have some huge decisions to make at the trade deadline as to if they are buyers or sellers with 2/3 of the season done.

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Noesi is getting the job done

I don’t know what Don Cooper did for Hector Noesi, but the stats speak volumes about how good of a pitching coach that Don Cooper is.  I have always maintained that “Coop” is one of the best in the game at what he does.  If you need further proof, then you need look no further than Hector Noesi.  

Back in 2011, Noesi was a young 24 year old pitching on the world’s biggest stage in the Bronx in New York.  He made his debut on May 18th, 2011 and had some solid moments.  He he went 2-2 with a 4.47 ERA pitching 30 games (2 starts).  He wasn’t a world beater, but you saw some potential there if you looked close enough.  He pitched in the futures game in 2010 for the Yankees and looked like an up-and-coming prospect that could make an impact.  

Noesi was then traded to the Seattle Mariners in the off-season along with catcher Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda and minor league pitcher Jose Campos.  It seemed to be a huge grab for the Yankees getting Pineda and Campos was Seattle’s 5th best prospect in 2012.  Campos has pitched one inning in 2014 and Pineda has pitched in only 4 games as a Yankee, all of them coming this April, before he once again got hurt.  

Seattle on the other hand seemed to get some future stars.  Yet, neither Montero nor Noesi worked in Seattle.  Noesi went 2-12 in 22 games (18 starts) with a 5.82 ERA in 2012.  In 2013 he made just one start for Seattle while appearing in only 12 games and posting an 0-1 record with a 6.59 ERA.  In 2014 he he recorded just one inning of work in 2 games and posted a 27.00 ERA before being designated for assignment.  

He was claimed by the Texas Rangers, but that didn’t last long either as he pitched 5 1/3 innings in 3 games, having an 11.81 ERA in Texas and once again was designated for assignment on April 22nd of this season.  

Three days later, after appearing against the White Sox in Texas and being destroyed, he was claimed off waivers by Chicago.  Don Cooper must have seen something because Noesi has shown the promise he had in the minors and in New York.  

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He has gone 5-6 in 17 games (16 starts) with a 4.37 ERA in 94 2/3 innings pitched.  He has been very serviceable.  And last night was by far his best performance yet as he threw 7 2/3 innings, allowed just two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out three en route to a 5-2 win.  

He did not allow a hit till 2 outs in the 4th.  He walked a batter in the 5th, but didn’t allow a run till a 2-run homer from Danny Santana in the 8th after Chris Parmelee had singled earlier in the inning.  

The Sox gave Noesi plenty of run support too as Adam Eaton scored after a two out double and then an RBI single by Alexei Ramirez.  

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After an injury forced Minnesota starter Phil Hughes from the game on a line drive from Adam Dunn that hit Hughes in the ankle, the Sox took advantage and put three more runs on the board.  They added yet another in the 6th on a throwing error by Minnesota.  

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The 5-0 lead was plenty for Noesi and the Sox bullpen. Daniel Webb recorded the last out of the 8th in relief of Noesi and Jake Petricka had a perfect 9th with two strikeouts.  

Tonight the Sox will send John Danks to the mound in what could possibly be his final start in a White Sox uniform as rumors swirl around him at the trade deadline which comes July 31st.  Danks (8-6; 4.35 ERA) will take on Kevin Correia (5-12; 4.76 ERA).  The game begins at 8:10pm ET.   

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Error leads to loss as Quintana once again gets a no-decision

Jose Quintana may be the most unlucky pitcher on the planet.  Quintana

 

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He has 36 no-decisions over the last 3 seasons. That leads the MLB in that span.  I have no idea whom the next closest would even be.  His 16 quality starts this season has him tied for 6th in the MLB this season, but he only has five wins to show for it.  It is just staggering.  

Yesterday afternoon he and James Shields were in a pitching duel.  He allowed one run on seven hits, walked two and struck out three over seven innings.  Shields allowed one run on six hits, walked one and struck out seven over seven innings as well.  Both gave up runs in the first inning and were great after, matching one another almost pitch-for-pitch.  

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Neither got the run support they needed.  In the 9th the Royals broke the 1-1 tie Nori Aoki singled in a run off Zach Putnam.  The ball was dropped at home plate on what should have been an out on a throw from Adam Eaton.  Instead the Royals held on for a 2-1 win.  

Conor Gillaspie made some great defensive plays in this one, but they went to waste as the offense did nothing.  The Sox also received some bad news as Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation after the game and Andre Rienzo was called up to take his place today.      

Tonight the White Sox begin a 4-game set in Minnesota and then have a day off on Monday before going to Detroit to close out the month of July before the Trade Deadline on July 31st.  

Tonight Hector Noesi (4-6; 4.55 ERA) takes on Phil Hughes (10-6; 4.06 ERA) beginning at 8:10pm ET.  

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!! 

 

“Cy” Chen dominates again; Sox make roster moves

It does not see to matter what Bruce “Cy” Chen’s record or ERA is, he always seems to do well against the Chicago White Sox.  That is why Hawk Harrelson gave him the nickname “Cy” Chen.  

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He was great again against the White Sox on Tuesday night throwing five solid innings, allowing just one run on five hits, walking two and striking out two.  The one run he allowed was in the 4th inning when Adam Dunn tied the game at 1-1 with his 15th homer on the season.  That was all Chen would allow en route to the victory.  

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Scott Carroll pitched through five innings allowing just one run and getting out of some jams, yet in the 6th he ran into a bit of trouble allowing back-to-back doubles, a single and then Tyler Flowers was charged with a passed ball on a walk.  The Royals scored four runs in the inning.  Carroll allowed five runs on 11 hits, walked two and struck out three over five-plus innings.  

The White Sox were never able to rally as they went on to lose 7-1 in the game.  

Tomorrow afternoon, the Sox close out the series with the Royals as Jose Quintana (5-7; 3.26 ERA) takes on James Shields (9-5; 3.70 ERA).

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In other White Sox news the team has signed Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract.  Wang had some good starts in New York for the Yankees a few years back has spent the last five years on and off the DL and between teams.  In 2011 and 2012 he made 21 starts for the Washington Nationals and then in 2013 he made six starts with the Toronto Blue Jays before being released.  He began this season with the Cincinnati Reds appearing in 4 games out of the bullpen in the minors.  In his career he is 62-34 with a 4.37 ERA in 136 games (126 starts).  If he gets called up, he would most likely be a spot starter in case of injury or a long relief man.  

Felipe Paulino was moved to the 60-day DL, the team release Deunte Heath and Dylan Axelrod was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later.   

 

Sale shows leadership

Chris Sale continues to perform well.

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This season he is having yet another spectacular season. With the 3-1 win last night he improves his overall record to 9-1 on the year with a 2.03 ERA. He once again should be in the AL Cy Young conversation. Last night Sale allowed just one run on seven hits, walking one, hitting one (intentionally) and striking out eight.

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Sale showed some tenacity and leadership with his pitching last night. With two of his players being plunked by Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning, Sale came back and hit Danny Velencia on purpose as a retaliation. It led to both teams getting a warning, but it is what should have been done and it showed the leadership that Sale is willing to take on.

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The White Sox scored two runs in the game thanks to a 2-run single by Adam Dunn in the 1st and a sacrifice-fly by Gordon Beckham in the 6th. That was enough for Sale and the bullpen.

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Ronald Bellisario once again did well pitching a scoreless 8th and Jake Petricka pitched a scoreless 9th for the win. Yet the post-game show was all about Sale who was able to get out of jams and show great control for the win.

Tonight at 8:10pm ET Scott Carroll (4-5; 4.19 ERA) will face off against Bruce “Cy” Chen (1-2; 6.46 ERA). It should be an interesting game. If someone gets hit, expect the benches to clear.

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

White Sox win two out of three

As I was in the lovely hills Mt. Pleasant, PA for a family reunion this weekend, the Chicago White Sox took on the Houston Astros in in three game set on the south side of Chicago.

The White Sox were able to win 2 out of 3 games and move their record to 47-52. They won Friday by a final of 3-2, won on Saturday 4-3 and lost on Sunday 11-7. I was unable to see any of the three games, but from what I watched of the highlights and read, it was a solid weekend for the Sox overall.

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Friday, trailing 2-0 early, the White Sox rallied late thanks to a 2-run homer by Dayan Viciedo in the 6th that tied the game and RBI double by Tyler Flowers in the 7th that proved to be the game winning run. Flowers, who had been struggling bigtime as of late came up with a huge hit to drive in Alejandro De Aza who had singled and stole 2nd base earlier in the inning.

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The bullpen did an amazing job in relief of Jose Quintana who only pitched five innings. Daniel Webb threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, Ronald Bellisario threw a scoreless 8th and has been great over his last few outings, and Zach Putnam threw a scoreless 9th for the save. The Sox bullpen did not allow a single base-runner on the night. The White Sox bullpen, along with Quintana set down the final 22 batters in order. Amazing.

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On Saturday the White Sox took an early lead for Hector Noesi. In the 2nd inning, Adam Eaton beat out an infield single with runners on 1st and 2nd, the throw was wild and allowed Alejandro De Aza to score from 2nd to put Chicago ahead 1-0. Conor Gillaspie added an RBI single in the 3rd and Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to put the Sox up 3-0.

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The Astros did come back to tie the game at 3-3, but in the bottom of the 5th, after an Alejandro De Aza triple, Tyler Flowers once again delivered, knocking home De Aza with a double to left to put the Sox back ahead 4-3. Hector Noesi left the game after six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two which would be good enough for the win thanks to another stellar effort from the bullpen.

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After Javy Guerra allowed two straight singles, Ronald Bellisario came in the game in relief and did an amazing job! After a sacrafice-bunt to move both runners into scoring position, Bellisario struck out Jose Altuve, intentionally walked Jason Castro, and got George Springer to ground out to third base to end the inning. He then struck out two of the 3 batters he faced in the 8th. In the 9th, Jake Petricka recorded two outs, but runners were on 1st and 2nd with the game still up for grabs. Zack Putnam entered the game and struck out Jason Castro for his 2nd straight save.

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Sunday did not go so well with John Danks surrendering seven runs on 12 hits, walking none and striking out four over 4 1/3 innings. Taylor Thompson made his MLB debut in relief of Danks and did well. He he allowed just one hit over 1 2/3 innings while striking out two.

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The White Sox actually did come back to tie the game a 7-7 as they scored one in the 3rd on an Adam Dunn groundout, two in the 4th on an error by the Astros, one in the 5th on a force out and three in the 6th on an Alexei Ramirez double, a Jose Abreu single and a fielding error by Jose Altuve.

Yet this time the bullpen did not do so well. Daniel Webb allowed four runs on three doubles in the top of the 7th inning that led to the loss.

Yet taking two out of three is a good thing. Let’s hope the series with the Royals goes just as well. Tonight Chris Sale (8-1; 2.08 ERA) will take on Jeremy Guthrie (5-8; 4.56 ERA) in a divisional battle.

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Baseball makes its return

Let’s play ball!

The All-Star break is over. Tonight at 8:10pm ET the Chicago White Sox (45-51) will begin the 2nd half of their baseball season against the Houston Astros (40-56) in Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field with a 3-game weekend set. The questions loom on if the White Sox will make enough moves to be competitive this season and make a run for a Wild Card, make moves to prepare for next season and beyond or stay pat.

Jose Quintana (5-7; 3.24 ERA) will face off against Scott Feldman (4-6; 4.33 ERA). Quintana has done well this season, especially over his last 10 starts with a 2.89 ERA, yet his record does not show it. He has not lost since June 13th, yet he hasn’t won much either.

Alexei Ramirez may not play tonight as he may be resting his back injury that occurred prior to the All-Star break. Carlos Sanchez may be in the starting lineup tonight. We will see.

Saturday at 7:10pm ET Hector Noesi (3-6; 4.56 ERA) will face off against Dallas Keuchel (9-5;3.20 ERA). Sunday’s game will begin at 2:10pm ET and feature John Danks (8-6; 3.99 ERA) against Jarred Cosart (9-6; 4.17 ERA).

LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!

Either way it should be a good weekend for baseball.

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