MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

The White Sox offense is going to be bad for a while

There was never much of a doubt heading into the season that the White Sox offense would be one of the weaker aspects of the team. Even if the expected above-average contributors — Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Tim Anderson — performed at or around their median expectations, there were far too many unknown quantities in the […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

South Side Morning 5: Tim Anderson is struggling, but it’s not panic time yet

1. Tim Anderson’s struggles have gotten to the point of being well documented, if not worrisome. He’s now accumulated about one quarter of the plate appearances he had during his rookie season, and has acknowledged the fact that he’s not performing up to his standards. “This year has been one of the toughest times of […]

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Revisiting the Infamous Catcher Decision

In their efforts to piece things together and stay competitive in the 2016 season, the White Sox made a big change at the catcher position. Tyler Flowers had been the starting catcher since the departure of A.J. Pierzynski, but the team opted to replace him with a platoon of veteran catchers in Dioner Navarro and Alex […]

MLB: Spring Training-Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox

South Side Morning 5: What to do About Yoan Moncada

1. White Sox affiliates saw their fair share of great prospect performances over the weekend. In Charlotte, both Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer made starts in which they impressed. Lopez fired 5 ⅔ innings of two hit, two run ball on Saturday. He registered seven strikeouts, but he also walked five batters. Fulmer had a […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

South Side Morning 5: Derek Holland is Sliding Back Into Relevancy

1. When Derek Holland is at his best, as he was in Thursday’s 8-3 win over the Royals, he’s keeping hitters off balance with a fixture of perfectly placed fastballs and offspeed stuff out of the zone. During his peak seasons, 2011 and 2013, the whiff percentage on his curveball was 21 percent and 23 […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

South Side Morning 5: Jose Quintana is Just Fine

1. Jose Quintana’s early season struggles are firmly in the past after Tuesday’s gem in a 6-0 win over the Royals. He’s now thrown 14 innings in his last two starts, allowing one earned run and four walks while striking out 17. “But it’s just the Royals” you say tauntingly, as you’ve astutely observed that each of […]

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox

South Side Morning 5: It’s Not Gonna Be May

1. The White Sox optioned struggling Jacob May to Triple-A following Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Royals, a sad but not surprising conclusion to the outfielder’s tenure on the 25-man roster. May’s demotion became necessary as his playing time became more scarce. He had gone from April 23 to Monday without a start, and if he’s […]