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South Side Morning 5: White Sox record a base hit

1. While the story of a weekend series at Coors Field was that the White Sox’ overworked, overmatched pitching staff struggling to record outs against a good offense in a terrible environment for pitchers, the White Sox very nearly flipped that narrative on its head Sunday when Kyle Freeland came two outs away from throwing […]

MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox

South Side Morning 5: Bumps on the Rodon

1. Ryan wrote Wednesday about the need to temper expectations for Carlos Rodon as the exciting, young left-hander made his season debut against the Yankees. But as Rodon struggled with his command in what ultimately wound up a 12-3 loss, it’s important to remember that as exciting as it is to have another supposed piece […]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

South Side Morning 5: Sad News for Zach Putnam

1. The White Sox announced Monday that reliever Zach Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery last week and will miss the remainder of the season. The usual rehab time for Tommy John surgery, of course, is 12-18 months, meaning it’s unlikely he’ll be able to pitch again until the 2019 season. Putnam emerged as as a […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox-Media Day

South Side Morning 5: Help is on the way

1. The biggest White Sox news Tuesday wasn’t the team snapping its five game losing streak, but the long awaited return of Carlos Rodon throwing real innings in a professional baseball game. Sure, it was three innings in High-A against something called the Carolina Mudcats, but 74 days after he was scratched from a spring […]

MLB: Winter Meetings

South Side Morning 5: More to say about Luis Robert

1. Since news broke Saturday that the White Sox have agreed to terms with Cuban star Luis Robert there’s been plenty of excitement about both his skill set and what that type of signing means for the White Sox future and their commitment to the future. The one piece that threw a bit of cold water on the […]

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 […]