Avisail Garcia’s chances of a turnaround

The built up mass, the pulsating bubble of anxiety exacerbated by every sub-replacement straggler wasting plate appearances on the White Sox major league roster while they were trying desperately to contend, deflated quickly when Chris Sale was traded to Boston last month. There stopped being a generational superstar’s prime for the Sox to waste once the […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

White Sox 7, Rays 1: This Team Is Clearly Unstoppable

The White Sox kept tacking on incrementally throughout the game, such that a close pitcher’s duel gradually morphed into a laugher.  James Shields of all people pitched six innings allowing only one run while striking out six and only walking two. Shields entered the game leading the majors in HR/9 allowed, surrendering over two per […]


White Sox 3, Indians 0: Rodon pushes back Cleveland’s clinch party

With the Tigers getting poleaxed by Royals on their own field at the time of this writing, the Indians just needed a victory against the deeply scuffling White Sox to be celebrating an AL Central title in their clubhouse Sunday afternoon. Which…wouldn’t be the end of the world. It’s not like the White Sox have skin […]


White Sox 2, Indians 1: Sox eventually take advantage of a Shields gem

At the risk of being needlessly and counterproductively hyperbolic, it would be a crime for the White Sox to have wasted an honest-to-goodness gem from embattled, dismissed and derided starter James Shields. Eventually, they avoided treachery and delivered the Indians an embarrassing if not particularly meaningful defeat for the third time in their four-game set, even if […]


Marlins 5, White Sox 4: Sale underwhelms as Sox comeback comes inches short

Death, taxes, government subsidies for sports stadiums, and the White Sox losing reviews on the plate-blocking rule. 1. Pinch-runner Carlos Sanchez was beaten by a strong throw home from left fielder Christian Yelich, as he tried to score the tying run in the top of the ninth after Tyler Saladino singled with two outs. The […]


Orioles 7, White Sox 5: Offense saves best moments for garbage time

Somewhere on their way to a run of the mill loss to the AL East-leading Orioles centered on blowing opportunities to capitalize on three Baltimore errors in the first three innings, the Sox staged a dramatic near-comeback, allowing them to blow later, far more high-leverage opportunities. 1. Carlos Sanchez was already having a bad game, […]

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers

There’s Room on the Bench for Improvement

We’ve talked about how the White Sox’ rotation sure could use some help.  And, especially with Jose Abreu‘s uncharacteristic ineptitude persisting, the offense could use reinforcements as well. On Monday, Rick Hahn said that he had noticed these things too: 1. The White Sox could use some more pitching; 2. A left-handed bat would be very […]


South Side Morning 5: Final roster spot battles

One of the most pernicious and frustrating elements of Spring Training coverage is how everything being meaningless for major league regulars turns the focus to the roster drama for players who likely will have no significant impact on the fate of the 2016 White Sox. Well, there’s no respite from that today.