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White Sox 9, Twins 6: James Shields Didn’t Get Murdered

Rumors of James Shields’ demise may have been exaggerated. Building upon the “best” start with his new team in Boston last week, the seemingly hopeless right-hander provided some hope that all is not lost. Pitching over a home run by the first batter he faced, Shields steadied the ship and the offense chipped in to do […]

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Twins 4, White Sox 0: Dozier pummels lifeless Sox club

The White Sox just wrapped a trying but encouraging week. They braved the onslaught of two AL East playoff contenders, climbed back to .500 with a pair of series wins despite dealing with multiple key injuries, and set themselves up nicely for soft stretch in their schedule, which began with a Tuesday night’s hilarious starting […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

Around the AL Central: Winning the division means winning against the division

The White Sox are coming off an 10-game stretch where they went 2-8 against American League Central foes. They are 9-9 against the AL Central this season, however, they’re 6-0 against the Twins and 3-9 against everyone else. To make matters worse, that 3-9 mark comes against only the Royals and Indians, as they’ve yet […]

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox

Around the AL Central: Are the Indians good or not good?

Cleveland Indians 22-19 Last week: 5-2 (4-0 vs. Cincinnati; 1-2 @Boston) A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote about how the Indians might be in trouble after an inauspicious start, coupled with a prolonged injury to bonafide No. 2 starter Carlos Carrasco. The Indians entered the season as, by most accounts, favorites to win […]

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians

Around the AL Central: Everyone is mediocre but we kinda knew that already

One of the fun things about the American League as we entered the 2016 season was the belief, for the most part, that no team was great. Over in the National League, you could find the almighty Cubs, destroyers of all those who come within arms reach of their tempestuous might. The Mets employ cannons who […]

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South Side Morning 5: Margin for Error — Fact or Fiction?

1. This past weekend introduced a new, luxurious aspect of life as an unlikely runaway first place team for the White Sox: piling up victories without playing well. Mat Latos was dinged up for the second-straight start on Friday, Chris Sale had his most erratic inning of the year to start Saturday night’s game while […]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

White Sox 3, Twins 1: Can they play the Twins every day?

The sweep is complete. The White Sox moved to a perfect 6-0 against the Twins on Sunday thanks to Jose Quintana’s continued exceptional pitching, a few timely runs and a shutdown bullpen performance. They are now 12 games over .500. 1. We all know that Quintana cannot sustain a 1.40 ERA and 2.10 FIP for […]

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White Sox 7, Twins 2: Chris Sale is still Chris Sale

The White Sox took a very favorable matchup and immediately put onlookers in a state of worry before finally shaking loose the cobwebs and properly pummeling the Twins to continue their unblemished record against them, moving to 5-0 on the year. 1. Chris Sale‘s first inning held something it hasn’t in others this season: a […]

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White Sox 10, Twins 4: Minnesotan mistakes provide a healthy margin for error

Thursday night, the White Sox were held to three runs and dropped just their second series of the year, despite being handed a passel of free baserunners from an unbelievably sloppy effort by the Boston pitching staff. 1. In the first inning Friday night against Ricky Nolasco and the Twins, the White Sox showed quickly […]

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

Around the AL Central: Tigers’ hitters get hot

Spotlight Detroit Tigers (14-10) Last week: 6-1 (3-1 vs. Oakland; 3-0 @Minnesota) The biggest question about the Tigers’ ability to contend coming into the season was whether some of the Tigers’ stars, nearly all of them at an age where you could realistically expect their output to start to dip, would be able to stay […]