MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

South Side Morning 5: James Shields finds success in deception

1. At this point in his career, James Shields’ path to production lies more in his ability to fool hitters than with pure stuff. In Tuesday’s 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Indians, hitters looked downright clueless as Shields put together his second solid start of the young season, going 5.1 innings while allowing two hits, […]


South Side Memorial Day 5: Disasterpiece Theater

1. If forced to pick a single head-scratching moment from this weekend’s neverending bullpen meltdown–from which Robin Ventura might have come out looking better than expected since absolutely nothing worked–it would have been the fifth-year manager realizing that closer David Robertson was in a crisis on Saturday from which he could not pull himself out […]


Royals 8, White Sox 7: Robertson and bullpen surrender game to Royals

A game that should have been easily won was not, and the Sox found yet another way to break the hearts of the poor desolate souls who follow them. The White Sox are now 4-13 in their last 17 games. Fittingly, the game that spurred the current apocalyptic slide saw the bullpen cough up a five […]


South Side Morning 5: Why did Chris sale deviate from his plan?

1. Why did Chris Sale do what he did? Why did the man who has built his season on filling up the zone and conserving energy, suddenly find himself starting the night in fire-and-brimstone mode, burning 43 pitches in an inning, and ending his night overthrowing his way to the backstop? Sure, he had awful command […]