MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

The Perils of a Rebuild

As a general matter, I become extremely suspicious when the White Sox are, inevitably, compared to the Cubs. More often than not, it is done to force a narrative rather than to provide any meaningful analysis as to what is occurring on the field. Of late, the comparisons have proliferated but, mercifully, they have at least […]


South Side Morning 5: A.J. On The Way Out

1. A.J. Pierzynski at least deked much of the baseball world into thinking he was retiring Saturday night; passing around cigars, having the ball from his final hit of the night authenticated, gave some cryptic quotes about being satisfied with his career. Then he promptly went back on the disabled list in early mid-September, only […]


White Sox 7, Royals 2: Carlos Rodon Continues to be Good

The White Sox came into Friday’s game with a 67-72 record and completely out of the playoff picture. The Royals were 72-67 and barely holding onto hope of making the playoffs to defend their World Series Championship. As the season winds down, the 3.5 games and three teams that separate the Royals from the playoffs […]


White Sox 9, Mariners 3: Four-homer night backs a typically brilliant Quintana

What will be more difficult? Explaining to future generations how impossibly nasty Chris Sale was in his heyday when decades of pitching development will make his pitch mix and delivery seem ordinary, or explaining the sublime nature of Jose Quintana‘s mastery over all that he can control. 1. A leadoff double from Leonys Martin put Quintana […]

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox

White Sox 5, Cubs 4: Sox waste Gonzalez gem, then walk off for the third time in a row

When the No. 5 starter gets lined up against the opposing team’s ace, it’s typically good work to just to keep it competitive. When the No. 5 starter is a preseason waiver wire grab and the opposing ace is the reigning NL Cy Young, well then… And yet, Miguel Gonzalez was up to the task, […]


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 […]


Tigers 11, White Sox 8: Miguel Gonzalez Struggles, Sox Get Buried Early

What started out looking like it might be a see-saw affair end up being a one-sided beating despite large amounts of offense from both teams. The Sox dropped back below .500 as they were unable to get quality starting pitching yet again. 1. Robin Ventura’s lean towards speed at the top of his lineup paid quick […]