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South Side Morning 5: Dutch Courage

With a 2-1 victory in Cleveland last night, the White Sox continue their respectable start, moving to 3-4.  Even with Chris Sale gone and Carlos Rodon on the DL, to date pitching is the strength of the team.  Theoretically a staff ERA of 2.54 would get you more than three wins in seven games, but […]

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, […]

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

South Side Morning 5: First Week (Over) Reactions

With five games in the books, the 2017 season is going mostly as you would have expected one week ago — Avisail Garcia is hitting .474, Geovany Soto is tied for the league lead in home runs, and Todd Frazier is the worst hitter in baseball. Sardonicism aside, there is plenty to analyze after a […]

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Eating some of these late innings

Somewhere lower down the line of priorities from filling out a 2017 White Sox starting rotation is filling out the White Sox 2017 Opening Day bullpen. While the Sox rotation is tasked with providing a line between several near-ready prospects and the majors–and also with being good enough to keep games from becoming chaotic, four-hour […]

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These Are The Bad Kind of Excuses

The expression “no excuses” has always vexed me. After all, if you would have won a race, but someone snagged you in a net before you hit the finish line, that’s a pretty excellent excuse. I also understand the expression as something athletes say when a star player gets hurt, because you have to maintain […]

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The White Sox already have the ingredients for a competent 2017 bullpen

Let’s take a cue from the off-the-cuff Hawk Harrelson comment as a prompt for a full article. On a Baseball Prospectus site. This always goes well. Hawk is outspoken on the value of the bullpen, which can make him seem somewhat sage now near the crest of the run on elite relievers. During Sunday’s rout […]

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South Side Independence Day 5: Ahead of Schedule

1. Here was my route for how the Sox would go to the break four games over .500: 5-1 vs. Twins and Braves 1-2 vs. Houston 2-1 vs. Yankees Dropping the very first game to the Twins in incompetent fashion certainly didn’t provide much hope, but the Braves are still dreadful and the Sox are […]

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South Side Morning 5: The circumstances that necessitate Matt Davidson

1. It feels wrong to open up immediately after a victory, albeit far less emphatic and encouraging of a victory than at one point anticipated, and talk about how the White Sox lack of depth–and apparent lack of interest in fortifying that depth–has left them hopelessly ill-suited to catch a surging Cleveland Indians team. So […]