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    It's the best place for White Sox baseball. Period.
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    2005...what else could it be?
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  1. The Sir

    Dallas Keuchel (discussion)...come on down!

    I don’t get this logic, honestly. #2 vs a 3-4 vs a true #1, so what? If you’re a serious landing spot for a true #1 AND a 3-4, but signing the latter will eliminate the potential for signing the former, then sure, sign the ace. But like you said, we’re not getting Cole. So we need to do our best towards having five guys who can start 32 games and give us a decent shot to win in each of them. Keuchel isn’t what he was a few years ago, but he can absolutely be one of those guys.
  2. The Sir

    Dallas Keuchel (discussion)...come on down!

    I was in the Keuchel boat even when Wheeler was available.
  3. I see what you're saying, but it depends. Are we waiting to sign someone better as an SP next year? Looking at this list, I'd rather have both Keuchel or Ryu than pretty much any of next year's SPs (if we sign Keuchel this year and go for Paxton next year, I'd be OK with that). So in that aspect, go for it this year. But sure, don't sell the house for Mookie Betts. Maybe we could get him by putting Vaughn and Dunning in a package, and have a totally amazing offense in 2020 and destroy the "Bomba Squad" but we'd lose him to FA and plummet right back down in 2021. So avoid that sort of aggression. I might even be cool with skipping Castellanos/Ozuna now, marching Leury out to RF for a year, and then going after Springer or some other shiny thing next offseason. Long story short, the right sort of aggression, absolutely.
  4. If we go to the playoffs and win only a game, that'll be one more playoff game than the Twins have won since I was in high school. In fact, in the time since the Twins last won a postseason game, we've won 12. I love to laugh at that franchise's utter futility, but if we go in our return-to-prominence season and promptly get booted out of the playoffs because we aren't quite strong enough yet, then I'll accept that as a solid first step.
  5. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

    I'm curious what you mean by margin of error, and which peripherals hint that he's lucky. Sure, he doesn't strike out many guys, but he never really has depended on that. I think MadBum gets destroyed at the Rate, I think Wheeler and Ryu both have significant injury histories, and while people fawn about how that means there's "less miles on his arm" (at least for Wheeler- Ryu doesn't get that generosity), it means they've never pitched 200 IP. We have several pitchers next year who will probably put up solid numbers but not pitch 200, I'm not really interested in either of them coming here and having an injury plagued campaign with 140 IP. We need a horse, and that horse is Keuchel.
  6. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

    I don't get why people think Keuchel's in a decline. In a year where he didn't even pitch until late June, he averaged just under six innings a start and his BB/K/HR9 rates only went up slightly. His K-rate also went up. ERA+ went up. He's also thrown workhorse level innings before and would have done so last year had he not signed so late. He's also dominated in the AL before. I don't think he's gonna win anymore CYs, but I also don't think Wheeler will. Maybe someone hates the idea of a longterm contract to any SP, but I don't understand why someone would be cool with $25 million for Zack Wheeler and not cool with even more for Dallas Keuchel.
  7. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

    To be fair, not going too much into peripherals and just glancing at ERA, he was solid away from SF before 2018.
  8. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

  9. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

  10. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

    It's his home-away splits. At least the last two years, he's great in SF and sucks everywhere else.
  11. The Sir

    Sox in on MadBum

    Sign one of Bumgarner, Ryu, and Keuchel, and trade prospects not named Robert/Vaughn/Madrigal for Joc and I'll be happy. Sign two of that first group and I'll be ecstatic.
  12. I don't mind missing out on Wheeler. Everyone talks about how his arm has less innings, but his arm has less innings because he's hurt all the time. Why would anyone expect him to put up 200 IP when he's never done it before? He's also never been spectacular, which Bumgarner, Ryu, and Keuchel all have. His entire signing was predicated on potential, not past history. MadBum is the same age as Wheeler and was arguably a better pitcher last year. Only thing that scares me with him is pulling him out of that pitcher's park in SF- each of the last two years he's been far worse when pitching away from that place.
  13. If Jose’s head photoshopped on a BBW model’s body and erectile dysfunction jokes don’t solidify one’s credibility as an insider, I don’t know what does.
  14. The Sir

    Burr DFA'd

  15. The Sir

    Sox in on Marcell Ozuna? I mean, maybe. Or not.

    I see what you’re saying, but all of those prospects looked pretty bad last year, except Walker. And he’s got an ETA of late 2021, tops. We don’t need to give up on any of them (if they work out and we sign a big fish, then they’re trade bait), but I don’t want to sign a stop gap if we can land a Castellanos or Betts and be serious contenders this year.