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  1. mharkins

    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Laz Rivera getting picked off 1B (immediately after being inserted as a pinch runner) isn’t exactly the best way to ingratiate himself to the WS key decision makers.
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Sweet stroke
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Mazara with a moon shot blast to tie things up in Glendale, 6-6!
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Happy to see that the Moncada extension has been finalized (5 Years for $70 million).
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Given the volatile nature of MLB relief pitchers’ consistency (or lack thereof) from season to season, it will be interesting to see who (Ultimately) ends up closing games for the Sox as this season progresses.
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    That said, A Paul Konerko World Series, bases loaded analogy is a stretch.
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Absolutely nothing wrong with ripping a first pitch (dead center) fastball with the bases loaded and nobody out in a meaningless spring training game.
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    My bad... Veteran 6’2” 220 lb multi-time all-star slugger (and team captain) vs a scuffling diminutive prospect with zero MLB experience. You are absolutely correct (I was dead wrong) They are identical.
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    False equivalency for $200 Alex
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    I (for one) love what Madrigal brings to the White Sox. He is clearly pressing (so far) early in spring training. When all is said and done I believe he will be a solid overall contributor to the WS this season.
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    Rox @ Sox | 2:05PM CT | Whitesox.com

    Amongst his most highly touted attributes, Nick Madrigal is supposed to possess the highest rated baseball IQ (as ranked by MLB.com) amongst all current MLB prospects. Given the Situation; bases loaded with nobody out, along with the demonstrable wildness of (Rockies’ SP) Peter Lambert that inning, combined with Madrigal’s diminutive stature (Incredibly small strike zone), Little Nicky’s situational approach was head scratching. To go up to the plate first pitch hunting (given the situation) didn’t make any sense, whatsoever.
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    White Sox vs Athletics: Reylo against Bassitt

    Unfortunately, an inability to effectively locate his pitches continues to be Fulmer’s Achilles Heal.
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    White Sox vs Athletics: Reylo against Bassitt

    true dat ⚾️
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    White Sox vs Athletics: Reylo against Bassitt

    Without question... Given Lopez’ seemingly fragile psyche, Grandal possesses the optimal combination of; catching experience, game calling confidence, relentless opposition research/intelligence and pitch framing expertise, needed to successfully navigate Lopez through his pitching starts.
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    White Sox vs Athletics: Reylo against Bassitt

    Lopez stands to benefit as much as any White Sox starting pitcher from Grandal’s elite pitch framing talent. Over Lopez’s (initial) 3 IP this afternoon, were several close pitches that were called balls (with Collins behind the dish). I have no doubt that Grandal would have (more likely than not) stolen at least 1 or 2 of them, resulting in 1 or 2 less base runners and a lower pitch count.
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    Tim Anderson Batting Average

    Tim Anderson is obviously having a breakout offensive season, while routine execution and situational awareness seem to allude him, often (seemingly) at the worst possible times. That said, it is incumbent upon us to (not excuse, but at least, minimally) account for how (comparatively) late Timmy is to baseball. How soon we forget... Remember, TA7 was a gifted high school (HS) basketball player who only “Began” playing baseball as a HS junior. Conversely, his (baseball lifer) international and US contemporaries had already been fully immersed (often from time they could walk), in all aspects of baseball (including the rules and culture), for 10 years (or longer) than he had when first taking up the sport. Given his extraordinary athleticism and work ethic. I have no doubt that TA7 can (and will) continue to refine (and neutralize) the remaining weaknesses in his game. I (for one) am excited (and intrigued) to witness TA7 as he emerges, from this offseason, even if only slightly better at; limiting his aggressive plate approach to pitches in the strike zone, willingness to accept a few more BBs, establishing the correct arm slot (and rhythm) for more consistently executing routine throws to 1B, improved situational on base (and hitting) awareness and execution, etc. TA7 is neither a typical; 26 yr old baseball player nor a textbook (late blooming) MLB all-star. He is an exciting work in progress, with extraordinary upside in all facets of his game (even as he presently continues to make White Sox games more exciting and as TA7 battles for the AL Batting Title.)
  17. Introducing Billy “New Juice” Hamilton.. chemically enhanced for expanded production.
  18. It’s time to send Herrera to the IL. He is obviously far too (adversely) affected by his back strain to be effective, at this point in time. After this appearance, in eight (8) May outings, Herrera’s ERA is 17.05 in 6.1 IP, with 12 ER, 15 H, 6 BB, 5 K, 3 HR and a 3.32 WHIP. This move should be a no brainer.
  19. Moncada crushed the ball with an exit velocity of 104 mph. I would consider that as having more than “no chance”
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    Sox @ Twins 5/24 Gamethread

    Any minor asset that management hoped they would secure, from potentially trading Castillo by the deadline for a (stab in the dark, lottery pick) prospect, is moot at this point. He is impeding critical White Sox pitcher development, each day he remains on this team.
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    Sox @ Twins 5/24 Gamethread

    Without his juice enhanced offense, Welington Castillo not only becomes worthless, but is actually a detriment, to the young White Sox pitching staff. Let’s face it, James McCann is the antithesis of Castillo in virtually every way possible. Tall, fit and athletic vs. short and stocky, with slow reflexes. One works tirelessly on flights (studying opposing hitters for the next series and prepping well thought out game plans)... while the other has a seemingly generic, mindless approach, intended to minimize his need to move behind the plate. McCann has decent but improving framing skills vs Castillo’s framing mindset that seems to revolve around a “less (movement) is more, framing is optional” approach. Please Allow me to be extreme in this vent: Beef is a toxic (rotting carcass of a) catcher... poisoning the team as he stunts the critical development of the young Sox pitching staff. Thanks for indulging me.💫
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    April 10 Gamethread 1:10pm first pitch

    The (age old, time proven) concept of coming out of the shoot (1st inning) with the game plan of keeping opposing hitters off balance seems to be a foreign concept to Lopez (and, as the one calling the game, Castillo... and by extension Rentaria/ Cooper). Changing; eye angle, speed, and ball movement is far more important than repeatedly attempting to throw the fastball at maximum speed. MLB hitters feast on a steady diet of 95-97 MPH fastballs. Compare and Contrast Glasnow’s approach vs. Lopez’. It’s like night and day.
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    2/23 ST Games, split vs. LAD and OAK

    Moncada is 2 for 3 with an RBI. Nice first ST game so far.
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    What to do at the Trade Deadline

    QUOTE (Jose Abreu @ Jul 17, 2016 -> 04:00 PM) If anyone answers stand pat... I am giving a "qualified" sell vote. On the surface (and in a vacuum), selling players with the most potential to deliver the best possible return seems like the only reasonable approach for the front office to take. That said, given their track record of targeting athletic, but fundamentally flawed, position players (possessing 1-2 above average and 2-3 substandard tools), I don't have much faith in the White Sox organization's ability to secure and develope young mlb (or near MLB) ready position playing talent.
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