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1 minute ago, Charlie Haeger's Knuckles said:

Sorry, not what I meant. You can get a running fastball up to 98. 

You can get a 2 seamer up to 98-99 mph in the game if you give it max velocity, but it's something with the created minor leaguers where the velocities of all of the pitches affect each other. It's some sort of glitch. The MiLB player editing for pitchers doesn't behave the same as the stock players. 

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1 minute ago, Jack Parkman said:

You can get a 2 seamer up to 98-99 mph in the game if you give it max velocity, but it's something with the created minor leaguers where the velocities of all of the pitches affect each other. It's some sort of glitch. The MiLB player editing for pitchers doesn't behave the same as the stock players. 

Its relational. That was the case in the older versions. If the pitcher's fastball was maxed, their changeup velocity slider was limited within a certain range relative to fastball velocity. 

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1 minute ago, Charlie Haeger's Knuckles said:

Its relational. That was the case in the older versions. If the pitcher's fastball was maxed, their changeup velocity slider was limited within a certain range relative to fastball velocity. 

It's not like that with the stock(MLBPA licensed) players. 

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April 16: White Sox 7, Rangers 6. The Sox scored four in the seventh to erase a 6-3 Ranger lead to push above .500 again. Yoan Moncada continues to heat up with a three hit game, while Abreu (5), Jimenez (4) and Encarnacion (7) all go deep. Keuchel was okay (6.1 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 9 H, BB, 2 K) but Rangers starter Kyle Gibson was pulled with back issues in the third, and seven Rangers relievers could not stem the tide. Danny Mendick, of course, picked up another hit for the seventh time in eight games. (.377) 10-9

April 17: White Sox 6, Rangers 5. Chicago pulls within a half game of division leader Kansas City with another comeback. Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth, new acquisition Derek Fisher stepped up to the plate and walloped a grand slam for his first home run as a member of the White Sox. Jose Abreu also contributed with a solo shot (6) in the sixth. A few question marks remain in the starting lineup with sub-.200 averages by Grandal (.196) and Luis Robert (.118). Danny Mendick, of course, picked up another base hit. (.375). Reynaldo Lopez was serviceable again (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) despite spotty control. Aaron Bummer came in for the save in the ninth, but was chased after two walks. Ian Hamilton picked up his first save of the year. After the game, RoboHahn optioned Matt Foster to AA and purchased the contract of Bennet Sousa from Birmingham. 11-9

April 18: White Sox 7, Rangers 3. The Sox stay hot, jumping out to a three run lead in the first with a three run shot by Derek Fisher (2). Fisher's average on the year is up to .312, but still remains a ways away from Tim Anderson's team leading .388 average. Oddly, Danny Mendick went 0-4. Moncada (.241), Anderson, Robert (.143) and Collins (.235) each picked up base hits in the game. Michael Kopech was masterful in six strong innings (2 H, 1 ER, BB, HBP, 6 K) and Bennet Sousa allowed a solo shot to Robinson Chirinos before finishing off the victory in his debut. 12-9

April 19: Rangers 6, White Sox 2 (6 INN). What a weird loss by the White Sox. RoboRenteria decided to flip the script in the starting rotation. With Gio Gonzalez still dealing with some back soreness, Evan Marshall started as an opener and lasted just 11 pitches (.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K) before being relieved by Gonzalez. Gonzalez cruised along until the fifth, where he was battered for five runs. Codi Heuer was able to stop the bleeding, but it was too late before the game was called due to rain in the sixth. Solo shots by Moncada (2) and Abreu (7) accounted for the Sox scoring. After the game, Heuer was sent to AAA and Matt Foster was recalled from Birmingham. 12-10

April 20: White Sox 7, Royals 5. Your White Sox are back in first place! Trailing 5-4 in the seventh, the Sox seized the lead on back to back solo home runs by Yasmani Grandal (3) and Derek Fisher (3) to take a lead they would never relinquish. Multi hit efforts by Moncada, Abreu, Encarnacion, Grandal, Fisher and Mendick paced the Sox during a 15 hit performance. Cease had another strong start (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K). Ian Hamilton and Bennet Sousa combined to allow three runs in relief, but Herrera, Bummer and Colome (4 SV, 1.08 ERA) threw 2.2 hitless innings to finish off the win. Colome was diagnosed with mild back spasms after the game, and Jose Abreu was pulled while running the bases. Something to watch. 13-10

April 21: White Sox 5, Royals 4. The good times keep on rolling. Yoan Moncada keeps heating up and gives the White Sox a 5-3 lead on a three run shot in the sixth (3) and Dallas Keuchel picks up his second win on the season (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) as the Sox push their lead in the Central to 1.5 games over the Royals. Abreu and Colome both returned to action, though Colome was spotty while picking up his fifth save (IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K). Luis Robert picked up a single to inch his average up to .172, while Nomar Mazara makes a rare appearance (0-2, BB, R). Yoan is now hitting .265. Edwin hasn't stolen a base in a while, however. Oh, and Mendick picked up another single to keep his average at .353. He's probably feeling comfortable at second, and he doesn't need to worry about Nick Madrigal, who hit the IL with an ankle issue in Charlotte. 14-10

April 22: Royals 6, White Sox 1. It looked like the Sox might extend their lead in the Central after taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth after an RBI single by Danny Mendick (.366) knocked in Tim Anderson (.351), but five runs allowed between Reynaldo Lopez and Matt Foster in the seventh and eighth innings were too much to overcome. Encarnacion (.241) and Jimenez (.265) also had singles on the day for the Sox, but the offense could muster only three baserunners against the Royals pen. Oh, and Zach Duke also announced he would retire after the season. 14-11

April 23: Angels 6, White Sox 5. The Sox have fallen into a three way tie for first with the Twins and Royals, if only because the Sox pen couldn't hold on after another quality Kopech start (5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. The Sox chased Shohei Ohtani in the third, taking a 5-3 lead on the strength of a Leury Garcia HR (1) and Mendick RBI double (.360). However, in the eighth, Tommy La Stella faced Aaron Bummer, who relieved Kelvin Herrera, and La Stella hit a three run shot to take the lead. Kyle Keller would strike out the side in the top of the ninth. 14-12

April 24: Angels 4, White Sox 0. Both teams only managed three hits. Unfortunately for the Sox, all three of the Angels' hits were home runs. Matt Foster started as the opener and was relieved after just three batters, and Gio Gonzalez pitched the next 6.1 IP (3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Abreu had a single for the Sox, and you already know who had the other two hits (.367). Luis Robert is really struggling, hitting just .139. 14-13

April 25: Angels 7, White Sox 2. Its easy to point fingers at the bullpen at this point. Dylan Cease had another strong start (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; 3.90 ERA) but Ian Hamilton (IP, 3 H, 2 ER) and Evan Marshall (.2 IP, H, 3 R, 2 ER) helped cough up a 2-1 lead in the 7th and 8th innings. The Sox were paced on offense by solo shots from Moncada (4) and Mendick (3; .361). Luis Robert also hit his first triple on the year. With just Anderson (.347), Mendick and Fisher (.293) hitting above .250 in today's starting lineup, will those three migrate to the top of the lineup to give Moncada some help? Let's hope so. 14-14

April 26: White Sox 2, Angels 0. Yoan Moncada would lead off the game with a solo shot (5) against Julio Teheran and that's all the Sox would need. Zack Collins would later knock in Tim Anderson with an RBI single with two outs in the ninth, but it was just insurance. Keuchel (5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K) was a bit spotty with his control, but with no one putting the bat on the ball, it wouldn't matter. The Angels would manage just three hits and the bullpen was strong as Sousa, Bummer and Colome would allow just one hit and one walk in 3.1 IP.  Edwin Encarnacion would also have a two hit effort. Dann Mendick would go 0-3 with a walk, but he still leads the team with a .349 average. Sousa was rewarded for his strong relief effort with a plane ticket to Birmingham, to be replaced with Codi Heuer.  15-14

April 27: An off day, but RoboHahn thinks better of his bullpen shuffle, and sends Heuer back to Birmingham and recalls Sousa. Soxtalk has a 200 reply thread wondering why.

April 28: Rockies 6, White Sox 2. The Sox fall to .500 in their interleague debut for 2020. RoboRenteria has shfuffled the lineup in interleague (Robert 8, Anderson 6, Jimenez 7, Moncada 5, Fisher 9, Grandal 2, Encarnacion 3, Mendick 4, Lopez 1) and while it scratches out some baserunners, it isn't near enough. Reynaldo Lopez drops to 0-4 (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; 4.22 ERA) and Hamilton and Foster both allow a run in relief. The Rockies would manage four home runs, while the Sox would manage just one extra base hit, a two run double by Mendick (.352). The Sox would ground into five double plays. so I guess that's a thing. Robert would go 2-3 in his debut in the leadoff spot, while Anderson and Moncada also had two hit games. After the game, RoboHahn continued bullpen roulette, opting Hamilton to AA and recalling Codi Heuer.  15-15

April 29: Rockies 7, White Sox 3. The Sox fall under .500 in their last game of April. Michael Kopech was rocked and would not escape the second (1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and it was more than enough as home runs by Jimenez (5) and Encarnacion (8) weren't near enough. Abreu (3B) and Anderson accounted for the only other hits by the Sox. Interested to see how RoboHahn juggles the bullpen with an off day coming up, as Gio Gonzalez pitched the last inning of the game in relief (IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K). 15-16

April 30: No major league moves from RoboHahn. Yolbert Sanchez was promoted to AAA. That's something, I guess.

 

Batting leaders: Anderson (.355), Encarnacion (8 HR, 19 RBI). Pitching leaders Keuchel (3.15 ERA, 3 W) Cease (41 K)

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5 hours ago, mqr said:

How is FM compared to OOTP?

I love it.  It's actually MORE in depth than OOTP IMO. 

I have FM 16 and have waited on buying a newer one because of match engine problems.  Those seem to have been completely resolved in FM 20.  I will be buying 20 when it goes on Steam sale as it usually does in summer.

If you like soccer at all (or you like management sims) you'll easily get hundreds of hours out of it.  

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May 1: Orioles 7, White Sox 0. The slide continues. The Sox only muster four hits (of course Mendick had one), and while Cease had a decent start (5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), it didn't matter. Heuer (2 R) Foster (R) and Herrera (2 R) made sure the Sox were out of reach in this one.  Both Heuer (shoulder inflmmation, 5 weeks) and Alex Colome (diagnosis pending) left this one due to injury, so it was a night full of bad news. Ian Hamilton would replace Heuer on the roster after the game. But hey, at least Danny Mendick leads the AL in average (.352) 15-17

May 2: White Sox 5, Orioles 2. Good news on two fronts. Not only did the Sox win, but Alex Colome is simply day-to-day with back spasms. The Sox bats wake up for the first time in a while with home runs by Moncada (6), Grandal (4) and Encarnacion (9). Every starter except for Jimenez and Robert gets a hit in this one. Mendick, of course, got his daily single (.351) and Dallas Keuchel picks up his fourth win (6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Aaron Bummer picked up the save while Colome gets a day off to heal his back. 16-17

May 3: Orioles 7, White Sox 3. So much for the good vibes from yesterday. Reynaldo Lopez is chased in the third after allowing five runs and the Sox can only muster five hits on the day. A two run shot in the bottom of the ninth by Encarnacion (10) narrowed the game to its final margin. Jimenez had two hits, including a triple. Mendick did not get a hit. Nor did Moncada, Grandal, Anderson or Robert. Luis is now hitting .136. Grandal, just .196. Hey, at least Andrew Vaughn is hitting .353 in Birmingham. 16-18

May 5: White Sox 5, Rays 4. Hey! A comeback! A solo shot by Abreu in the seventh tied the game, and Yoan Moncada scored Tim Anderson on a sac fly in the eighth to give the Sox a lead they would not relinquish.  Abreu would have three hits on the night, including two doubles. Michael Kopech was spotty again (5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) but Sousa, Bummer and Colome would allow only one base runner in the final four innings.  Adam Engel got the start over Luis Robert in CF and is now 0-9 on the year. Still better news than that for Lance McCullers, who is now out for the year with shoulder issues. 17-18

May 6: White Sox 4, Rays 3. Back to .500! And just a half game back of the Royals. And Twins. And Indians. A Grandal three run shot (5) in the first and an Anderson solo HR (4) in the second was all the Sox would need (and all they would get; seriously, just two hits) as Dylan Cease would strike out 10 in 5.1 IP, allowing three runs, and the bullpen trio of Foster, Marshall and Colome would allow just one hit over 3.2 IP. Sadly, Edwin was caught stealing in this one. 18-18

May 7: White Sox 4, Rays 3. A sweep! Trailing 3-0 in the eighth, Derek Fisher again engaged clutch-mode and tied the game on a three run shot (4). Then pinch hitting for a strangely hitless Danny Mendick, Nomar Mazara would walk the game off (1) against Tampa reliever Nick Anderson. Aaron Bummer would pick up the win in relief after a strong start by Dallas Keuchel (8 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K). Austin Meadows had two dongs for the Rays, accounting for all three of their runs. The Sox sit just a half game out of first. 19-18

May 8: Giants 9, White Sox 0. Interleague play hit again, and again, the Sox did not. Just six hits on offense - all singles - against former Sox righty Jeff Samardzija. Reynaldo Lopez (5.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 BB, K, 5.90 ERA) may be starting to lose his grip on a rotation spot - something surely in mind with Lucas Giolito on a rehab assignment. Tim Anderson was the only Sox starter not to strike out in this one - he had two hits. The rest of the Sox had 13 K's. Big news from LA, though, as Mike Trout will miss three months with a partially torn labrum. He was hitting .290 with 14 home runs in 36 games. 19-19

May 9: Giants 2, White Sox 0. More corpseball. A single by Tim Anderson was the extent of the offense. Evan Marshall was the opener and threw a scoreless first, before Gio Gonzalez came in, allowed two runs in 4.1 IP, and left the game with injury. After the game it was reported he had shoulder tendinitis and would miss six weeks. At least Yoan stole a base after a walk. Gio would be replaced by Kyle Kubat after the game, and Matt Foster was optioned to Charlotte and replaced by Jace Fry. Shuffling of deck chairs by RoboHahn? But hey, we also found out Samardizja was found to have bone chips after his last start, and he's out for the year. 19-20

May 10: White Sox 2, Giants 1. It's not much, but it'll do. Kyle Kubat gets a win in his major league debut (6.1 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 0 BB, K) as the Sox turn four double plays in the field. An Eloy solo shot (6) in the first would give the Sox an early lead, and Tim Anderson would plate Yoan Moncada with an RBI double in the third. That was more than enough for the quartet of Kubat, Marshall, Bummer and Colome, as they scattered 12 Giants hits in the series finale. The Sox still sit just one game out of first behind the Royals. 20-20

May 11: White Sox 1, Padres 0. Continuing a theme of shitty offense, the Sox get just three hits on the game. Thankfully, they all happened consecutively in the fourth inning. Moncada singled, Anderson singled, and Jimenez singled. That was the offense. Thankfully Dylan Cease (5.2 IP, H, 4 BB, 8 K) was strong, and Fry, Sousa and Colome would scatter just two hits the rest of the game. Eloy worked a walk too, I guess. 21-20

May 12: Padres 5, White Sox 2. The Sox bats don't like NL pitching. The Sox actually had eight hits, but a Danny Mendick double was the only of the extra base variety as the cluster luck of the previous game went missing. Michael Kopech scattered three hits in five scoreless innings, but Ian Hamilton would let up four runs in a brutal sixth inning. He would be relieved  by Kevin Herrera, who would be pulled after just one batter due to injury (shoulder tendinitis, day-to-day). The Sox just can't shake the .500 mark. After the game, RoboHahn would send Fry to Charlotte for Matt Foster. This is his only entertainment now. 21-21

May 13: White Sox 4, Padres 3. Even the wins are like pulling teeth. Luis Robert would hit his first big league home run (.125, 1 HR, 5 RBI) and Eloy Jimenez would get three hits, but Dallas Keuchel would leave in the third with a sprained ankle, and the Sox bullpen would make things interesting in the eighth before Aaron Bummer slammed the door after Alex Colome was pulled in the ninth. Keuchel is day to day. Even more bad news hit the pitching staff, however, as Lucas Giolito suffered a setback on rehab and is expected to spend another six weeks on the IL. After the game, RoboHahn did his usual bullpen shuffle, sending Ian Hamilton to Birmingham, recalling Matt Foster, then instantly optioning Foster for a former Mariner reliever, Connor Sadzeck. I don't know who he is either. 22-21

May 14: White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2. Another late comeback! The Sox would tie it up in the ninth on a Tim Anderson solo shot (5), Luis Robert would double and Jose Abreu would walk the game off with a single to give the Sox a late victory. Robert would have a solo shot in the fifth for his second home run. Moncada, Abreu, Encarnacion and Robert both had two hit games, and Reynaldo Lopez was alright! (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K). After the game, RoboHahn did what he does, sending Matt Foster down for Ian Hamilton. Zach Thompson was also resigned to a minor league deal. 23-21

May 15: Blue Jays 11, White Sox 3. Kubat's second start didn't go so hot. He was run in the second (1.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, K) and thats really all it took. Connor Sadzcek threw a hitless 1.1 innings, I guess. Fisher (5) and Grandal (6) both went deep. Cheslor Cuthbert has been on the roster all year and just received his sixth at-bat. He is hitless. Tim Anderson (.323) and Danny Mendick (.302) were the only starters today hitting above .262. The offense is officially something we are worrying about as the Sox sit, still, somehow just two games out of first.  23-22

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Just a partial update tonight.

 

May 16: White Sox 3, Blue Jays 1. Hey! Consecutive wins! Solo dongs by Encarnacion (12), Abreu (9) and Collins (3) accounted for three of the four hits for the Sox (Collins also had a single) and Dylan Cease had a strong, if truncated start (4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and Connor Sadzeck picked up his first win with the Sox. Hyun-Jin Ryu was pulled after two innings with a sprained ankle and the Sox tied the game in the fourth with Edwin's home run. Collins eighth inning tater proved to be the game winner. The Sox still sit just one game out of first. 24-22

May 17: Blue Jays 11, White Sox 9 (10). Welp, the bats woke up, but it wasn't enough to overcome a blown save. Home runs by Fisher (6), Robert (3), Jimenez (7) and Grandal (7) were not enough as Michael Kopech was hit around (4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) and Alex Colome blew the save in the ninth before Kelvin Herrera gave up a two run shot to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the tenth. Mendick (2-4), Fisher (2-4), Grandal (2-5) and Jimenez (3-6) had multi hit efforts for the Sox. The Sox sit still just one game back.....but are now in fourth. 24-23

May 19: White Sox 4, Rockies 0. Maybe the day off did some good. Yoan Moncada knocked Luis Robert in with a double in the fifth to take a one run lead before being knocked in by an Abreu single, and solo dongs by Edwin Encarnion in the sixth and eighth (14) were more than enough to back up Dallas Keuchel as he picked up his fifth win (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K). Luis Robert has raised his average to a still-paltry .155. The Sox are still a half game out of first, but they re back in second. After the game, RoboHahn would flip Bennett Sousa to AAA for Jace Fry. 25-23

May 20: Rockies 2, White Sox 1 (13). Ugh. Thirteen innings, four hits. Two Luis Robert singles, a Tim Anderson double, and a Derek Fisher solo shot (7). Moncada? 0-6. Abreu? 0-6. Jimenez? 0-6. Encarnacion? 0-4. Grandal? 0-5. Mendick? 0-3. Reynaldo Lopez was strong out of the gate (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K) but the bullpen could only do so much as Ian Hamilton gave up a solo home run to David Dahl in the thirteenth. The Sox bats could not respond. After the game, RoboHahn would send Jace Fry, who did not pitch, back to Charlotte for Bennett Sousa. These are the only moves he makes. 25-24

May 21: Twins 10, White Sox 9. Whenever the Sox bats have woken up lately, the bullpen has managed to give it back. Both Yasmani Grandal (9) and Edwin Encarnacion (16) had two home run games, but every Sox pitcher (Kubat, Sadzeck, Sousa, Herrera, Bummer and Marshall) would give up runs in this one. Kubat was decent in his start (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K), but two home runs by Alex Avila, including a walk off shot in the ninth, were too much to overcome. Guess which two bullpen pitchers RoboHahn would flip flop after the game? And in other MLB news, George Springer just signed a 7 year deal worth $202,200,000. 25-25.

May 22: Twins 1, White Sox 0. This is going sideways. Jake Odorizzi was nearly untouchable as the Sox could only manage two hits from Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert. Dylan Cease was awesome (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 K) but Ian Hamilton would give up a walkoff home run to Nelson Cruz to send the Sox to their third straight defeat. Odorizzi would throw a complete game shutout with no walks and ten strikeouts. The Sox are hitting .233, good for 28th in baseball. 25-26

May 23: Twins 9, White Sox 4. The Sox would score four in the ninth, but it wasn't near enough after spotting the Twins a 9-0 lead. A Cheslor Cuthbert RBI double and a Moncada home run accounted for the extent of the run-scoring in this one. The Sox would scatter thirteen hits in this one, but 14 men left on base and 11 strikeouts would prevent any more danger. Michael Kopech's ERA has ballooned to 6.42 (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K) and the Sox are having trouble. RoboHahn did his usual Fry/Sousa switcheroo after the game. Yasmani Grandal is second in All-Star voting at catcher, while Edwin Encarnacion is in first. 25-27

May 24: Twins 10, White Sox 9. You'd think a 7-2 lead after two and a 9-3 lead after six would have been enough in this one. You'd be wrong. Dallas Keuchel was pulled in the fifth (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) and Ian Hamilton, Kelvin Herrera, and Evan Marshall would combine to give up seven runs and only get five outs in the seventh and eighth innings of this one. The Sox would string together fifteen hits with every starter picking up at least one, but it would not matter. Miguel Sano would homer in both the seventh and the eighth to spur the Twins comeback. Everything sucks. After the game, RoboHahn would attempt to fix everything by optioning Ian Hamilton for Jace Fry instead of Bennett Sousa. 25-28

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Been playing every game so far in my franchise, so far the Sox are 4-4 and Gio-Dallas-Cease are just getting ROCKED. I couldn't get JD Martinez and Rafeal Devers out in the series against the Red Sox. 

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40 minutes ago, Heads22 said:

Is Danny Mendick also a star?

 Not getting much PT right now. Leury has been solid, as has Robert and Eloy. Everyone else has been pretty meh. 

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May 25: Orioles 7, White Sox 3. Losing is bad enough. Losing to the Orioles is worse. Reynaldo Lopez with another mediocre start (5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K) and three runs given up in relief by Aaron Bummer (.2 IP, H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, K) was more than enough for the Orioles to overcome another anemic effort by the White Sox offense. The Pale Hose had just six hits with two from Jose Abreu. At least Luis Robert has pulled his average up to .190. After the game, RoboHahn demoted Steve Cishek from AAA (2.35 ERA) to AA for some reason, and switched out Bennett Sousa and Kyle Kubat for Alex McRae and Ian Hamilton. But maybe the bullpen isn't the big issue in this one? The bats in Charlotte aren't much more inspiring, and Nick Madrigal is back from injury but has been suspended for fighting.  25-29

May 26: Orioles 6, White Sox 5. Alex McRae made a start (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Eloy had three hits. Jose hit a home run (11).  Maybe the ten strikeouts and the nine men left on base hurt the Sox in this one. Could have been the four home runs allowed by Sox pitching. But, hey, at least Connor Sadzeck pitched a scoreless inning. He was rewarded with a DFA (to be replaced by Bennett Sousa) by RoboHahn. And Nick Madrigal was sent to AA. So this is what shuffling deck chairs looks like. 25-30

May 27: White Sox 12, Orioles 7. They did it! I mean, they blew a 7-0 lead after five, but they still won. The bottom five in the Sox lineup (Mazara, Fisher, Anderson, Robert and Mendick) went a combined 13-24 with 11 RBI and eight runs, as well as homers by Fisher (9), Robert (4) and Yoan Moncada (9). Robert is now hitting .206 and finished a double short of the cycle, and Nomar Mazara is hitting .261 in limited action. Maybe should play more? Dylan Cease had a quality start (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K) and while Ian Hamilton, Jace Fry and Bennett Sousa gave up five runs late in the game, Alex Colome ended the game without many fireworks. Around baseball, it was announced that Justin Verlander would miss the next 11 months with elbow issues. Oh, and the Orioles are 34-22. 26-31

May 28: Orioles 6, White Sox 2. Tough to keep up with the O's these days. Eloy had three of the Sox ten hits in this one, but the cluster luck was nowhere to be found. Michael Kopech had another bad start (4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 6 K), while Adley Rutschman made his 2020 debut with the Orioles and hit his first MLB home run. Hopefully, some day the Sox can hope to contend with the Orioles. In the Central, the Twins found out that Kenta Maeda would miss the rest of the season with elbow ligament issues. Might not matter for the Sox. 26-32

May 29: White Sox 10, Twins 4. The bats woke up! 17 hits! Dongs by Moncada (10), Collins (4), Mendick (4) and a double dong by Encarnacion (18), as well as three hit games from Moncada, Luis Robert and Collins paced the Sox in this one. Luis Robert is up to .221 and is starting to like like the guy that was advertised. Tim Anderson was the only Sox starter without a hit. Dallas Keuchel pushed his record to 6-1 with a good-enough start (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K). After the game, RoboHahn flips Jace Fry to AAA for Matt Foster. This is literally all he ever does anymore. 27-32

May 30: Twins 13, White Sox 5. The Twins paid back the beating they got yesterday by sending Reynaldo Lopez to 0-8 (3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, BB, K). Giolito and Gio need to come back soon. Matt Foster came back and immediately gave up three runs, as did Kelvin Herrera (who now has an ERA of 7.90). The lone bright spot was Luis Robert (2-4, 3B, 3 R, RBI, SB) as he is now one of the most dependable performers in the lineup. And, hey, the Sox were three-for-three stealing bases. After the game, the Sox got more bad news as it was revealed that Carlos Rodon would miss three more months with his shoulder injury. Giolito and Gio are still three weeks out as well. Should RoboHahn try a little harder and maybe try something new with the pitching staff? Let's see if he makes any moves before the end of the month. 27-33

May 31: White Sox 9, Twins 7. At least a few positive vibes at the end of the month. Home runs by Derek Fisher (10), Jose Abreu (12) and Leury Garcia (2) against Homer Bailey helped pace the Sox, and Alex McRae limited the damage, I guess (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 7 K). Fisher would lead the Sox with three hits, while Danny Mendick and Yasmani Grandal each had a couple singles in this game. After the game, RoboHahn sent Ian Hamilton to AA and recalled Jace Fry from Charlotte. I guess this is his big move to help the pitching staff 28-33

Batting leaders: Anderson (.286), Encarnacion (18 HR, 34 RBI). 

Pitching leaders: Keuchel (6-1) Cease (2.97 ERA, 85 K)

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June 1: Off Day. RoboHahn used this opportunity to send down Ian Hamilton and Matt Foster for Jace Fry and Zack Burdi. Across town, the Cubs made actual moves, trading C Victor Caratini and minor leaguer Brailyn Marquez to Tampa for Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow is 1-5 with a 6.18 ERA. Sure. The Cubs are 34-27, and apparently they think Glasnow is what is missing. Oh, and Jose Quintana tore his UCL.

June 2: Royals 8, White Sox 7. Once upon a time, the Sox were up 5-0 in this one. And 7-5. And while Dylan Cease had another good start (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 5 K; 2.88 ERA for the year) bur RoboHahn's latest bullpen "fixes" Zack Burdi (2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K) and Ian Hamilton (2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, HBP, 0 BB, K) would give up 5 runs in relief, teaming up with Kelvin Herrera (1.2 IP, H, R, K, HR; 7.76 ERA) to make sure the Sox didn't win this one. Abreu (13) and Mendick (5) went deep in this one. Abreu and Robert (.243) also had three hit games. And remember that David Freitas trade I made fun of earlier this year? He went deep. At least Heuer has been activated from the IL and sent on rehab, I guess. Can we please win tomorrow? 28-33

June 3: White Sox 5, Royals 1. Maybe I just need to ask in the future. Home runs by Abreu (14) and Jimenez (9) helped pace the Sox as Michael Kopech easily had one of his best starts as a Sox pitcher (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K). The only Royal run would come after a Salvador Perez (!) triple. He would be knocked in by an Alex Gordon single. The Sox lineup is still middling however, due to subpar batting averages out of the likes of Moncada (.225), Encarnacion (.257), Jimenez (.252), Abreu (.233), Grandal (.240), Fisher (.250) and Robert (.244, which, granted, is way better than it used to be). I guess some small solace would be some regression to the mean out of some of these guys, especially Moncada, would bump the record up a bit. 29-33

June 4: White Sox 8, Royals 5. Two in a row? Why not. I think the 7th inning grand slam (10) out of Eloy Jimenez helped in this one, as well as the two run shot (6) out of Danny Mendick, but it was another strong start out of Dallas Keuchel (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K; 7-1, 3.16 ERA) that got the Sox off to a strong start in this one. A three run outburst out of the Royals against Bennett Sousa in the eighth made the game as tight as it was. Luis Robert has also ascended to second in the lineup, and he responded with a two hit performance. Abreu, Anderson and Mendick also had two hits. So did Cheslor Cuthbert, but, sadly, he came in after Yoan Moncada was injured throwing a baseball. Moncada is day to day with some wrist soreness. Lets try for another win tomorrow? Please? 30-33

ROBOHAHN BREAKING NEWS

RoboHahn has had a big few days. On June 4, the first year player amateur draft occurred, with the White Sox selecting NC State catcher Patrick Bailey with the 11th pick. Bailey is hitting .266 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI for the Wolfpack. For some reason, RoboHahn spent 14 of 35 picks on catchers, and 10 more picks on second baseman. It appears there was a strategy this year, I guess. RoboHahn has also been taking notice of some criticism that he might be asleep at the wheel, sending down Alex McRae, Bennett Sousa and Adam Engel for Kodi Medeiros, Seby Zavala and Jace Fry. He also sent Ross Detweiler from Charlotte to Winston-Salem for some reason. BUT THAT WASN'T ALL. He would send Edwin Encarnacion and $700,000 to the San Diego Padres for Brian Dozier. Dozier is making league minimum for the Padres and was hitting .194 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 33 games. Maybe RoboHahn was told to cut salary?

June 5: Tigers 6, White Sox 5. The shakeup didn't shake up much. The Sox would jump out to a 3-1 lead after 4 on the strength of an Abreu solo shot (15) and a 2 RBI double from Danny Mendick,but the bullpen would provide the letdown after a decent start from Reynaldo Lopez (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Jace Fry would face three batters - and no retire one, and Kelvin Hererra would let all three score, plus another run the next inning (7.80 ERA on the year) to saddle the Sox with another loss. Nomar Mazara would get the start at DH in this one, and Seby Zavala would go 1-3 in his 2020 debut. 30-34

June 6: White Sox 7, Tigers 6 (10). Gracias, Eloy. A tenth inning blast would prove to be the difference after another blown lead by the Sox bullpen. It was a bullpen day anyways, for the Sox, with Ian Hamilton getting the start (1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 0 K, 2 HR) and after Hamilton and Jace Fry allowed five runs in the first two innings, the rest of the pen was nails  until Alex Colome blew the save in the ninth. Thankfully, Eloy would prove the difference. He was aided along by dongs from Derek Fisher (11), and two from Zach Collins (6), who got the start at DH. Brian Dozier also ingratiated himself to his new squad with two doubles. It was an iffy win, but a win nonetheless for a team that needed one. After the game, Fry would get sent to AAA for Bennett Sousa. In other news, Christian Yelich is out for six weeks with a fractured finger. 31-34

June 7: White Sox 7, Tigers 1. This is better. Home runs from Tim Anderson 2 (7) and Brian Dozier (1) were more than enough for the Sox as they faced former Sox starter Ivan Nova. Anderson would go 3-4 with 4 RBI, and Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert would also have two hit games. Dylan Cease was masterful in this one (5.2 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 9 K) and Bennet Sousa and Aaron Bummer would allow one baserunner the rest of the way. Luis Robert was caught stealing twice, however. After the game, Kodi Medeiros would be sent down to make room for Codi Heuer. 32-34

June 8: OFF DAY

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June 1: Off Day. RoboHahn used this opportunity to send down Ian Hamilton and Matt Foster for Jace Fry and Zack Burdi. Across town, the Cubs made actual moves, trading C Victor Caratini and minor leaguer Brailyn Marquez to Tampa for Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow is 1-5 with a 6.18 ERA. Sure. The Cubs are 34-27, and apparently they think Glasnow is what is missing. Oh, and Jose Quintana tore his UCL.

June 2: Royals 8, White Sox 7. Once upon a time, the Sox were up 5-0 in this one. And 7-5. And while Dylan Cease had another good start (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 5 K; 2.88 ERA for the year) bur RoboHahn's latest bullpen "fixes" Zack Burdi (2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K) and Ian Hamilton (2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, HBP, 0 BB, K) would give up 5 runs in relief, teaming up with Kelvin Herrera (1.2 IP, H, R, K, HR; 7.76 ERA) to make sure the Sox didn't win this one. Abreu (13) and Mendick (5) went deep in this one. Abreu and Robert (.243) also had three hit games. And remember that David Freitas trade I made fun of earlier this year? He went deep. At least Heuer has been activated from the IL and sent on rehab, I guess. Can we please win tomorrow? 28-33

June 3: White Sox 5, Royals 1. Maybe I just need to ask in the future. Home runs by Abreu (14) and Jimenez (9) helped pace the Sox as Michael Kopech easily had one of his best starts as a Sox pitcher (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K). The only Royal run would come after a Salvador Perez (!) triple. He would be knocked in by an Alex Gordon single. The Sox lineup is still middling however, due to subpar batting averages out of the likes of Moncada (.225), Encarnacion (.257), Jimenez (.252), Abreu (.233), Grandal (.240), Fisher (.250) and Robert (.244, which, granted, is way better than it used to be). I guess some small solace would be some regression to the mean out of some of these guys, especially Moncada, would bump the record up a bit. 29-33

June 4: White Sox 8, Royals 5. Two in a row? Why not. I think the 7th inning grand slam (10) out of Eloy Jimenez helped in this one, as well as the two run shot (6) out of Danny Mendick, but it was another strong start out of Dallas Keuchel (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K; 7-1, 3.16 ERA) that got the Sox off to a strong start in this one. A three run outburst out of the Royals against Bennett Sousa in the eighth made the game as tight as it was. Luis Robert has also ascended to second in the lineup, and he responded with a two hit performance. Abreu, Anderson and Mendick also had two hits. So did Cheslor Cuthbert, but, sadly, he came in after Yoan Moncada was injured throwing a baseball. Moncada is day to day with some wrist soreness. Lets try for another win tomorrow? Please? 30-33

ROBOHAHN BREAKING NEWS

RoboHahn has had a big few days. On June 4, the first year player amateur draft occurred, with the White Sox selecting NC State catcher Patrick Bailey with the 11th pick. Bailey is hitting .266 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI for the Wolfpack. For some reason, RoboHahn spent 14 of 35 picks on catchers, and 10 more picks on second baseman. It appears there was a strategy this year, I guess. RoboHahn has also been taking notice of some criticism that he might be asleep at the wheel, sending down Alex McRae, Bennett Sousa and Adam Engel for Kodi Medeiros, Seby Zavala and Jace Fry. He also sent Ross Detweiler from Charlotte to Winston-Salem for some reason. BUT THAT WASN'T ALL. He would send Edwin Encarnacion and $700,000 to the San Diego Padres for Brian Dozier. Dozier is making league minimum for the Padres and was hitting .194 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 33 games. Maybe RoboHahn was told to cut salary?

June 5: Tigers 6, White Sox 5. The shakeup didn't shake up much. The Sox would jump out to a 3-1 lead after 4 on the strength of an Abreu solo shot (15) and a 2 RBI double from Danny Mendick,but the bullpen would provide the letdown after a decent start from Reynaldo Lopez (5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Jace Fry would face three batters - and no retire one, and Kelvin Hererra would let all three score, plus another run the next inning (7.80 ERA on the year) to saddle the Sox with another loss. Nomar Mazara would get the start at DH in this one, and Seby Zavala would go 1-3 in his 2020 debut. 30-34

June 6: White Sox 7, Tigers 6 (10). Gracias, Eloy. A tenth inning blast would prove to be the difference after another blown lead by the Sox bullpen. It was a bullpen day anyways, for the Sox, with Ian Hamilton getting the start (1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 0 K, 2 HR) and after Hamilton and Jace Fry allowed five runs in the first two innings, the rest of the pen was nails  until Alex Colome blew the save in the ninth. Thankfully, Eloy would prove the difference. He was aided along by dongs from Derek Fisher (11), and two from Zach Collins (6), who got the start at DH. Brian Dozier also ingratiated himself to his new squad with two doubles. It was an iffy win, but a win nonetheless for a team that needed one. After the game, Fry would get sent to AAA for Bennett Sousa. In other news, Christian Yelich is out for six weeks with a fractured finger. 31-34

June 7: White Sox 7, Tigers 1. This is better. Home runs from Tim Anderson 2 (7) and Brian Dozier (1) were more than enough for the Sox as they faced former Sox starter Ivan Nova. Anderson would go 3-4 with 4 RBI, and Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert would also have two hit games. Dylan Cease was masterful in this one (5.2 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 9 K) and Bennet Sousa and Aaron Bummer would allow one baserunner the rest of the way. Luis Robert was caught stealing twice, however. After the game, Kodi Medeiros would be sent down to make room for Codi Heuer. 32-34

June 8: OFF DAY

So 24 of 35 picks on catchers and 2nd basemen and trading your top HR hitter while playing Russian roulette with the bullpen. LOL that's some weird GMing . How does a GM even do that with draft picks ? That's just loco. What's up with this sim?

Anyway keep up the good work . I'm enjoying it.

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June 9: Indians 3, White Sox 2. RoboRenteria made a few changes, sliding Luis Robert into the leadoff spot and dropping Yoan Moncada into the cleanup spot. And it looked like it worked until the Sox bullpen did what it does. Two solo shots by Moncada (12) gave the Sox a 2-1 lead, but the Sox pen couldn't add to a solid start by Michael Kopech (5 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K) as Zack Burdi would give up a solo shot to Carlos Santana in the seventh, and Alex Colome would give up a solo shot to Domingo Santana in the ninth to give the Indians the edge. The Sox would mage just four more hits (and 13 strikeouts.) 32-35

June 10: Indians 11, White Sox 2. The good vibes came to a halt today for Dallas Keuchel (3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, K) as he was rocked for his second loss. He would depart in the fourth inning and Ian Hamilton would let across three more runs to push the deficit to 9-0. Eloy Jimenez added a solo shot (12). Luis Robert would go 2-4 from the leadoff spot. RoboHahn would respond by sending Bennett Sousa and Ian Hamilton to AAA for Kodi Medeiros and Jace Fry. Deck chairs on the Titanic it seems, even though the Sox are still somehow just 5 games out. 32-36

June 11: Indians 7, White Sox 4 (12). Some teams make their own luck, while some others suck. Home runs in the 12th by Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez broke open a deadlocked game and pushed the Indians to a sweep of the Sox. Reynaldo Lopez was decent (5 IP, 6 H, R, BB, 5 K) but the bullpen would still allow six runs (Bummer 3, Herrera 2, Heuer 1). Home runs by Eloy Jimenez (13) and Nomar Mazara (2) paced the Sox, who suddenly had Mazara batting cleanup. The duo of dongs would account for all of the runs driven in by the Sox. 32-37

June 12: White Sox 6, Astros 3. The Sox continued their odd tradition of showing up against the Astros with a win via the bullpen of all things. Dylan Cease was done after three innings (3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 81 pitches) but Heuer, Fry, Bummer, Burdi, Marshall and Colome would allow just three hits over the final six innings. Jose Abreu (16) and Danny Mendick (7) went deep for the Sox, and endick leads the team with a .291 average. The Sox still struck out 16 times but the 4-1 lead they built after the third inning was enough. RoboHahn would switch out Codi Heuer and Jace Fry for Ian Hamilton and Bennett Sousa after the game. 33-37

June 13: Astros 12, White Sox 3. That makes more sense. RoboRenteria got into some bad acid before the game, starting Bennett Sousa (IP, 2 H, R)in what seemed like a bullpen day. The parade of bullpen pitchers kept on coming as the Sox kept it close until the eight inning. Entering the bottom of the eighth down 5-3, a clearly overworked Alex Colome was left in four a second inning of work. He would finish the eighth having thrown 66 pitches (1.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 4 BB, K), without retiring a batter. Dallas Keuchel would then come in and strike out the side to finish the Astros 8th. Derek Fisher hit a home run (12) and Yoan Moncada went 3-5 with a double as the Sox picked up ten hits but struck out 15 times. Yasmani Grandal leads All Star vote getters at catcher. Somehow the Sox batters have only struck out fourth most in the AL. 33-38

June 14: Astros 8, White Sox 3. Michael Kopech allowed four runs on four hits and four walks, as well as four strikeouts as he picked up his.....fifth loss of the year. He had to throw 115 pitches to help out an overworked Sox bullpen and he's really lucky that it didn't go worse than it did. The Sox would pull to within 4-3 before Ian Hamilton allowed three runs on four hits in one-third of an inning to make sure it was out of reach. Brian Dozier hit his second dong with the Sox, and Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert had two hit games. 33-39

June 15: OFF DAY - RoboHahn would exchange Sousa and Hamilton to the minors for Codi Heuer and Jace Fry.

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June 16: White Sox 10, Tigers 2. Isn't it nice when you can get an easy win? Home runs by Tim Anderson (8) and Danny Mendick (8) helped pace the Sox as they ripped 16 hits to back surprise starter Kodi Medeiros (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K). Sadly, both him and reliever Codi Heuer were pulled due to injury. Heuer looked to be pulled with a blister, but there is more concern about Medeiros after 46 pitches. The Sox got two hit games out of Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Brian Dozier, Derek Fisher and Mendick. Every Sox player with the exception of Luis Robert would get a hit in this one. After the game, the Sox would send down Zack Burdi, Seby Zavala and Jace Fry for Ian Hamilton, Adam Engel and Bennett Sousa. 34-39

June 17: Tigers 9, White Sox 7. This team just can't get out of its own way. Trailing 5-3 after 8, the Sox would score four runs in the top of the 9th off of home runs by Yoan Moncada (13) and Nomar Mazara (3), but Aaron Bummer could not record an out in the 9th (0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 0 K) and would ultimately give up a walkoff grandslam to Tigers centerfielder Victor Reyes. The Sox got a decent enough start from Reynaldo Lopez (6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 7 K; 5.17 ERA on the season) but it wasn't enough for the Sox to overcome themselves. The Sox have fallen to 6.5 games back in the Central. RoboHahn would make a few moves after the game, DFAing Cheslor Cuthbert, and sending down Bennett Sousa and Ian Hamilton, and replacing them with Jace Fry, Seby Zavala and Zack Burdi. We are also still waiting to hear back about Medeiros. 34-40

June 18: White Sox 2, Tigers 0. Hey. A "win". Dylan Cease was awesome (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) and the bullpen would allow just one hit the rest of the way (Fry, Burdi and Colome) to lock up a nice win. The Sox would open the game with a Yoan Moncada double, and he would come around to score on an Eloy Jimenez double. This margin would stand til the 9th, when Brian Dozier would hit a solo home run for a measure of insurance. After the game it was announced that Kodi Medeiros would be placed on the 60 day DL with shoulder discomfort, and he was expected to miss 5-6 months. He would be replaced on the roster by Kyle Kubat. RoboHahn would also send down Jace Fry for Bennett Sousa. Around baseball, Cody Bellinger has already hit his 30th home run. He is on pace for 66. 35-40

June 19: Indians 8, White Sox 4. Dallas Keuchel would not make it out of the fourth (3.2 IP,7 H, 5 R, BB, K) and Codi Heuer and Bennett Sousa would allow another three runs. Both Zack Collins (7) who started at first base and Leury Garcia (3) would go deep in this one. Danny Mendick's 2 for 4 day pushed his average back up to .300 on the year. The Sox also got two hit games out of Collins and Seby Zavala. Oh, Bellinger went deep again (31) too. In RoboHahn news, Cuthbert was assigned to AAA Charlotte, and Bennett Sousa was sent down, to be replaced by Ian Hamilton. Also, Lucas Giolito and Gio Gonzalez are both headed towards return from injury with possible rehab assignments ahead of them. 35-41

June 20: Indians 4, White Sox 2. Ho-hum. Ten strikeouts and zero walks helped make sure that the Sox could not score more than two runs on seven hits in this one against Carlos Carrasco. Michael Kopech picked up his sixth loss (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K), and rumors of issues in the clubhouse have started to mount and make people wonder if he will be one of the first ones out when Gonzalez and Giolito return from injury. Every Sox starter but Jose Abreu and Derek Fisher would have a hit in this one, but no one had more than one hit. Maybe Mendick should have played in this one. In All-Star voting, Yasmani Grandal is second at catcher and appears to be the Sox only real chance at a starter. Across baseball, old friend Nate Jones will mis four months with bone chips in his elbow. Some things never change. After the game, Gio Gonzalez was sent to AAA Charlotte to begin injury rehab. The Sox also signed first round pick Patrick Bailey, agreeing to a signing bonus of $4.4 million. 35-42

June 21: White Sox 7, Indians 3. A win, but not without the usual issues. The Sox built a 7 run lead on the strength of 11 hits and six walks, but on a bullpen day, Ian Hamilton added to his ERA (now at 7.58) by allowing two runs in 1.2 IP. Codi Heuer got the surprise start (2 IP, H, 0 R) and Zack Burdi would pick up his first win of the year. The Sox also stole four bases in this one, and got multi hit games out of Yoan Moncada, Brian Dozier, Tim Anderson and Luis Robert. RoboHahn got busy after the game, sending down Codi Heuer for Jace Fry and sending Lucas Giolito on a rehab assignment. 36-42

June 22: Tigers 6, White Sox 4. The Sox spotted the Tigers a six run lead in this one, and despite a home run from Derek Fisher (13) and a three hit game from Eloy Jimenez, it simply wasn't enough. Reynaldo Lopez dropped to 0-9 (4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K) and also may have a rotation set in jeopardy once the two Gio's return. Danny Mendick had a rare 0-4 in this one after getting the start at DH. The averages from the lineup are less than inspiring. Moncada at .244. Robert at .241. Jimenez at .257. Abreu at .224. Fisher at .228. RoboHahn would obviously address the offensive issues by sending down Jace Fry and Zack Burdi for Codi Heuer and Bennett Sousa. 36-43

June 23: Tigers 5, White Sox 1. The Sox have fallen into fourth place and only are one and a half games out of the cellar. Strangely, shuffling the bullpen has not resulted in increased offense. The Sox mustered just four hits, and despite drawing six walks, could only push across one run as Yoan Moncada plated Danny Mendick with an RBI double. Kyle Kubat got the start (3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, K) and would only last 61 pitches before giving way to the bullpen. The bullpen would not allow another run the rest of the way, but the Sox could not overcome themselves yet again. RoboHahn would respond by sending down Codi Heuer for Zack Burdi. The Tigers announced after the game that they would be trading Ivan Nova to the Cardinals for two minor leaguers. 36-44

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The Sox sit at 36-44, 9 games back of Cleveland in fourth place in the AL Central. Are we going to start making a push? Or will we maybe sell some parts off? Lets see.

June 24: Tigers 8, White Sox 4 (14). The Sox held a 4-3 lead in the ninth before Jeimer Candelario hit a solo shot against Alex Colome. This wasted a spotty but effective start by Dylan Cease (5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). The Sox had been paced by three solo home runs in the regulation portion of the game, with shots by Yoan Moncada (14), Jose Abreu (17) and Nomar Mazara (4), but 17 strikeouts and three errors helped make sure the Sox gave away another one. Bennett Sousa picked up the loss in this one (2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 2 K) with terrible control as he let across four runs in the top of the fourteenth. The Sox sit just a half game out of last. Moreover, the Sox would find out that Reynaldo Lopez has torn his labrum and will miss the next year. The hits keep coming. RoboHahn would adjust by placing Lopez on the 60 day DL, sending down Bennett Sousa, calling up Codi Heuer and purchasing the contract of Matt Tomshaw. 36-45

June 25: Tigers 10, White Sox 7. Last place is cold and dark. Dallas Keuchel was hit around (4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, WP) as he would quickly relinquish the 7-1 lead the Sox had built after two against Casey Mize. Nomar Mazara, hitting in the two-spot, would hit two run home runs in the first and second (6) as the Sox would build that early lead, but Keuchel and Codi Heuer (2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K) would push this one out of reach for the Sox. The Sox would get two hit efforts out of Luis Robert, Mazara, Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson. RoboHahn would trade out Heuer for Bennett Sousa after the game. 36-46

June 26: Athletics 21, White Sox 8. These get less and less interesting to do when you lose every game, but, hey, four Sox position players would pitch in this one. Michael Kopech got the start (0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K) but I know you want to know how the Sox position players pitched.

Adam Engel (1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K)

Seby Zavala (0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, K) - pulled due to injury (sprained ankle)

Zack Collins (0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K)

Danny Mendick (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K)

Yoan Moncada would hit his fifteenth home run in this one. Moncada, Jose Abreu, and Yasmani Grandal each had two hits . 

After the game, Zavala was put on the DL, and Bennett Sousa and Matt Tomshaw were sent to AAA. Gio Gonzalez was returned from his rehab assignment, Codi Heuer was recalled, and the contract of Yolbert Sanchez, who was hitting .261 at Charlotte, was purchased. 36-47

June 27: Athletics 8, White Sox 3. Michael Kopech would start for a second consecutive day for some reason (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, K) and he would give way to seven different relievers.  Kelvin Herrera would drop to 3-4 (0.2 IP, H, R, 2 K, 7.50 ERA) as the White Sox would push across just three runs on 9 hits. Two of the runs would come courtesy of Eloy Jimenez's fifteenth home run of the year. Yolbert Sanchez would go 1-4 in his major league debut, hitting leadoff. Will he be the answer to the Sox problems? Probably not. But the Sox only struck out four times in this one, which is an improvement. Across baseball, Aaron Nola is out for the year with a torn UCL. RoboHahn also made his normal moves, as Lucas Giolito returns from rehab and Kyle Kubat goes back to Charlotte.  36-48

June 28: Athletics 8, White Sox 5. Starting to wonder if we'll ever win again. The Sox led 5-3 after 7. Lucas Giolito was strong and shaky at the same time in his return from injury (7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 10 K on 119 pitches) but Aaron Bummer would pick up the loss (0.2 IP, H, 2 R, 2 BB, K) in this one. Brian Dozier would hit his fourth home run for the Sox, and Yolbert Sanchez was again decent in the leadoff spot (2-4, 2 RBI). Nomar Mazara would also have a three hit game. He's 7-24 in his last five games. The Sox have now lost 7 in a row. 36-49

June 29: OFF DAY

June 30: Blue Jays 6, White Sox 1. Make that eight losses in a row. Eloy Jimenez's solo shot (16) was the only real offense for the Sox as they would only muster four hits in this one. Dylan Cease was strong in this one put would only last 83 pitches (5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 9 K), allowing two solo shots in the process. Evan Marshall and Zack Burdi would both allow two runs in relief in this one. Leury Garcia would be ejected in the eighth after arguing a strike call. 36-50

Batting leaders: Tim Anderson .284, Edwin Encarcion (still - he's 0-12 with the Padres) 18 HR, Jose Abreu 17 HR, Yoan Moncada 44 RBI

Pitching leaders: Dylan Cease (7 wins, 2.61 ERA, 127 K)

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July 1: Blue Jays 14, White Sox 3. Feels like we are whistling through the graveyard at this point by now, huh? The Sox took an early 1-0 lead after a Nomar Mazara solo shot (7) in the first, but that was approximately one third of the offense in this one. Eloy Jimenez (17) and Brian Dozier (5) also hit solo shots, but unfortunately, the Sox still fell twelve solo home runs short of a victory in this one. Dallas Keuchel dropped to 7-4 (2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 BB, K) and left in the third after not being able to find the strike zone. Luis Robert was hit by a pitch in the foot and will miss three weeks after a fracture was found. Gio Gonzalez came in in relief in the 8th and would go on to allow four runs to pump his season ERA up to 7.96. Before the game, it was announced that RoboHahn had traded Evan Marshall and minor leaguer Davis Martin to the Nationals for minor league pitcher Tanner Driskill and minor league CF Dominique Collie. Neither is regarded as much of a prospect. After the game, the Sox would send down Zack Burdi, recall Cheslor Cuthbert and Bennett Sousa, place Luis Robert on the DL and call up Tyler Johnson. 36-51

July 2: White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6. Sure, the Sox were up 7-0 in this one, but lets take these Ws where we can get them. Michael Kopech was downright mediocre while picking up his third win (6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, BB, 5 K, 3 HR) and Tyler Johnson was spotty in his major league debut (1.2 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K) but a well balanced attach by the Sox offense was enough in this one. A pair of three run shots by Derek Fisher (14) and Jose Abreu (18) would pace the Sox in this one. Yolbert Sanchez has been decent in the leadoff spot (.294), and the Sox 2-6 hitters would go 8-22 with all 10 RBI in this one. Hey, at least the Sox only have the second worst record in the AL, and they visit the team with the worst record in Texas (30-58) next. 37-51

July 3: White Sox 6, Rangers 1. Lucas Giolito is pretty decent. He picked up his second win of the year (6.1 IP, 3 H, R, 0 BB, 11 K) and gave the Sox plenty of room tow work with as the Sox bats carried over the warmth from the previous game against the Blue Jays. A Yoan Moncada three-run home run (16) and a Brian Dozier two-run home run (6) were more than enough for the Sox in this one. Yolbert Sanchez went 2-5, pushing his average to .318. Elvis Andrus had three of the Rangers four hits in this one. After the game, RoboHahn would send down Codi Heuer for Zack Burdi. Can the Sox make it three in a row for America tomorrow? 38-51

July 4. White Sox 10, Rangers 7. Yes. They could make it three in a row for America. The Sox battered Corey Kluber and chased him in the third to give him his tenth loss. The Sox went with a bullpen day, and while it didn't go all that well (Tyler Johnson picked up the win with 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 K), seventeen hits for the Sox helped in this one. Home runs from Yasmani Grandal (10) and Brian Dozier (7) provided some of the offense, but the Sox got multi-hit efforts from Derek Fisher, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu and Danny Mendick, as well as Grandal and Dozier. Adam Engel and Nomar Mazara were the other starters, and they went a combined 0-10 with 5 K. After the game, Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo announced he would be retiring after the season. 39-51

July 5: White Sox 10, Rangers 0. Another big win for America in this one. Dylan Cease was masterful (5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K) and Ian Hamilton, Aaron Bummer, Bennett Sousa and Tyler Johnson would allow just four hits the rest of the way. Yoan Moncada (18) and Eloy Jimenez (19) would both go deep twice in this one, and Tim Anderson would add a home run of his own. The Sox 2-3-4 hitters (Mazara, Jimenez, Moncada) went a combined 10-14 with 4 2B, 4 HR and 8 RBI. Adam Engel contributed a HBP and SB. After the game, RoboHahn celebrated the sweep with more bullpen roulette, sending down Bennett Sousa and Tyler Johnson for Codi Heuer and Jace Fry. 40-51

July 6: OFF DAY. The Sox would sign international amateur RF Jordan Ruiz from the Dominican Republic for $4.44 million.

July 7: Cubs 6, White Sox 4. Dallas Keuchel continued regression to the mean (5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K) and Kelvin Herrera continued being what he is as he picked up his fifth loss (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; 7.33 ERA on the season) after giving up a two run home run to Jason Kipnis in what proved to be the final blow. The Sox would scatter just five hits in this one, and both Eloy Jimenez and Zack Burdi would leave the game due to injury. Jimenez appeared to hurt his thumb, while little is known of the Burdi injury at this time. 40-52

July 8: Cubs 7, White Sox 2. Can we get the Rangers back? The Sox fell behind 7-0 in this one, with the only runs being pushed across on a two run home run by Nomar Mazara (8) in the bottom of the ninth. Eloy Jimenez would return to the lineup (0-4) and the Sox would string together just seven hits. Gio Gonzalez was straight up not good enough (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, BB, 5 K) to win this one, as he picked up his fourth loss and his ERA ballooned to 7.96. After the game, RoboHahn would send down Jace Fry and call up Tyler Johnson. I can think of some other pitchers that need to go away too. 40-53

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Light update this time with the ASG coming up:

July 9: OFF DAY

July 10: Diamondbacks 5, White Sox 3. The Sox lost by two in this one, but the greater concern was when a shaky Lucas Giolito (2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 4 K) was pulled in the third inning with back stiffness. While he is thought to be just day-to-day, its still enough to raise some flags. Both Codi Heuer and Tyler Johnson would allow a couple more runs in relief, pushing the game out of reach. Yasmani Grandal (11) and Eloy Jimenez (20) were responsible for all three Sox runs with home runs, but it wasn't enough against Zac Gallen. Jose Abreu was the only other Sox player with a hit in this one. After the game, RoboHahn would send out Heuer for Bennett Sousa. 40-54

July 11: Diamondbacks 9, White Sox 1. Can we tear it all down yet? I guess there isn't that  much to tear down anymore. Nomar Mazara knocked in Tim Anderson (who walked) win an RBI double. Leury Garcia also doubled. That was the extent of the Sox offense. Dylan Cease was chased in the fifth (4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K). Bennett Sousa (1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, K) and Zack Burdi (0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 K) made sure the Sox could not even become remotely competitive in this one. The Sox would strike out 14 times in this one. After the game, it was announce that Cease and Yasmani Grandal would be the Sox two representatives in the All-Star Game. Andrew Vaughn (.309/.442/.510, 204 AB, 8 HR, 176 wRC+, 1.6 WAR in Birmingham) is the Sox Futures Game rep. The Sox celebrated by sending down Tyler Johnson for Codi Heuer. 40-55

July 12: Diamondbacks 8, White Sox 3. The Sox celebrated the beginning of the All-Star break with home runs by Yoan Moncada (19), Jose Abreu (19) and Eloy Jimenez (21). These accounted for all three Sox runs. They would strike out eleven times in this one and only manage four more hits. Michael Kopech had a quality start (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K) in one of his better efforts of the year, but Aaron Bummer, Kelvin Herrera and Ian Hamilton would allow five more runs over the next 2.1 IP to push a 3-3 game to the final margin.  In the Futures Game, Andrew Vaughn started at first and hit sixth, going 2-4 with two singles, one run and one RBI to go with two strikeouts. 

July 13: OFF DAY

July 14: Joey Gallo wins the HR Derby

July 15: NL 7, AL 6. Yasmani Grandal was named MVP in a losing effort. He was not a starter, but his pinch hit solo home run in the 6th cut the AL deficit to 5-4. He would hit another solo home run in the 8th to cut the NL lead to 7-5. Dylan Cease would pick up the last two outs of the eighth for the AL pitching staff, walking one and striking out two. The Sox would celebrate Grandal's MVP performance by activating Seby Zavala from the IL and optioning Yolbert Sanchez to AAA.

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July 16: OFF DAY

July 17: Tigers 4, White Sox 3. I guess we're not going undefeated after the break. Detroit got out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Sox managed to tie it in the sixth on the strength of an Eloy Jimenez home run (22). Lucas Giolito had a decent enough start (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K),  and he was off the hook after the Eloy blast, but the Sox bullpen once again let their loyal fans down as Alex Colome came in for a non-save situation and promptly gave up two hits and a walk to give the Tigers the win on a rainy evening. Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal both had multi-hit games for the Sox, who struck out only 15 times in this one. 44-54

July 18: Tigers 6, White Sox 5. Maybe we won't win after the break. Dallas Keuchel would only last into the fourth (3.1 IP, H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K) before being pulled with elbow pain. The Sox would get home runs from Yoan Moncada (20) and Zack Collins (8) in this one, but they would never hold the lead at any point. Collins got the start in this one at first base, and Danny Mendick would start at DH, so maybe RoboRenteria is going to get even more froggy with the lineup as we go along. The Sox would get 14 hits in this one, but nine men left on base and a lot of bad timing cost the Sox in the game. Moncada would have three hits in the contest, while Eloy Jimenez, Derek Fisher, Collins and Mendick each had two hits. The Sox have a strong grip on last place at this point. 44-55

July 19: White Sox 7, Tigers 2. Feels like the first time in a long time.  The Sox got a much needed and surprising strong start from Gio Gonzalez (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) and Jose Abreu would go 3-4 with a home run (20) and four RBI to pace the Sox offense. Brian Dozier would give the Sox an early lead on a solo home run (8) and they would never look back. Danny Mendick would also have three hits to push his average back up over .300 (.304) for the year. The Sox would actually go up 7-0 in this one before Codi Heuer gave up two runs in the eighth. After the game, RoboHahn would send down Heuer and Adam Engel, recall Tyler Johnson, and activate Luis Robert from the IL. 45-55

July 20: White Sox 8, Cubs 4. Dylan Cease (5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) was out pitched by Jon Lester, but a seven run outburst against the Cubs bullpen in the top of the 9th gave the Sox one of their most thrilling wins of the year. The Sox strung together six of their eight hits in the inning, including a double from Eloy Jimenez and a triple from Yoan Moncada. Craig Kimbrel and Jeremy Jeffress were, obviously, awful in relief and would only retire a combined one batter. RoboHahn would celebrate the big win with a number of moves, sending down Tyler Johnson and DFA'ing Cheslor Cuthbert, and recalling Codi Heuer and Adam Engel. Fun times on the South Side. 46-55

July 21: White Sox 3, Cubs 2. Holy crap. A sweep. Sure, it was a two game series, but it still counts. The Sox did all of their damage in the second, as Seby Zavala hit his first home run of the year - a three run shot against Tyler Chatwood. This would prove to be the margin until the 9th, when Ian Happ would hit a two run home run against Alex Colome. Colome was subsequently pulled, and Aaron Bummer would retire the next three batters without incident to secure the win. Michael Kopech had his best start of the year (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K). He did go 0-4 from the plate, however. 43-58

July 22: OFF DAY- Cody Bellinger is now up to 46 home runs on the season, and baseball is now paying full attention as he is on pace for 72 home runs. He is on pace for a 15 WAR season, which sources tell me is "good". 

July 23: White Sox 4, Twins 0. This is becoming more enjoyable. Lucas Giolito was dominant (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) and Ian Hamilton would pitch two perfect innings in relief as the Sox coasted in this one. Eloy Jimenez opened the scoring with a solo shot (23) in the first, and it would prove to be enough. Tim Anderson would also go 2-4 in this one with an RBI, and Jose Abreu would push the final margin to 4-0 with a two run single in the ninth. Cheslor Cuthbert would receive his assignment to Charlotte after the game. 44-58

July 24: White Sox 5, Twins 4. The Sox would get another win against the division-leading Twins as the White Sox bullpen would cover the final four innings of this one without allowing a hit. Dallas Keuchel would have another mediocre performance (5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K) before being pulled with shoulder issues - may it be time for an IL stint? The Sox offense was paced by Yoan Moncada (2-2, HR (21), 3 R, 2 BB, RBI), while Jose Abreu and Derek Fisher also had two hit games. Eloy Jimenez would also contribute with a two run single. After the game, it was announced that Alex Colome was traded to the Cubs for minor league pitchers Brad Depperman and Ramon Fernandez. Neither pitcher wold seem to figure prominently in the Sox' future plans. 45-58

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July 16: OFF DAY

July 17: Tigers 4, White Sox 3. I guess we're not going undefeated after the break. Detroit got out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Sox managed to tie it in the sixth on the strength of an Eloy Jimenez home run (22). Lucas Giolito had a decent enough start (5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K),  and he was off the hook after the Eloy blast, but the Sox bullpen once again let their loyal fans down as Alex Colome came in for a non-save situation and promptly gave up two hits and a walk to give the Tigers the win on a rainy evening. Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal both had multi-hit games for the Sox, who struck out only 15 times in this one. 44-54

July 18: Tigers 6, White Sox 5. Maybe we won't win after the break. Dallas Keuchel would only last into the fourth (3.1 IP, H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K) before being pulled with elbow pain. The Sox would get home runs from Yoan Moncada (20) and Zack Collins (8) in this one, but they would never hold the lead at any point. Collins got the start in this one at first base, and Danny Mendick would start at DH, so maybe RoboRenteria is going to get even more froggy with the lineup as we go along. The Sox would get 14 hits in this one, but nine men left on base and a lot of bad timing cost the Sox in the game. Moncada would have three hits in the contest, while Eloy Jimenez, Derek Fisher, Collins and Mendick each had two hits. The Sox have a strong grip on last place at this point. 44-55

July 19: White Sox 7, Tigers 2. Feels like the first time in a long time.  The Sox got a much needed and surprising strong start from Gio Gonzalez (5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K) and Jose Abreu would go 3-4 with a home run (20) and four RBI to pace the Sox offense. Brian Dozier would give the Sox an early lead on a solo home run (8) and they would never look back. Danny Mendick would also have three hits to push his average back up over .300 (.304) for the year. The Sox would actually go up 7-0 in this one before Codi Heuer gave up two runs in the eighth. After the game, RoboHahn would send down Heuer and Adam Engel, recall Tyler Johnson, and activate Luis Robert from the IL. 45-55

July 20: White Sox 8, Cubs 4. Dylan Cease (5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) was out pitched by Jon Lester, but a seven run outburst against the Cubs bullpen in the top of the 9th gave the Sox one of their most thrilling wins of the year. The Sox strung together six of their eight hits in the inning, including a double from Eloy Jimenez and a triple from Yoan Moncada. Craig Kimbrel and Jeremy Jeffress were, obviously, awful in relief and would only retire a combined one batter. RoboHahn would celebrate the big win with a number of moves, sending down Tyler Johnson and DFA'ing Cheslor Cuthbert, and recalling Codi Heuer and Adam Engel. Fun times on the South Side. 46-55

July 21: White Sox 3, Cubs 2. Holy crap. A sweep. Sure, it was a two game series, but it still counts. The Sox did all of their damage in the second, as Seby Zavala hit his first home run of the year - a three run shot against Tyler Chatwood. This would prove to be the margin until the 9th, when Ian Happ would hit a two run home run against Alex Colome. Colome was subsequently pulled, and Aaron Bummer would retire the next three batters without incident to secure the win. Michael Kopech had his best start of the year (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K). He did go 0-4 from the plate, however. 43-58

July 22: OFF DAY- Cody Bellinger is now up to 46 home runs on the season, and baseball is now paying full attention as he is on pace for 72 home runs. He is on pace for a 15 WAR season, which sources tell me is "good". 

July 23: White Sox 4, Twins 0. This is becoming more enjoyable. Lucas Giolito was dominant (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K) and Ian Hamilton would pitch two perfect innings in relief as the Sox coasted in this one. Eloy Jimenez opened the scoring with a solo shot (23) in the first, and it would prove to be enough. Tim Anderson would also go 2-4 in this one with an RBI, and Jose Abreu would push the final margin to 4-0 with a two run single in the ninth. Cheslor Cuthbert would receive his assignment to Charlotte after the game. 44-58

July 24: White Sox 5, Twins 4. The Sox would get another win against the division-leading Twins as the White Sox bullpen would cover the final four innings of this one without allowing a hit. Dallas Keuchel would have another mediocre performance (5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K) before being pulled with shoulder issues - may it be time for an IL stint? The Sox offense was paced by Yoan Moncada (2-2, HR (21), 3 R, 2 BB, RBI), while Jose Abreu and Derek Fisher also had two hit games. Eloy Jimenez would also contribute with a two run single. After the game, it was announced that Alex Colome was traded to the Cubs for minor league pitchers Brad Depperman and Ramon Fernandez. Neither pitcher wold seem to figure prominently in the Sox' future plans. 45-58

Good job. Any news on Rodon , Burger or Dunning ? The second half surge is coming !!

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Rodon still has four more weeks on the IL, he suffered a setback earlier in the year.

Burger has moved to first base for Winston-Salem. He's hitting .283/.370/.479 with 18 HR and 62 RBI in 95 games.

Dunning has been abjectly terrible in Charlotte, going 3-11 with an ERA of 8.25. 

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Trade deadline be comin.

 

July 25: Twins 5, White Sox 2. Dylan Cease had a rare bad start on a rainy day on the South Side. Cease (4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K) was a victim of two long balls by Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, and the Sox offense could only muster six hits and two walks. Eloy Jimenez and Nomar Mazara both had doubles - the only extra base hits for the Sox in this one.  After the game, RoboHahn would send down Codi Heuer for Matt Foster. Tyler Johnson was also called up to replace Alex Colome on the active roster. Will the Sox move anyone else before the deadline? Maybe. 45-59

July 26: Twins 9, White Sox 1. Not even competitive in this one. RoboRenteria would use Matt Foster as an opener in this one, and after allowing a walk, a double and a walk, he was replaced by Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez wasn't much more effective (4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, K). Tyler Johnson, Kelvin Herrera and Bennett Sousa would all also allow one run apiece in relief. Zack Burdi was the only reliever not to allow a run, but he did manage to walk three in two-thirds of an inning. Yoan Moncada went deep (22) to account for the only Sox run in the game. If anyone is curious, Cody Bellinger is at 46 home runs - on pace for 70. RoboHahn would trade out Bennett Sousa for Codi Heuer after the game. 45-60

July 27: White Sox 8, Tigers 4. Eh, I still think the Sox are better than the Tigers, despite being in last place. Michael Kopech (4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 7 K) was good enough, and Tyler Johnson, Matt Foster and Aaron Bummer would cover the final eleven outs of the game without allowing a run to secure the win. The Sox would get home runs from the regular big boppers - Jose Abreu (21), Eloy Jimenez (24), Nomar Mazara (9) and Seby Zavala (2). Jimenez and Mazara had the two multi hit games for the Sox batters. 46-60

July 28: Tigers 4, White Sox 2. Maybe the Sox still suck. Lucas Giolito threw a quality start (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 11 K) but another lackluster game out of the Sox offense - six hits, no walks and and fifteen strikeouts - doomed any chance of a win. Derek Fisher's fifteenth home run of the year accounted for one run, and a Tim Anderson RBI single accounted for the other. Zack Burdi threw a perfect third of an inning. 46-61

July 29: Tigers 17, White Sox 4. Leury Garcia threw effective eighth and ninth innings in this one (1.2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K). Yoan Moncada went deep (23). Dylan Cease was ineffective in relief (2/3 IP, H, R, BB, K). The Red Sox dealt Andrew Benintendi to the Yankees for Mike Ford and Dayro Perez. After the game, RoboHahn would send down Matt Foster for Bennett Sousa. 46-62

July 30: Indians 11, White Sox 10. With a 10-2 lead in the seventh, you could probably understand Sox fans thinking this one is over. Granted, they were correct. The Sox built their lead on the strength of thirteen hits, including home runs by Derek Fisher (16), Tim Anderson (10) and Nomar Mazara (10). Every Sox starter with the exception of Jose Abreu had a hit, and every one of those starters with the exception of Yasmani Grandal had an extra base hit. Gio Gonzalez lasted just one hitless inning, but outings in the backend of the pen from Tyler Johnson (0.1 IP, H, 3 ER, 2 BB) and Ian Hamilton (IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 BB, K) doomed the Sox as the Indians walked it off in the ninth. 46-63

July 31: Indians 20, White Sox 6

Leury Garcia: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, K

Adam Engel: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB 0 K

Zack Collins: IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, K

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This is not going well, lol

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