Found March 19, 2012 on
The White Sox had a successful St. Patrick’s Day weekend defeating the Seattle Mariners and crosstown rival Cubs. These victories mark the first time the team has won two games in a row during Spring Training. These wins put the team’s total at 5-10, which is by no means satisfactory, but there is still plenty of time to fall into a groove before opening day.
Peavy showing flashes of his old self
Although he has had a slow start this Spring Training, Jake Peavy rebounded Saturday against the Mariners by pitching five hitless innings while the White Sox enjoyed a 5-0 victory. Alternate shortstop Eduardo Escobar added run support with a three run bomb in addition to RBIs by Paul Konerko and Alex Rios. Escobar has six RBIs which ties him for team leader with Adam Dunn surprisingly.
Yesterday’s contest against the Cubs didn’t go so smoothly despite the positive overall result. The Sox drove in five runs in the sixth inning thanks to Dan Johnson’s home run and Gordon Beckham’s two-run single.
However, the Cubs tied it up at five runs apiece in the eighth inning after Sox pitchers Leyson Septimo and Simon Castro each issued a walk with the bases loaded. Thankfully, Jordan Danks’ two-run shot in the tenth inning secured a White Sox victory.
There are numerous things to be taken away from these two games, but the most important would have to be the continued focus on pitching. Even though Peavy was fantastic on Saturday, the ill timed walks on Saturday are representative of the struggling middle relief. The Sox have had problems so far with throwing strikes at key moments and yesterday was no exception.
The White Sox have Tuesday off before returning to preseason action against the Mariners on Wednesday and a split squad matchup against the fellow AL Central Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
BEST OF MAXIM
From yesterday's White Sox season preview...
Burning QuestionIs Alex Rios a five tool player, or a five cent player?
Here is the thing about Alex Rios: he's shown flashes of absolute brilliance in the past. He has three seasons of at least 30 steals, and two 5+ fWAR seasons. But there are a lot of factors about Rios that scare the hell out of me. He's only hit .300...
Oh, the White Sox. 2011 was pretty much a lost year for the team, highlighted by struggles nearly everywhere on the team. Despite all of the downslides, the Sox only finished four games under .500. GM Kenny Williams responded by pretty much blowing up the team, which leaves Chicago with a brand spanking new White Sox team for 2012...well, not totally new. Some guys just couldn'...
Thanks to everyone who reached out to me about the cryptography challenge this week and to those who worked on it silently. I hope it was at least a mildly fun diversion.
The winner of my undying admiration is myshkin, who had already solved the puzzle by the time I woke up the next morning. It's not much of a prize, but it's his!
Before I reveal the actual phrases...
Chris Sale was disappointed after a pair of rough starts.
He rebounded by pitching two-hit ball over six innings and striking out six Monday as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.
''I want to finish this spring strong,'' Sale said. ''My first couple (outings) were not where I wanted to be. It was nice to go out there and do what I did...
It was a pretty quiet season last year in Chicago. The White Sox were relatively anonymous among the relevant in baseball. The AL Central news was dominated by the Royals, and Indians fast starts, and the Verlander-led Detroit Tigers. Meanwhile, the White Sox were just playing ball, and had that eerie “calm before the storm” feeling.
White Sox Off Day is a new regular podcast I am hosting with KVB that will take place during every regularly schedule off day for the White Sox in 2012. For now, episodes will be hosted here at MSF, and you can follow us on Twitter (@WhiteSoxOffDay) for White Sox commentary, links, and in-game tweets.
In the first episode, Kevin and I interview Jim Margalus of South Side Sox to discuss...
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Sale pitched two-hit ball over six innings and struck out six Monday as the Chicago White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.
Sale allowed a one-out double to Zack Cozart in the first inning and a single to Cozart leading off the fourth. Sale, who had allowed eight runs in 7 1-3 innings in his previous two starts, is moving to the rotation following...