Found June 04, 2012 on
Midwest Sports Fans:
The Chicago White Sox took two out of three from the Seattle Mariners this weekend, winning yet another series but seeing their long winning streak snapped in extra innings. The club has now won 14 out of 16 games, sits 2.5 games up in the AL Central, and is one of only three teams in baseball with a run differential of +40 or better.
Last night, I talked with UGod from South Side Sox about the hot streak and how much it has reset his expectations for what the White Sox are capable of the rest of the way.
Among the other topics we covered:
Chris Sale’s continued dominance, which is nearing unprecedented levels in recent White Sox history
The chances of Sale and Paul Konerko starting the All Star Game
The chances of Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy, A.J. Pierzynski, and Alejandro De Aza making the All Star team
The bounce back of Gordon Beckham and what it means for the franchise
Quick previews of the White Sox next two opponents, the Blue Jays and Astros.
Also, this week’s show features one...
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Courtney Hawkins realized a lifelong dream when he was drafted in the first round by the White Sox on Monday. How did the youngster get to savor the moment? By being pressured into doing a back flip by an MLB Network reporter despite wearing a dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes. Luckily he cooperated and completed the back flip despite the less...
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Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez had an embarrassing moment during the 11th inning of Saturday night's game against the Seattle Mariners when he ducked a curveball that ended up a called strike. Your browser does not support iframes. The pitch from Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen started up and in, causing Ramirez to duck. However, the pitch came back down and caught...
In four games from last Tuesday through last Saturday, the Mariners scored 45 runs, which was roughly the same number of runs that they'd scored in the previous two seasons combined. Yesterday, the universe acted to restore order, using Chris Sale as its agent. Sale pitched a complete game against the M's in Chicago, limiting them to two runs on two walks and five hits...
Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale continued to be the model of drafting a young pitcher, developing him in the system, and then watching him dominate, as Sale improved to 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA after throwing a complete game against Seattle. Sale allowed just two runs on five hits in the 4-2 win over the Mariners. He struck out eight and walked two, again cementing his place...
The 2012 season for the Chicago White Sox to this point has been full of surprises.
Whether it be the performances of Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski, Chris Sale, Jake Peavy or the entire bullpen, many players on the Sox roster are exceeding expectations.
However, the man who has been the most surprising and impressive thus far for the White Sox may not even be the one playing...
The Chicago White Sox drafted high school outfielder Courtney Hawkins with their first pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft because of his build and pure athleticism. Hawkins checks in at 6’3″, 210 pounds out of Carroll High School in Texas. Hawkins showed off that athleticism on MLB Network minutes after being taken by the Chi Sox.
After barely being prodded by sideline...
Chris Sale pitched a five-hitter for his first major league complete game and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Sunday for their 10th win in 11 tries.
Sale (7-2) struck out eight and walked two. It was his 10th start this year after pitching in relief for Chicago during the last two seasons.
In Sale's previous start, he struck out 15 in 7 1-3 innings at Tampa...
Alex Rios, OF, Chicago White Sox
Rios has been one of the most frustrating fantasy players in recent memory. Throughout his career he has both tantalized and tormented us with up-and-down seasons, and 2012 is no different. Rios batted .311 in April, but he contributed just one homer, one steal, six runs and eight RBI. Given how he stumbled through 2011 to a .227 average, at least...
One of my favorite announcer in Major League Baseball is Chicago White Sox play-by-play man Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.
Back on Saturday, Hawk had a little bit of risque wordplay when describing a bases-loaded situation for the Seattle Mariners by saying that the sacks were packed with seamen:
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2009 first round draft pick Jared Mitchell (#23 overall) has a future in the Chicago White Sox outfield. The question is just when.
Right now there really isn’t room with Alejandro de Aza, Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios roaming the outer grass at the MLB right now. But when the chance arrives, Mitchell has all the tools to make it in the show.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder was ranked by...
The Chicago White Sox offense continued to impress in today’s 10-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Unfortunately, Gavin Floyd could not bring his best stuff and the team eventually ended their nine-game winning streak in extra innings.
The game was a battle from the start. The Mariners managed to homer in each of the first four innings and the Sox continued to answer with runs of...
Selected in the 2002 amateur draft, Tom Wilhelmsen made his Major League debut last season for the Seattle Mariners. Among the things that impressed the organization were his fastball and curveball. The latter was on full display yesterday against the Chicago White Sox. Wilhelmsen picked up the win in Seattle’s 10-8 victory [...]
Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale and Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez were named the American League and the National League pitchers of the month for May, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. Sale won his first monthly honor by pitching a 4-1 record with a 1.71 ERA in five starts. He struck out 35 batters in 31 2/3 innings. His honor marked the first time a team...
The Indians and Tigers each lost their last series while the White Sox won, making the top of the AL Central look like this:
The Indians are in no danger of falling into third at this point, but need to end this current losing skid (2-7 in their last 9 games) if they want to regain control of the...
The Chicago White Sox have taken a player from the collegiate ranks in the first round in each of the last nine drafts. 2009′s 23rd overall pick Jared Mitchell joins starting pitcher Chris Sale (2010, 13th overall), outfielder Keenyn Walker (2011, 47th overall), infielder Gordon Beckham (2008, eighth overall) Aaron Poreda (2007, 25th), Kyle McCulloch (2006, 30th) and Lance Broadway...