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How Much Did the White Sox Improve?

The White Sox have made major waves this off-season with a flurry of new acquisitions via both free agency and trades. Perhaps no team in baseball has improved themselves more on paper than the Chicago White Sox. The question is just how much did they improve themselves? Let’s take a look at the Sox newcomers and compare them to the people they replaced and see how much of an impact...
Via Grab Some Bench
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Top Free Agent Target

The Chicago White Sox bullpen was a disaster in 2014 and it should be top priority for fixing this offseason. Chicago’s bullpen blew 21 of 57 chances while holding the lead this season. They also had the third worst ERA (4.38) along with ranking last with walks (236) in the MLB. The free agents that were predicted to help in 2014 turned out to be huge disappointments in Ronald...
Via Sports Mockery
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Win over the A’s.

The Sox went into today with a 2  to 1 lead in the series with Oakland. It was going to be a battle but the confidence was growing. Game two was taken by the A’s by a score of 11 – 2. *Game Three (Sox – 2 and A’s – 1) The Sox handed the keys to one of the new kids,Chris Bassitt who had a terrific outing going 6 innings of solid ball with 5 strike outs, only allowing one...
Via In The Neutral Zone
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Catch up Baseball – Giants and Blue Jays

Time for some catch up baseball with the White Sox. **2 Game series in San Francisco – split series *Game one(Sox – 3 and Giants – 2)  - It took the Sox 10 innings to steal the win. Chris Sale in the office with Zach Putnam picking up the win. Adam Dunn hit a homer in the first with Jose Abreu on the pond, for a 2 – 0 lead in the first. Jake Petricka took over in the bottom...
Via In The Neutral Zone
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Good News for White Sox Bullpen

Zach Putnam has been activated from the disabled list (DL) today.  Prior to hitting the DL, Putnam boasted a 2.35 ERA and a 1.20 Walks/Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) over 38.1 innings. Putnam’s 7.51 K/9 ratio is second in the bullpen to only Javy Guerra (8.49 K/9). Anyone who follows the Sox knows that we could use all the bullpen help we can get. #WhiteSox returned Zach Putnam...
Via Sports Mockery
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Injury Update: Zach Putnam, Matt Lindstrom, Adam Eaton

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Zach Putnam will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, while fellow reliever Matt Lindstrom should return within the next week, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Scott Merkin of MLB.com adds that center fielder Adam Eaton sat out on Thursday night as he recovered from a collision with the outfield wall the prior afternoon...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Putnam Back from DL, Rienzo Down

A bit of news on Friday morning that should help out the White Sox’ bullpen, which has not been able to get anybody out of late; Zach Putnam (shoulder inflammation) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and added to the active roster. To make room, the club has sent Andre Rienzo back to Triple-A Charlotte. Rienzo, a 26 year old Brazilian who has made 11 starts and seven...
Via Grab Some Bench
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Injury Update: Zach Putnam placed on DL

Chicago White Sox reliever Zach Putnam has been placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. According to Patrick Donnelly of MLB.com, Andre Rienzo will take Putnam's place on the roster. Donnelly quoted manager Robin Ventura, who suggested that Putnam's injury was minor but the team didn't want to risk him taking the mound at less than full health:"It would've...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer’s Role Gets More Complex as Putnam Heads to Disabled List

The injury bug hasn’t been kind to the Chicago White Sox this season, as players have hit the disabled list right and left. This afternoon, we were met with the news that yet another important member of the club will spend some time sidelined, as Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Andre Rienzo was recalled from AAA Charlotte to...
Via Grab Some Bench
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Sure, Tough Luck Has Led to White Sox’ Bullpen Woes … So Why Not Usher in the Future?

There were a lot of positives from the first half of the White Sox’ 2014 season. But after bobbing over and under .500 for the better parts of three months, the team’s weak spots were exposed, leading to far too many late-inning losses … and unfortunately, it’s now that sour taste we take with us into the All-Star break. There were several negatives to the first half of White...
Via Grab Some Bench
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #83: All wet – White Sox 3, Angels 2

The White Sox finally discovered the secret to beating the Angels: get them wet. Apparently that saps them of all their might. Their offense gets soggy and useless. Their bullpen gets waterlogged and ineffective. Oh, right, the bullpen is like that all the time. I guess it just affects the offense again. Run Expectancy Rundown Wait, Josh Hamilton homered off a southpaw and David...
Via Monkey with a Halo
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Pirates are raising it again

What is the “it” being raised? Well, the Jolly Roger, of course. Pittsburgh beat Arizona 5-1 on Wednesday night to win their third game in a row, fifth out of six, and tenth out of 13 games. They’re still six games behind the first place Brewers in the NL Central, but have closed to within just two games of the Nationals for the NL’s second Wild Card berth. It seems like...
Via The Outside Corner
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Pirates are raising it again

What is the “it” being raised? Well, the Jolly Roger, of course. Pittsburgh beat Arizona 5-1 on Wednesday night to win their third game in a row, fifth out of six, and tenth out of 13 games. They’re still six games behind the first place Brewers in the NL Central, but have closed to within just two games of the Nationals for the NL’s second Wild Card berth. It seems like...
Via Bloguin Best
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox making change at closer, Belisario out

The Chicago White Sox are making a change at the closer position. Ronald Belisaro is being removed from the role following another poor performance on Friday night. Belisaro converted 8-of-12 save chances owning a 5.54 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP o the season. In 37 1/3 innings of work he holds a 28/8 K/BB ratio. Belisario is done as closer. Ventura said TBD. Petricka in mix, RV will discuss...
Via Tireball.com
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Two Game Series with San Francisco

The White Sox welcomed the San Francisco Giants for a two game series on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week. Game one saw John Danks take the mound for the Sox, facing Matt Cain for the Giants. Also joining John on the pitching staff for this game was Javy Guerra, Zach Putnam, Daniel Webb. Joining Matt for the Giants was Yusmeiro Petit. The Giants would open the scoring in the...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

World Cup Soccer at The Cell

The Bosses at The Cell gave the boys who were on the field the other day during a practice a nice surprise when they turned on the big screen to show a game from the World Cup in Brazil. The boys got to see the Brazil vs Croatia match. It was interesting to see the makeup of who the boys have chosen to follow, with the majority of the boys from South America you would think that...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tied at One Game a Piece: Dodgers and White Sox

White Sox – (31 – 20), 14 wins, 16 loses on the road. Dodgers – (31 – 30), 13 wins and 19 loses at home. It was the rubber game of the three game series with the Dodgers on Wednesday night in L.A. John Danks (ERA 4.32)  went into battle for the Sox on the mound with Josh Becket (ERA 2.57) taking charge for the Dodgers. John was in need of a good outing to get his confidence...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox rally from five-run hole, beat Royals 7-6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also went deep and the Chicago White Sox climbed out of a five-run hole before holding on for a wild 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Zach Putnam (2-0) worked two shutout innings in relief of Scott Carroll, and Ronald Belisario also threw two scoreless innings before...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Grab Your Sun Glasses, Here Come the Rays

Morning Gang, We welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for their first visit of 2014, and Erik Johnson is on the rubber for us today. Conor Gillaspie is listed as day-to-day with a sore hand. Grab some bench and see you in the first **First Inning  **1 – 0  Sox Rays – (ground to first)(ground to short)(walk)(runner thrown out at 2nd) Sox – Easton(single to left,stole 2nd safe), Semien...
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

How will the Tigers use Phil Coke?

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are sticking with Phil Coke for now. The veteran left-hander gave up three runs in the ninth inning Tuesday night to the Chicago White Sox, who made it close after left-handed slugger Adam Dunn drilled a two-run homer off Coke with two outs. Coke has a 13.50 ERA and batters are hitting .400 off him, but he remains in the bullpen rather than being replaced...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox DFA Veal, Promote Putnam ☆

In an exciting yet understandable move, the White Sox designated lefty reliever Donnie Veal for assignment and purchased the contract of righty Zach Putnam from AAA Charlotte. The move is surprising because it leaves veteran Scott Downs as the only southpaw currently in the team’s bullpen. Downs, who’s been about as reliable as they come over the past decade, hasn’t been able...
Via Grab Some Bench
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Bullpen Near Settled, Though Still Uncertain

With about a week left until Opening Day the White Sox bullpen situation is starting to clear up.  On Sunday the Sox released Mitchell Boggs, optioned Jake Petricka, and reassigned Dylan Axelrod to minor league camp. The newest member of the White Sox' bullpen. Credit: Marc Serota, Getty Images In addition to those moves, General Manager Rick Hahn said that Maikel Cleto...
Via Grab Some Bench
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Bullpen Near Settled, Though Still Uncertain

With about a week left until Opening Day the White Sox bullpen situation is starting to clear up.  On Sunday the Sox released Mitchell Boggs, optioned Jake Petricka, and reassigned Dylan Axelrod to minor league camp. The newest member of the White Sox' bullpen. Credit: Marc Serota, Getty Images In addition to those moves, General Manager Rick Hahn said that Maikel...
Via Grab Some Bench
March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox List 21 Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The White Sox have announced their non-roster invitees to their 2014 Spring Training. This year there will be 21 of 'em. Photo credit: Paul Sancya, AP Photo Familiar big league names on the list include Brian Omogrosso, Hector Gimenez, David Purcey, Dylan Axelrod, and Blake Tekotte. I'd say Purcey has the best shot from these guys to break camp with the big league...
Via Grab Some Bench
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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