White Sox 2019 General Discussion
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:35 am
Over 10 Years of Bearing Down
this guy needs to do something this year to prove he belongs in a MLB rotationGLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s not exactly a delivery overhaul, but right-hander Lucas Giolito’s altered arm swing is noticeable, and it has produced nice results during side sessions and live batting practice this spring.
Giolito will put it to the test in a game for the first time Thursday when the Sox play the Mariners in Cactus League action at Peoria Sports Complex.
Manager Rick Renteria said Giolito, who was good during short stretches over 32 starts but struggled to maintain consistency while recording an American League high 90 walks and a 6.13 ERA, has looked better with “both the command and the life to his pitches.”
“The breaking ball seems to be commanded a little better, it has a nice bite,” Renteria said. “The fastball, he stayed behind the ball a little bit more, with more consistency. Gives it some rise, some life as they say. And he’s hitting his spots a little bit more. Hopefully that translates and he’s able to manage that.”
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The 7.10 ERA posted by the White Sox bullpen ranked as the highest in all of baseball entering Saturday’s 12-2 victory over the Rangers.
Jace Fry, Caleb Frare and Aaron Bummer, a trio of talented southpaws who have a chance to fill important relief roles, have combined to allow 20 earned runs on 23 hits and 15 walks against 16 strikeouts over 13 2/3 innings. Juan Minaya, who posted a 2.70 ERA over his final 47 games last season and has had late-inning, high-leverage success in the past, has struggled mightily over his four games.
So, what do these numbers mean for an group that looked like it might be a strong suit for the 2019 White Sox? Almost nothing at this time of year, not when players are more focused on getting ready than getting zeros.
“I’ll be honest: I haven’t seen the numbers,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I’m just looking out there to make sure they get their work, do things the way we want them to do things, compete and put themselves in a place where we inch closer to being ready for the season.”
“We don’t buy into the results that you see,” said right-hander Nate Jones, longest-tenured player on the White Sox roster. “We are in the locker room, fighting together. You personally talk to them and get a feel for them and see what they are working on, what they are doing, investing time into them. That’s when you really know and can look around and be like, ‘Wow, we can be pretty special this year.’”
General manager Rick Hahn and the front office set out to improve the bullpen this offseason. They traded catcher Omar Narvaez for Alex Colomé, who led the American League with 47 saves in 2017, and added Kelvin Herrera via free agency. The combination of Colome/Herrera/Jones makes for an interchangeable late-inning trio.
so I suppose with this deal he has graduated from prospect to expected starTop outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has yet to play a day in the major leagues, has agreed to a six-year, $43 million contract with the Chicago White Sox that includes two club options, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.
The 22-year-old Jimenez, a power-hitting right fielder who was slated to start the season at Triple-A, is almost certain to begin the year in the middle of the White Sox's lineup after agreeing to a record-setting deal. Previously, only two players already in organizations -- Jon Singleton with Houston and Scott Kingery with Philadelphia -- had signed a long-term deal without appearing in a major league game. Jimenez's guarantee of $43 million nearly doubles the deal Kingery signed last year.
Jimenez's contract reflects the confidence Chicago has in his ability to be a star-level talent -- and the cost of keeping Jimenez from free agency before his 30th birthday, which the options offer. If exercised, they will bump the sum of Jimenez's deal to $77 million, according to sources.
Jimenez, a consensus top-five overall prospect, came to the White Sox in the crosstown trade that sent starter Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Between the organizations, Jimenez has hit at every level of the minor leagues, batting .311/.359/.519 with 65 home runs and 281 RBIs in 408 games.
Is it time to get ready for Star Time on the South Side?
No, James Brown isn't walking through the gates at 35th and Shields. But the White Sox duo currently tearing the cover off the ball is looking like a pair of future stars right now, big news for a franchise and a fan base who missed out on the opportunity to add one of the game's best young players over the winter.
Fans are still stinging from the result of the Manny Machado sweepstakes, the four-time All Star passing on the opportunity to jolt the White Sox rebuild in favor of serving a similar purpose for an up-and-coming group of San Diego Padres. While no one's saying that 16 good games this spring have suddenly turned two White Sox infielders into players of Machado's annually impressive caliber, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada are racking up big hits and memorable moments not even three weeks into this campaign.
Their performance is sparking the kind of big thinking a front office trying to build a future contender has been dreaming of for years now. Are these the stars the South Side has been craving? Just how good can these guys be?
"Good," designated hitter Yonder Alonso said, with a emphatic tone that made it seem like "good" was perhaps putting it mildly.
"They've started off really well," manager Rick Renteria said after Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. "I think they're more and more comfortable in their own skin. I know it's just the beginning of the season, but those are signs of the possibilities of these guys being able to be consistent. And that's all we're looking for, for them to give themselves a chance to use the skills that they have. To this point, they're showing those signs."
click the link and go see the video ... very nicely doneHOUSTON -- The White Sox had already turned double plays in the first two innings of Wednesday night's game against the Astros when they pulled off one of the most rare and exciting plays in baseball to end the third -- a triple play.
The 5-4-3 triple dip in the third inning was made possible by some slick fielding and a little bit of luck, in the form of a perfectly placed ground ball by Houston's No. 9 hitter, Jake Marisnick, and a perfectly placed third baseman in Yoán Moncada, who was positioned inches from the bag when the ball was hit.
“I moved closer to the base right before that pitch because I knew he's a pull hitter,” Moncada said, following the Sox 9-4 win. “And he hit the ball hard. When he hit the ball, I just reacted.”
To start the triple play, Moncada snagged the ball and touched third base for a split-second before firing to Yolmer Sánchez, who skillfully retrieved the low throw and completed a perfect relay to first baseman Jose Abreu.
gotta be pretty cool to have your very first ML home run be a grand slamThere was more historical significance to this game, beyond the triple play. In the six-run White Sox sixth inning, Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam for his first big league home run. The White Sox are now only the fourth team in the last 40 years to have hit a grand slam and turned a triple play in the same game. The others: the Tigers in 2017; the Mets in 2002; and the Blue Jays in 1979.
There was certainly no lack of drama in a game that ended the White Sox nine-game losing streak against Houston, dating back to September 2017.
“It was a big win for us,” Tilson said. “It's an exciting night all around.”
A triple play and grand slam in the same game may be a rarity, but for White Sox catcher James McCann, Wednesday’s game was a little déjà vu-ish.
McCann was in the Tigers’ lineup in 2017 when that team accomplished the same feat.
“You don't see a lot of triple plays, you don't see a lot of grand slams,” he said. “To see it in one game is pretty incredible.”
click the link to go to the original page with the video ... kinda funnyTake me out to the ball game? Maybe she should’ve stayed home.
Before the Chicago White Sox squared off against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, a White Sox employee of the month had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. But it quickly turned into viral infamy when her toss went awry.
Like, really awry.
Standing on the pitcher’s mound, the woman reared back and hurled her pitch directly at the photographer standing a few feet to her left, with the ball appearing to hit the camera.
The woman put her hands to her face and hunched over before running over to pick up the ball. She then put her arm around White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall — he was supposed to be her catcher — and flexed a muscle.
The White Sox didn’t divulge the woman’s name, but the photographer she hit is Darren Georgia, who later appeared on the team’s telecast of the game.
White Sox, Yankees to play at Field of Dreams in Aug. 2020
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DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) - The White Sox and Yankees will stage the first-ever Major League game in the Hawkeye State at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, according to the MLB website.
It will be held Aug. 13, 2020 in a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark constructed in the corn on the Dyersville farm site where the film was staged.
It will start at 6 p.m. CST and will be broadcast nationally.
As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular-season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”