Jake Peavy: 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 SO as the White Sox beat Cleveland 8-1. On the season, Peavy now has a 1.29 ERA (1.94 FIP, for the sabermetrically-inclined) with 44 strikeouts, seven walks and two home runs allowed in 52 13 innings. What he's done has been nothing short of incredible.
Like Peavy, Adam Dunn has rebounded into form -- he went 1-4 with a home run, his 10th, with a walk on Wednesday to raise his season slash line to .243.385.586. His next home run will equal his 2011 total, and he didn't reach double-digit dingers until late July of last season. Bill Melton discussed what Dunn's doing right on White Sox Postgame Live:
But not everything was peachy for the Sox on Wednesday, as before the game it was reported Chris Sale will have an MRI on his left elbow on Thursday in Chicago. After the results are in, the Sox brass will convene to discuss Sale's future, which apparently could lead him back into the starting rotation. Here's what we know about Sale heading into the next few days, after which we should have an answer about his immediate future with the club. And here's what Robin Ventura had to say prior to Wednesday's game:
Around the division: When Kansas City comes to town this weekend they'll bring the hardest-throwing pitcher in the majors, Bruce Chen allowed three runs in 6 23 innings as the Royals beat Boston, Minnesota sent third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A and moved Francisco Liriano to the bullpen while Detroit's offense fell silent in a 2-1 loss to Seattle.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.