MINNEAPOLIS — White Sox Triple-A pitcher Erik Johnson is doing his best to recapture the organization’s attention.
In the midst of an outstanding comeback season, the right-hander was named the International League player of the week on Monday.
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Johnson — who entered 2014 as the No. 2 prospect in the organization but was sent to Triple-A after a rough April — struck out 20 batters in 14 scoreless innings over his last two starts.
The right-hander saw an increase in velocity over 2014 in February and looked good early in spring training only to have a rib cage injury sideline him for the start of the season. But Johnson has picked it up of late and is 6-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 games (13 starts). Over his last five starts, Johnson has a 1.03 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 35 innings. He has allowed 26 hits and walked five batters.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.