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FanDuel Friday: Taking a chance on the high upside of Carlos Rodon

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FanDuel Friday: Taking a chance on the high upside of Carlos Rodon

There are several top-notch pitching options in Friday's slate of games with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, Michael Pineda, Bartolo Colon and Dallas Keuchel all scheduled to start. 

But the starter that may give you the most bang for your buck is White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon, who impressed in his first major league start against the Cincinnati Reds, striking out eight while allowing just four runs on two hits. Rodon should find success with a high strikeout total against a lefty-heavy Oakland Athletics lineup at the O.co Coliseum.

Find out who else we like tonight in our lineups below and feel free to tweet us questions @CSNFantasy:

John "The Professor" Paschall

I’m in a gambling mood so I took a chance with my pitcher for tonight’s slate of games. But Rodon has the upside to do well in his second start because of his high strikeout total. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of a leash on Rodon so I’m not worried about an innings limit either for this game. The A’s offense isn’t overwhelming, though they can sneak up on you at any point.

Because Rodon was so cheap, that allowed me to select an All-Star lineup of hitters.

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Ramirez has been on fire for the White Sox lately, coming in on an eight-game hitting streak, and will face Jesse Hahn, who has been roughed up in his last two starts. Beltre has had better success this year against lefties and has started to find his stroke after a slow start to the season. Cabrera and Kinsler’s power this year has come against righties, making their matchup against Carlos Martinez seem enticing. Martin, on the other hand, may not have the power against lefties like he does righties, but he’s hitting .444 against southpaws compared to .256.

I’m still waiting for Stanton’s home run against the Dodgers to fall from the sky. Did I mention he’s also crushing right-handed pitching with all eight of his home runs this year against them? Watch out, Julio Tehran. 

Michael Smith

Nothing is more important in baseball than pitching, both good and bad.  There are several top shelf options for starters today, like Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel, but with so many poor starting pitchers tonight I wanted to save my salary for offense.  With that in mind I went with a mid-tier option in Bartolo Colon.  Colon is still somehow getting it done with a 6-1 record, to go with a 3.30 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 46 innings, and he is a solid favorite to get the win tonight against a Milwaukee team that strikes out the 3rd most in the majors.  Now looking at offense, there are 3 or 4 starting pitchers who I want to target with my position players.  Chad Billingsley and Bruce Chen are both past their prime and are making their 3rd and 2nd starts of the season respectively.  Both pitchers have an ERA over 9.00 so far, so there should be plenty of opportunities for both the Diamondbacks and Rangers.  After a slow start Adrian Beltre has been heating up over the last week, and at $3,100 I think will be the best value play of the day with the potential to be the day’s top offensive player.  I also wanted to stack Dodgers hitters, so I went with Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier.  Don’t let the low over/under of this game prevent you from using as many Dodgers as you like, as the number is more a reflection of Clayton Kershaw’s ability to shut down the Rockies.  The Dodgers have scored the most runs in the National League and Eddie Butler is not a good Major League pitcher.

Mark Strotman

I made the cardinal sin of putting in two hitters against my batters, but my Russell Westbrook Picks of the Week are still Dee Gordon and now Giancarlo Stanton. Teheran was the best value I could get while still rounding out my potential power numbers nicely with Norris, Fielder and Cain. As always I love speed in my outfield, which is why Cain and Hamilton are again in my lineup. Moustakas has slowed some but is still pretty nice value here, even if he's facing a 5-0 Michael Pineda. The big ones here are Gordon and Stanton. If you can start with those two and fill in around them, you'll be looking at a payday. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Chuck Garfien and Steve Stone take a look back at Mark Buehrle's perfect game. How did Buehrle do it? How did Dewayne Wise make that catch?

Plus, Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski talk about how Buehrle actually told Pierzynski before taking that field that day that he would throw a perfect game and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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Yoan Moncada cleans up for White Sox: 'I think we found our No. 4 hitter'

Yoan Moncada cleans up for White Sox: 'I think we found our No. 4 hitter'

Though Jose Abreu and James McCann represented the team at the All-Star Game earlier this month, Yoan Moncada holds the title of the White Sox best hitter through the first 97 games of the 2019 season.

The guy who struck out 217 times during his first full season in the majors last year has been a completely different hitter this time around. Instead of looking lost at the plate, he’s the guy White Sox fans want to see at the plate in run-producing situations. He hasn’t spent much time in one of those traditional run-producing spots in the batting order, but manager Rick Renteria inserted Moncada into the cleanup spot Monday night.

And Moncada cleaned up, all right.

“I think we found our No. 4 hitter,” starting pitcher Ivan Nova said after he went the distance in a 9-1 waxing of the Miami Marlins. “A lot of times you get surprised. While he was hitting second, you're thinking and knowing, the type of hitter that he is — you're only thinking as a player, they have another way to think. But today, I think it was first time hit in fourth, and he showed.”

Moncada went 2-for-4 with the game’s biggest blow, a three-run homer in the fifth inning that blew things wide open. He drove in four runs on the night, and he flashed a potential glimpse of the future of this future-focused franchise.

Combining with Abreu, who went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored, Moncada showed what the middle of the order might look like for this team when rebuilding finally transitions to contending. That could come as soon as next year, and when you throw the currently injured Eloy Jimenez into that group, the White Sox could boast a fearsome 3-4-5 as soon as later this season.

“If someone is happy that we finally found a cleanup hitter, it’s me,” Abreu said through team interpreter Billy Russo. “Nothing that he does surprises me because I know all the talent he has. I know that he still can do more. He has been working hard. He’s a great baseball player with a lot of talent and I still think he can do more.

“What he did today is not a surprise for me. I still know he’s a great player and I think we’ve seen that throughout the whole season this year. He’s going to get better.”

Moncada has been sensational all season long, proving why the White Sox weren’t at all worried during his struggles in 2018. He owns a .304/.362/.530 slash line through these first 97 games, and his three-run blast Monday night gave him a new career high in that category after he smacked 17 a year ago. He’s six RBIs away from setting a new career high there, too. And even though he made a fielding error Monday that only briefly delayed Nova finishing off his complete-game effort, Moncada has been generally excellent at third base in his first season at that position as a big leaguer.

But putting Moncada in a run-producing spot in the order is a new wrinkle for Renteria this season. Coming into Monday’s game, Moncada had spent 63 games as the team’s No. 2 hitter and just 26 everywhere else. According to the skipper, Moncada is good enough to hit anywhere, and that’s certainly true. His eventual everyday spot in the lineup might have more to do with the hitters around him than simply what he can do by himself.

But if Moncada keeps up the kind of offensive production he’s churned out this season, maybe sticking him right in the thick of the order is what's best for the White Sox — even if those lineups of the future include big bats like those swung by Abreu, Jimenez, Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn.

“For me, it's an advantage to hit in the cleanup spot having (Abreu) ahead of me,” Moncada said through Russo. “That way, you can see how the pitchers are attacking him, and you have a better idea, in those situations when you need to produce, how the pitchers are doing it. Even though he's a right-handed hitter and I hit from both sides of the plate, it's good. It's something that gives you a better idea of how the pitchers are doing, how their pitches are working.”

“He had a nice game,” Renteria said. “He can hit anywhere in the middle and the top of the order. I wish I could say I'm really a genius, but I'm not. He's got that talent. He's able to take advantage of it and today he had a nice day. He made everybody look good.”

It would make sense to see Moncada batting fourth again as this first homestand of the second half and the 2019 season roll on, but that’s up to Renteria, who has his reasons for every permutation to his lineups.

Of course, if Abreu gets ahold of Renteria's lineup card and starts writing out the batting orders, we’ll know where Moncada will be slotted.

“If I would have that decision,” Abreu said, “I would put him in the cleanup spot for the rest of the season.”

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