CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton discuss the White Sox preparing for their September call-ups in this week's Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.
The White Sox are entering September with a 61-68 record, and as of Monday, sit seven games back from the second wild card spot in the American League.
With just over a month to play in the regular season and a potential postseason berth slipping further away, it may be time for the White Sox to shift their focus to next year.
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MLB's active rosters will expand from 25 to 40 on Tuesday, which means the White Sox will have the luxury of calling up some top prospects to get a taste of the big-league action. It's a chance to see what they can bring to the table in 2016, and gives general manager Rick Hahn an idea of how to prepare for the offseason.
As far as what's next on the schedule for the South Siders, the next four series' will be against division opponents, which begins Tuesday with a six-game road trip against the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.
Check out a preview of the White Sox's upcoming matchup in the video above.
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.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
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.