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Sox drawer: White Sox feel confident despite second loss to Cubs

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Sox drawer: White Sox feel confident despite second loss to Cubs

Most baseball players will never admit that they follow the standings or read the out-of-town scoreboard during games this early in the season.

But Tuesday night with his team trailing the Cubs 2-1, there was at least one member of the White Sox who was watching his game and the one being played simultaneously in Cleveland.

It was the same guy who saw Robin Ventura come out of the dugout in the eighth inning, seemingly to pull him from the game, and shouted back at his manager, "NO!"

Ventura was merely checking on the ankle of his pitcher. He had just taken a screaming ground ball off of it.

Jake Peavy was fine. He stayed in the game. And after holding the Cubs to two runs over nine innings, he sat helplessly in the dugout, hoping the Sox would mount a comeback. The same kind of rally he had noticed the Reds had just completed against the Indians in the top of the ninth.

It didn't happen.

And after taking questions from the media at his locker, Peavy had his own question for us. It was about the Indians.

"Did they end up winning or losing?"

They won. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth.

Peavy tossed his head back, rolled his eyes, and did the math. The Indians grabbed a half-game lead in the division. It's the first time the White Sox haven't been in first place since May 28.

Considering the White Sox had been in first and the Cubs are buried in last, losing two straight to the North Siders did not sit well in Peavy's stomach.

"I don't mean any disrespect, but a team playing the way the Cubs have been playing, we've got to beat those teams," Peavy said. "Again, please, don't take that out of context because the Cubs are a big-league team and you gotta show up every night, anybody can beat anybody. But teams that we feel like we should beat that aren't playing that well, we gotta show up and take advantage of these opportunities."

The White Sox had their chances. They drew seven walks, but the big hits never came.

And the White Sox can feel the footsteps of that other team in the distance. The Tigers are now just two games out.

"Detroit is coming, and we know Cleveland isn't going anywhere," Peavy said. "I don't think by any means this team has lost any confidence. We've showed we can play with anybody on any given day. The bottom line is we've been a little too streaky. We've been real good for a little while then not so good."

Kenny Williams is known to be one of the most active general managers around the trade deadline. He has hinted that if attendance doesn't pick up, he might not get the go-ahead to make moves and take on additional salary.

But remember this: Jerry Reinsdorf wants to win. If it's the end of July and the White Sox are in it (few thought they would be), Reinsdorf could give Williams the green light.

"You can always get better," Peavy said. "I love the team that we do have, but if Kenny and Jerry and those guys see fit, you'd always take an added player. That's something that we'd all welcome. At the same time, if that doesn't happen, we think we have enough here to beat the other teams in our division."

The White Sox need better production at third base, the back-end of the rotation, and in the bullpen.

What do the Tigers need?

According to manager Jim Leyland, they need dirtbags.

"They know how to win games," Leyland told reporters Tuesday. "That type of guy can hit .240 and be just as important as a guy that's hitting .310 because he got the guy over (to third base) on a consistent basis, he got the squeeze down, he broke up a double play, he tagged up from first on a long fly to left-center. Those are the dirtbags I'm talking about."

Leyland wants players with a mean streak. After losing five series in a row, the latest coming at home to a Cubs team with the second worst record in the majors, the White Sox have plenty to be angry about.

So get mad. Get even if you have to. And then, get going.

Because it's way too early to be talking about the Bears.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

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.