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Sox searching for another streak heading into Cubs series

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Sox searching for another streak heading into Cubs series

A month ago, the White Sox kicked off the BP Crosstown Cup series on the North Side with a 18-21 record, 4 12 games behind first-place Cleveland. They hadn't won a series since sweeping Seattle April 20-22 and were coming off an odd two-day trip to Anaheim to play the Angels.

The Sox swept the Cubs, and after losing on May 22 to the Twins rattled off nine consecutive wins. By June 3, the Sox had a 2 12 game lead over Cleveland, and they haven't relinquished first place since.

But the Sox haven't held on to first place because of good play. They've dropped four consecutive series, salvaging lone victories against Toronto, Houston, St. Louis and Los Angeles to go 4-8 in their last dozen contests. The baseball has been a little better against the Cardinals and Dodgers, with the Sox losing four games against those clubs by a total of five runs.

The Cubs have baseball's worst record and third-worst run differential. But the Sox draw Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster in this three-game series against the untested Zach Stewart and struggling Gavin Floyd. Winning the series won't be easy, but perhaps doing so would act as a springboard going forward.

After the Cubs, the Sox welcome Milwaukee to town for the time since 2000. A seven-game swing to Minnesota and New York follows, and then the Sox host Texas and Toronto leading into the All-Star break. That's not an easy stretch, although the Sox pasted good teams in Cleveland and Tampa Bay to make up the meat of the nine-game winning streak.

A series win over the Cubs could jump-start a lagging team, or at the least, it could provide a nice cushion in case the Sox falter against such a difficult upcoming slate. The action starts tonight, and you can catch every game of the series on Comcast SportsNet.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: 

 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.