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Todd Frazier looks to remedy slow start for White Sox

Todd Frazier looks to remedy slow start for White Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — He may have to watch some video to identify any issues, but Todd Frazier has a pretty good sense what’s happening.

The White Sox third baseman isn’t off to the start he hoped he’d be. Frazier, who struck out four times in Sunday afternoon’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, has produced a .163/.196/.327 slash line in his first 12 games with the White Sox, who acquired him in December from the Cincinnati Reds in a three-team deal. Frazier has two home runs, six RBIs and 14 strikeouts in 49 at-bats.

But he won’t make any excuses.

“You go out there, you battle your tail off,” Frazier said. “Miss some pitches, swinging at bad pitches and that’s what happens when you struggle. You go through a little stretch like this, you have to hit strikes. And if you miss them, you can’t be swinging out of the zone. That’s what basically I’ve been doing.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks Frazier may be pressing a little.

But Frazier is hardly alone on an offense that scored 15 runs during a 4-2 road trip. The White Sox have a .278 on-base percentage. They’ve scored three or fewer runs in five straight games and in seven of 12 contests.

“You can see guys that when they go through that and I think right now he’s doing that, just trying to do too much,” Ventura said. “Just calming him down. He’s here, we believe in him and he’s going to be all right.”

Frazier struck out to start the second, fourth and ninth innings. He also struck out to end the sixth inning. No runners were on base in any of his plate appearances.

Asked if he thinks timing could be an issue, Frazier said “pretty much.” He’s upbeat that the White Sox are 8-4 to start the season having played only two games at U.S. Cellular Field. But he’d like to find a groove and quick.

“I have to go back and look, but I’d say everything is about timing,” Frazier said. “Myself included, we missed a lot of pitches and (Matt Moore) was dominant. You tip your cap to him. But I’d like to face him again and see what happens.”

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

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Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast

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