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What Fielder's signing means for the Sox

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What Fielder's signing means for the Sox

We don't know all the details of Prince Fielder's nine-year contract with Detroit -- specifically, if there's an option for him to opt out at any point -- but there are a few truths about the deal that apply to the White Sox.

1. Hit the ball to third base: The general consensus seems to be that Jim Leyland will have to move Miguel Cabrera to third base to accommodate Fielder. This is a good thing. Cabrera was the Marlins' everyday third baseman in 2006 and 2007 and also picked up some innings there in 2003, 2005 and 2008. Over those 3,273 23 innings spent at the hot corner, Cabrera has a -30 DRS and -11 UZR, so he wasn't a very good third baseman before he bulked up. Chances are he'll be a defensive liability, even moreso than he was at first base.

2. That's not a fun middle: While Detroit may not have much hitting in front of the middle of their lineup (Austin Jackson? A regression-prone Jhonny Peralta? Ramon Santiago?)...my god, that middle of the lineup is just scary. Cabrera and Fielder are in their primes, and even if Alex Avila regresses, he'll probably be an above-average bat. Brennan Boesch is a solid bat as well, so 3-6 Detroit is set. If Delmon Young can re-capture his 2010 form and Peralta doesn't regress (two big ifs), this lineup will be nightmarish.

3. This sets Detroit up for long-term division domination...probably: The Tigers were the division favorites before and after the injury to Victor Martinez, and now, they're even bigger favorites with Fielder. Looking forward, they'll get Martinez back for 2013 and 2014 and they have a pitching staff that's under control for the next few years. But weird things happen -- remember when Detroit traded for Cabrera and was supposed to be unstoppable in 2008? The Tigers finished last that year with a 74-88 record. it was a one-year blip, sure, but Detroit won't win nine consecutive division titles.

After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

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After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

Lucas Giolito technically had a complete game in his last start, but it was a five-inning rain-shortened complete game.

Giolito himself said he didn’t count that as a complete game.

“I don't consider it a complete game until I get nine,” said after the May 18 win against the Blue Jays.

Giolito got his nine Thursday in Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander went the distance and shutout the Astros.

In a postgame interview on NBC Sports Chicago with broadcasters Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Giolito laughed when talking about the five-inning complete game. He said he had a couple seven-inning complete games in the minor leagues, but had never gone this deep into a game in his professional career.

“Never got to the ninth inning in my career so it’s a special moment for me,” Giolito said.

When Yuli Gurriel popped out to third base for the last out of the game, Giolito immediately started emphatically clapping his hand into his glove with excitement. He then gave catcher James McCann a high five and a hug.

He limited the Astros to four hits and one walk and used 107 pitches for the complete game. Giolito added nine strikeouts.

Entering the ninth inning, Giolito said there was no discussion from manager Rick Renteria or anyone else about having the bullpen close out the 4-0 win.

“I knew my pitch count was low enough to go out there so there was no need to talk about it,” Giolito said.

This is the third time the Astros, which are tied for the MLB lead in wins at 33, have been shutout this season. They hadn’t been shutout in Houston since Sept. 19 of last season.

Entering Thursday, the Astros led all of baseball in team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS so there’s nothing cheap about this Giolito performance.

“I just felt good today,” Giolito said. “I had a lot of first-pitch strikes. I kept it efficient. I was taking a look at the pitch counts around the seventh and I was like ‘OK, I think if we stay on the same page I think we’re going to get this.’”

Immediately after he said that he got the postgame ice bucket shower from Jose Rondon.

Giolito has been on a heck of a run lately and his season ERA dropped below 3 with this outing. He now has a 2.77 ERA on the season, which is 15th best in baseball.


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Crosstown baseball in full effect: White Sox and Cubs share great moments

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Crosstown baseball in full effect: White Sox and Cubs share great moments

Ozzie Guillen and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on Baseball Night Chicago to talk all things Chicago baseball.

 

On Wednesday night, the White Sox and Cubs shared some memorable moments, they look ahead to the White Sox-Astros series finale and discuss pitching in Chicago.

 

Plus... a little game of 'Rate this Rant!' to wrap things up.

 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: