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White Sox bullpen has enjoyed rotation's recent success


White Sox bullpen has enjoyed rotation's recent success

SEATTLE — Whether its the reemergence of Nate Jones or starters who have pitched deep into games of late, the rest of the White Sox bullpen has seen a reduced workload.

And they’re not complaining.

With Jones back in the mix pitching key innings and the club’s starters averaging nearly seven innings over the past 13 games, the bullpen’s workload has been reduced at a point in the season when arms get tired. So while you might expect relievers to vie for any inning they can get their hands on, veteran Matt Albers said the group has enjoyed the respite.

“With the starters going seven and eight innings, it only seems like there’s one or two innings to pick up,” Albers said. “It’s actually a good thing. We’ll take our rest. We know as a bullpen you’ll eventually get your work in, it comes in spurts.”

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The most recent segment of games has seen White Sox starters working deep into games. Not since Jeff Samardzija couldn’t escape the fifth inning on Aug. 8 has a White Sox starter completed fewer than six innings. Over their last 13 games, White Sox starters have thrown 89 1/3 innings, an average of 6.87 per start.

Fewer innings and strong performances from Jones has given manager Robin Ventura more flexibility and another big arm to pitch in key spots.

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But Ventura isn’t fooled into thinking he’ll have this situation the rest of the way. All he has to do is look back to earlier this month when Samardzija and Chris Sale had several bad starts in the same turn of the rotation as a reminder.

“They’ll get their work,” Ventura said. “Any time you think you have a luxury in baseball I think you pay for it. I think with Nate coming back and really what he’s been able to do and how he looks when he goes out there, he pretty much slides into the eighth inning and everybody else moves down. So depending on where those guys go and how it works, depending on the lineup and everything else, they’ll get their work, we’re not worried about that.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park


White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below: 

'White Sox to the Letter'


'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”


A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base


B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”


C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard


D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run


E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet


F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge


G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of


H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!


I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan


J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows


K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty


L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains


M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early


N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number


O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame


P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball


Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support


R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick


S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so


T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer


U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air


V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel


W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton


X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better


Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower


Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list