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White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

RIP, Moose Skowron. If you haven't read Chuck's outstanding profile of one best men to ever put on a White Sox uniform, do so. It's well worth your time. Chris Kamka also looked at how Moose always hit when it mattered the most.

John Danks was frustrated. Really frustrated.

While Danks turned in a rough outing Friday, both Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd were excellent in their starts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Sox lost Saturday's game 1-0, as they couldn't touch Boston starter Jon Lester, while Floyd flirted with a no-hitter Sunday and was buoyed by a first-inning homer off the bat of Adam Dunn in a 4-1 win.

The Sox hadn't been in a save situation since Wednesday, when Hector Santiago served up three runs to the A's in the 14th. So when Matt Thornton remained in Sunday's game to nail down the save, it certainly raised questions as to who Robin Ventura's choice is for the ninth.

One person it won't be is Addison Reed, at least until Jesse Crain comes off the disabled list. While Reed -- and Nate Jones -- will see increased roles with Crain's left oblique landing him on the shelf, the Sox won't be able to turn to Reed in the ninth until they can get Crain back to his usual setup role.

Last thing of note: Jim Thome is paying a lot of money for a house in Burr Ridge, and it looks like he's keeping his permanent home here in the Chicagoland area.

Around the division: Shin-Soo Choo could miss some time against the Sox this week, Detroit finally released Brandon Inge and saw him sign with Oakland, Doug Fister's on the mend and that's really good news for the scuffling Tigers, Delmon Young was placed on the restricted list, and this happened:
It's worth repeating that Bruce Chen threw over to first base TEN TIMES w Denard Span on and Jamey Carroll up in the 1st inning. TEN. Phil Mackey (@PMac21) April 29, 2012

2020 MLB odds: Why the White Sox aren't a value pick to win World Series

2020 MLB odds: Why the White Sox aren't a value pick to win World Series

Are the White Sox a trendy pick to win the World Series for those placing future bets?

In searching for value plays in a futures bet, the White Sox have gone from 60-1 to win the World Series prior to Thanksgiving, all the way down to 25-1 as we approach Opening Day in late July.

“At 25-1 on the White Sox to win the World Series, I don’t like your value, per se, but I do like the White Sox, say for example, when it comes to say, winning the division,” Sports betting analyst Sam Panayotovich told NBC Sports Chicago.

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The White Sox were already an intriguing team before the pandemic chopped the season from a 162-game marathon to a 60-game sprint, but as they return to the field they have become a team several pundits are keying.  

Panayotovich bought into the intrigue, even prior to the offseason additions of a team that has spent three plus years in a rebuild

Michael Kopech, Carlos Rodon and Dane Dunning will all play a role, seemingly out of the gate, giving a rotation insurance in what will be a two month long roller coaster ride.  

The offseason additions of Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel and Edwin Encarnacion, paired with the expected debuts of Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal have turned the White Sox into a sexy pick when it comes to sports betting MLB futures.  

But the rise in appeal among the betting publicly has left Panayotovich pondering the meaning of value when it comes to laying a wager on the White Sox. The 100-win Twins from a year ago are the odds on favorite in 2020, but the White Sox aren’t lurking far behind at 3-1, and become the value play when it comes to 2020 Futures plays on the White Sox.  


Lucas Giolito not sure MLB can complete 2020 season amid COVID-19 challenges

Lucas Giolito not sure MLB can complete 2020 season amid COVID-19 challenges

If you’re expecting to challenge the Minnesota Twins for the AL Central title, no reason to mess around. Why not face them on Opening Day?

“Sounds like fun to me,” Lucas Giolito said on the White Sox Talk Podcast.

But while Giolito will likely be starting for the White Sox that night — July 24 on NBC Sports Chicago — ask him how, or should we say if, this season actually finishes in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and you get a much different answer, one layered with doubt about possible problems that could lie ahead for the entire league.

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“I’m not 100-percent confident that we’re going to get through a season this year, but I have to prepare for it mentally, physically and be ready to go. We all have to,” Giolito said. “I’m trying to follow the rules, protocols, do everything that I can, communicate to others to do it as well. I think if we can do that and guys are being pretty safe away from the field, then there’s a pretty good chance we can at least get it started.”

Not exactly a quote the league wants to put on a billboard, but it’s baseball’s unfortunate reality.

The players know what they’re up against: a battle against a virus that doesn’t care who’s pitching or hitting, who’s home or away.

“For me, I’m all for whatever keeps us safe. We’re not going to be safe, (so) I guess as safe as possible. So far, I’ve seen no issues with my tests or any of my teammates,” Giolito said. “I just think it’s important that we do everything we can, which by looking around the clubhouse these last few days in our 'Summer Camp,' I feel like everyone on the team is taking it seriously. We’re doing a pretty solid job adhering to all the rules.”

Last week, White Sox players held a Zoom call to discuss not just the rules, but how every single person is responsible for their actions. One bad decision by one player could put the whole team and season in jeopardy.

“When we are away from the field, are we socially distancing? Are we wearing our masks when we go to the grocery store? Or going out to bars or restaurants and hanging out with a bunch of random people? That’s going to be the biggest challenge, I think, for everyone involved with this. Coming together and saying, 'This is the normal right now. This is what we’ve got to do if we want to make this work,'” Giolito explained. “I think it’s going to be important that team leaders, both coaches and players, continue to reiterate that.”

So far, two White Sox players have tested positive for COVID-19. Both positive tests came during the team's intake period, before workouts began at Guaranteed Rate Field last Friday.

Giolito said he’s been tested two to three times.

“If we could (be tested) every day, I would do it every day.”

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Watching the workout on Monday, other than the sight of coaches wearing masks, everything looked normal with the White Sox. Eloy Jiménez was laughing and smiling. Luis Robert was roaming center field like a gazelle. Edwin Encarnación was crushing balls deep into the seats.

Despite the pandemic, the goal for 2020 remains the same.

It’s time to start winning.  

In this case, Giolito says that means beating their opponents, as well as the virus.

“It’s unfortunately a risk that I’m taking and many of my teammates are taking," he said. "At the same time, we’re interested in winning, and we’re not going to win if we’re not playing.”