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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox secured the BP Crosstown Cup by sweeping the Cubs, beating their crosstown rivals 3-2 on Friday, 7-4 on Saturday and 6-0 on Sunday.

For the White Sox, Paul Konerko's beaning dominated headlines over the weekend, although the team didn't take exception to Jeff Samardzija's splitter that ran inside and hit the Sox captain in the face. Luckily, Konerko doesn't expect to be out for too long, although his face was pretty messed up.

Oddly enough, the Sox scored 13 runs in the two games they played without Konerko. The efforts of Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo -- who wouldn't have played this weekend if Konerko didn't get hit -- and Gordon Beckham were key in helping the White Sox this weekend to mitigate Konerko's loss. And John Danks pitching one of his best games of the year on Saturday certainly helped, too.

With Brent Morel looking like he'll be placed on the disabled list, the White Sox agreed to sign Orlando Hudson, who was released by San Diego last week. While Hudson hasn't played third base in the majors, he did play there coming through the Blue Jays farm system, and that's where Robin Ventura thinks he'll wind up when he joins the White Sox on Tuesday, as expected.

Jake Peavy bounced back after his rough outinginning Tuesday against Detroit to throw 6 13 shutout innings on Sunday. After the game, he explained how he wants to stay in Chicago, but understands it may not be possible.

Peavy also had some great things to say about the retirement of Kerry Wood -- Peavy said he's watched Wood's 20-strikeout game multiple times and still is in awe of the sheer dominance the then-rookie showed that day. Luke Stuckmeyer also wondered who you'd rather have at their peak -- Wood or Mark Buehrle?

Around the division: Minnesota played pretty well Friday and Saturday against Milwaukee but was torched on Sunday, Max Scherzer struck out 15 Sunday and Justin Verlander nearly threw a no-hitter Friday, Indians closer Chris Perez ripped Cleveland's attendance (before offering a solution) and Bruce Chen won again.

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

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ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

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: