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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The White Sox held a conference call with Dayan Viciedo and translator Jackson Miranda in which the Cuban right fielder said he reached out to Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler and doesn't feel any pressure to replace Carlos Quentin.

According to CSNChicago's David Kaplan, the White Sox likely were Kerry Wood's fallback option if he wasn't able to work out a deal with the Cubs. That tells us the White Sox do have some money to spend.

The White Sox are still listening to offers on Gavin Floyd, although their asking price is high. With Edwin Jackson still available via free agency, any team that wants Floyd should probably make a run at Jackson first.

Toronto was mentioned as a team that's had intermittent talks with the White Sox regarding Floyd. On Tuesday, the Blue Jays officially released Mark Teahen, paying him 5.5 million to not play for them in 2012.

Jerry Reinsdorf wants to see scouts be up for Hall of Fame induction. Hard to disagree with that idea.

Kenny Williams' son Kyle is playing in the NFC Championship this weekend for the 49ers. CSNChicago's Gail Fischer caught up with Kenny at the Bulls game, who joked he doesn't want to give away his travel plans in case somebody wants to break into his home and wear his world series ring and defrost some lobster again.

Jim has an extensive look back at the disappointing career of Scott Ruffcorn and points out that the last 21 first-round picks of the White Sox have amassed a grand total of 4.3 WAR (via Baseball-Reference). Yikes. No pressure, Chris.

James looks at the Gavin Floyd trade rumor and Dayan Viciedo's recruitment of Cespedes and Soler. In examining the difference between Floyd and some combination of Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart, James nails it with this line:

"And if you prefer to go by pitcher wins, that's going from 11 wins, to an article by Joe Posnanski explaining the problems with going by pitcher wins."

Around the division:

Victor Martinez tore his ACL and may miss the entire 2012 season. That brought about a few knee-jerk "is Detroit in trouble?" thoughts around the Internet, but the Tigers are still easily the best team in the division so long as they bring in someone to protect Miguel Cabrera. Tom Fornelli at South Side Aslyum agrees.

Tigers blog Bless You Boys looks at the impact of the injury and has some quotes from Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski on the Martinez situation.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says now is the time for the Royals to lock up Alex Gordon long-term. Neutrally, yeah, they should do that, but the thought of Gordon (who legitimately deserved some MVP votes last season) terrorizing the AL Central for the better part of the next decade is a little scary.

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease picked up a win in his first start, but his second did not go as well.

Cease pitched six innings Tuesday at the Royals and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven, but took the loss in an ugly game for the White Sox.

The game got off to an ominous start with Eloy Jimenez getting injured on the first batter Cease faced. The White Sox defense didn’t help Cease much either with three errors (Cease had one of those on an errant pickoff throw).

After giving up six runs in the first four innings, Cease settled down to retire the final eight batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts against just one walk and threw 67 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Cease struck out six in his first start and is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out six or more in each of his first two career appearances.

A deeper look at Cease’s numbers show his swing and miss stuff hasn’t quite caught on as expected so far. Cease got 13 swinging strikes in 101 pitches in his major league debut. He got 12 whiffs on 108 pitches on Tuesday. His slider did get five swinging strikes on 25 pitches against the Royals.

Fastball command remains a key part to Cease’s success. He only threw 26 out of 54 fastballs for strikes in his debut. Cease improved upon that with 31 strikes on 50 fastballs against the Royals.

Most of the Royals’ damage came against Cease’s fastball as well. Six of the Royals’ eight hits off Cease, including all three extra base hits, were off heaters. Cease also gave up four hits with two strikes.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Cease since he joined the White Sox, but he hasn’t hit the ground running in the majors just yet. Having 13 days between the first two starts of his career due to the all-star break and the White Sox giving him some extra rest also isn’t the ideal scenario for a young pitcher.

Cease’s ERA is now at 5.73, which isn’t going to set the world on fire. Still, there have been enough positives in his first two starts to see where reasonable improvement could lead to Cease becoming the pitcher the White Sox expect him to be.

 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

David Haugh, Sam Panayotovich and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs deal World Series hero Mike Montgomery to the Royals for catcher Martin Maldonado. So what does that mean for Willson Contreras' injury? And who will get the majority of the playing time behind the plate?

10:30 - The guys look ahead to Dylan Cease's second Major League start and discuss what players should be dealt at the deadline to continue the White Sox rebuild.

16:00 - The Blackhawks deal Artem Anisimov to the Senators. Could this mean Kirby Dach can make the team on opening night?

18:30 - Robbie Gould won't be a Bear next season. Is the Bears Week 1 kicker currently on their roster?

20:00 - Did EA Sports diss Mitch Trubisky? DARN NATIONAL MEDIA!!!!

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