Mark Gonzales joined Chicago Tribune Live to look at what Robin Ventura may do with the White Sox lineup -- and I countered with my own thoughts about where guys should hit in the order. A quick preview: Alexei Ramirez is hitting second with Adam Dunn cleaning up.
Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the Marlins are the leading candidate to land Yoenis Cespedes, while Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein says the Cubs are most likely to sign the Cuban defector. Either way, the White Sox aren't leading that chase.
Paul Konerko has focused on hitting fastballs, which has paid huge dividends in the last two seasons.
The win expectancy chart from 2008's Game 163 is a fun look back at an absolutely nerve-wracking game.
Speaking of looking back at better times, James examines a game from 2009 in which Brian Anderson and Chris Getz hit in the Nos. 5 and 6 spots in the White Sox lineup against then-NL-ERA-leading Reds starter Johnny Cueto. Of course, the Sox plated 10 runs.
Jim's fantastic "From the Hall of Fame Library player files" series continued with a look at Zeke Bonura.
And in Kansas City news, George Brett's getting sued while Alex Gordon's getting paid.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.