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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Gavin Floyd was outstanding, allowing just one run in 7 23 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. But it wasn't good enough, as he was shouldered with the loss as the White Sox fell to Oakland 2-0 (still think pitcher win-loss records mean anything?). The Sox offense couldn't solve Tommy Milone, who allowed just three hits and no walks with five strikeouts over eight shutout innings. Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel accounted for half of the White Sox four hits.

Don Cooper joined Chicago Tribune Live to discuss Jake Peavy, as well as a few other topics regarding the success of the team's pitching staff. Cooper also added that Robin Ventura has given him "a lot of freedom to be myself." Video:

Cooper mentioned that keeping Jake Peavy healthy was key, although if he does need to hit the disabled list at some point this year, Dylan Axelrod could be able to fill in aptly. It's just four starts in Triple-A for Axelrod, but he does look pretty good.

If you missed it from earlier this week, he's Philip Humber hawking the Perfect Meatloaf Maker on David Letterman. Also, he's been excused from the White Sox for the birth of his child. Talk about a great week.

Around the division: First things first, and this has nothing to do with the AL Central -- Jose Canseco is back on twitter. Those were a scary couple of hours. The Twins will skip Francisco Liriano's turn in their rotation, Rany Jazayerli has a scathing missive on the Royals (who now have lost a dozen games in a row) and Seattle miraculously scored seven runs to beat Detroit.

Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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A deeper look at why Yoan Moncada is off to a hot start this season

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A deeper look at why Yoan Moncada is off to a hot start this season

Yoan Moncada continued his hot start to the season with a leadoff home run in Detroit on Friday.

He finished with two hits and a bases-loaded walk in a 7-3 White Sox win.

Moncada’s base numbers are all up this season. He is hitting .325 with a 1.002 OPS and a team-leading six home runs. Beyond that, a deeper look at the numbers show why Moncada’s production is up.

Moncada didn’t show much, if any, improvement in 2018 from 2017. Most of his numbers across the board were similar or slightly worse.

Moncada was patient at the plate, but maybe too patient in his first two seasons with the White Sox. He led the majors with 217 strikeouts last season and 85 of those were strikeouts looking. So far this season, Moncada is yet to strikeout looking.

This season, Moncada is swinging at more pitches both in the strike zone and overall, which is leading to a lower strikeout rate. A look at the advanced stats from FanGraphs shows Moncada swung at 63.9 percent of pitches in the zone in both 2017 and 2018 (these numbers are before Friday's game). That number is up to 69.1 percent this season. On top of that, Moncada is making more contact on those swings on pitches in the zone (up to 86.5 percent this season after 77.5 percent in 2017 and 79.8 percent in 2018).

His strikeout rate (32 percent in 2017, 33.4 percent in 2018) is way down at 24.1 percent. Strikeouts were the biggest red flag for Moncada last year. By being more aggressive this season, Moncada has been able to cut way down on that number.

His power has gone way up as well. He already has 12 extra base hits (in 82 plate appearances) and his home run on Friday was an absolute bomb. Moncada took it deep for 458 feet. That’s the longest White Sox home run of the season and is tied for the eighth longest home run in the majors this season.


He later showed that despite being more aggressive, he still has that plate discipline that was such a big part of what made him a coveted prospect in the first place. He drew a five-pitch bases loaded walk in which he did not swing the bat.

No matter how it's happening, Moncada’s turnaround has been one of the most important things in the young White Sox season.

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