The White Sox optioned Opening Day second baseman Micah Johnson to Triple-A on Thursday after the 24-year-old hit .270/.330/.297 over 27 games in April and May.
A corresponding move will be made prior to Friday's series opener against Oakland, though it's likely the club will recall Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte. Sanchez has won two International League Player of the Week awards since being optioned to Charlotte April 11 and has a .344/.368/.466 slash line over 29 Triple-A games this year.
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Offensively, Johnson appeared to be rounding into form over his last 10 starts, hitting .310/.375/.345 with a stolen base while largely hitting at the bottom of the White Sox order. Defensively, though, Johnson didn't rate as well as his minus-8 defensive runs saved (via FanGraphs) ranked last among 23 qualified second basemen.
Emilio Bonifacio started two games at second base last weekend against Cincinnati and again Wednesday in Milwaukee.
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.
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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.