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White Sox, Reds to play doubleheader Saturday


White Sox, Reds to play doubleheader Saturday

The White Sox and Cincinnati Reds will play a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday’s game was rained out.

The teams are set to begin their doubleheader at 3:10 p.m. CST on Saturday with the regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. game to follow.

The White Sox have already had four games postponed this season.

The team has a split doubleheader scheduled for July 17 to makeup an April 25 rainout against the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox also return to Baltimore on May 28 for a one-day doubleheader after citywide civil unrest resulted in the cancellation of games from April 27-28.

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And that doesn’t count the suspension of the team’s April 24 contest against the Royals, which was completed on April 26.

Combined with scheduled days off, the White Sox have not played eight times since the season started on April 6.

With so much rest, White Sox manager Robin Ventura hasn’t had to sit his starters often, which has led to less playing time for some of the team’s role players. Emilio Bonifacio has 18 plate appearances through the team’s first 25 games and even though J.B. Shuck made three straight starts in Minneapolis, he only has 21 plate appearances.

“Those guys are probably hurt by the way our schedule has been, as much as anything because we really haven’t had that consistent stretch of playing games where you maybe need to give a guy a breather, get a guy in there,” Ventura said. “Shuck got a few games in there when Eaton was gone in Minnesota, but the games that were cancelled the rainouts and things like that, it’s been tough. …

“You’re trying to figure out a way to get some guys in there and get some at-bats and win the game at the same time.”

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This is already the fourth time this season Hector Noesi has had a start disrupted. He was scheduled to start on April 25 and had his turn pushed back to April 27. When that game was cancelled, Noesi’s turn was skipped. The White Sox also opted to skip Noesi’s turn during the second week of the season because they had scheduled offdays on April 13 and April 16.

Noesi won’t be skipped this time around, however. Ventura said Friday he would start during Saturday’s doubleheader no matter what.

Johnny Cueto starts for Cincinnati in the first game against Noesi while Carlos Rodon makes his first major league start in the nightcap against Jason Marquis.

White Sox, Cardinals to play doubleheader after Friday's game postponed

White Sox, Cardinals to play doubleheader after Friday's game postponed

The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t played a game since July 29.

But that’s scheduled to change, with two games against the White Sox on the same day.

The Cardinals, who have experienced 18 positive COVID-19 tests among players and staffers in recent weeks, are scheduled to finally return to action Saturday in a doubleheader with the South Siders at Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

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The two teams were originally scheduled to begin a three-game series Thursday, with the Field of Dreams game in Iowa. That nationally televised showcase event was pushed to 2021 due to logistical reasons caused by the pandemic. That forced a switch to a regular three-game weekend set on the South Side, the first game of which, set for Friday night, was postponed after another Cardinals staffer reportedly tested positive Thursday.

So it will be three games in two days, the start of a Chicago-baseball marathon for the Redbirds, who will play eight games — including a trio doubleheaders — in five days against the White Sox and Cubs.

The Cardinals have seen 18 straight games postponed after playing just their fifth game of the season to cap a two-game set with the Minnesota Twins at the end of July. That’s a total of four entire series and three doubleheaders.

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They’ve been out of action for two weeks, and that’s a pretty big hole blown in what was already a shortened and compressed 60-game schedule. The daunting task ahead of trying to make up so many games in such a brief amount of time before the regular season ends Sept. 27 has generated talk of imbalanced records across the league and what Major League Baseball might have to do should numerous teams finish the year without having played the same number of games.

Obviously, that could have a dramatic effect on playoff seeding in the expanded postseason fields, which grew to include eight teams in each league. While it might sound like a quick fix to simply pluck the Cardinals out of the running for a playoff berth in the National League, doing so would create even more headaches for the teams who were supposed to play them. That includes the White Sox and all their AL Central rivals, putting them in a wildly different situation than teams from the AL East and AL West, with whom they are competing for wild card spots. And it could change things within the AL Central race, too, with the Detroit Tigers waiting to find out when they'll play the four-game series they were supposed to play against the Cardinals last week.

And so the Cardinals will attempt to resume their season Saturday on the South Side. Though like everything involving the 2020 Major League Baseball season, and the Cardinals' campaign in particular, things have the potential to change in a hurry.


White Sox Talk Podcast: Dallas Keuchel's wakeup call to the White Sox


White Sox Talk Podcast: Dallas Keuchel's wakeup call to the White Sox

After an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Dallas Keuchel called out his teammates in person and in the media to be better and it seems to have worked.

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey discuss Keuchel's leadership in the White Sox locker room, and the team's response to Keuchel's comments. They also dive into Tim Anderson's return to the lineup after coming back from injury and his home run trot after crushing a ball.

(2:00) - Keuchel's importance to the White Sox

(6:40) - Should Rick Renteria have called out the team instead of Keuchel?

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(11:00) - Tim Anderson's leadoff home run trot

(16:30) - White Sox bullpen is coming through

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White Sox Talk Podcast