The White Sox moved out of the American League Central cellar this weekend by sweeping the Indians on the road. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton discuss how the South Siders can keep this momentum going and find a way to perhaps make Wild Card moves in the White Sox Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
Just when it appeared the White Sox were regressing to the mean, losing six of seven and falling eight games below .500, they go and complete a four-game sweep this weekend in Cleveland. Now Robin Ventura's group is sitting at 46-50 and just 5.0 games out of the second Wild Card spot. Granted, there are five teams ahead of them after the Astros and Twins (current Wild Card leaders) and with four games coming up in Boston Bill Melton believes they likely will be sellers at the deadline.
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But if the White Sox do stand a fighting chance, it'll be because of their starting rotation. That rotation hasn't issued a walk in five straight starts, which hasn't been done by a White Sox staff since 1972.
"I know (pitching coach) Don Cooper hates walks. If anything he can't stand walks, whether it's out of the bullpen or on the mound," Melton said. "He's got to be feeling really good because whatever corrections he's made, again it's competition, it's five starters competing against each other. Everybody wants to outdo the other guy. I think that helps a lot."
See what else Chuck and Bill had to say in the video above.
In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert? Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike? What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.