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White Sox: Rodon, Noesi choice could come down to bullpen

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White Sox: Rodon, Noesi choice could come down to bullpen

MILWAUKEE -- There are many issues at play in who gets the next start but the most pressing could come down to who’s immediately available.

While the White Sox still haven’t determined whom they’ll turn to this weekend in Oakland — Carlos Rodon or Hector Noesi — the latter could be used on Monday night because of a short-handed bullpen.

Noesi, who was forced out of Saturday’s first game after 1 2/3 innings because he was hit above his right hip by a line drive, is listed as available in the series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers if he’s needed. But the White Sox must weigh that against Rodon’s workload as they remain committed to monitoring his innings and aren’t ready to cut him loose — even though they’re short on relief arms.

“A lot of it depends on these two days,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Rick (Hahn’s) up here, so we’ll be talking about that and how we shake it out. With what happened in the doubleheader, (Sunday) us scoring late, helped us out a lot, not having to use guys in extra innings. That run was big. The win was great and was important, but it did help the bullpen quite a bit.”

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Noesi could pitch Monday because the White Sox are down to six relievers after Rodon pitched in the place of Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale, who both had their starts pushed back a day because of five-game suspensions.

Dan Jennings pitched a ton over the weekend and several other relievers went twice. Long man Scott Carroll also is down after he threw 67 pitches in place of Noesi on Saturday.

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“Hopefully we don’t have to use (Noesi), but if something arises where we need some length we might have to use him,” Ventura said.

With 22 1/3 combined innings pitched this season between the majors and minors, the White Sox are keeping a close eye on Rodon. Ideally the rookie would pitch no more than 150-160 innings, though the White Sox haven’t publically identified what is their maximum for Rodon. With 27 starts to go for 80 percent of the rotation, Rodon would easily surpass that totally were he to start the rest of the way.

“We know where we’d like him to end up,” Ventura said. “You’re trying to make sure you can stay within in that. There are too many variables right now of who we got, where he’s at, what’s best for him, us, all those things. We continue to discuss that. In the end, when we get through (Monday), we’ll have a better idea of where we’re at and how we need to go forward.”

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.


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

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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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