Alex Rios hasn't done anything this spring, production-wise, to erase any concerns about his 2011 struggles seeping into 2012. The 31-year-old who posted a .613 OPS last year has compiled a .244.300.333 Cactus League slash line with three walks, six strikeouts and one home run.
Of course, last spring Rios tore the cover off the ball, belting four home runs with a .956 OPS. It's just a reminder that spring stats aren't always predictive of regular-season results.
The White Sox are hoping Rios' spring numbers don't carry over when things begin to matter on April 6. On the flip side, they're hoping Adam Dunn's spring stats are a sign of things to come in the regular season.
In 14 games, Dunn has hit four home runs while drawing 12 walks with four strikeouts. His 1.111 OPS is a nice bow on what has been an encouraging showing in the Cactus League, as Dunn has looked like the guy the Sox shelled out 56 million to land prior to the 2011 season.
That Dunn has only struck out four times and gone deep off a lefty is cause for optimism. Yes, spring stats don't always matter. But in the case of Dunn, these 32 at-bats are some of the only good ones he's had in a White Sox uniform.
White Sox GM Kenny Williams sat down with CSN's Pat Boyle to discuss Rios and Dunn, along with a few other topics. Check out the interview below:
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).
Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)
He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).
He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00). Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
White Sox Talk Podcast