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Word on the Street: Guillen squares off with Jenks

Word on the Street: Guillen squares off with Jenks

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
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Jenks disappointed in departure from Sox

Bobby Jenks, the White Sox's closer the past several seasons, was non-tendered by the team this offseason and wound up signing with the Boston Red Sox. The 29-year-old veteran said he understood the business behind the call, but was still upset nonetheless.

"It was my first hope, and it hurt," Jenks said in an article on mlb.com. "During my first conversation with my wife after the season, she looked me in the eyes and said that she would go anywhere with me. I said that I wanted to go back to Chicago.

"Once they signed Adam Dunn and gave him my number, I knew it was official. With that move right there, even though they talked to me after Paul Konerko and Dunn signed, it was almost like an afterthought, I felt. They never made it seem like they wanted to bring me back."(MLB.com)

Guillen's son fires back at Jenks

Oney Guillen, the son of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, took some shots right back at departed pitcher Bobby Jenks, who was unhappy with the way the White Sox handled his situation in the offseason.

The younger Guillen had several tweets ripping Jenks after the former hefty closer said he "was looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen."

One such Tweet: "and you say the manager didnt trust u? he kept putting ur fat there and u kept blowing it, he never took u away from that role unreal" (Yahoo Sports)

Is Jay Cutler the best Bears QB ever?

Maybe, according to Daily Chicago Sports Tab blog, even considering Cutler still has one game left to play in just his second season with the team. As it stands right now, he already ranks eighth in team history in passing yards (with 6,772) and is tied for sixth with 50 touchdown passes. Cutlers QB rating of 82.5 is better than any other quarterback in the franchise's top ten yards in passing while his completion percentage of 60.8 is best among those ten passers.

On this current trend, Cutler could be the Bears best statistical quarterback sometime in the 2012-13 season, overtaking Sid Luckman. (Daily Chicago Sports Tab)

Cubs going after Fausto Carmona?

Reports have come out from ESPN's Bruce Levine that the Cubs may be interested in Cleveland Indians starter Fausto Carmona. But, Al Yellon of the blog Bleed Cubbie Blue doesn't think that will be such a good idea, as the asking price from Cleveland is likely too much.

To get Carmona, a former 19-game winner, it would likely cost the Cubs Brett Jackson and Chris Archer, two of the top prospects in the organization. But, to get Matt Garza from the Tampa Bay Rays, it may only take minor league catcher Robinson Chirinos and shortstop Hak-Ju Lee. (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

Former Bear takes a shot at team

Brandon Lloyd, a former Chicago Bears receiver, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Tuesday and in a conference call with the press, was asked if he had anything to say to his former teams (San Francisco, Washington and Chicago). He responded with "Yeah, there is something I'd like to say to them: Bleep you. I mean that in the most professional way." (Denver Post)

Joe Blanton an option for Cubs?

If the Cubs don't trade for Carmona or Garza, they could go after Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to BleacherReport.com. Blanton could be a perfect Plan B after he was deemed expendable when the Phillies shocked the world by signing Cliff Lee in the offseason. (BleacherReport.com)
Bulls targeting a shooting guard

There has been a lot of talk lately regarding the Bulls and trading for a shooting guard, which is their main area of need. One such name being brought up in the discussion is J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets, but he likely wouldn't be dealt until Denver determines where superstar Carmelo Anthony is going. However, another name has been thrown into the mix as Courtney Lee of the Houston Rockets could be a good fit. (Yahoo Sports)
Bears-Jets game sets ratings record

The Bears' tilt against the New York Jets Sunday ranked as the highest preliminary television rating for the single-game window in the 13 seasons of the current AFC package on CBS. The package of all NFL games on CBS earned a 15.4 overnight rating and 30 share, the best ever. (Wall Street Journal)Palmeiro to miss out on Hall of Fame?

Rafael Palmeiro, a member of the 500 home-run club who spent his career with the Cubs, Rangers and Orioles, is likely not to be voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after testing positive for steroids in his career. Palmeiro is one of four players in MLB history to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, but his positive steroid test is a big blemish on his otherwise Hall of Fame career. (USA Today)

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.

It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

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It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

The preseason expectations and the results have been drastically different for Lucas Giolito.

Expected to be the best pitcher on the White Sox starting staff, Giolito hasn’t come too close to that title, instead heading into Friday’s doubleheader with the most earned runs allowed of any pitcher in baseball. His walk total has been among the highest in the game all year long, too. And the calls from social media to send him down to Triple-A haven’t been at all infrequent.

But Friday, White Sox fans got a glimpse at what they expected, a look at the guy who earned so much hype with a strong September last season and a dominant spring training.

It wasn’t a performance that would make any reasonable baseball person’s jaw drop. But it was the best Giolito has looked this season. He still allowed four runs on seven hits — as mentioned, not a Cy Young type outing — but he struck out a season-high eight batters. Prior to giving up the back-to-back singles to start the eighth inning that brought an end to his evening, he’d surrendered just two runs.

Most importantly he walked just two guys and didn’t seem to struggle with his command at all. That’s a big deal for a pitcher who had 45 walks to his name prior to Friday.

“You know it was a tough eighth inning, but throughout the whole game, I felt in sync,” Giolito said. “(Catcher Omar Narvaez) and I were working really well, finally commanding the fastball the way I should. Definitely the best I felt out there this year, for sure. Velocity was up a tick. Just felt right, felt in sync. Just competed from there.”

Confidence has never left Giolito throughout the poor results, and he’s talked after every start about getting back on the horse and giving it another try. Consistently working in between starts, things finally seemed to click Friday night.

“It all worked today,” manager Rick Renteria said. “(Pitching coach Don Cooper) says that every bullpen has gotten better, from the beginning to this point. He sees progress. The velocity that he showed today was something that Coop was seeing in his work. You can see that his delivery is continuing to improve. He was trusting himself, really attacking the strike zone, trusted his breaking ball today when he need to and just tried to command as much as he could. Did a nice job.”

Giolito went through this kind of thing last year, when he started off poorly at Triple-A Charlotte with a 5.40 ERA through his first 16 starts. But then things got better, with Giolito posting a 2.78 ERA over his final eight starts with the Knights before getting called up to the big leagues.

This was just one start, of course, but perhaps he can follow a similar formula this year, too, going from a rough beginning to figuring things out.

“I’m not trying to tinker or think about mechanics anymore,” he said. “It’s about flow, getting out there and making pitches. We were able to do that for the most part.

“I’ll watch video and see certain things, and I have little cues here and there. But I’m not going to go and overanalyze things and nitpick at certain stuff anymore. It’s about going there and having fun and competing.”

Maybe that’s the secret. Or maybe this is simply a brief flash of brilliance in the middle of a tough first full season in the bigs.

Whatever it was, it was the best we’ve seen of Giolito during the 2018 campaign. And it was far more like what was expected back before that campaign got going.