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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs and White Sox spring training multi-platform coverage details

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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs and White Sox spring training multi-platform coverage details

In-Depth Cactus League Coverage throughout February/March on ‘SportsTalk Live,’ ‘In the Loop,’ NBCSportsChicago.com and ALL social media platforms begins TOMORROW!

First of Seven Live Cactus League games features a “Crosstown” battle with the CUBS at WHITE SOX on Friday, March 16 at 3:00 PM CT!

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app

Complete spring training coverage from Arizona to be featured on NBCSportsChicago.com’s ‘CubsTalk’ & ‘WhiteSoxTalk’ sections via reports from Chuck Garfien, Kelly Crull, digital baseball reporter Vinnie Duber, and the network’s team of baseball experts, which will include player/coaches/front office interviews, behind-the-scenes feature stories, daily podcasts, and much more!

Extensive social media offerings throughout spring training can also be found on Facebook (inc. Facebook Live), Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat! 

Chicago, IL (February 12, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2018 Chicago White Sox and the two-time defending NL Central Division champion Chicago Cubs, will provide baseball fans with the network’s most extensive cross-platform spring training coverage to date.   

Starting TOMORROW (Tue, Feb. 13), NBC Sports Chicago’s SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado at 6:00 PM (featuring host David Kaplan) will have up-to-the-minute Cubs and White Sox news and player updates via NBC Sports Chicago Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull live in Mesa, AZ, along with veteran White Sox expert Chuck Garfien with the latest from Glendale, AZ.  In addition, In the Loop will also provide nightly “Spring Training Reports” on its 10:00 presented by GMC & 10:30 PM presented by State Farm editions throughout the duration of spring training.  NOTE: Live stream of SportsTalk Live, In the Loop, and NBC Sports Chicago’s entire roster of programming is available at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers. 

From a digital standpoint, NBCSportsChicago.com’s “CubsTalk” and “WhiteSoxTalk” sections will have the Cubs and White Sox covered 24/7 featuring reports from Crull (@Kelly_Crull), Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), digital baseball reporter Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along with NBC Sports Chicago’s team of behind-the-scenes Cubs (@NBCSCubs) & White Sox (@NBCSWhiteSox) experts.  Fans will enjoy the network’s extensive digital coverage throughout spring training featuring player/coaches/front office exec interviews, behind-the-scenes feature stories, not to mention daily podcasts highlighted by the day’s hottest topics, along with numerous special guests.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

From a social media standpoint, fans can look forward to a number of Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) segments throughout spring training, plus - a multitude of Cactus League “Sights & Sounds” moments will be provided via Snapchat (‘nbcschicago’), along with additional coverage/photos/quick video offerings from ‘NBCSChicago’ through Instagram and Instagram Stories. 

NBC Sports Chicago’s seven-game spring training telecast schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) gets started in a big way as viewers can kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a Cubs at White Sox “Crosstown” battle on Friday, March 16 at 3:00 PM CT live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ, featuring White Sox announcers Jason Benetti and Steve Stone.  On Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 PM CT, the network will carry its first Cubs spring training telecast as the northsiders will face their 2016 World Series opponent – the Cleveland Indians – in a special telecast taking place live from Las Vegas, NV, featuring the Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies.  Additional White Sox opponents on this year’s spring training schedule include Arizona (Mar. 19), Texas (Mar. 20), San Diego (Mar. 21), and Milwaukee (Mar. 25), while the Cubs will take on Colorado in the network’s additional spring telecast on Mar. 24. 

 

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2018 Chicago White Sox & Chicago Cubs Spring Training Schedule

Composite White Sox/Cubs Spring Training Schedule:

1. Fri, Mar 16      3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. CUBS           Glendale, AZ

2. Sun, Mar 18   3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Cleveland               Las Vegas, NV           

3. Mon, Mar 19   3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Arizona           Scottsdale, AZ

4. Tue, Mar 20    3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Texas           Glendale, AZ  

5. Wed, Mar 21  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. San Diego    Glendale, AZ

6. Sat, Mar 24    9:00 pm        CUBS vs. Colorado                 Mesa, AZ

7. Sun, Mar 25  2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Milwaukee    Glendale, AZ  

White Sox Spring Training Schedule:                    

Fri, Mar 16          3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. CUBS           Glendale, AZ  

Mon, Mar 19       3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Arizona           Scottsdale, AZ

Tue, Mar 20        3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Texas           Glendale, AZ  

Wed, Mar 21      3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. San Diego    Glendale, AZ

Sun, Mar 25       2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Milwaukee    Glendale, AZ              

Cubs Spring Training Schedule:

Sun, Mar 18       3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Cleveland               Las Vegas, NV                       

Sat, Mar 24        9:00 pm        CUBS vs. Colorado                 Mesa, AZ                    

All Times Central Time

All Game Produced in High-Definition (HD)

Schedule Subject to Chang

ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

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ESPN.com ranks White Sox MLB's worst rotation

On Wednesday morning, ESPN.com released their rankings of all 30 MLB team's starting rotations. The rankings were a nod to the current structure of the rotation, as well as how they were likely to perform in the future. And that is why the Chicago White Sox being ranked dead last in the league is somewhat alarming. 

Overall, the White Sox rotation is 28th in WHIP and 29th in strikeouts. 

Lucas Giolito is currently the team leader in wins with four, but his ERA sits at an unsightly 7.19. James Shields has been decent in spurts, but a general lack of run support has limited his effectiveness. Carlos Rodon has been a mixed bag since returning, but was able to reach the seventh inning in his last start. This is encouraging considering that he hadn't made it that far in any of his previous three starts. And Reynaldo Lopez continues to rack up quality starts—much like Shields—but has two wins to show for it. 

Veteran players like closing pitcher Joakim Soria and Shields are sure to be hot names on the trade market, and that could go a long way towards bringing in additional prospects to build up the White Sox farm system, and lead to a much improved rotation in the future.

So the White Sox obviously deserve to be ranked lowly until they can groom their minor league starter prospects into MLB-ready staff members, something that looks like it could take longer than originally expected. Flame-throwing top prospect Michael Kopech is still amassing high strikeouts numbers, but he is walking over six batters per outing, showing an obvious issue with control. 

White Sox fans can take their mind off of ESPN ranking the team's rotation 30th in the league by turning their attention to Eloy Jimenez. He has been absolutely crushing it in Double-A Birmingham, and will likely be making his debut with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights on Saturday. That game will be live on NBC Sports Chicago. So sit back, relax and look forward to the future, wherever it may take White Sox faithful. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: