Sale and Parker Face Off Under the Friday Night Lights

Friday, June 7, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44) for the Sox, RHP Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90) for Oakland. Sale and Parker face each other for the second time this week. They were mound opponents in a tight pitching duel last Sunday in Oakland with Parker winning 2-0.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, LF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Beckham, 2B; Danks, CF; Flowers, C.

Keep the Faith

Something to think about: Through the first 58 games of the 2010 season, the White Sox owned the exact same record as they do now–25-33. And here’s what happened…

The Sox ended the first-half on a 25-5 run, matching the eventual World Champion Cincinnati Reds and 1990 New York Mets for the best record in major league-history in the final 30 games before the All-Star break. During that 30-game stretch, which began with a win over Detroit on June 9, the White Sox went from a season-high tying nine games under .500 (24-33) and 9 1/2 games out of first place to ending the first half with a 1/2 lead in the division.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one team in baseball history came back from a bigger first-half deficit to enter the break with a division lead (the 1973 St. Louis Cardinals,11 1/2 games behind).

I’d like to think history can repeat itself. Let’s start fresh tonight.

The Draft

White Sox fans saw their favorite team select a multi-talented infielder and a promising pitcher yesterday with their first two picks in the First-Year Player Draft. With the 17th selection in the first round, the Sox chose shortstop Tim Anderson from East Central Community College in Mississippi and with the 55th choice in the second round plucked righthanded pitcher Tyler Danish from Durant High School in Plant City, FL.

Check out the photo and video on Anderson in the Photo/Video of the Day section below and here’s a story on Danish, who tweeted multiple times in the last couple of days how proud he is to be drafted by the Sox organization.

Rounds 3-10 were held today. Here are the Sox’s selections: Jacob May (3rd round) a centerfielder from Coastal Carolina (Jacob is the grandson of former Reds and Orioles slugger Lee May and the great-nephew of ex-Sox star Carlos May); RHP Andrew Mitchell (4th round), TCU; RHP Thaddius Lowry (5th round), Spring, H.S. (TX); RHP James Dykstra (6th round), Cal State/San Marcos; 3B Trey Michalczewski (7th round), Jenks, H.S. (OK); LHP Chris Freudenberg (8th round), South Mountain CC (AZ); RHP Nick Blount (9th round), Southern Polytechnic State (GA); RHP Brad Goldberg (10th round), Ohio State.

Enjoy this video of Jacob May making an outstanding catch:

The draft will conclude tomorrow with rounds 11-40.

1983 Reunion

Members of the ’83 “Winning Ugly” Sox will be getting together tomorrow at the ballpark for a charity event. Among those attending are skipper Tony La Russa, Greg Luzinski, Ron Kittle and Mike Squires. The guys are excited to see each other both during and after the game.

Funny Story

Kittle stopped by my office today and shared a funny story about famed hitting coach Charley Lau.

It was the middle of the summer in Kansas City and it was hot, something like 110 degrees on the Astroturf, according to Kittle.

Kittle and Lau were out for early hitting hours before the game. No one else was around.

“It was so hot, I think I took my shirt off with just my baseball pants on,” KIttle recounted. “And Charley came out in a long sleeve undershirt with a windbreaker.

“I’ll never forget it. He put two balls on home plate and told me to hit them like a golf swing. I hit two line drives in the same place, and he said, ‘That’s it, we’re done.’

“I was mad (that I had to come to the ballpark early just for that) but that was Charley. He knew that if your mind was in the right place, you can hit. And once I hit those two line drives, he knew I was good for that night.

“I think I got two hits.”

The Big Hurt Talks PEDs and the Hall of Fame

American League 67, National League 62

Through yesterday, the A.L. held a slim lead over the N.L. in interleague contests, 67-62, in this first year of continuous cross-league play. The National League last won the interleague series in 2003.

Quote of the Day

Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Doug Laumann on No. 1 pick Anderson:

“He was our target…The one thing he can do is change a game. His ability to get on base with his on-base percentage as well as his ability to take extra bases, that’s one of the things we thought was very exciting about him. His instinct for the game is off the charts.”

Play of the Day

Jose Quintana did his best to give some relief to the overworked bullpen last night by keeping the Sox in the game with 7.2 IP in the extra-inning loss to the A’s.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: LHP John Danks (0-2, 5.06) for the Sox, LHP Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.91) for Oakland.

Did You Know…

…that pitching coach Don Cooper will be managing the Sox tonight as Robin and bench coach Mark Parent, who managed last night, are both attending family graduations. Coop is 1-1 at the helm when called upon in the past. He also has experience managing in Venezuela so he’ll be in familiar territory.

Photo/Video of the Day

More on Tim Anderson…


1 Comment

2013=2011…..ADAM DUNN on pace to strikeout 210 times…….hitting below .160…..will not drive in a 100….slow runner….mediocre fielder…..horrific with a man on 3rd and less than 2 outs…….but he’ll be back next year fellow Sox fans !! CUCKOO! CUCKOO! CUCKOO!……..Chet Coppock said yesterday that the Sox might draw just 1.5–million this season…and currently only having The Cell 51% filled. BARF!!

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