Tag: mlb

A potential rivalry continues to brew after Tim Anderson declares: “I don’t like the Royals”

After taking a pitch to the helmet earlier in the game, Tim Anderson  delivered a clutch RBI double in the 8th which scored the eventual winning run for the White Sox:   https://twitter.com/SoxOn35th/status/1133933789292486656 While the hit by pitch was likely unintentional, Jason Benetti astutely pointed out during the broadcast that the Royals' intentional plunking of Anderson ...

Yoan Moncada’s luck has normalized, and his numbers are still terrific

Based on his xwOBA/wOBA ratio and BABIP relative to his contact profile, Yoan Moncada's production is likely sustainable.

Luis Robert promoted to AA Birmingham

After hitting .453/.512/.920 for Winston-Salem, the White Sox announced today that Luis Robert has been promoted to AA Birmingham. At 21 years of age, Robert's otherworldly 1.432 OPS gave the organization no choice but to reward him with a promotion. At AA, Robert will play half of his games at Regions Field, a notoriously pitcher-friendly ...

Tim Anderson must continue to challenge baseball norms

This is a follow-up to: Tim Anderson, Pitcher Privilege, and Unwritten Rules: Baseball Must Change. I expected the post linked above to receive mixed reactions, and it did. As I read online responses, both to my post and to the Tim Anderson situation in general, two things came to mind: first, this was a rare occasion ...

Tim Anderson, Pitcher Privilege, and Unwritten Rules: Baseball Must Change

Have the Royals forgotten who they are? Kansas City's identity in the 2010s has practically been built around emotion. Whether it was Yordano Ventura celebrating after a big out on the mound or Salvador Perez exclaiming at second base after a double, the Royals are a team that has embraced emotion on the field. Unless, ...

The case for accelerating Luis Robert’s timeline

Luis Robert is off to a scorching start in Winston-Salem. Fully recovered from lingering hand injuries, his power has returned and is sparking excitement throughout the White Sox fanbase. With just about 75 games of stateside baseball (including the Arizona Fall League) under his belt, however, it is probable that Robert does not see time in ...

March 28th Postgame: Royals 5, White Sox 3

The White Sox made things interesting in the 9th inning, which helped to erase the impression of what was a sluggish showing overall in a 5-3 loss to open the season. The team will look to bounce back on Saturday (weather permitting) with Reynaldo Lopez on the mound. In the meantime, here are some individual ...

Reasons for Optimism in 2019

While 2019 may be a noncompetitive season, it remains an important developmental year for many White Sox players and prospects. With respect to players on the major league roster, 2019 provides an opportunity for roles to be solidified for future years. Four players come to mind: Eloy Jimenez, Reynaldo Lopez, Tim Anderson, and Yoan Moncada. While players such as ...

Spring Training Takeaways: March 21, 2019

Today, the White Sox played their usual starters (aside from Jon Jay and Welington Castillo, who are day to day with nagging injuries) against the Rangers, and the team played a terrific all-around game. Position Players Leury Garcia was aggressive early in counts and went 4-4 with a home run and a stolen base. He has ...

Spring Training Takeaways: March 20, 2019

News of the Eloy Jimenez extension broke shortly before today's game, which is a positive considering that the White Sox lineup was mostly comprised of minor league journeymen. Regardless, some intriguing players appeared in the game, and since the box score does not tell the whole story, I figured I would share some impressions from the ...