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JJ Stankevitz
Columbia, MO/Oak Park, IL
White Sox Beerleaguer blogger. University of Missouri journalism student. No ketchup on hot dogs.
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At least Tony Campana didn't have a chance to stop that pitch. I'm not going to scapegoat A.J. Pierzynski for Wednesday's loss. Sure, maybe the Sox go on to win in the 12th if Pierzynski blocks Sergio Santos' slider in the 11th, but that's not too likely given how putrid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at whitesox
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If the White Sox do decide to trade Edwin Jackson in the next dozen days, chances are it'll be for pitching. Jared Stegall at Over the Monster examined whether the Red Sox should trade for Jackson -- but, for me, the question is if they can trade for Jackson. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at whitesox
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In his last 17 games, Juan Pierre is hitting .386/.429/.457. Maybe June 24 was the turning point for the embattled left fielder. In a 14-inning loss to Washington, Pierre went 0-6 with a walk, lowering his season OPS below .600 for the first time in over a month. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at whitesox
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Edwin Jackson had a start similar to his shutout of Detroit Saturday earlier this season -- but the Sox were no-hit in it. Eight innings, one run (a home run), six hits, two strikeouts, one walk, 13 ground balls...and a loss. That was Jackson's line against the Minnesota Twins May... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at whitesox
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The White Sox signed third-round pick Jeff Soptic Friday, making the organization the first in baseball this season to have each of its first draft picks under contract. Baseball America's Jim Callis describes Soptic as "raw," but notes he has hit 100 mph with his fastball. The Sox went over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at whitesox
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White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn topped SI's list of front office assistants who are in line to become general managers. A few weeks ago, speculation arose that Hahn could head to the Cubs if the North Siders were to part ways with Jim Hendry after this season. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at whitesox
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If the White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to make room for Dayan Viciedo, they'll likely take away from an already-struggling offense. The scuttlebutt for the last week or so has been that the Braves are interested in swapping a starting pitcher for Quentin's services, which could solve the problems associated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at whitesox
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The best moments of the evening were 1) Heath Bell's entrance and 2) Arizona fans getting confused as to what to do when Prince Fielder homered. -There's not much else to say about an uneventful All-Star Game for the White Sox's two representatives beyond that Paul Konerko had a great... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at whitesox
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The White Sox are reportedly fielding calls on Edwin Jackson, but the most significant upshot of dealing the starter would be its effect on Jake Peavy. For what it's worth, SI's Jon Heyman reported Monday the Sox were listening to overtures for Jackson. Heyman has a reputation — deserved or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at whitesox
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Ramon Castro's season-ending injury will give Tyler Flowers a chance to prove his worth to the White Sox — at least, in a backup role. But his recent struggles against left-handers could be a red flag for an offense already lagging against them. As Pierzynski's backup, Castro's job was to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at whitesox
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The Houston Astros claimed Lucas Harrell off waivers Friday afternoon. MLB Trade Rumors passed along a tweet from the Houston Chronicle reporting the move. If they didn't already, the White Sox now have ample room on the 40-man roster with three spots open. Harrell pitched 29 innings with the White... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at whitesox
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In his first start against Minnesota this season, Philip Humber allowed 11 hits and six runs in 3.2 innings. This was something the numbers told us was going to happen. Humber made it through 15 starts with an abnormally low BABIP — the kind of thing that, inevitably, was going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at whitesox
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"I don't think I have a chance." -- Mark Buehrle on the Hall of Fame. For the full interview, check out "Inside Look: Mark Buehrle" July 10 at 9:30 pm on Comcast SportsNet. Buehrle is a lot like Paul Konerko. He's had a great career with the White Sox, won... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at whitesox
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The Most Interesting Man in the World's greatest feat may be keeping a middling team's clubhouse in good spirits. He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis. And the White Sox don't always win, but when they do, he makes an appearance. CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at whitesox
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Pregame thoughts on the Carlos Quentin trade speculation, Alejandro de Aza and John Danks' future lie ahead. That would be convenient, but launching a multi-step roster shaping program mid-season is risky, and if you believe the rumors that surrounded the Edwin Jackson trade, it's a lesson the White Sox have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at whitesox
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Oddly enough, Aaron Crow wasn't the first pitcher this season to end a game on a balk. On June 16, former White Sox reliever D.J. Carrasco committed a game-ending balk against Atlanta. Crow's balk-off a few weeks later made 2011 the third year since 1965 to have multiple games end... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at whitesox
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Juan Pierre picked up game-winning RBIs in three consecutive games last week—but could those hits actually end up costing the Sox down the road? Look, I'm sick of beating this dead horse. But until Dayan Viciedo is in the major leagues, I'm going to continue to wail away at this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at whitesox
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Both Paul Konerko and Phil Humber failed to secure a trip to the midsummer classic thanks to logjams at their respective positions. Adrian Gonzalez is starting at first base—and deservedly so. Miguel Cabrera had to make the game. We can scream Yankee bias all we want, but Mark Teixeira deserved... Continue reading
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With yesterday's Juan Pierre-related drama, Gordon Beckham's opposite field home run was easy to miss yesterday. But it raised a troubling issue regarding the second baseman's power. I've always liked Beckham's opposite-field stroke. When he's going right, he'll stay with any pitch, letting it get deep in the zone before... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at whitesox
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Juan Pierre's fantastic afternoon in Colorado was reminiscent of another embattled player's performance in 2010. On Aug. 5 of last season, Mark Kotsay played his best game of 2010. With White Sox fans still licking their wounds over missing out on Adam Dunn at the trade deadline, Kotsay continued his... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at whitesox
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Summary: A day after being benched mid-game for not hustling, Alex Rios will start in center field for the White Sox tonight against Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies. Then again, it's not like Rios' replacement failed to hustle at one point in yesterday's game, so that left Ozzie Guillen without... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at whitesox
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Today, MLB Trade Rumors suggested the White Sox may look to deal for a center fielder at the trade deadline. My response: no. Alex Rios, who is signed through 2014, is hitting .221/.272/.329 on the season after a fine bounceback 2010. He was pulled from last night's game because manager... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at whitesox
The magic spell appears to have worn off on Brent Lillibridge, as evidenced by his lazy play in center to end Tuesday's game. But a competent offense could've prevented that 13th-inning disaster. This is becoming a broken record: Sox pitching staff does well, offense fails to support them, one bad... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2011 at whitesox
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The guys over at The Platoon Advantage conducted a mock expansion draft this week, with bloggers from all 30 teams acting as general managers whose job it was to protect players from their respective organizations. I did the White Sox for the exercise, and will offer up explanations here. For... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at whitesox
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