Saturday, March 31, 2012

Your 2012 Opening Day Roster


So the White Sox made their final roster moves of the spring on Saturday, and now after nearly a month of competition, we actually know what the White Sox roster will look like when that first pitch is thrown in Arlington next week.

DO YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE? Well, first of all, relax. It's just a roster. Second, it's right below the jump.

Sox Sign Conor Jackson


The White Sox seem to be in "add outfield depth to our minor league system" mode. First the trade for Greg Golson, and now Mark Gonzalez is reporting that the Sox have signed Conor Jackson and assigned him to Charlotte.

Friday, March 30, 2012

NotHawk's Bar: A Story About Aaron Rowand


Aaron Rowand was released by the Miami Marlins on Thursday, which could mean that Aaron's career is over. Not that you should worry about him because the Giants are still paying him a giant salary whether he plays or not, so he'll survive.

When I heard the news, I figured there'd be some Sox fans who felt like the team should sign him, and sure enough, the tweets started coming in. So I figured it was time for the Hawkaroo to share a story about Rowand with you that might change your mind and show you why this team doesn't need him back.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Training Game #27: White Sox 3 Dodgers 1


At this time next week we'll all be getting ready for the real games to start. At the moment, we have more spring training baseball, and while I'm growing rather tired of it, there were some interesting things to take away from today's win.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Training Games #25 & #26: Other Teams 21 White Sox 7


It was Get Your Ass Kicked Wednesday for the White Sox, as they played two separate games simultaneously and got their ass kicked in both of them. The Padres won the first game 13-2 and the Rockies won the second 8-5. Though a ninth inning "rally" made that Rockies game seem a bit closer.The most worrisome aspect of it all was that the Padres scored 13 runs. The Padres.

Anyway, let's get to the ugly.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Training Game #24: White Sox 7 Indians 1


Suck it, AL Central foes!

Seriously, I'm ready for the regular season to just start. Trying to find important things to write about in these spring training games is getting to be quite a chore.

Spring Training Pitchers Power Poll: Week 3


Much like the Hitters Power Poll, there were no changes to the formula this week. There also isn't any change at the top as Chris Sale once again stands above his peers, even if he weighs roughly half as much as they do.

Spring Training Hitters Power Poll: Week 3


Guess what? The Power Poll is back, and for the first time in its illustrious three-week history, there were no changes made to the formula this week! Which means that the change in rankings this week is a genuine change in rankings.

Which is fantastic news for guys like A.J. Pierzynski, and terrible news for guys like Dayan Viciedo.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Training Game #23: Dodgers 4 White Sox 3


Sorry I didn't write anything about games over the weekend, but I had the weekend off from work and I just generally avoided all things laptop and spring training baseball games. That being said, I have a fantasy baseball draft in an hour, so this will be short and sweet.

NotHawk's Monday Mailbag: Bobby Jenks Is A Strip Club Amateur


Every Monday on South Side Asylum NotHawk will answer your questions. Your questions do not have to be related to the White Sox, for NotHawk is the smartest man in the world and has answers for everything. He is also incredibly handsome. Send your questions to NotHawkTwitter@gmail.com or ask him on Twitter.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

White Sox Trade For Greg Golson


Finally, after sitting on his hands for the last couple of months, Kenny Williams pulled the trigger on a big deal sure to shake the very foundation of the White Sox organization, and maybe all of Major League Baseball.

The Sox traded for outfielder Greg Golson, getting him from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.

Friday, March 23, 2012

NotHawk's Bar: Drinking Like A Man


I've learned something since I began writing here. Writing is hard. It's a pain in the ass. It got to the point where I started to wonder if I could just hire somebody to write for me.

I would just talk, and they would type what I was saying.

Then it hit me.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Training Game #18: White Sox 16 Royals 4


The evil Bruce Chen tortures us no more! He has been slain by the now mighty White Sox offense! Watch out soft-tossing lefties of the world! The White Sox are done taking your shit!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Training Game #17: White Sox 13 Mariners 8


The White Sox should play the Mariners every day. They're now 2-0 against them this spring, which means that 4 of the 6 wins we have this spring have come against the Mariners and Rangers.

Send us back to the AL West!!

The Mariners Love Brent Lillibridge


You know what the Seattle Mariners have in common with White Sox fans? They love Brent Lillibridge. They see that little elf out there on the baseball field, waving his elf wand and making elf magic happen, and they think to themselves "we've got to get our hands on this elf."

Jess Crain Remains In Limbo


For the most part, the White Sox have been lucky this spring when it comes to health. While Brandon Short's injury is terrible for him, as far as the White Sox roster is concerned, it's inconsequential.

Really the only concern is Jesse Crain's oblique, and while it's troubling, the Sox are still in a much better position than division rival Kansas City.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Training Pitchers Power Poll: Week 2


Much like the Hitters Power Poll showed that I was giving at bats a bit too much weight, the same was becoming evident in the way I treated innings pitched in the pitcher's formula. Though not as much.

So I made some tweaks to this formula as well, and while the results didn't change that drastically, I think they're a bit more accurate.

Spring Training Hitters Power Poll: Week 2


So as I said last week, the reason I was starting these polls was so that I could tweak the formula if I needed to before the regular season began, and that's exactly what has happened this week. The more data I accumulated, the more obvious it started to become that I was weighting at bats a bit too much.

As a result, guys having springs like Dayan Viciedo were ranked a lot higher than a lot others who were performing much better. So I made an adjustment and I think the new formula does a better job of representing the actual performance we've seen.

Monday, March 19, 2012

White Sox Cut 14 More From The Roster

See you next spring, Jared
Want a better idea of which players will be breaking camp with the White Sox and which ones won't be? Well, if you look at the 14 players that the White Sox assigned to minor league camp on Monday following the 1-0 loss to the Reds, it becomes a lot clearer.

Spring Training Game #16: Reds 1 White Sox 0


Well, our wonderful two-game winning streak has come to an end. What was your favorite part of the 48 hours of glory bestowed upon us?

Seriously, though, even though the Sox lost on Monday there was still a lot to like as long as it didn't involve a White Sox player holding a bat in his hand.

NotHawk's Monday Mailbag: I'll See You In The Next Life, Brent O'Lillibridge


Every Monday on South Side Asylum NotHawk will answer your questions. Your questions do not have to be related to the White Sox, for NotHawk is the smartest man in the world and has answers for everything. He is also incredibly handsome. Send your questions to NotHawkTwitter@gmail.com or ask him on Twitter.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Training Game #15: White Sox 5 Cubs 3


Awwwwwwwwww yeah, we got us a winning streak!

Didn't see the game as it wasn't televised anywhere, and I didn't listen because the only thing worse than listening to Darrin Jackson on a radio broadcast is listening to Darrin Jackson on a radio broadcast during a spring training game.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Training Game #14: White Sox 5 Mariners 0


It's always a lot more fun to watch spring training games when the White Sox are winning, isn't it? The White Sox are now 2-1 on Saturdays and 2-9 on every other day.

So if you haven't bought tickets to any games this season, I recommend a Saturday game.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Could Dayan Viciedo End Up In Charlotte?


Coming into camp this spring it seemed a given that Dayan Viciedo would be a starting outfielder come opening day, with the only question being whether or not he'd be in left or right field. Even when the White Sox signed Kosuke Fukudome, the move was looked at as nothing more than the Sox adding a fourth outfielder to the roster.

Through nearly two weeks of games this spring, though, I'm seriously starting to wonder if Viciedo isn't playing his way straight to Charlotte.

Spring Training Game #12: Indians 12 White Sox 3

Are we having FUN yet?
This game was on MLB.tv today, but MLB.tv made the mistake of broadcasting a White Sox game on a feed without Bill Melton on the same day that the NCAA tournament began. As a result I watched exactly zero pitches of this game.

Judging by the final score, I made the right call. So let's look at the box score and find reasons to begin cutting ourselves like teenage girls who just got dumped.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jesse Crain Has An Oblique Strain


Jesse Crain was supposed to pitch for the White Sox on Wednesday, but instead Chris Sale went out for a fifth inning of work, which wasn't part of the plan. Sale lasted only another out before reaching his pitch count and was replaced by Anthony Carter.

Which at the time didn't register in my brain as anything to be alarmed about, but it turns out that it may be something to worry about. Word started spreading following the game that Crain sat out with an oblique strain.

Spring Training Game #11: White Sox 9 Angels 7


I like to think that by winning only one out of every four games or so, the White Sox are just trying to make the victories seem that much more special. And oh what a special day Wednesday was as the Sox came back from a 7-2 deficit to win 9-7.

They didn't stop now, boys.

Has Gavin Floyd Been Traded Yet?


Stick with South Side Asylum as we continue to track this developing story.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring Training Game #10: Padres 6 White Sox 3


I was busy this afternoon with a bunch of different things, so I didn't get a chance to listen to this game, and I can't really do anything other than look at the box score and try to figure out what happened.

Hmm...let's see....OH GOD WHY, CHARLIE LEESMAN, WHY!?

More thoughts after the jump.

Spring Training Pitcher's Power Poll: Week 1


Without going into the same long introduction I did for the Hitter's Power Poll earlier today, if you have no idea what you're reading right now, go back and read this post first.

Okay, caught up? Good, let's move forward.

Spring Training Hitters Power Poll: Week 1


So I introduced this idea months ago when South Side Asylum first went live, but since then I've been doing some tweaks to the formulas I wanted to use for these Power Polls. I just felt like the last formulas I used didn't do enough to counter the amount of time actually spent on the field by any individual player.

Whether you're playing well or terribly, you're always contributing more to the outcome of a game than the guy sitting on the bench. And with the new formulas I've created for both hitters and pitchers, I think I've done that.

Still, I don't know that either of them are right just yet.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Training Game #9: Athletics 9 White Sox 4


Okay, so it seems like we've got this whole losing thing down pat. Maybe we should move on to winning.

Nothing beats a well-rounded team!

The Blue Jays Still Want Gavin Floyd


More trade rumors about Gavin Floyd popped up last week with the Red Sox and Blue Jays being mentioned as the two teams who were still interested in him, and now it seems that interest hasn't died when it comes to Toronto.

According to Jon Morosi, Toronto is still talking with the White Sox about Gavin.

NotHawk's Monday Mailbag: Let's Hand Out Some Nicknames


Every Monday on South Side Asylum NotHawk will answer your questions. Your questions do not have to be related to the White Sox, for NotHawk is the smartest man in the world and has answers for everything. He is also incredibly handsome. Send your questions to NotHawkTwitter@gmail.com or ask him on Twitter.

Gordon Beckham Wants To Protect Paul Konerko And Make Money

This is actually a statue that Paulie keeps in front of his house. So lifelike.
Honestly, in all my life playing baseball, I'm not sure I ever fouled a ball off of my ankle or knee. My foot, yes, but if I ever got anything higher I sure don't remember it. When watching an MLB game, though, it seems to happen at least once in every contest.

Which is why batters seem to have as much armor on them as a tank when they step to the plate. And being the entrepenuer that he is, Gordon Beckham sees an opportunity to make some money off if it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Training Game #8: Rockies 5 White Sox 2

The photographers got some great action shots today
Can't tell you how much fun it is to see and or hear the White Sox lose yet another spring training game. I tell you, it's just the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon when it's damn near 70 degrees out.

Anyway, let's get to it.

Adam Dunn Showing Signs Of Life This Spring


The White Sox complete their first week of spring training games this evening against the Colorado Rockies, and if there's one thing that White Sox fans may want to take from the first week of play and use it as a reason to be optimistic about 2012, they could do worse than looking at Adam Dunn.

After having one of the worst seasons in MLB history in 2011, Dunn has looked a lot more like the player the Sox thought they were getting when they signed him last winter.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Training Game #5: Cubs 5 White Sox 1


And thus the longest winning streak of the 2012 season -- one game -- comes to an end with a loss against those damned Cubs. Unfortunately I was busy with work for most of the afternoon so I didn't really get to watch this game as closely as I'd have liked to, but I did see enough to make a few observations.

So let's get to those.

Brandon Short's Season Is Over


If you're an outfield prospect in the White Sox organization, I think it's about time you start avoiding walls at all costs. In 2010 it was a wall that tore up Jared Mitchell's ankle and knocked him out for a year, slowing down his progression, and now the outfield wall has claimed another victim.

Brandon Short dislocated his left shoulder colliding with the wall in Thursday's win over the Brewers, and it turns out that he's also torn the labrum in the same shoulder. Which means his year is done.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring Training Game #4: White Sox 6 Rangers 3


The White Sox win the pennant! The White Sox win the pennant!

It only figures that the first game the White Sox win this spring -- that actually "counts" anyway -- is the first one that Sox fans couldn't watch via either MLB.tv or WhiteSox.com. So while we were able to listen to the game thanks to the Rangers radio feed, we can't even be sure that the Sox actually won.

This could all just be some prank by Orson Welles, that son of a bitch. Just in case it wasn't, let's get to the important parts of today's win.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chuck Garfien Trolls Hard


You've no doubt seen the commercial for MLB The Show 12 that tries to imagine what Chicago would be like if the Cubs actually won the World Series.

Well, Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago thought he should make an alternate version of the commercial. You know, one that features footage from a Chicago baseball team that actually won a real life World Series and didn't need the magic of video game graphics.

Spring Training Game #3: Brewers 10 White Sox 6


Some of you may be worried about the White Sox starting off the spring with three consecutive losses, but not me. No, I like to think that the Pale Hose are just getting all the losses out of the way early as they look to achieve their goal of being the first team in MLB history to go 162-0.

Sure, they lost on Wednesday, but there were some positive things that took place in the game. So let's get to them.

Time To Go Full Whore


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Or don't, and run the risk of one of your family members being involved in a terrible "accident."*

And Here's Robin Ventura Hitting A Grand Slam


A couple of months ago CSN Chicago aired a classic White Sox game against the Rangers, and I enjoyed watching it just so I could see Frank Thomas hitting in a White Sox uniform again and take a trip back in time.

I also enjoyed it because it was the game in which Robin Ventura hit a walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning to win the game. Apparently the White Sox enjoyed that moment too because the first commercial of the season with the APPRECIATE THE GAME slogan has been released, and guess what highlight it includes?

White Sox Interested In Mike Gonzalez And Arthur Rhodes


While we don't know what the roster is going to look like when the White Sox break camp, as things currently stand, the odds are that Matt Thornton and Will Ohman will be the two lefties in the Sox bullpen. That could change if one of the many other lefties in camp blows the coaching staff away this spring.

Or it could change if the White Sox sign another lefty reliever, and according to Jon Heyman, the White Sox are showing interest in two veteran relievers.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

John Danks Will Be Your Opening Day Starter

John Danks and the Amazing Floating Ball
While it doesn't come as a surprise, even after his rough outing on Tuesday -- worst contract extension ever! -- all signs point to John Danks being the first White Sox pitcher not named Mark Buehrle to start on Opening Day in roughly 100 years.

While it was pretty much understood when Ventura set up his spring training rotation this was the plan, Robin made it about as official as he could following Danks' start on Tuesday.

Spring Training Game #2: Angels 6 White Sox 2

Every freaking picture from this game is of Pujols
Two games into spring training, and the White Sox are still at risk of going winless this spring after losing to the Angels 6-2. Of course, as we all know, spring training isn't about winning games as much as it's about overreacting to the things we see, and analyzing them all a bit more than we need to.

So let's just do that.