Player News - White Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

Reynaldo Lopez gave up four runs in five innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Tigers.

Lopez was 3-for-3 in quality starts against the Tigers this season and he was very good against the Royals and Yankees in his previous two outings this month, so he seemed like a pretty good play tonight. Alas, he just couldn't get the job done. He struck out only two batters, and Nicholas Castellanos gave him all kinds of trouble, singling off him in the first then doubling in the fourth and fifth innings. The good news for Lopez is that he has an even easier matchup slated for his next start, as he'll be facing the Royals again.
Aug 13 - 11:50 PM

Omar Narvaez hit his fifth homer Monday against the Tigers.

If the White Sox had it to go over again, they certainly would have bypassed Welington Castillo and just gone with Narvaez as their starting catcher this year. Of course, it worked out that Narvaez got the job anyway, and he's hit .281/.367/.432 in 220 plate appearances. He should get every chance to keep the job next year.
Aug 13 - 11:39 PM

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the White Sox' 9-7 loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Sanchez hammered a solo shot to left field, his seventh homer of the year, off Indians side-winding reliever Adam Cimber in the eighth inning. The White Sox offense was flummoxed by Carlos Carrasco over the first seven frames, but exploded for six runs in the final two innings. The 26-year-old infielder lacks tantalizing upside but he remains a viable middle infield option in deeper mixed leagues thanks to his occasional bursts of speed and power. He's racked up seven homers and 10 steals in 475 plate appearances this season.
Aug 12 - 6:58 PM

Dylan Covey surrendered six runs over two innings in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Covey served up seven hits, including a three-run homer to Melky Cabrera in the first inning, and was tagged for six runs over 2 2/3 frames. He struck out three batters and issued a pair of free passes. He was lifted in favor of lefty reliever Hector Santiago after issuing a two-out walk in the third inning. The 26-year-old righty threw 80 pitches, recorded only eight outs and saw his ERA balloon from 5.58 to 6.06 in the process. He’s 4-9 with a 6.06 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 59/36 K/BB ratio in 16 starts. He’ll square off with the Royals at home on Saturday.
Aug 12 - 6:31 PM

Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 and cracked a solo home run during Saturday's loss to the Indians.

He opened the scoring with the blast off starter Trevor Bauer in the third inning. He also struck out once in the game, lifting his league-leading total to 165 whiffs on the season already. He has a .220/.303/.400 slash line with 15 homers, 46 RBI, 55 runs and 11 stolen bases in 477 plate appearances. He was bumped out of the leadoff slot down to number eight in the batting order today. Fantasy owners expected much better results out of the hyped former number one overall prospect in baseball, but he is still just 23 years old and has time to develop into a good player eventually.
Aug 11 - 10:38 PM

James Shields surrendered three runs (two earned) in seven innings and was charged with a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

He allowed an RBI single to Greg Allen in the fifth inning, with that tally being unearned. In the next frame he served up back-to-back solo dingers to Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez. He yielded a total of seven hits without issuing a walk and striking out four in the quality start. His record falls to 4-14 with a 4.41 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance. He draws a tasty matchup against the Royals coming up on Friday.
Aug 11 - 10:29 PM

Daniel Palka slugged a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead the White Sox to a 1-0 win over the Indians on Friday.

Palka struck out in his first three at-bats of the evening before taking Neil Ramirez deep to lead off the bottom of the ninth. That sort of sums up the Palka experience during his rookie campaign. He’s slugged 18 homers in 82 games while showing off impressive exit velocity, but he’s also struck out 97 times in 285 plate appearances.
Aug 11 - 12:16 AM

Carlos Rodon was handed a no-decision despite blanking the Indians over eight innings on Friday.

He deserved better, but the White Sox eventually won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Rodon struggled with his control in his last start, but he was at the top of his game in this one, allowing just four hits while walking two and striking out five. He threw 70 out of his 107 pitches for strikes. Rodon now holds a 1.27 ERA over his last six starts dating back to the start of July. Those who stashed him while he was rehabbing from his shoulder surgery are reaping the benefits right now.
Aug 11 - 12:15 AM

Avisail Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Indians on Friday.

Garcia has slugged four homers in 19 games since coming off the disabled list, but he hasn’t done much else. He’s batting just .197 during that time, with an uptick in strikeouts.
Aug 11 - 12:13 AM

Lucas Giolito yielded seven runs in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

Giolito struck out seven, matching his second highest total of the year. His ERA hasn't come down at all, but he has mustered a 16/7 K/BB ratio in his last three starts, which is a step up from his 68/64 mark in his first 20 outings.
Aug 9 - 12:01 AM

Adam Engel fanned all three times up Wednesday and is 1-for-15 with eight strikeouts in August.

Engel passed the 200-strikeout mark for his career tonight. He's totaled 202 to go along with a .191 average and just eight homers in 591 major league at-bats (653 plate appearances). He is a fine defensive center fielder, but not nearly good enough of one to make up for such an anemic bat. The White Sox will want to do better next year.
Aug 8 - 11:59 PM

Reynaldo Lopez limited the Yankees to one run and four hits over seven innings Tuesday.

Lopez has rebounded from an ugly July to post back-to-back strong efforts to begin August. Now the first of those was against the Royals, so it wasn't quite as impressive as this. But now he's on a little roll with a kind matchup against the Tigers up next.
Aug 8 - 1:01 AM

Jose Abreu had a two-run homer and a sac fly to drive in all three White Sox runs in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

The homer was Abreu's 20th. He's currently on pace for 95 RBI, which would leave him short of a fifth straight season at the century mark. There's still a pretty good chance he'll get there, though, especially if his younger teammates can play a little better down the stretch.
Aug 8 - 12:56 AM

Yolmer Sanchez went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the 13-inning loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

There's been more focus on the struggles of Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson than on Sanchez's problems, but Sanchez currently has the lowest OPS of the group, if only barely (.680 versus .684 for Anderson and .691 for Moncada). He also plays the most offensive-minded position of the trio, though he's a stronger defender at his position than Anderson and Moncada are at theirs. If he finishes up with something close to his current line, it will be interesting to see if the White Sox look to go in a different direction this winter. WAR has been kind to Sanchez the last couple of years, but he doesn't have the same upside as his fellow infielders.
Aug 8 - 12:54 AM

Eloy Jimenez is out of the lineup at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday because of flu-like symptoms.

White Sox management has indicated that Jimenez is very close to being called up to the majors, so the news of his absence from Charlotte's lineup on Tuesday night raised some eyebrows. As it turns out, the 21-year-old top outfield prospect has been battling a minor illness for the last three days. Jimenez is slashing .338/.388/.599 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI in 82 games this season between Double-A and Triple-A, and should make his major league debut at some point within the next few weeks.
Aug 7 - 8:12 PM


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