Major League Baseball’s Review at the Two-Thirds Point

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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Major league baseball is at the 2/3 mark of the 2015 season and begs for a review. These are the dog days, heading into mid-August with sellers selling and buyers hoping to rent their way to top of the heap. Re: Toronto Blue Jays. [Read more…]

Major League Baseball Quarter-Pole Report

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Memorial Day is roughly the quarter pole of the Major League Baseball season, and along with July 4 and Labor Day, holidays that not only mark progress for your favorite team, but offer All-American encouragement to eat copious amounts of food and to drink until death. So assuming you haven’t taken the last suggestion literally, you can read here my observations of the first quarter of baseball season. Please keep in mind I am a Cub fan so therefore distracted with visions of Bryant and Lester leading fantastic post season charges, culminating with topless women in the streets of Chicago. I may not be completely objective.

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One overriding observation from the beginning of the season is that in the wake of the retirement of Derek Jeter, the game is in good hands of youngsters such as Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. It’s difficult for me to remember an era when such a plethora of young, accomplished star players has taken a toehold in the majors. Each of the names I mentioned is appointment viewing for fans. If you are more a fan of dominant pitching, Matt Harvey and a couple of his mound mates in New York should satisfy your appetite. Big free agent signees Max Scherzer and Jon Lester squared off yesterday at Wrigley with Scherzer getting the better of it. This time. Compelling matchups abound in baseball this year. Chris Sale of the White Sox faced off against reigning AL Cy Young winner Cory Kluber last week in one of the most fun and interesting pitching duels I’ve ever seen. Though the Indians lost 2-1, Kluber was dominant and left me to wonder, how the hell did he start the season 0-5 as he did? There hasn’t been a better time in recent history for baseball fans. Do yourself a favor and catch a few of these matchups. [Read more…]

2015 MLB Predictions

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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Baseball season kicks off on Sunday night with the Cubs and Cardinals in the first ever opening night game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are teeming with hope this year, as with every year. This year though, the hope actually has some actual talent with which to base itself on. This isn’t another Cubs story though, these are my predictions for the upcoming baseball season. Division races, wild cards and the World Series. As a bonus I’m throwing in the individual postseason awards. So sit back, take a look and then let me know what you think. Play ball! [Read more…]

Jay Cutler Benched for Sunday’s Game Against Detroit

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

April 2, 2009 was a banner day in the life of Chicago Bears fans. After years upon years of quarterback play so inept, Sid Luckman still held the vast majority of quarterback records for the Bears. For those of you short of memory, Luckman played in the 1940s after finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1938. Nineteen. Thirty. Eight. I’m not even old enough to remember those days; I wasn’t even sure the forward pass had been invented then. I looked it up to be sure. To reiterate, SID LUCKMAN had the Bears passing records. Jack Concannon, Mike Phipps, Bob Avellini, Bobby Douglass. No, not even revered Jim McMahon. Even the punky QB and the Bears only Super Bowl winning quarterback couldn’t overcome the specter of Sid Luckman in the Bears’ record books. [Read more…]

Texas Rangers Bats Beat ChiSox

By Bob Cole
PSDC Texas Rangers Correspondent

Colby Lewis registered the win as Texas Ranger bats lit up the White Sox for a 6-3 win Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Every Rangers batter registered at least one hit, and Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios got three hits each during the outing. Prince Fielder hit a fourth inning home run off of Jose Quintana. Kevin Kouzmanoff homered off of reliever Jake Petricka in the eighth. Choo’s hits included two doubles off of Quintana. [Read more…]

2014 MLB Team Preview: Chicago White Sox

By Chris Patton
PSDC Writer

The Chicago White Sox have been a mixed bag in the first two years of Robin Ventura’s tenure as manager. In 2012, fresh off a disastrous final year under Ozzie Guillen, the South Siders led the AL Central for much of the season before fading in September and finishing three games behind eventual World Series participant, Detroit.

After overachieving that first season, many people (myself included), thought Ventura had a special way with his squad and could keep them in contention during 2013. That line of thinking was way off as the Sox struggled all year long and ended up 30 games behind the Tigers. [Read more…]

2013 MLB Team Preview: Chicago White Sox

By Chris Patton
PSDC Writer

Throughout their existence, the Chicago White Sox have not always been best known for their play on the field, but goings on off the field. Sure, there have been a handful of playoff appearances, including their 2005 World Series win over Houston. They have also trotted out stars like Frank Thomas, Carlton Fisk and Harold Baines.

Whether it is wacky uniforms, exploding scoreboards, mouthy managers or homer announcers, extracurricular activities have overshadowed the actual team.

One thing the White Sox have become known for is their slogans. In 1983, it was “Winning Ugly.” In the early 90’s, with a new color scheme it was “Good Guys Wear Black.” The turn of the century brought “The Kids Can Play.”

In 2011, an increased payroll and rising expectations produced the slogan “All In.” Apparently, “All In” meant finishing under .500 and Ozzie Guillen leaving for Miami before the season ended.

Last year, while trying to temper expectations for first-year manager Robin Ventura, the Southsiders rolled out “Appreciate the Game.” The players appreciated the change so much that they led the AL Central for much of the year before falling late to eventual pennant winner, Detroit.

This year, the White Sox want to “Make an Impact.” That will be hard to do in a division with star-studded Detroit, rebuilt Cleveland and youthful Kansas City.

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Five MLB Trade Deadline Winners

By John Imossi
PSDC Contributor

In the days and weeks leading up to the trading deadline, we saw a lot of deals going down and there were even more happening up until 4:00 p.m. today. A lot of players were added to a lot of teams, but who made the deals that will help their team the most?

5. Chicago White Sox Get Kevin Youkilis

Coming into the season the Detroit Tigers were supposed to run away with the AL Central, but the White Sox managed to take the division lead thanks to the Tigers slow start. White Sox General Manager Ken Williams has never been afraid to make a deal and went to work to secure the division as Tigers are beginning to turn it on. He added Youkilis, reliever Brett Meyers and enigmatic starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. [Read more…]