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JOHN DANKS ROLLED BY ANGELS, SOX/TRIBE PREVIEW!!

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Wuz good world dis ya boi White Sox Real Talk checking in with a recap on this last series & to preview the upcoming series with the Indians. Ok coming into this afternoon’s game the Sox were looking to sweep the top team in the AL for the 2nd week in a row, BUT as usual they don’t. John Danks was shaky from the start giving up 6 runs in 6 innings, walking damn near everybody & also letting the Angels steal 4 bases off him. With all that being said the Sox still scored 5 runs & if it wasnt for Danks bad start might have won the game.
BONEHEAD PLAYS:
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Today I was reminded that Gordon Beckham is still a rookie lol making a horrible throw to Paulie in the 1st that could have gotten them out of that inning with no runs scored & probably changing the flow of the game but he gave up 2 runs on that error. Then in the 2nd inning JD had a “Milton Bradley Moment” when he forgot how many outs there were which lead to a run score off a Sac Fly that wasn’t supposed to happen. Now to look on the bright side in the 7 games that the Sox have played against the two teams that were supposed “destroy us” they took 5 of those games and looked real solid. Now other bad news was that Tigers won 7-3 against the O’s & gain some ground by extending their division lead by 2 games. If you can’t tell already this is definitely gonna be a battle to the finish as it keeps goin up & down but I am waiting for the Sox to string off like 5 in a row to take the division lead & they have a GREAT chance to do that this weekend.
SOX/TRIBE PREVIEW:
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Now the Sox get ready to take on the Cleveland Indians this weekend in what I like to call a “Trap Series” the reason I call it that is because this is a series that we are supposed to not just win but sweep & the Indians have absolutely nothing to lose & are goin to try ruin our chance of taking the division lead. This is a real key series because we get a chance to bury one of the AL Central bottom feeders while the two teams we are battling with, Detroit & Minnesota beat each other to a pulp at Comerica Park this weekend. If you are the Sox do not take this team lightly because they just beat the Tigers & Twins in series but those were at their ballpark. Take advantage of your homefield and sweep this team before goin to the West Coast to play a good Mariners team & Oakland, a place that has been like the Metrodome pt.2. But let’s check out the pitching match ups this weekend.
FRIDAY:
Mark Buerhle(11-5 3.79 ERA)
VS.
Jeremy Sowers(3-7 4.97 ERA)
let’s see if Mr.Perfect can get back on track after a horrible outing last sunday against the Yankees & also his meltdown against the Twins two weeks ago.
SATURDAY:
TBA
VS.
Carl Pavano(9-8 5.37 ERA)
This will be the 2nd 5th starter spot of the month & its looking like it will be Carlos Torres starting.
SUNDAY:
Jose Contreras(4-10 4.95 ERA)
VS.
David Huff(5-6 6.81 ERA)
This is probably gonna be Jose’s last chance if he doesn’t wanna get kicked out of the rotation, he hasn’t had any problems giving up runs but has walked almost everyone he’s faced.
PEAVY UPDATE:
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I now have some real good news to report on the Jake Peavy front, according to espnchicago.com Jake Peavy will throw a side session for Don Cooper on Saturday & if everything goes as well as planned then he will begin his rehab stints in the minors with probable starts on Aug.13th, 18th & 23rd and if everything goes well he will make his 1st start with the White Sox in Yankee Stadium on August 28th.
OTHER NOTES:
Alexei Ramirez should be back in the lineup tomorrow night
until next time yall PEACE!!!!!
 

SCOTTY PODS STRIKES THE HALOS!!

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Wuz good world dis ya boi White Sox Real Talk checkin in after yet another exciting White Sox walk-off winner over the Angels. The game started off with Jerry Reinsdorf starting the pre-game salute to Mark Buerhle to begin the “Mark Buerhle Appreciation Series” as he gave some nice framed pics to Buerhls & D-Wise.
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So after that nice ceremony it was time for baseball & Bacon got it going in a very great way with his 6th homer of the season to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead. In the very next inning Carlos Quentin homered to give us a 2-0 lead. Then that’s where it got messy.
CONTRERAS’ WALKS:
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Jose continued his “Walk-a-thon” in the 3rd inning as he walked 3 batters & gave up 1 run on a wild pitch & 2 more runs on a single by Bobby Abreu to give up the lead 3-2. That’s when Ozzie decided it was time for Jose to see the shower as he took him out with only 2 & a third innings pitched  with 66 pitches thrown. This has been a HUGE problem for Jose lately & one that quickly needs to be fixed. Really it should have been a 5-0 W because of the fact that the Angels scored all 4 of their runs of walks. So in the 5th the Sox tied the game off a sac fly to make it 3-3. That didnt last long as Bobby Abreu drove in the go ahead run in the next inning off a Sac Fly.
BACON TO THE RESCUE….AGAIN
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After a 2 Out double by Pods, Gordon Beckham striked AGAIN with a RBI single that tied the game at 4. The bullpen did a solid job as the combination of Carrasco, Randy Williams, Pena, Thornton & Dotel combined to only allow 1 run and held the game at 4 until the ninth. Thats when Pods delivered again, Jayson Nix got it started with a 2 Out double to put the winning run in scoring position.
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Thats when Pods blasted a a hit to give the White Sox a 5-4 win and cutting the Tigers divison lead to 1 game as they got hammered by the O’s 8-2(so much for Washburn lol)
OTHER NOTES:
Alexei Ramirez sat out again with his ankle injury but should return this weekend against the Indians.
-Bobby Jenks is going to have a procedure done to get rid of his Kidney Stones, its expected to be an Out Patient procedure but will miss a couple games to recover. GET WELL BIG FELLA!!
-Gordon Beckham won the AL’s Rookie Of The Month Award for July(Just a precursor until he wins the AL Rookie Of The Year Award)
Tomorrow night the Sox will hope for another solid performance from Gavin Floyd as he will take the mound against the Angel’s 3-0 rightie Sean O’Sullivan Until next time yall PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!

WHITE SOX/YANKEES SERIES RECAP, SOX/HALOS PREVIEW!

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Wuz good world dis ya boi White Sox Real Talk checkin in after a VERY successful & surpising series against the New York Yankees. Now even though Mark Buerhle really struggled today & gave up 6 runs in 5 innings pitched, I’m not that upset mainly because how great Mark has been his last couple starts & also because we took 3 outta 4 in this series. Much more than what I could’ve asked for especially the way we had been playing coming into this series & how hot the Yankees have been lately. Also Detroit got destroyed by Cleveland 11-1 which even more supports my theory that the Tigers are not that good of a team. So we are still only 1.5 games out of 1st and with Alexei injured, & Peavy on the DL I love our chances to still win this divison.
BACON FOR ROY!!!
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I mean man this kid is UNBELIEVABLE now if you all go back & read my Spring Training reports in march I said he was gonna be special but MAN this kid has the potential to not only be an All-Star but a SUPERSTAR. Now my reasoning for that is this.. he’s only been in the majors not even a full 2 months and is batting .311 with 5 homers & 36 RBI’s also the kid is a natural shortstop but is looking pretty damn impressive at third base. This guy has become a serious Rookie of the Year candiate his only threat would be Pittsburgh’s Andrew McClutchen.
SOX/ANGELS PREVIEW:
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Now my confidence for this series has gotten better considering how well we just played in this past series. Here’s a look at the pitching matchups:
TUESDAY:
John Lackey(7-4 4.00 ERA)
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Jose Contreras(4-10 4.80 ERA)

WENSEDAY:
Sean O’Sullivan(3-0 3.75 ERA)
VS.
Gavin Floyd(8-6 4.07 ERA)

THURSDAY:
Ervin Santana(3-6 7.31 ERA)
VS.
John Danks(9-7 4.00 ERA)
Now after this series the road gets a lil less rocky for my Sox as we have a 15 game stretch against teams we should beat & some potential sweeps like Cleveland, & KC before we head to Boston & The Bronx to play the beasts of the AL East which brings me to my next topic.
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New Sox pitcher Jake Peavy was introduced to the media yesterday before the Sox 14-4 rout of the Yankees & today he threw off the mound for the 1st time since the beginning of June and threw 50 pitches a look a lil good. He is still scheduled to return either in the Boston series at the end of the month or the makeup game against the Cubs on Sept.3rd but until next time yall PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!

MY PICKS TO MAKE THE MLB PLAYOFFS

Wuz good this is White Sox Real Talk and im back with my Picks of who’s gonna make the playoffs, leave some comments and see if u agree. First in The American League:

AL EAST  DIVISION WINNER: TAMPA BAY RAYS, Now i pick them cuz these boys are just tough great hitting, great pitching and they play smart ball they remind me of my 2005 White Sox these boys have a never say die attitude, they will hold off the Red Sox.

 AL CENTRAL DIVISION WINNER:CHICAGO WHITE SOX, Now even tho my Sox have been struggling of late i still like our chances and Ozzie isnt gon let these guys just die. They have come WAY too far from last year to let this season go down in flames to the Twinkies so i got us taking it in the last week of the season  and finally give the Twins the Knockout Punch.

 AL WEST DIVISION WINNER: ANAHEIM ANGELS OF LOS ANGELES, No explantion needed why they are the first team in the Majors to clinch Great Power hitting, Great pitching and THEE BEST CLOSER IN THE MAJORS K-ROD!!!

 AL WILD CARD WINNER: BOSTON RED SOX, The world champs are gonna slide their way into the postseason even tho they’re not gonna win the east they are still gonna make major moves in the postseason as long as Josh Beckett can stay healthy.

NOW NATIONAL LEAGUE……

 NL EAST DIVISION WINNER:PHILADEPHIA PHILLIES, They will hold off the NY Mets no doubt in my mind NO ONE CAN STOP RYAN HOWARD RIGHT NOW ….NO ONE ENUFF SAID!!!

 NL CENTRAL DIVISION WINNER: CHICAGO CUBS, Now as much as I hate these ******** the Cubbies are having a great season and are giving Northsiders some hope that it might happen but they still gotta convince me that they can get the job done in  the postseason so it will be intersting to see.

 NL WEST DIVISION WINNER: LOS ANGELES DODGERS, Now before the trade deadline i thought they had NO CHANCE to beat out the D-Backs but then they got MANNY RAMIREZ and he has just been phenomnal batting.400 and just making that team much better.

 NL WILDCARD WINNER: MILWAUKEE BREWERS, Even though they have been jagging games in late innings and had a CRUSHING loss to the Cubbies last night i still like their chances better than the Mets i know both bullpens are bad but Brewers bullpen isnt as HORRIBLE as the Mets so they will get back to the postseason for first time since 1982. If Ben Sheets is Healthy they could make some noise.

SO THOSE ARE MY PICKS LEAVE COMMENTS TO LET  ME KNOW WHAT U THINK!!!