It's a shame Chris Sale can't pitch every other day, because he's one of the few players on the White Sox who commands the non-Sox world's attention.
Not all of it was good -- see the previous post -- but that was just one of three FanGraphs posts about the Sox on Monday. Likewise, Buster Olney devoted just about his entire Baseball Tonight podcast to interviews with Sale, Jake Peavy and Don Cooper.
All three are good interviews, but the segment with Peavy has the most to offer, because he goes into detail about his surgery and the mechanical problems that preceded it. I'm glad Peavy has been able to rediscover his talent, because if you look past the clichés (at one point he says, "At the end of the day, it was what it was") and platitudes, he really can answer a question.
And when he's asked about a subject everybody likes -- for instance, Sale -- he can talk as long as he wants.
With every awful error, the latter certainly looks more tempting, but Paul Swydal takes a sober look at the White Sox's options and concludes that The Twilight Ride of Paul Konerko might be worth seeing through as long as possible.
Jeff Sullivan looks at every three-ball count Jeff Keppinger has seen to see how much of his walklessness can be attributed to being too aggressive or protective. Overall, it's pretty favorable to Keppinger, and that hasn't been said that often this season.
I mean, he's right behind Adam Dunn when it comes to the hitters with the most painful BABIPs.
The international signing period begins on July 2, and Ben Badler says the White Sox have a target in mind:
[Micker] Zapata, a righthanded hitter who trains with Moreno Tejada and also works out at La Academia, might have the most raw power among players in this year’s July 2 class. He’s physically imposing at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and is relatively athletic for his size, with average speed that should slow down and the arm strength for right field. Zapata has a pull-oriented approach and can put on a performance in batting practice, but his power is going to come with a high strikeout rate. The White Sox and Padres, two teams whose top scouts have a history of being aggressive for power bats in Latin America, have been connected to Zapata.
I'm sold just on the name.
The Red Line shuts down on Sunday through the rest of the baseball season, and the Sox are hoping a $10 discount on certain lower-deck sections will encourage you to walk a little longer.
Sox fans can use the SOXCTA code to buy tickets online through Ticketmaster for the Boston Red Sox series May 20 through May 22.
The Sox will knock $10 off lower box, outfield reserve and bleacher seats, Sox spokesman Marty Maloney said.
Scott Reifert uses Sale's one-hitter as a launching point to talk about the top 10 White Sox pitching performances he's witnessed since 1991. Four rank ahead of Sale on Sunday night.
Gordon Beckham update:
"There's a lot to be excited about the way I'm swinging," Beckham said Monday, before the series opener against the Twins. "The second day I woke up after I hit, it was definitely sore.
"I woke up today and there was a lot less soreness from yesterday. I felt pretty good swinging the bat. When it's the right pitch, the right swing it's doing the right thing, but there are some pitches that tie me up that I don't feel comfortable with yet."
The New York Times has a running total of each team's dollars on the disabled list. It's weird seeing the White Sox sixth, but I don't know if that's reason enough to rush John Danks back.
What do you think everybody should be reading?