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Baseball bracketology: 2020 White Sox’s Final Four, Cinderellas, Upsets, and Bubble Watch

With March Madness canceled and Major League Baseball on an indefinite hiatus, it’s time to try to fill the void by analyzing the 2020 season through a new lens

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Arm swing, and Louisville things, with Zack Burdi

Has a change in arm swing played a key role in Zack Burdi’s resurgence? He lets us know — and more — in an SSHP exclusive.

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Michael Kopech can transform the White Sox in 2020

Returning from Tommy John surgery, Michael Kopech has a chance to be a real weapon for the Chicago White Sox during the 2020 season.

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Yermín Mercedes, on the road to the Majors

His time to mash in the Majors has finally come.

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Dallas Keuchel, and the elephant in the room

Think the Astros cheating scandal is all in the past, or that their pitchers didn’t benefit from the chicanery? Think again.

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Minor key: The last bullpen spot

While much of the roster is pretty well set, the final bullpen spot is up for grabs — and a surprising name holds the inside track to claim it.

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AL Central Big 3: The intangibles

A final study of the ALC contenders focuses on the strength of the managers and state of the farm systems.

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AL Central Big 3: The pitching

Pitching advantage, Cleveland — but Minnesota and Chicago are pretty dead even.

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AL Central Big 3: The offenses

In the first of a three-part series leading up to the Cactus League opener, we look at how the Big 3 ALC offenses stack up.

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Tim Anderson’s BABIP breakout wasn’t all luck, so hop off your high horse and jump on the TA train

Analysts anticipating a fall from grace from Anderson may be waiting a long time.

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Four under-the-radar, early-season storylines

Our newest writer takes a look at four overlooked story lines heading into the 2020 White Sox season.

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Reynaldo López: now or never

Full of promise and flashing elite skills, the young righty nonetheless disappointed. This dig into the numbers highlights some reasons for optimism with López — and reveals why there’s some fools’ gold in the stats as well.

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Filling the gap at the second sack

With a lot of options on the table for the White Sox at second base, it’s a free agent who makes the most sense for now.

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Potential White Sox lineups for 2020

Let’s take a look at how Chicago’s lethal 2020 lineups should play out.

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Jace Fry, bullpen man of mystery

It’s a make-or-break season for the erratic Jace Fry.

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Backup backstop: McCann vs. Collins

With all the additions to the 2020 team, Zack Collins makes more sense as the backup catcher than James McCann.

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Manager Rumor Mill: Garbage Can Edition

With this week’s scandals in Houston, Boston and New York, it’s time to update the managerial scorecard!

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Great Expectations, out of a Bleak House

Slow your sad roll, White Sox fans: 2020 was always just going to be an appetizer for 2021.

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Friday’s arbitration deadline makes a busy week busier for the White Sox

In a busy week, let’s preview of this week’s arbitration deadline, and review overall White Sox payroll.

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La Pantera has arrived

What is it about panthers? Our newest writer, Keelin Billue, examines the mystic properties that bring a particular Pantera to Chicago.

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Mind the gap at second base

Second base has been overlooked as a White Sox priority for 2020, with Nick Madrigal looming down in Charlotte. But there are three solid options out there to bridge what could be a months-long gap.

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Penned in: A look at the 2020 bullpen options on the South Side

With lots of boxes checked this offseason, the bullpen remains an area the White Sox still must fortify.

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What’s next on the shopping list for the White Sox?

With the White Sox still looking to add a bat and a relief arm, here are some best bets for both.

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Fixing a Hole: White Sox still looking to patch rotation

With Gio in the fold, the White Sox must be held to their promise to add more premium pitching: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dallas Keuchel or David Price.

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Thank you, Yolmer Sánchez!

Yolmer Homer enters free agency for the first time in his career. A remembrance, by a No. 1 fan.

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A weird and wonderful fit: Edwin Encarnacion in Pale Hose

Edwin Encarnación is all about mashing. Think he’d fit in a weak White Sox offense?

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State of the White Sox bullpen as the Winter Meetings approach

With a bullpen in only OK shape, the White Sox will need to examine every avenue to improve for 2020.

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What, if anything, should the White Sox offer Tsutsugo?

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo could supply the White Sox with a reliable, left-handed bat that is well worth the risk.

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Filling the South Side’s crater in right field

A plethora of solid options exist for the White Sox this offseason, including blockbuster trades and hefty free-agent signings.

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Wheels down, it’s time to show (R)yu the money

Plan B after Zack Wheeler? The White Sox could do way worse than a Cy Young runner-up who keeps contact on the ground, and soft. It’s time to target Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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Non-tendered players on the market: Which make sense for the White Sox?

Of all the surprising names around baseball to be refused contracts on Monday, four names leap out as great solutions to fill out the White Sox roster.

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Early moves close the book on the rebuild — it’s time to start winning!

Rick Hahn’s aggressive signing of Yasmani Grandal, along with other smaller moves and an exciting rumor mill, indicate the rebuild is done and the winning begins now.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Part III, the Ugly

Is the Yasmani Grandal signing just another carrot — or a promise? In this review of some of the low points of 2019, hope spring eternal.

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Joc of all trades: Pederson a perfect fit for Chicago’s right field woes

With the Hot Stove already broiling on the South Side, it may be time for Rick Hahn to turn back toward last offseason’s near-deal for Dodger Joc Pederson.

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Yasmani Grandal signals a welcome change for White Sox

Yasmani Grandal echoed what we’ve all been saying, for some time now: Why NOT the White Sox?

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Saving baseball from itself, Part 1: a relegation fantasy

One way to sass those sluggish “rebuilding” owners and punish teams that aren’t even trying? Relegation!

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The defense doesn’t rest: an ode to Yolmer

Tis a folly to non-tender our second sacker, if the best offense truly be a great defense.

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Picks to click: free agent starters

The money will be spent … so why not start with rising star Zack Wheeler, and add a lefty on the way out of the store?

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A most important offseason

The ball is in the front office’s court … we’ll be waiting to see what happens.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part 2: The Bad)

The entire class of free agent and trade acquisitions for the White Sox in 2019 contributed just 3.9 bWAR.

No, that is not a typo.

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2019 was the year of Yoán —and he’s just getting started

Yoán Moncada is destined to be a star on the South Side for a long, long time.

Photo: Clinton Cole (@CDCole55)/South Side Hit Pen

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Manager rumor mill: American League edition

Not as much to report on the AL manager rumor mill, with just one opening left. But let’s rant about it a bit, anyway.

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Manager rumor mill: National League edition

Joe Girardi can only be hired by one team … we think.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part 1: The Good)

Yoán Moncada and Lucas Giolito are the clear highlights of the next step of the rebuild.

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White Sox: Final Report Card

When it comes to Sox management, in the dugout or out, C is as good as it gets.

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Deep Dive: Lucas Giolito’s past, present and future with the White Sox

Lucas Giolito through 2018, his 2019 season with the White Sox, and what his future looks like with the team.

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So you’ve been blocked by Tim Anderson …

If a bat flips and you’re not around, did it make a sound?

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It’s time to Corde-roll the dice on Jimmy beyond this season

Cordero should continue to have a role with the organization moving forward, a role he’s earned. And if a bench-clearing brawl is about to go down, Cordero is one player I would definitely want on my side.

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Who is Reynaldo López?

The sky is still the limit for this fireballer, but time is starting to become an enemy instead of an ally.

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What if Eloy played DH full-time?

Now is not the time to punt on Eloy Jiménez’s defense. As the former No. 3 overall prospect, Jiménez is vital to what the White Sox are trying to do in the next few years, and improving his defense could go a long way.

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