The Blue Jays should trade for Jeff Samardzija

After the White Sox beat the Cardinals 7-1 on Wednesday, I did as I often do and went to ESPN.com's MLB standings page to check out where certain teams stand in the run differential department.

Sure enough, the White Sox are still the second worst in baseball, although significantly #BetterThanThePhillies.

What I was surprised by is the fact that the Cardinals, who even after two straight defeats against the White Sox are 25 games over .500, no longer have the best run differential in baseball. That title now belongs to the 42-38 Toronto Blue Jays.

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TCS Morning 10: Jose Quintana is better than the stupid rain, J2 is coming

Of all the getaway day games that are scheduled at unwatchable hours on Wednesday afternoons, this is the primetime matchup that had to pursued, and with the Sox not scheduled to return to St. Louis anytime soon and already planning a loaded second half of makeup dates, MLB was willing to sweat out something like, oh, a start delayed by two hours, two early stints that barely made it through entire half innings before new delays kicked off, and ending time well after midnight local time.

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TCS Morning 10: Chris Sale is the only player on the team

Let it not be said that the White Sox offense will not pick up their pitching staff if they hold the third-best offense in the NL to one run over 11 innings, including a historic performance from their starter. I don't know whether to be thrilled or bemused by a 2-1, 11-inning win in Cardtown. It's a victory over a great team via some phenomenal pitching dominance, but sprinkled in with enough ineptitude to make it clear how much of a struggle it will be to replicate this.

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Don't Hire Ozzie Guillen Again

There has been a lot of buzz on social media and the White Sox blogosphere about whether or not Robin Ventura should be fired. It has certainly been discussed here. This week the Chicago Sun Times suggested that the White Sox not only fire Robin Ventura, but that they should replace him with Ozzie Guillen.  NBC's Craig Calcaterra wrote his thoughts on the subject yesterday, although he primarily focused on the style of the article, and only briefly touched on the actual question of whether Ozzie should come back.  Although Craig concludes that bringing Ozzie back would be a good idea, I have to disagree.

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TCS Morning 10: We coulda had a good weekend

We shouldn't be talking about this.  I certainly don't try to shoehorn Robin Ventura into everything. Hindsight sniping at a manager who's job and motivations are mostly invisible is not fun or compelling writing. Melky is alive again, Adam Eaton is a star, the Sox offense touched up David Price with Jose Abreu hitting out of the No. 2 hole and were all about to take two out of three from the Tigers in convincing fashion.

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Chris Sale’s greatness amongst the White Sox' futility

Chris Sale is the best pitcher in baseball right now.

Yes, this is hardly an irrefutable fact. Yes, Sale’s numbers this season in totality don’t quite matchup with Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer, or Chris Archer, and yes, if we expand to the last two full seasons, Clayton Kershaw has him beat. For the purpose of this article, I really don’t care. With all the talent at the top of the league, this is hardly a debate with a conclusive answer, and that’s fine.

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TCS Morning 10: The White Sox did not have a parade Thursday

 It's cliche, but the NBA and NHL season wrapping really has thrown the full attention of the Chicago sports media engine toward why the Cubs offseason promise has borne fruit and the White Sox are an even bigger disaster than previously remembered.  And oh, wow, just as more attention comes to the Sox, they're on a seven-game skid and hurtling out of even the faintest notion of playoff contention at breathtaking speed. 

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TCS Morning 10: Slightly more professional losses

Wednesday night, the White Sox went down three runs to the streaking Pirates in the first seven minutes of the game, stretched their scoreless streak to 30 innings, and Robin Ventura got himself ejected in the fourth inning arguing against the ruling that Melky Cabrera staggered over so much after striking out against Jeff Locke that he interfered with Francisco Cervelli trying to throw out Adam Eaton at second. 

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State of the Offense: How Is A Tire Fire So Boring?

I originally started this State of the Offense "series" thinking that the offense would eventually wind up somewhere close to league average, but that after the first twenty games they were in an underperforming slump. Then after another twenty games...the offense was still terrible. As I write this, 63 games are in the books, and the White Sox just got shut out in back-to-back games, managing fewer than 4 hits in both of them.  At this point it's just a matter of marveling at how bad the offense is.

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TCS Morning 10: How many canings can you take before they define you?

It's remarkable how effortlessly the White Sox pivoted from their first home sweep of the season, and possibly the most encouraging stretches of play of the year, and right into the losing streak that might finally huck this cursed season into the dungeon permanently. They're now stuck in a four-game skid, six games under .500, the proud owners once more of the worst run differential in the AL, and have three more games against the red-hot Pirates team that just thunderkicked them 11-0 Monday night, then three against the Rangers, whose main weakness is pitching and, well...

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TCS Afternoon 5: Chris Sale breaks things

Small sample size and all that, but I don't know if you've heard anything about Chris Sale's last five starts...they've been pretty good. He has a 1.45 ERA, with 61 strikeouts over 37.1 innings. Opponents have hit .152/.206/.250 against him, while striking out 43.3% of the time. Major league hitters have been twice as likely to strike out as reach base against Sale for the better part of the last month. 

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