This is Part Two in a series of three that are broad, back-of-the-napkin estimates of how the estimable, formidable, and ecological Paul Boye and I see the 2016 season playing out. If you are interested in Part One ( AL & NL Central) you can check that out here. Bookmark these so that in 8 months you can ridicule me / admire Paul's foresightRead More
PECOTA was released this morning and you can look at the Depth Charts over here. Compared to the exuberant projection of 92 wins for Cleveland (tied with the Cubs for second in all of baseball!) and the dour expectation for the defending champion Royals (76 wins- the same as the 2015 White Sox!), 82 wins for Chicago looks sober, rational, and normal.Read More
Baseball season is finally here.
After months of speculating, the White Sox's 25-man roster is set and the starting nine will take the field this afternoon against the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals.
Now that all the roster-building questions have been answered, what can we expect out of these guys?
Let's take our best guess.Read More
As you probably know, you can gamble on just about everything under the sun nowadays. Who will be the President in 2016? Which movie will win Best Picture at the Academy Awards? How many home runs will Jose Abreu hit?
You probably have an opinion on that last one (maybe the other two, we don't know). Either way, the staff at The Catbird Seat decided to make some over/under predictions for the 2015 White Sox.
We came up with a starting point, compiled by Collin Whitchurch through a combination of looking at last year's numbers, this year's projections, and some just plain out of thin air, and each staff member predicted whether the final 2015 tally would be over or under that number. Some are fun. Some are sad. Some are ridiculous.
Enjoy, and let us know your predictions in the comments section.Read More
Baseball fans have a lot of projections at their disposal - PECOTA, Zips, Steamer, Cairo, etc. etc. One projection system is sometimes overlooked in certain circles, and I suspect because people view it as having a different purpose than projection - Vegas Lines. People think Vegas Lines are just trying to exploit the perceptions of casual fans. But, because of how Vegas makes a profit - trying to get equal action on both sides of the line and simply taking a cut off the top - the market can "correct" lines until you get a sort of Wisdom of the Crowds result with the input of some very knowledgable people. Depending on the year, you can get different results - but in short, Over / Unders from Vegas are a worthwhile resource when trying to figure out what will happen in the coming year.Read More
The wise and just ESPN Sweetspot Guru David Schoenfield is going through his pre-Spring rankings of every MLB team and the White Sox have come up...a bit earlier than I would have hoped. David ranks them 23rd in baseball, predicts a 77-85 mark and cites concerns about the back-half of the starting rotation, problems spots in the infield, and does not appear to be a Tyler Flowers’ Glasses Truther. The Sox are behind the Tigers--whom he acknowledges could be division favorites again--the Royals, the Rays, and his surprise team: the Houston Astros.Read More
This season will be the third in which Robin Ventura is at the helm of the Chicago White Sox and the second in which mystery as to who will close games for the team will likely drag all the way up to the start of the regular season.
In 2012, you might remember, it wasn't revealed that Hector Santiago was the team's closer until the second game of the regular season when he began warming up with the White Sox ahead in the top of the 9th inning against the Texas Rangers.Read More
Every spring I make my way down to Phoenix to kick back and enhance my anticipation of the upcoming baseball season by following the White Sox around the valley for a week. It tends to be my most enjoyable week of the year, as I shed all responsibilities and immerse myself completely in baseball. It’s that simple. I’m no scout, the things I notice may have merit, but likely less often than a trained and paid individual. There are things to notice, though, and during a time of year where stats mean very little there are advantages to getting an up close look at the action.Read More
What do the White Sox have at each position after the 2014 offseason? The picture has gotten a bit clearer with the recent cuts and reassignments. Let's take a look at the White Sox's first base position to see how it stacks up for 2014 and beyond.Read More
What do the White Sox have at each position after the 2014 offseason? The picture has gotten a bit clearer with the recent cuts and reassignments. Let's take a look at the White Sox's catcher position to see how it stacks up for 2014 and beyond.Read More
The supply of predictions is limitless. From pure, algorithm-based projection systems to your co-worker parroting whatever he has heard on the radio, sources of speculation for how the 2014 season will play out abound. You are free to take a look at what FanGraphs thinks will happen this season based on ZiPs. Another source, PinnacleSports.com sets the White Sox Over/Under for 2014 at 76.5. The SportingNews’ Jesse Spector has the White Sox at 77 wins. Clay Davenport has them pegged for 79 wins. And so on.Read More