April 6: A great day for White Sox baseball


April 6: A great day for White Sox baseball

It's a good thing the Sox are starting the season on April 6:

- They are 14-6 on this date in Franchise history
- They have won five straight April 6 games
- They haven't lost on April 6 since 2001
- They have won 13 of their last 14 on today's date
- This will be their fourth April 6 opener (they're 2-1 so far)

There have been a lot of exciting moments along the way. Here's the complete list of April 6 contests, which date back to 1974:

2011: Sox rally for four with two outs in the 9 off Joakim Soria to take a 7-6 lead, but Thornton blows the save. Sox score three in the 12th for the 10-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2008: Sox light up Justin Verlander for nine runs (four earned) and nine hits. Buehrle gets the decision in 13-2 blowout at Comerica Park.
2005: Sox erase 3-0 deficit in ninth inning off Indians' closer Bob Wickman when Paul Konerko (with a runner on) and Jermaine Dye go back-to-back; Juan Uribe knocks in the winning run on a sac fly.
2003: 9-run eighth inning (eight unearned) and go on to win 10-2 at home vs Tigers.
2002: 14-0 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2001: 10-9 10-inning loss vs Tigers.
2000: 6-2 win at Texas

1999: 11-3 win in Seattle -- Sox crush Jamie Moyer (6 IP, 11 H, 8 ER)
1998: 5-4 win vs Rangers
1997: 5-3 win vs Tigers -- Jaime Navarro pitches seven scoreless with 11 K
1996: 8-4 win at Angels -- Alex Fernandez pitches eight innings and strikes out 10 Halos.
1994: 9-2 win at the Skydome -- Robin Ventura and Darrin Jackson each hit two home runs.
1993: 10-5 Opening Day win at the Metrodome.

1989: 3-2 win in California -- Bert Blyleven gets the no decision for the Halos.
1988: 4-2 loss vs Angels in 10 innings.
1987: 5-4 Opening Day win in Kansas City.
1984: 3-2 loss vs Tigers -- Jack Morris no-hits them the next day.
1983: 4-1 loss in Texas -- Sox start season 0-3, but finish 99-63.

1979: Jim Palmer hands Sox 5-3 Opening Day loss in Baltimore.
1974: White Sox lose 3-2 vs Angels -- Bill Melton hit a homer.

Total: 14-6 (13-1 in last 14)

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

The White Sox could be open for business when the Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in Maryland, with ace left-hander Chris Sale likely to draw the most interest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. 

The price for the five-time All-Star, of course, will be steep. ESPN’s Jayson Stark offered this as to just how steep it’ll be: To acquire Sale, a team will have to part with its No. 1 prospect plus at least two more players. 

The starting point for the White Sox, according to Stark, will be last offseason’s Shelby Miller trade in which the Arizona Diamondbacks sent former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Atlanta Braves to acquire the 26-year-old right-hander. 

Miller was coming off a strong season in 2015, in which he crossed the 200-inning threshold for the first time and posted a career best 3.02 ERA. But Miller hadn’t come close to establishing the success Sale has at the time of the trade, spending just three seasons in the starting rotations of the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals without eye-popping peripherals (he had a 4.54 FIP in 2014, for example). And the Braves still managed to swipe Swanson away from a Diamondbacks team that went all in for the 2016 season (and crashed to a 69-93 record with Miller having a 6.15 ERA). 

Only three pitchers — Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and David Price — have racked up more WAR than Sale (26.2) since the start of the 2012 season, and Sale is one of seven starters to have 1,000 or more strikeouts over the last five seasons, too. Durability hasn’t been an issue for Sale, either, as he’s tied for second in baseball with 14 complete games since 2012 (only behind Kershaw) and has thrown the 12th-most innings of any pitcher in the last five years, too. 

That’s the Cliff’s Notes version of why Sale will command such a high price. So that’s why, on MLB Network on Friday, Jon Heyman threw out the following names that could be discussed: Washington Nationals infielder/outfielder Trea Turner, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, Boston Red Sox outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada. 

Not only are those guys top prospects, but every one them outside of Moncada has had more than a cup of coffee in the major leagues. Whether or not the White Sox could pry one of those players, or someone of their caliber, away from a team in a Sale trade remains to be seen. 

The price may come down, as Stark reported, but the starting point in the Sale sweepstakes certainly appears to be high.