Jake Peavy: 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 SO as the White Sox beat Cleveland 8-1. On the season, Peavy now has a 1.29 ERA (1.94 FIP, for the sabermetrically-inclined) with 44 strikeouts, seven walks and two home runs allowed in 52 13 innings. What he's done has been nothing short of incredible.
Like Peavy, Adam Dunn has rebounded into form -- he went 1-4 with a home run, his 10th, with a walk on Wednesday to raise his season slash line to .243.385.586. His next home run will equal his 2011 total, and he didn't reach double-digit dingers until late July of last season. Bill Melton discussed what Dunn's doing right on White Sox Postgame Live:
But not everything was peachy for the Sox on Wednesday, as before the game it was reported Chris Sale will have an MRI on his left elbow on Thursday in Chicago. After the results are in, the Sox brass will convene to discuss Sale's future, which apparently could lead him back into the starting rotation. Here's what we know about Sale heading into the next few days, after which we should have an answer about his immediate future with the club. And here's what Robin Ventura had to say prior to Wednesday's game:
Around the division: When Kansas City comes to town this weekend they'll bring the hardest-throwing pitcher in the majors, Bruce Chen allowed three runs in 6 23 innings as the Royals beat Boston, Minnesota sent third baseman Danny Valencia to Triple-A and moved Francisco Liriano to the bullpen while Detroit's offense fell silent in a 2-1 loss to Seattle.
Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did.
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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.”
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above.
There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.
White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.
Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.
The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.
Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.
Take a listen to the latest episode below: