The White Sox played one of their best games of the season after a pair of duds Monday and Tuesday, beating Baltimore 8-1. Adam Dunn hit a three-run double off lefty Troy Patton, A.J. Pierzynski hit home run No. 4 and Alejandro De Aza hit dinger No. 3, Gordon Beckham had two hits and Jake Peavy struck out eight in seven innings of one-run ball.
Seeing Beckham get two hits -- even if the second of them was a weak infield single -- was good, since he entered Wednesday with just three on the season. Frank Thomas broke down Beckham's swing for us in a frame-by-frame analysis.
Steve Stone hopped on Chicago Tribune Live to discuss the state of the White Sox:
Jim looks at how some problems from 2011 have carried over into 2012 even with a new manager while James weighed in on Ventura as well.
Around the division: Things aren't looking good for Francisco Liriano, Grady Sizemore is slowly working toward a return, Jeanmar Gomez is getting a five-game suspension, Doug Fister had a setback in his recovery and the Royals lost their seventh straight game.
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: