White Sox ties in the 2022 MLB postseason

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I think that watching the 2022 White Sox for six months has made me unusually excited for the postseason.

Usually I take the week after the regular season to gear down into a casual following of the divisional series, and then I resume watching it live when the ALCS and NLCS open. But after following such a thoroughly mediocre enterprise for the last six months, I’m looking forward to watching a field of all good-to-great teams.

Now that the White Sox are back on the outside after brief postseason appearances the last two years, here’s a quick summary of the former White Sox occupying October rosters and coaching staffs.

St. Louis Cardinals

Jose Quintana is starting Game 1, and any success should doubly delight White Sox fans since it’d irritate Cubs fans. Quintana had a terrific bounce-back season and reached 10 years of service time, so a respectable showing in October would be fine cap on a helluva year.

Philadelphia Phillies

If you don’t count Zack Wheeler and Bryce Harper despite their shoulda-been-White-Sox statuses, then David Robertson is the only guy on their roster. He’s not the easiest to root for this time of year, what with his history of postseason-share stinginess.

Speaking of postseason shares, former White Sox Jacob Turner posted a thread on Twitter detailing how that money gets divvied up.

New York Mets

There’s a healthy contingent of former Sox. James McCann is the only one who joined the Mets directly from Chicago, and no matter how poorly Yasmani Grandal plays, the four-year contract McCann received continues to look like the worse idea. Chris Bassitt had Oakland in between, but he’s set highs in wins (15), inninngs (181.2) and strikeouts (167) in a fine first season in Queens. Eduardo Escobar has been everywhere, and he’s bringing his usual brand of versatile, low-OBP pop. Joey Cora is their third-base coach in his most favorable coaching assignment since the 2005 days.

San Diego Padres

They’re the National League’s version of the White Sox, except not nearly as insular, way more transactional and thus far more fascinating to follow, but aside from a general interest in Manny Machado’s crunch-time abilities, there’s nothing Sox-specific here.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The White Sox traded Yency Almonte for Tommy Kahnle, and they’re now both in the Dodgers bullpen, alongside a Craig Kimbrel who lost his closer designation. Trayce Thompson made it back to an MLB roster by providing high-strikeout bench thump.

Atlanta Braves

Nothing doing.

Cleveland Guardians

There’s Terry Francona and Sandy Alomar Jr. on the coaching staff. Player-wise, none, unless they really find themselves reaching for Konnor Pilkington’s left-handed help at any point.

Toronto Blue Jays

None, because Zack Collins couldn’t cut it.

Tampa Bay Rays

None. The Rays go with youth, upside, and defined strengths. Given that a lot of White Sox starters lack those attributes, their cast-offs are even less likely Rays.

Seattle Mariners

None.

New York Yankees

Frankie Montas’ shoulder injury has removed him from the Yankees’ rotation plans, but he still figures to be part of their bullpen.

Houston Astros

Erick Threets is the Astros’ Florida Complex PItching Coach, which is fun, but hitting coach Alex Cintron is the only one you’ll see in the dugout.


First Pitch

Here’s today’s schedule for October action:

Guardians vs. Rays: Shane Bieber vs. Shane McClanahan, in progress on ESPN

Cardinals vs. Phillies: José Quintana vs. Zack Wheeler, 1:07 p.m. CT on ABC

Mariners vs. Blue Jays: Luis Castillo vs. Alek Manoah, 3:07 p.m. CT on ESPN

Mets vs. Padres: Max Scherzer vs. Yu Darvish, 7:07 p.m. CT on ESPN

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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GrinnellSteve

I hope Q throws a perfect game today. One of the classiest players the Sox have ever had.

Right Size Wrong Shape

5.1 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs. Acquitted himself nicely.

mikeyb

Picked up a classic Q No Decision too! Love that guy so much.

abehickock

White Sox should trade Liam Hendriks to the Cardinals for Nolan Gorman.

upnorthsox

Yes him or Tommy Edman should be one of the targets for 2B.

Last edited 1 month ago by upnorthsox
upnorthsox

I feel a little better about our pen now.

GrinnellSteve

That was quite the meltdown.

abehickock

How about the bullpen decisions by that new age manager!

GrinnellSteve

Looks like the Sox dodged a $130M bullet by not signing Scherzer.

dwjm3

We sure are good at dodging the bullet that are 4 and 5 war players

upnorthsox

That was a ridiculously stupid contract. I still would’ve taken Verlander if he would’ve signed.