Same shit, different day. That’s the only way you can sum up the stream of drizzling shits the White Sox starting rotation oozes out series after series. If Giolito isn’t pitching the Sox offense is going to have to carry the day, unless it’s the 1 out of 5 starts where Nova or Lopez is useful. I’ve seen 5000% more Odrisamer Despagine starts then I’ve ever cared to in my entire life, and yet I know Hahn and Renteria are going to trot him out there again to kick off the Twins series next weekend. I’d be willing to bet Vegas sets the over/under for that game somewhere around 18 runs to start.
I understand that injuries are a thing, and the Sox staff has been hit with more than their fair share of them this season, but so have other teams. The Yankees have had every single one of their starters hurt at one point or another this season, and yet their games seem to be eminently watchable. Can you imagine the frothing fury of the New York media if Brian Cashman signed Despagine for any reason OTHER than to carry buckets of sunflower seeds to the bullpen? The New York Post would spontaneously combust in people’s hands (which is probably best for everybody involved). Yet here the Sox sit, Hahn never really having to answer to anyone as to why he thinks this rotation is acceptable. He gets to hide in the shadow of the North Siders, and we are stuck watching it. On top of that the Hawks traded Pittsburgh for a cantaloupe on skates, and the Predators sent PK Subban to New Jersey for some seashells and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Sigh.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE
-At least there was some fun stuff this series. Zack Collins finally got to start a game, and rewarded Renteria with a 3 run shot to dead center field. He waited until Jurado made a mistake with a 2-2 slider and stepped into it for an exciting start to his career. It was his only hit of the series, but at least he made it count. His first time behind the dish was catching for Despagine, so I guess the jury is going to remain out on his ability to catch a major league starter for a bit longer.
-Tim Anderson seems to be heating up again, hitting safely in all 3 games and absolutely pummeling the Rangers pitching staff in game 2 to the tune of 4 RBIs. He only sees about 8 pitches a game, but if he wants to swing like Javy Baez and he can have the same results I’m all for it. Like Sam said in our round table for the Cubs/Sox series, there are going to peaks and valleys to players who treat plate discipline like it’s pizza in St. Louis, but as long as the peaks are as high as Timmy’s have been so far it’s gonna be fun.
-Ryan Cordell is nice and all, but he’s not a major league starter. As soon as they’re able to voodoo Jon Jay back to life, he needs to shamble his ass out to right field because I’m kinda done with Cordell. Bryce Harper woulda looked pretty good out there too, but whatever.
-Don’t look now but Jace Fry and Kelvin Herrera have a pulse. Both have looked pretty solid over the last few appearances, and Herrera even scored the win in game 1. Combined with Colome and Bummer, the back end of the Sox bullpen is looking pretty tasty right now.
-Reynaldo Lopez gave up a bundle of runs early then settled down to a decent line in night one. His changeup was not locating well, unless you were sitting in right center field and looking for a souvenir, but he was able to (mostly) use his fastball to keep the Rangers off balance. I don’t know quite what it is, but if Lopez can get through the first inning OK it usually results in a pretty solid start for him. Maybe lay off the monster energy drink in his pregame routine, I dunno. Either way, the Sox need to see more of him if they’re gonna pencil him in as the 5th starter for the 2021 world series team.
-Yonder Alonso fucking sucks, and from here on out he should never start over Zack Collins unless they accidentally leave Collins on the bus and he gets stuck in Texas. Maybe not even then.
Next up is a trip to Beantown. If anyone happens to see Brad Marchand sitting in/next to a dumpster please send pictures.