One-hundred losses is unfamiliar territory for the White Sox, who hadn’t had that bad a season since 1970.
Yet the way they got to 100 losses looked awfully familiar. They hit a lot of their familiar marks in this one, like:
- An unnecessary Rick Renteria bunt call in the first
- A double-digit strikeout total, including a Yoan Moncada backwards K
- Dylan Covey struggling after the first time through, courtesy of
- Some ugly outfield defense.
Despite the Leury Garcia bunt, the Sox were finally able to hold a lead through the first inning this series. Avisail Garcia smashed a single through the left side for one run, and Matt Davidson’s sac fly made it 2-0.
But after facing just 10 batters over the first three innings, Covey hit a snag. He gave up a solo shot to Jake Cave for the first Minnesota run, then walked Robbie Grossman. He appeared to find an exit after striking out Mitch Garver, but when Max Kepler hit the next pitch to deep right, Daniel Palka alligator-armed it on the warning track for a “double.” No runs scored on the non-error error, but two runs did score on a Logan Forsythe single to give the Twins a 3-2 lead.
Kepler then cleared the wall his next time up for a booming two-run shot in the sixth. The insurance runs were necessary, as Grossman couldn’t haul in Ryan Cordell’s deep drive to left for one run, and an RBI groundout by Yolmer Sanchez made it a 5-4 game.
The Sox had a golden opportunity to tie it in the ninth. Yoan Moncada withstood Joe Mauer’s lengthy send-off — he came out unaccompanied for what might be his last inning with catcher’s gear he hadn’t worn since 2013, caught a pitch, made one more unnecessary mound visit, then was defensively replaced to a standing ovation.
When play resumed, Moncada took a pitch off the plate for a count-evening strike, then shot a double off the left-field wall.
Trevor May relieved Matt Belisle — who was also making his last career appearance — and struck out Cordell and Sanchez before Leury Garcia’s deep fly to right center found Max Kepler’s glove for the final out.
It was a nice game for Moncada, who reached base three times around the strikeout and also made a fantastic glove flip for a highlight-reel 4-3. For everybody else besides Mauer — who hit a trademarked double to left-center on a 3-2 count — it was a largely forgettable final afternoon.
Record: 62-100 | Box score
Good riddance 2018
Well, once again, thank you to Jim, Josh, Patrick, Greg, Ted and anyone else I might be forgetting for all the work you guys put in this year. It was fucking rough for those of us who didn’t have assignments. You guys did great.
Also, it’s shouldn’t be hard to believe they lost 8 of their last 9, but it is.
Agreed. If the White Sox operated with the precision and excellence of Sox Machine, they would have meaningful games to play in October.
Yes, you guys are the best. You made this season bearable. Looking forward to the offseason!!
Ditto what everyone is saying. This is my favorite White Sox content blog. If I ever join The Athletic, it will be to read Jim’s analysis (and James)…two of the best White Sox sports writers out there.
50 cent hotdog Wednesdays for next year?
Worth a shot. My kids like his music. I applaud his philanthropic work.
I remember 1970 well. Roland Hemond and Chuck Tanner had taken over in September and they teamed to turn the team around. They cane from a record of success with the Angels organization. The team rebounded smartly in 1971 and were competitors in 1972. The historical performance of the current leadership of the team offers no similar hope.
There eventually has to be some accountability. A coaching staff’s main job is to get the players to play to their abilities. There has been no improvement anywhere on this team. They can’t hit and they can’t field.
Clean house at the top, or sell the team.
Or keep collecting money from suckers.
I’ve been only rooting for the Sox for a few years, how do you lifelong fans do it? Is it hope? Alright, I hope next year is better
Well, I was a fan in 1970 and back then things looked much darker than they do today. With this team, I’m convinced there are better days ahead (just hope I live to see them).
I lived through 1970 and can still recall most of the really forgettable players from that year. I saw our first place team get shot down by the strike, lived through the white flag trade, and have seen so very much mediocrity, but not enough to become cute and popular like the red sox or the cubs. Hope has nothing to do with it. It’s love, in all it’s irrational glory, so that the more you suffer, the more dedicated you become.
I vaguely remember 1970 also. I think they drew about 500,000 people for the year. But with Hemond and Tanner brought in, they turned things around quickly. Hahn and Ricky are a joke compared to those two. I have no faith in them turning this around. I was so excited after they made the trades in 2016-17. But it just doesn’t feel like they made any progress this year. I hope I’m wrong, but unless there are changes to the front office, I don’t know if they will ever be championship contenders with this leadership. It seems like mediocrity is a long way away after this depressing finish to the season.
My question for the people here: What happened between August and September? The team played to a 17-12 record in August, and won consecutive series on the road. Things were looking up.
Then September, and everything went down the toilet. So, what happened? I have a couple of ideas about the fall-off in play, but am curious what others think.
Losing their best hitter and second-best pitcher is a good place to start.
Kopech AND Rodon….
You clearly aren’t well acquainted with Ricky’s boys.
Ricky’s boys don’t quit quitting
Narvaez finished 1st in avg, obp and only 4 points behind Abreu for ops. I dont know if thats something to be happy about or something depressing on the teams lineup. Perhaps both!
What a miserable year. Good riddance.
One thing I learned from this year is that the White Sox are miles away to be a contending team.
We love comparing the rebuild with success stories like the Astros or the Cubs. Delusional thinking looks (At the moment). After a 111 loses season, in 2014, the Astros started to recover. They already had a 5+ fWAR player (Altuve) playing everyday. The very next year, they had an above .500 season and a wild card ticket, with players like Springer and Correa starting to make strides. And Keuchel, McCullers, and McHugh contributing. The Sox don’t have any Altuves yet nor any position player with a 3+ fWAR in the roster. Eloy is coming. Let’s say he will be our Springer. Where is our Correa? Whhere is our Altuve? Not to mention that we still don’t have our Keuchel nor in-house serviceable other starting pitchers like the Mc’s with the Astros.
No…this team’s rebuild is looking more like a looooong term rebuild. Think of the Padres. Hahn can accelerate that. We can get our Altuve by signing Manny Machado. Elite fWAR available. The team has the resource ($) available. We are still a Carlos Correa short….maybe Moncada can be half Correa (if we are lucky).
The direction this rebuild is heading is just not a short term fix. This is gonna take a while even with a division that is gonna have lots of bad teams in years to come.
I just realized that Carlos Correa’s numbers this year are just awful. Moncada has better fWAR (2.1 vs 1.7)…so maybe we HAVE our Correa already. We just need to sign Machado
Glad we lost 100. Own it. Wear it. Don’t let it happen again, please.