First Pitch: White Sox at Tigers

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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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Tony giving Collins the start because historically he fares so well against lefties generally and Skubal specifically. Oops. Must have misread that.


Zack had a really good game against a lefty early in the season against Seattle. He homered and had 2 hits. It seems like that has influenced his usage. Collins has gotten a fair amount of starts against LHPs, which I’ve found curious. It should be very easy to use the lefty-hitting backup catcher primarily against RHPs, if planning ahead (i.e. day games after night games typically don’t both feature lefty starting pitchers). It’s a little frustrating, because Grandal seems to hit LHPs even better at this point in his career, so it doesn’t seem to be the best use of the two of them.


Collins is 5 for 51 against left handed pitching in his career. He has one extra base hit (the one in Seattle you referenced). Yikes.


And Collins gets an extra base hit against a lefty. I deserved that.


I’d like to see him – in a situation like this when we’re facing a bad team and a decent lefty starter – try Mercedes at catcher and then use Lamb at DH.


Nice Giolito…giving up a homer to Mazara


Jake Rogers’ appearance is identical to that of former Tigers catcher (and White Sox for one year) Milt May. Look it up! Amazing resemblance.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Bummer’s 16% save percentage is really something


Just unbelievable. They bring the Sox out in a torrential downpour in the bottom of the 9th. Cost us the win in 9. These umpires are lousy