First Pitch: White Sox vs. Tigers

Guaranteed Rate Field from center field

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Time: 12 minutes ago (sorry, I was golfing)

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LuBob DuRob

Benetti praising the umps this series? Little was brutal.

Sox looking sharp today.

soxygen

Hard for me to take these guys seriously when they’re wearing these silly uniforms and hats.

Foulkelore

Really? I love them. Now, Boston’s, those were silly.

dwjm3

Sighhhh Lucas in a day game

dwjm3

A lance Johnson jump by Mendick there 🙁

Foulkelore

Hey, your comment was prophetic! Mendick is now the center fielder.

dwjm3

HaHa…weird game

soxygen

Is Garcia not available today?

Last edited 2 years ago by soxygen
LuBob DuRob

Must be. Seems like Engel should of been called up if Mendick is the backup in center.

soxygen

Seeing Schoop get doubled off first there, it kinda makes sense that he didn’t want first base after the HBP.

Willardmarshall

Put me in Coach I’m ready to play….

Foulkelore

This will get better soon. Either they will get to him the third time through, or Detroit’s bullpen is coming in soon.

soxfan

Got any stock tips?

Foulkelore

From what the kids are doing these days with “stonks” and “naked shorts”, I don’t think I understand the stock market any more.

dwjm3

How do you pitch Derek Holland with a lead? This is glorious

dwjm3

Stop bunting

Foulkelore

This bunting has got to stop.

soxygen

Against Holland with a guy who doesn’t know how to bunt (Collins) and with the platoon advantage (Mendick)? C’mon.

soxygen

Really bad decision to give away an out.

Foulkelore

I don’t even get it. They wanted Collins to bunt Lamb to third in front of Mendick. Collins bails out that decision by walking. So now, instead of Mendick hitting (which they wanted a second ago with their first decision), they now have him bunt. It’s a stupid idea to begin with, but their thinking is also logically inconsistent.

soxfan

They didn’t “want” Mendick hitting. They wanted a runner at third with fewer than two outs. Not saying that makes the process better, but it was less about who was at the plate and more about the runners on the basepaths. Arguably that makes the decision worse because it didn’t consider the issues soxygen notes above.

The best argument I can come up with is that the team might need to bunt in the playoffs so they might as well figure it out at game speed in a lower risk situation – but even that rings hollow.

soxygen

Agree with you 100%.

I don’t expect to agree with every managerial in-game decision. But I do expect the decisions to make sense or be consistent.

This is my beef with TLR – sometimes the in-game decisions from the 6th inning on feel like they were randomly generated. “Old man mashing buttons” is the vibe I get.

Foulkelore

Joliet Orange Sox

I initially thought the bunt attempts were foolish insanity. However, after seeing this I can give TLR credit for realizing Holland was due to get a Sox batter out and TLR had Mendick bunt to try to make the out productive.

LuBob DuRob

I fear there may be a post-pandemic boom in wave production. Stay vigilant, remain seated.

Foulkelore

Mercedes might be catching for the first time, unless they would rather burn the DH spot.

soxfan

Oh my.

soxfan

So is the recap headline, “Mercedes caught”?

In the smallest of sample sizes, he did exactly what you want from your DH/Emergency C.

soxygen

I’d like to see them give Mercedes a few starts behind the dish. I mean ask yourself this, would we be farther behind if Mercedes (a right handed batter) had started today versus Detroit’s left-handed starting pitcher? Maybe, but maybe not. And at this point I’d rather learn more about Mercedes’ defense than about Collins ability to hit versus lefties.

At which point, I’ll note that the Sox dugout was so confident in Collins’ ability to hit against Holland (worse than Skubal by a lot!) – even right after another lefty (Lamb) doubled off Holland – that they asked him to bunt twice in a critical at bat.

Last edited 2 years ago by soxygen