First Pitch: White Sox vs. Astros

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soxfan

So after that first inning I won’t complain, but what’s the rationale behind getting Cease an extra start when presumably everyone is rested.

Foulkelore

Nice, sharp Cease in the first inning.

Foulkelore

This is the best Cease has looked. This reminds me of the televised intrasquad game before they started in 2020 when everything was sharp, and he was putting it exactly where he wanted.

Foulkelore

Well, it was for 8 outs, anyway.

LuBob DuRob

Im a Benetti fan overall, but the use of ‘dazzling’ has become nails on a chalkboard. Please make it stop.

LuBob DuRob

Leury having a rough day.

soxygen

Totally. Leury with two mental errors today and it’s still early.

dwjm3

He isn’t a starting major league player. He gets exposed with two much playing time.

xubrent

Have we even won this year in the ‘Southside’ uniform ? I’m not sure if I recall

dwjm3

I would have never brought in Heuer here

jhomeslice

No kidding. The guy can’t even throw strikes to a guy hitting .170, so he winds up having to face Altuve instead. Got him out, but still… their relievers aside from Kopech, Crochet, Liam and occasionally Bummer are just not reliable, and certainly can’t be called good.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

This one so far is following the script of the last 15 years of an important feeling game

dwjm3

Our holes get exposed against elite competition.

We need a second baseman, bullpen pitcher, and right fielder. I doubt we can get all three at the deadline.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

I’m mostly of the opinion that they built a team than can compete for a playoff spot but not one that’s built to compete with the best teams in the league. Their success has been predicated more on a bad division more than an elite talent roster. And that’s fine! This isn’t a franchise that wins many divisions! It’s fun when they do!

dwjm3

We shouldn’t lose sight that this is not the complete roster. We don’t really know how the team would look with Robert, Eloy , and a legit right fielder.

I don’t think they are far off but they need a right fielder moving forward and a payroll increase to win a title.

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Shingos Cheeseburgers

That’s fair but they I’m not sure Eloy and Luis make enough of a dent in the -25 run diff they’re currently sporting against the Astros through 4+ games to convince me otherwise. I’m not holding my breath that they’ll figure out RF any time soon, either, since it’s been 2 seasons with that being a glaring need and they’re not any closer. My guess is that Engel will shift there and that will be the ‘fix’.

jhomeslice

They are probably going to have to make do with Engel/Goodwin in RF this year I think. I can’t see them trading for anybody significantly better without giving up a package we would all dread.

They might be able to get a 2b, if the cost is not extreme, but there is no way they can afford not to get a reliever or two. Liam, Kopech, Crocet (and Burr) are the only relievers with ERA under 3, Ruiz the only other one with an ERA under 4. That’s just not good enough to go through a postseason with, even if they upgraded at both 2b and RF.

ForsterFTOG

If both teams are healthy, Houston is better at every position except catcher.

dwjm3

I don’t agree with that. I wouldn’t trade their starting rotation with ours.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

It’s fine. Reynaldo is back to fix the bullpen issues.

ForsterFTOG

Doing our best Kannapolis Intimidators
impersonation tonight.

jhomeslice

They are going to need some middle relief help if they are going to beat this Astros team in October, that’s for sure. If there is one area there is no excuse for Hahn not to address, it is this one.

Esteban
 White Sox five times defeated by Astros with no mercy. This team will win AL central division, but in the play off difficult to predict whether it may able not to be eliminated in the first round. Abreu is not producing, in his worst season, and he has no other support, Goodwin & Vaughn? Not to talk about the BP, so less less praise and more constructive criticism