First Pitch: White Sox vs. Royals

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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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Shingos Cheeseburgers

Honestly I think it was smart for the Sox to limit their transactions today since it allowed them to avoid their biggest organizational weakness: adding MLB-ready talent to a mediocre roster.

BuehrleMan

Game starting soon. Hopefully there’s someone in charge of making sure there’s a pillow in the dugout for Tony. I’d like to know that he’s comfortable.

jhomeslice

Perhaps there was some honest self reflection, and they admitted to themselves that this team is obviously going nowhere this season. It’s sad that the best Sox fans could hope for was not trading away good prospects for tiddly wink upgrades. But at least that did not happen.

I only hope their decision to in a sense throw in the towel on the season has nothing to do with Robert’s health. That’s really the only point I am interested in from here on out. Hope that dude is ok. Other than that, this team has been and is a waste of time.

Foulkelore

I’m glad to hear Robert’s symptoms are gone and he’s playing tomorrow, but why do the Sox always activate a player a day early and play short-handed for a day? Why not just activate him tomorrow?

GrinnellSteve

My question, as well. My only thought is that Robert could be good to pinch hit in a critical situation. I doubt it. I suspect it was just poor roster management.

jhomeslice

Really good to hear, last I saw was that he was unlikely to play in this series. Anyway glad it was nothing too serious, hopefully.

Wishing you guys luck, I may pack it in for a while. This team is incredibly un-inspiring, and frankly, depressing. I need more upbeat energy and enjoyment in my life, and there is none coming from following this team. Will be rooting for teams to beat the Yankees and Dodgers in a few weeks, would be happy to see any World Series involving neither! Peace and good health everybody.

Foulkelore

They said a mix of (some) virus plus a vitamin deficiency, interestingly enough. If the virus is gone, and the vitamins can be managed, this is a way better outcome than I was fearing.

Foulkelore

The Sox don’t need to make any trades. They have a secret weapon: time to unleash the Andrew Vaughn triples.

As Cirensica

We are clobbering a mediocre RHP. Did I get the wrong feed?

Foulkelore

Maybe they traded for some regression.

hitlesswonder

I’m very up for Jose Abreu to manage the Sox next season. He can play 1B too – whatever.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

It took me a long time to place it but the pictures on the Jason/Steve Fan Club shirts looks like when Tommy Pencils painted Tim and Sam on the side of the police auction van in Detroiters.

Thank you for letting me spill this brain vomit that surely no one else will recognize.

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Foulkelore

Yes, good call! Auto-rec for Detroiters reference.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

When I was in Detroit for opening day I went to Temple Bar, which is the bar they hang out at in the show. It is *exactly* as depicted in the show, which is to say it’s awesome.

Foulkelore

That’s so cool. I didn’t know that was an actual location. I need to rewatch that series again. For anybody who knows/likes “I Think You Should Leave”, check out The Detroiters if you haven’t already.

soxygen

Thanks for the rec!

As Cirensica

Is Tony napping again?

As Cirensica

Lmao…the Royals playing terrible defense. It’s cute seeing it from the other side.

Foulkelore

By my math, they got 1 out of 4 outs there.

As Cirensica

Moncads’s body language is odd. He looks like a guy who rather be somewhere else.

calcetinesblancos

Is Moncada on our infamous shadow IL? Really lame to see him casually mosey on over to 1st.

mrridgman

I think you are exaggerating his speed on that play.

ForsterFTOG

Nice hustle on the bases.

abehickock

How can the Sox allow Moncada to just jog down the first base line on a potential double play ball? I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Abreu wasn’t hustling going from first to second either.

soxygen

That was my thought too – I guess they were in a hurry to get back to the dugout!

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calcetinesblancos

I think the only way Moncada could get benched is if he ran around the dugout yelling “viva Fidel!” I’m guessing Tony isn’t down with communism.

Nellie Fox

Please let us know when you find out. Moncada is getting paid for this shit too.

Nellie Fox

Moncada must be on the no hustle list. If not why is still on this team after that?

abehickock

They should have removed Moncada from the lineup immediately. Who wants to pay to see that type of effort. Again he just jogged down to first!!

Whoom

He looks awful. I just don’t know how he keeps playing.

Foulkelore

I missed an Eloy that could hit.

Foulkelore

Diekman is warming, With the Royals having 4 lefties between 6 and 1, it will be a good spot to use him.

calcetinesblancos

Might as well make him as comfortable as possible as fast as possible. You know, since this team is allegedly trying to win the division.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Who’s on the team longer going forward: TLR or Yasmani?

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Nellie Fox

Throw moncada in for the trifecta.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Shockingly competent debut from Diekman

As Cirensica

Good impression thus far

Right Size Wrong Shape

Trading McGuire for Diekman was a stroke of genius.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

This is exactly what I would have envisioned a game between the third and fourth place teams in the 2022 AL Central looking like

BuehrleMan

Yep. Plenty of woefulness all around. You’ve got to admire Kansas City’s evident determination to not let the Sox lose this game.

Nellie Fox

Sox are doing what they have all year… Pound the opponent in one game and then put the bats away for the next 3. Tomorrow they lose and not score a run.

a-t

I would like to give a shout-out to 1) Mike Matheny for leaving Bad Keller out there and 2) Jose for washing out the taste of that bad baserunning play as quickly as possible.

Tim should be running there against *most* LFs, but Isbel is a plus-fielding RF and the arm to match. KYP, as Stacy King likes to say.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I didn’t think it was horrible baserunning in that situation. He gambled and lost, but it took a great throw. If you’re going to try it, that’s the situation to do it.

Nellie Fox

No, basic baseball is not what Anderson did. Flyout to deep left, only play for the outfielder is throw to third, Anderson was out by 3 feet.

Right Size Wrong Shape

You bitch when they’re aggressive, you bitch when they aren’t.

Nellie Fox

I believe in basic baseball, you can call it what you wish.

a-t

I think it’s good aggressive baserunning against most LFs! just not this particular LF, who has a RF’s arm and on that play had plenty of time to set up in textbook form.

LuBob DuRob

My team is on the field!

BuehrleMan

What in the fuck are you talking about, LuBob?

LuBob DuRob

Going with the inner confidence of Hale in the face of another year of Shooter at the wheel.

BuehrleMan

What in the fuck are you talking about, LuBob?

As Cirensica

Gavin Sheets takes the eyes off the ball when hitting that homer

Nellie Fox

Notice moncada runs off the field after the 3rd out faster and harder than he did running to first base.

a-t

The problem is not lack of hustle, it is that they aren’t jogging enough

Right Size Wrong Shape

Just keep winning series boys.

a-t

I’d like to give my thanks to Minnesota’s Jax-Megill-Pagan trio for blowing another lead before their bullpen reinforcements arrive.