First Pitch: White Sox vs. Orioles

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

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  • 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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StockroomSnail

Oooh, Benny not hitting third. (This may not be news to others, I’ve only gotten to see a few games.)

Oh no, facing a righty.

StockroomSnail

97 and 98 mph already, nice

Denman

A key question: Is the tip of Kopech’s glove resting on his wrist before every pitch, regardless of what he throws?

StockroomSnail

Man on third, nobody out, nobody scores. White sox baseball.

Foulkelore

Number 42 is awful at situational hitting.

StockroomSnail

42 got 3 straight ABs to drive in 42, which I’m shocked didn’t lead to automatic outs.

OldMMJ87

What an absolute horseshit display.

StockroomSnail

Heart of the order too.

StockroomSnail

Does McCann take dust baths like chinchillas?

As Cirensica

Man on 3B, no outs. No score. No changes.

Foulkelore

Ground ball, ground ball, ground ball, ground ball, …

StockroomSnail

Ball roll not so far

As Cirensica

Only the Braves have a worst GB% than the White Sox

OldMMJ87

It’s amazing how any righty with a sinker can shut down this lineup.

StockroomSnail

I’m kinda surprised how angry the fans seem to be at Kopech. I was there opening day and people seem very fed up with him.

StockroomSnail

Kopech ignores baserunners like I ignore dietary advice.

Foulkelore

Sosa, who theoretically can do damage with his bat, works a 2-1 count and then decides to bunt it right back to the pitcher. Ok then.

StockroomSnail

Unreal. Swinging strike broken hand.

StockroomSnail

Hopefully he manages to stay in longer, whew.

Foulkelore

He put a charge into one with the next swing, so hopefully it’s ok.

Foulkelore

Welp, reset the “It’s been X many days since Eloy’s been hurt” counter from 1 back to 0.

StockroomSnail

Infield in for burger?

StockroomSnail

I’m walking burger.

Foulkelore

If that’s anything like a walking taco, delicious

StockroomSnail

I’ll bet it is but still… gimme them carbs

funkerdan

OM NOM NOM double burgers.

Foulkelore

C’mon, Oscar. Knock in this run for Olivia!

As Cirensica

Jake Burger >>> Gavin Sheets

As Cirensica

Bump

vince

Colas swung at ball 4 and ball 5

Foulkelore

SHOTHO!

Foulkelore

Ok, getting better. Now some guys are hitting the ball in the air. Last thing, guys. Now, pull the ball in the air instead of hitting it in the air to the opposite field.

As Cirensica

Great, we took the lead. Diekman’s time is getting near.

Foulkelore

Who will hit their first home run first: Vaughn or Abreu … and will it be in April?

funkerdan

Vaughn, yes in Toronto.

As Cirensica

Some players with more homers than Vaughn, Sheets and Eloy combined:
Lenyn Sosa
Hanser Alberto
Seby Zabala
Oscar Colas
Alex Call (remember him?)
Avisail García

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Foulkelore

For the next rebuild, I recommend hitters who can hit home runs in this park. Thanks.

StockroomSnail

Hahn saw that bugs bunny baseball conga line as a kid and never recovered.

As Cirensica

Kopech is in route to allow 100 homers this season

StockroomSnail

The white sox might not hit that many as a team

StockroomSnail

Kopech immediately kills the vibes, ha.

Not a bad outing though.

funkerdan

all things considered. now for a bullpen meltdown.

StockroomSnail

Let’s see if they can get that ERA under 7

funkerdan

first we have to throw strikes

OldMMJ87

How often has a reliever inherited runners this season? It seems like very few relievers have had a chance to have clean innings

StockroomSnail

Walking guys and not hitting homers makes sox fans something something….

Foulkelore

Go crazy? Don’t mind if I do. The Sox pitchers walk everybody, while the Sox hitters don’t walk. The Sox hitters don’t hit home runs, while every opponent that comes in to GRF has no problem hitting it out.

As Cirensica

And the WALK show begins.

Last edited 1 year ago by As Cirensica
StockroomSnail

McCann takes the exact same swing every pitch and if you hit his bat, he thanks you.

As Cirensica

White Sox thru and through

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As Cirensica

As predicted, Grifol saved the arms of Bummer and Graveman when the Sox were leading to bring them in when the White Sox are losing.

Foulkelore

Graveman will be brought in for garbage time in the 9th after the Orioles bust this open to “get his work in.”

OldMMJ87

I’m starting to think there’s a reason no other team was willing to give him a managerial gig.

vince

This bullpen stinks

Foulkelore

BurgerTime!

vince

I’d say “who do you trade to keep Burger in the lineup full time” but let’s be honest, one of Moncada, Eloy or Vaughn will always be injured.

Foulkelore

Hah, I had the same thought when typing my comment just below. By the time Moncada comes back, Vaughn or Eloy will be hurt or something, so the “problem” will work itself out.

roke1960

That’s two homers off righties for Burger. There is no need for Sheets on this roster. Get an able-bodied 4th outfielder in here now.

Foulkelore

Start Burger every day and figure things out when Moncada eventually comes back. This team needs someone who can actually hit the ball out of the park.

roke1960

All right, 4-4 top of the 7th. It’s Diekman time!!

Foulkelore

Graveman here, which means he’s saving Diekman to close today.

roke1960

I would assume Lambert and Rey for the 8th and 9th, but you’re probably right.

OldMMJ87

Didn’t Lopez throw a lot of pitches last night?

As Cirensica

Bummer couldn’t go another inning? He barely pitched.

Foulkelore

Yep, good call. With it only being the 7th, that might be a mistake. Maybe, Bummer is on a restriction that after going out there and sitting between innings, he’s not supposed to go back out there (due to injury from spring)?

Trooper Galactus

Wow, Robert’s defense has been stellar so far this year, but he played that into a triple.

Trooper Galactus

Oh shit, nooooooooo…

Foulkelore

Seriously, how is this whole staff’s control so horrible? They are going to kill somebody.

Last edited 1 year ago by Foulkelore
funkerdan

other than the fans

vince

My hot take is it’s impossible to evaluate Grifol’s bullpen management because this bullpen stinks top to bottom.

Trooper Galactus

Not just the bullpen.

Foulkelore

Somewhat fair – if everybody in the bullpen is bad, it doesn’t matter. However, I’d still like to see him making decisions that make better sense, in theory. If it fails, because the better arms in the bullpen are failing in the correct spots to use them, then that’s not on Grifol.

Trooper Galactus

Things would have been fine if Hanser Alberto had been able to rise to the occasion on the mound.

Trooper Galactus

Wow, great attempt by Mateo.

As Cirensica

9 walks yesterday
8 walks today and counting. 2 with the bases loaded

Hello Katz?

vince

Only thing worse than our bullpen is the Orioles infield defense

roke1960

So which reliever gets to break the tie now?

Foulkelore

Leadoff walk. Welcome to the team, Tanner Banks!

roke1960

Well, I see Banks fits right in. Pathetic.

Foulkelore

Great pick, Sosa!

Foulkelore

He’s not having successful results at the plate yet, but his at bats today have looked better. I hope they keep putting him out there. Maybe I’m giving up on Romy too early, but I’d rather give Sosa a chance, especially since his M.O. has been to struggle when ascending to a new level for a bit before starting to kill it.

roke1960

On this team, Sosa needs to play every day. There is no reason to sit him.

roke1960

That was quick!

Trooper Galactus

There’s that enviable Orioles defense.

As Cirensica

Burger keeps murdering the ball. We should see no more Sheets while Burger keeps this up.

In another topic, the Tigers currently have a better W-L record than the White Sox.

As Cirensica

BTW, I’m just realizing tha all of Burger’s hits have been extra bases. All Sheets’ hits have been singles.

funkerdan

he’s up second, think he gets another?

As Cirensica

Not an extrabase but I’ll take it

StockroomSnail

Send Bizarro Burger out to sea

As Cirensica

Pedro is gonna destroy ReyLo’s arm

roke1960

Good job, Rey! Now go get a run!