First Pitch: White Sox vs. Rangers

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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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Trooper Galactus

Some dickhead in his car (DUI?) mowed down a bunch of people on 35th outside the park. Was stopped on 94 not far away. Fucking shitbag.

Foulkelore

Mowed down as in ran over?

Trooper Galactus

Yes. Reportedly 3 sent to the hospital, one in very bad shape.

As Cirensica

JFC

asinwreck

Very sorry to hear this.

Foulkelore

Eloy, and with another runner on base!

funkerdan

broke the streak of 12 solo shots. hooray!

Trooper Galactus

Ball go far…

soxygen

As a Sox fan, I look at the top two in this Rangers lineup and just think “thank goodness we don’t have long term salary obligations like that.”

Rick Hahn is so smart. And so are we as fans for valuing payroll flexibility. I mean, sure, the Rangers are 15 games ahead of us now, but several years from now when they are stuck in the middle of the pack with an expensive roster and we’re stuck in the middle with a less expensive roster then we’ll really be the ones laughing.

roke1960

As of right now, the lowest OPS in the Texas lineup is .757. The White Sox have exactly 2 players above that in their lineup.

Foulkelore

Yeah, they showed wRC+ with the starting lineups. Every single Texas hitter in the lineup is over 100 (meaning they are all above average). The Sox had just three players in their lineup over 100.

As Cirensica

A homer with man on? Is that allowed?

palkadance

Why is Robert not playing? They have an off day Thursday.

Trooper Galactus

Regular rest after playing 20 games straight, according to Grifol.

Foulkelore

Wait, they just put him in as a defensive replacement. That’s really odd. Usually, if one of the good starters is getting a day off, he doesn’t come in as a defensive replacement.

palkadance

No part of it makes sense.

As Cirensica

Grifol does that a lot which annoys me a lot. If a Robert can play 3 innings, he can play the whole game.

Trooper Galactus

I think after watching Frazier stumble around out there Pedro thought maybe Robert didn’t need the rest so badly after all.

As Cirensica

So Pedro didn’t know how Frazier defense is? Not a good manager.

funkerdan

Nothing else has worked, let’s make the regulars bench guys? as TA just moved over the runners in a PH situation? best answer I have.

HallofFrank

Is it just me or are the Sox hitters showing more patience tonight? Only one walk, but it feels like guys are working counts a bit more than usual. I’ve only been in and out of the game, though, so it may have just been the few PAs I’ve watched.

HallofFrank

After posting this, it occurred to me that Robert and TA are sitting in favor of Frazier and Remillard. That probably explains it.

hellotowel

Bullpen meltdown in progress. Again.

funkerdan

MELT MELT MELT MELT! wait… this isn’t butter in the microwave

As Cirensica

Oh boy…Middleton has nothing.

Trooper Galactus

So much for trying Middleton in higher leverage.

palkadance

Pedro’s timing, perfect, as usual…

Foulkelore

Bad error by Tim … I mean Elvis.

As Cirensica

Santos to the rescue? One more out for a Houdini inning

Foulkelore

Very impressive. He kind of got 5 outs after coming in with 2 on and didn’t allow a run.

As Cirensica

Houdini inning accomplished

It’s kind of insulting that they expect us to believe these phony Team Jason and Team Steve numbers every year.

Foulkelore

Sigh, you saw the pitcher was extremely wild during Vaughn’s at bat, yet you chase 3 of the 4 pitches you saw that were all out of the zone.

As Cirensica

I know, shocking, right?

palkadance

Pathetic.

Denver Sox Fan with a Sign

Arguably one of the most infuriating at-bats of the season for me. Was listening on the radio and knew immediately that none of those pitches were in the zone. This team….

I’m glad you changed your username. 🙂

As Cirensica

I am sorry, Bummer again?
WTF is Grifol doing?

How much more of Grifol do we need to see?

I have seen enough.

Foulkelore

Signing Seager for $325 million > Giving Bummer an early extension for $16 million

palkadance

Simply no good argument for pulling Santos in favor of Bummer there. Idiotic.

Joliet Orange Sox

I’m not defending every bullpen decision but I think that one wasn’t crazy. I’m aware I’ll be a minority of one on this.

I think Seager is having a great year and there’s no good option. Seager has an ops of 1.144 against rhp this year and 0.887 against lhp this year. 250 points of ops is a lot. It didn’t work but I think plenty of managers go to the lefty in that situation.

palkadance

Yeah, but… Bummer.

As Cirensica

What, you don’t find the 7+ ERA appealing for high leverage?

Joliet Orange Sox

A lot of that 7+ ERA is a combination of a just awful April and bad luck. Bummer has a 2.95 FIP for the year. Opposing hitters have an ops of 0.571 against Bummer since May 1 after having an ops of 0.818 against him prior to that.

I still think bringing in a lefty to face Seager is not crazy.

HallofFrank

Lefties OPS vs Bummer is 258 points higher than righties. And, as you say, 250 points of OPS is a lot. Going to a lefty there isn’t a bad idea theory. Going to Bummer is probably a bad idea.

Joliet Orange Sox

Corey Seager’s season ops is 1.081 this year and it’s over 1.300 for the last 14 days. There are no good options. Santos had thrown 29 pitches and his ops against when he’s past 25 pitches is 0.938 which is a big jump from the 0.660 he allows pitches 1-25 (this big jump is true for most relievers).

For both Seager and Bummer, their platoon splits this year are outliers compared to their careers. For Bummer, his splits this year are opposite his career numbers (his career ops against is 150 points higher for righties than lefties). Seager’s career ops is over 90 points higher against righties than lefties.

I think the problem was having to face red-hot Seager with runners on, not that he predictably hit when given the chance.

HallofFrank

Fair enough. I think you’re right that there weren’t good options. I do think moving on from Santos was the right call. I did add “probably” to my last sentence above and intended that to do some heavy lifting!

Without looking closer, I think Graveman was probably the better idea in that situation. He also has reverse splits (for ’23 and his career). I’d rather him be in the difficult situation and let Bummer take the clean 9th inning. Maybe the numbers don’t follow the eye test here, but it seems like Bummer never gets the first guy he faces out. He’s been struggling, too, while Graveman has been solid. Putting Bummer in to face their best hitter with guys on… it just felt hopeless.

funkerdan

With José Rodríguez entering the game, we’ve now matched the number of position players we used last year…. and it’s June 20th.

Foulkelore

Elvis!

As Cirensica

Elvis to the rescue now….

As Cirensica

I have no qualms with sending Elvis

Foulkelore

Agreed, you have to there. It was close even with a great throw.

funkerdan

WOW! SAFE!

As Cirensica

WooHoo

Foulkelore

Holy hell! They got a blocking violation!

ElCaballo45

Whoa Nellie Fox!!!

As Cirensica

That was a questionable call…but whatever. Let’s take it

Foulkelore

I would be furious if I were a Texas fan. I’d get over it though, because my team is willing to sign $300 million contracts.

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As Cirensica

Lots of gray areas here:

The baserunner is not allowed to deviate from his direct path to initiate contact with the catcher (or any player covering the plate). Runners are considered to be in violation of this rule if they collide with the catcher in cases where a slide could have been used to avoid the collision. If the umpire determines that the runner violated this rule, the runner shall be ruled out and the ball is dead. The other runners must return to the last base they had touched at the time of the collision.

The catcher is not permitted to block the runner’s path to the plate unless he is in possession of the ball, though blocking the path of the runner in a legitimate attempt to receive a throw is not considered a violation. The runner can be ruled safe if the umpire determines the catcher violated this rule. But per a September 2014 memorandum to the rule, the runner may still be called out if he was clearly beaten by the throw. Backstops are not subject to this rule on force plays.

When receiving a throw, catchers will often provide a sliding lane into home plate for the runner to lower the possibility that they will be called for violating the rule. Likewise, runners can lower their chances of being called for a violation by sliding in the given lane.

I hope Graveman’s on point tonight. I can’t take another heartbreaker.

ElCaballo45

4.5 GB!!!

I don’t think that Garfein realizes that the call at home was overturned for catcher’s interference.

ChiSoxND12

He is not a bright individual

a-t

Wild game. Pretty great one to go see. Polish hat is good, pierogis were fantastic, Andrus being called safe was as shocking a call as I’ve seen