First Pitch: White Sox at Royals

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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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Foulkelore

Ouch, .283 team OBP this year compared to .345 through 37 games last year.

chipporter

I’m putting the over/under on sox runs scored at 2.5…I’m taking the over, but I’m an idiot.

As Cirensica

White Sox facing literally what could be the worst pitcher in the AL. I expect runs…loads of runs.

a-t

Keep walking or else

a-t

.590 xBA out. &#*}+%!

ForsterFTOG

Are Sox batters instructed not to run to first on a dropped 3rd strike?

Joliet Orange Sox

Can’t run on dropped 3rd strike if there is a runner on first base with fewer than 2 outs.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joliet Orange Sox
Foulkelore

First base was open. Anderson had moved to 2nd on Moncada’s groundout.

Joliet Orange Sox

My bad.

ForsterFTOG

🙄

As Cirensica

I like those Royals uniforms

funkerdan

It was smart of them to wait until many other cities did theirs.. because most of them are complete trash. I really like the KC logo, they should adopt that for all their uni’s.

As Cirensica

Royals up by 2 runs already. If they scored another, we lost the game already.
I hope this ages poorly

As Cirensica

I really hope this is the last game of VV as a White Sox

soxygen

I am not ready to go that far…but I have a question…why did he start today? I mean, in a week in which we got starts from Cueto and Martin, Vince seems superfluous.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the inevitable splashy mid-season acquisition that totally tanks as soon as they arrive

ForsterFTOG

Lance Lynn and Eloy Jimenez not withstanding.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

At this point there’s no reason to think when either of them return that they’ll stay healthy, unfortunately.

As Cirensica

This defense…getting tiresome to watch.

a-t

If they don’t put up a crooked number on the guy with a nearly double digit ERA i stg

#3 for HOF

This f*ckin team knows how to suck the life out of me as a fan. It’s no longer “early” in the season. While I don’t expect them to be one of the worst offenses in MLB by the end of the year, I don’t see this team moving into the top half either. Too many flawed hitters who don’t work counts and hit balls into the dirt.

It’s time Hahn gets his walking papers. He doesn’t know how to build a balanced lineup and absolutely refuses to fix right field and/or second base.

BenwithVen

This team sucks. There really isn’t much more to say about it. They’ve looked lifeless since that series in Cleveland a month ago.

roke1960

That was the point when Tony started playing with the lineups and he hasn’t stopped since.

roke1960

What an offense. I’m thinking Menochino gets the boot if they lose this one.

roke1960

And of course, Rick and Tony will probably get contract extensions.

a-t

Loading the bases and then popping out on a fastball right down the goddamn middle. Pathetic

Foulkelore

Whoa, Benetti just said the Sox are 1 for 20 with the bases loaded this year. How is that possible?

a-t

Entire team is pressing

joewho112

Those KC uniforms look sharp.

roke1960

Brilliant move starting VV today. And tomorrow Keuchel will get shelled by the Yankees.

Last edited 1 month ago by roke1960
ForsterFTOG

Tony lining up his playoff rotation.

NDSox12

Any update on Kopech’s status for the weekend? If that is still in doubt, I guess I can sort of understand giving Velasquez one last start.

roke1960

They are just laughably pathetic

soxygen

Not often can you say “that was a ballsy bunt.” But I think you could say that down 3 with an 0-2 count.

roke1960

Bases loaded, nobody out, top of the order. They better put a crooked number up.

a-t

bases loaded nobody out, Timmy up, great chance to disappoint once again buckos!

a-t

A… hit? Multiple runs? Chasing the starter before the seventh? Pinch me I’m dreaming

a-t

For a second there I thought this reliever’s name was Roland Bolands

Foulkelore

Your name’s Thurman Merman?

roke1960

Wow, a hit with the bases loaded!!!

Foulkelore

Awww, don’t take Hernandez out. You’re no fun.

roke1960

Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

a-t

They finally get patient and get walked, and then can’t manage anything more than weaker grounders. Loathesome stuff

Foulkelore

It’s my bad. I complained about their .OBP, instead of their .OPS, to start the thread.

Joliet Orange Sox

Finally, some accountability! Thank you for taking responsibility for something that is clearly your fault.

a-t

Well the OBP and overaggressive approach is to me the root of the issue, so this is definitely progress there albeit against a pair of pitchers who are (and have been) struggling to find the strike zone. They gotta keep this going to restart the offense, even with power outages throughout the lineup 11 baserunners in 4 innings usually means more than 3 runs.

Josh Nelson

Can the White Sox score 5 runs?

Joliet Orange Sox

Probably not after screwed up his wish by not phrasing it carefully enough.

Foulkelore

Hey, they could score two more runs solely via walks.

soxygen

In your question, are White Sox runs like dog years? Or Canadian dollars? Or the metric system? Or the heat index? Because 3 runs *feels* like 5 runs.

Last edited 1 month ago by soxygen
chipporter

I think you’re referring to pew point, similar to dew point, but smellier.

Foulkelore

They did it, but I’m sure not positive about the answer.

roke1960

The double play machine strikes again!!

a-t

.610 xBA GIDP. Bleh.

roke1960

It doesn’t matter what the xBA is. You’ve got to elevate that ball in that situation.

Foulkelore

I’ll tell you what, this series is a great preview of close playoff baseball between two contenders. Wait. Oh.

BenwithVen

Just setting up the Witt Jr. walk off HR that’s going to be plastered all over social media

a-t

Joe Kelly is not the dude I want to see right now lmao

a-t

Joe Kelly with a lead?! That’s not allowed, shut it down

roke1960

We’re going to need Kelly. He’s getting better!

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Five runs?! What have we done to be spoiled by this bounty of riches?!

roke1960

Good to see a few clutch hits today!! Baby steps.

phillyd

Do you all just hate watch the Sox?

chipporter

We’re eternal optimists with an inferiority complex overcompensating

a-t

I am generally an optimist but it’s been a frustrating series given how doodoo the royals are

Foulkelore

Benetti with a great point calling out how it makes no sense to pinch hit Engel for Mcguire (Grandal has to come in and catch), while letting Sheets hit against the lefty. They should have pinch hit both Grandal and Engel. They took the lead, but that’s still a mistake.

joewho112

Combine that with Gordon’s comment about the “interesting” choice to hit-and-run and it’s clear Tony has lost the announcers

soxygen

There was some of that about the lineup earlier in this series. I think “interesting” was deployed in a way that meant “I don’t approve, but won’t say more.”

joewho112

Gordon made that very clear.

Just John

Gordon: “It’s interesting.”

🤣

roke1960

They’re on fire now!!

a-t

An XBH? That’s not allowed. Are they stealing signs?

chipporter

How long until we have a pitch com listening scandal?

a-t

This was maybe the most exasperating series win I’ve seen in a long while

Joliet Orange Sox

The most exasperating series win imaginable is still orders of magnitude less frustrating than some of the recent series losses we’ve witnessed.

Willardmarshall

Watching this team is just…. unpleasant

roke1960

A lot of positives to take out of the last half of this game. Some clutch hitting, good bullpen work. Let’s hope that continues into NY.