First Pitch: White Sox at Twins

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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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Right Size Wrong Shape

Pretty good start.

soxygen

Luis Robert is basically the worst defensive center fielder in baseball among qualified players.

metasox

I don’t understand what happened to him. It looks like his reaction time has slowed

soxygen

He’s not seeing the ball. At least that’s what it feels like.

And it seems to happen in the daytime, at night, at home, and on the road.

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metasox

Yeah, does’t make sense to me. A guy could see everything fine one yr and then stop. Seems like something the Sox need to examine futher.

Right Size Wrong Shape

He left the game because he was light headed? That could be a lot of things.

ForsterFTOG

Does Anderson ever charge the ball and step into the throw?

Right Size Wrong Shape

I don’t think that one was really chargeable.

ForsterFTOG

I disagree.

Right Size Wrong Shape

He had to take a few steps into the hole to field it, how can you charge that?

Right Size Wrong Shape

Kopech’s got a good fastball tonight, which he would have used it on the 2-2 pitch.

SocksO’Graham

Robert has a strained vag

Right Size Wrong Shape

I’m having bad thoughts about you right now.

hitlesswonder

Dude I hope all this gets deleted but for the record a vag is tough…it’s a birth canal. Testicles are soft and delicate so maybe rethink your metaphors if you feel the weird need to be insulting.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I think the implication is that he is calling Robert a woman, which he thinks it’s an insult. Because he secretly fears them.

Adam

Reminds me of Ash vs Evil Dead. Pablo kills a demon, then says to Ash, “not so much of a vagina now, am I?”

To which Kelly replies “ Well, actually, vaginas are powerful and life-affirming. technically, you’re more of a vagina now than you’ve ever been.”

Had to see it to get the reference, but yeah, our team could really use vagina strength this year

Foulkelore

Auto-rec for Ash vs. Evil Dead reference

Right Size Wrong Shape

Some more slug from TA would be a welcome sight. Good to see.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Heckuva battle there with Kopech and Gordon.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I honestly have no idea how one goes about getting Luis Arraez out.

In the 4th inning, the Sox used the method of letting Arraez get a single but then having Reese McGuire do some fancy shifting footwork to trick the next batter into grounding into an inning-ending double play. That is one possible methods for getting Arraez out and I’m sure there are others.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Sounds awfully labor intensive.

8 minutes ago you had no idea how to get Arraez out and now you move the goalposts by saying you didn’t just want a method but you wanted an easy method?!? Can’t help you there.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I guess someone could have told him that the game was in Detroit. I need to try thinking outside the box.

Right Size Wrong Shape

You could use the Reynaldo method and let him hit a scorcher to the opposite field and let your fast center fielder run it down on the track. Would have donged in Wrigley.

Sounds labor intensive!

Right Size Wrong Shape

Kopech battled hard tonight, but I think he should be done after 4.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Well, he got through 5.

I certainly hope he’s done now. He threw 40 fastballs and averaged 95.5 mph with a top speed of 97.2 mph. Good to see.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I definitely feel better after this performance. I think he ought to be the 5th starter after the ASG to give him as much rest as possible. I’m thinking Gio, Cease, Cueto, Lynn, Kopech,

phillyd

He took enough time between each pitch to throw 7 innings tonight. Painfully slow.

soxygen

That snag by TA was spectacular

Foulkelore

Kelly looked quite cromulent.

Right Size Wrong Shape

He really does have great stuff. I don’t know why he tries to be so fine with it sometimes. Seems like the walks and long counts get him in more trouble than anything.

soxygen

That’s the Joe Kelly I want to see

Right Size Wrong Shape

I was in the middle of a comment about Adam Engel’s beard, but I think I’ll save it for another time.

ecivokrak

Okay, I’ll make it: it’s patchy af. It’s all I could think of when he was at his first at bat.

–Fellow patchy beard guy

digger0910

Adam Engel! Holy smokes!

Foulkelore

Well, I was upset he wasn’t in the starting lineup over Leury. Then, I was upset he had to come in (because it meant something was wrong with Robert). Big blast, Engel!

soxygen

If you had Engel in the home run pool then come collect your prize

Adam

A lot of negatives this year, but what a freaking treat it is to see this Rey-Lo growth. Amazing

Right Size Wrong Shape

He looked completely done in Charlotte last year. I was completely baffled when they brought him up after the All-Star break. But he was good last year, and he’s been great this year. He’s throwing as hard as he did when he first came up with the Sox.

calcetinesblancos

You could always see that he had the potential to be dominant, which is what made him so maddening. That whole situation with his eyes was so bizarre.

Joliet Orange Sox

The Twins are honoring Jim Kaat before tomorrow’s game. Steve Stone is right about Kaat with the Sox working quicker than any other pitcher I’ve ever seen. I know many people have been annoyed at Kaat in the announcing booth in recent years (he’s a really old guy and it shows) but I want to point out how good Kaat was for the Sox. He arrived in mid-August 1973 and then produced 7.1 bWAR in 1974 at age 35 and 7.7 bWAR in 1975 at age 36. He was really good for the Sox.

denman

Yeah, he was really good with the Sox. I’m old enough to remember how much I loved watching games when he pitched. I’m glad he made it to the Hall.

Foulkelore

Blood in the water, boys. Keep it up.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Tomorrow’s the toughest match up of the series. A win there and it starts to get interesting.

denman

Good that the Sox Machine contingent will be on hand to guarantee a victory.