Watch Party: White Sox vs. Blue Jays

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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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Root Cause

Can someone explain TA so far off 1st when 2nd is occupied, zero outs and Vaughn batting? Not being sarcastic, what was he thinking?

funkerdan

whether to get a Steve Stone shirt or a Jason Benetti shirt

soxfan

You can’t pull a hamstring running the bases if you don’t run the bases. *taps temple*

phillyd

The fielder was behind him. Coach has to let him know the fielder broke for the bag. If he did that is on TA.

a-t

Why on earth are the high leverage innings being entrusted to Lambert and Martin

soxygen

Not good. Also, the 8th is a tough spot to put Martin in. The guy isn’t even used to coming out of the pen yet.

Last edited 4 days ago by soxygen
metasox

Am assuming Lopez is NA. Maybe no Graveman or Kelly either?

Last edited 4 days ago by metasox
Adam

A lot of bad luck there for Martin. Those sliders were being called strikes all night. All of the sudden they’re balls and Chapman walks. Then they get essentially 3 infield hits. Felt like a Metrodome nightmare.

As to why he’s in the game at all. I wouldn’t expect Kelly on back to back nights. Foster out. Bummer out. Hendriks out. Assuming graveman would close. Not much in left in the cupboard

LuBob DuRob

I don’t recall Graveman and Kelly pitching at all over the weekend, and both threw under 20 pitches yesterday. Ridiculous to invest all the money in high leverage BP arms and not use them.

Pete Muldoon

Tony…Tony….Tony… with a Wayne flashback….. why isn’t Ruiz the first choice??

metasox

Ruiz hasn’t looked like much lately. I can see going with the hot hand. Or maybe the idea was for Ruiz in the 9th

Pete Muldoon

That’s true, but putting the kid in there reeks of smartest guy in the room stuff.

hellotowel

As always, the White Sox will do everything they can to dash all good feelings and momentum.

ForsterFTOG

Quite a collection of exit velocities from the Bluejays so far this inning.

Adam

Ump has been wildly inconsistent tonight. Nobody knows what is it isn’t a strike on either side

Adam

The change up and fastball were in the exact same spot. 1 a strike, 1 a ball

OldMMJ87

I just don’t get why this organization likes to spend money on high leverage guys if they aren’t consistently available to pitch high leverage innings

Adam

I think the idea is spend for October. If we can get there healthy going Kelly – Graveman – Hendriks 7-8-9 with Bummer on call for a tough lefty, that shortens the game.

Problem is getting there healthy requires some work. You have to rely on some of the underlings to get the job done sometimes. Sucks in the moment for sure but it’s happening all over the league.

OldMMJ87

Spending for October doesn’t do you any good if you can’t make it there. They’re not in a position where they can afford to give away games when they’re leading after seven either.

Adam

Yep, certainly a valid point. I’d just say I don’t think Tony’s first choice was to not have Kelly available. I’m thinking he sets a plan based on who can go. Martin has been excellent for us so he got the nod. You don’t know till you give it a shot. I think bullpen decisions mid year are the easiest thing to question.

billm2214

Lambert, Martin, Ruiz in a critical one-run game instead of Kelly and Graveman. Really? And they lose the lead. This isn’t rocket science stuff here. It’s a very probable outcome of that managerial decision. Does LaRussa have unpaid gambling debts? And I’m not kidding.

soxygen

Garcia isn’t healthy enough to run for Abreu? What is Tony saving Haseley for? Jose can barely run.

Last edited 4 days ago by soxygen
Adam

Tough call there. That run is critical but Abreu is due up 6th in the 9th. If we get a rally going I’d hate to see Leury.

Also a silly sounding question but do we have someone to play first? Vaughn dh and can’t abandon that. Maybe Seby and bring in Reese?

LuBob DuRob

Anyone can play first in a pinch. How bout just Reese or anyone else that can put glove on hand.

soxygen

Burger could play first

Adam

I thought that too but given the sox luck this year ole Brick Hands Burger makes an error in the 9th to blow it

soxygen

Len made it sound like Abreu was hurt, might need to come out of the game, hobbled down to 1st, etc

Adam

Not to gloat but this has come to pass baby!!

soxygen

I’m not sure it mattered since he didn’t knock in a run, but go ahead and gloat? As I said, the radio broadcast makes it sound like Jose is really hobbled right now.

Adam

Wow if they can come back Harrison deserves a big pat on the back for that one

phillyd

Romano never comes to a stop. He basically balks on every pitch.

Adam

Ump is horrendous. Chapman walked on two pitches significantly higher than that. I’ll take it, but I’d also trade it to get the others back

soxygen

Did anyone have TA grounding into inning ending 6-2-3 double play on their White Sox Calamity Bingo card?

Foulkelore

Against a lefty, no less.

Joliet Orange Sox

He hit the ball with an exit velocity of 99 mph and an xBA of 0.450. That’s the breaks.

Last edited 4 days ago by Joliet Orange Sox
Adam

Given how the inning started that’s a win. Hopefully hasely can at least attempt to swing the bat and then Robert and abreu bring it home

Adam

I’m thinking maybe if we make Kirk catch 15 innings we won’t see him tomorrow? Would be lovely. I’m expecting dh but a guy can hope

a-t

this ump will be the death of me

LuBob DuRob

Praise Jeebus

a-t

josh harrison saw what happened to Keuchel and has decided to turn it on just in time huh

Adam

Between the catch in the 9th and the walk off Josh is showing up big!!

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