In addition to a new manager. (See my earlier suggestion, rant actually, that Manager Robin Ventura be replaced.)
Don Cooper is a much respected, and I dare say deservedly so, but it might be time for him to move on. You have to judge anyone's job by the results, and the near-total collapse by the pitching staff, particularly the relievers, cry out for something, anything.
Last night's 16-to-0 shellacking of the White Sox by the Texas Rangers is the latest case in point. (The Chicago Tribune describes the drubbing here. By the way, Tribune, where the hell did you hide the box sox in your new digital format? Or did you just forget about it?) That follows a Sunday 16-to-3 mashing of the Sox by the last place Minnesota Twins that included a catastrophic 15 runs given up by the bullpen. (The ugly story is here.) Starter Jose Quintana deserved better, having given up only one run (unearned at that) in five innings.
Bringing in a relief pitcher for Quintana, ever though he seemed to be doing well (baring any injury), was another by-the-book decision by Manager Robin Venture, who seems to think that starters are pussies, but thinks nothing of working the bull pen to death, sometimes pulling a reliever after facing only one batter.
Although I couldn't bring myself to watch last night's disaster, I'm assuming that Ventura performed the same fiddling around with relievers. The box score (I had to look in the paper Tribune to find it) showed that after starter John Danks' hideous performance (9 earned runs in just over four innings), Ventura brought in recently recalled reliever Maikel Cleto, who allowed just one run in one and a third innings. By the White Sox standards, that's an admirable performance, but Ventura struck again. He brought in Andre Rienzo who give up four runs in the seventh.
What the hell is wrong with these guys? The White Sox pitchers can't all be that bad. Well, maybe they are and no amount of tutelage by even the best coaches can make them into something they're not. Maybe it's the front office's fault for bringing these mopes to the South Side.
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