Just about every five days I gripe about Mike Pelfrey being in the White Sox rotation. Today is that fifth day. Pelfrey went 4.2 innings giving up 4 earned runs. Kole Calhoun’s three run homer tied the game at 3 and Mike Trout followed with another home run to give the Angels a lead they never relinquished in route to a 5-3 win over the White Sox.
Most of the Sox offense came from Jose Abreu’s 2 run homer. Tyler Saladin added a RBI triple to give the Sox a 3-0 lead, but that’s where the Sox offense stopped. The Sox bullpen was strong again, going 3.1 innings and allowing only a solo home run by Martin Maldanodo. Anthony Swarzak continued his great work, going 1.2 scoreless innings.
I know the White Sox are allegedly in rebuild mode, but the problem with that is they’ve got too much talent as they’re currently constituted. They’ve been running Mike Pelfrey and Dylan Covey out to the mound every 5 days with no good results. Last night’s loss left Pelfrey with a 0-4 record. Dylan Covey sits at 0-3 with an ERA of 7.98. With decent production from the two slots in the rotation the Sox could be in contention for a wildcard slot.
It just so happens the Sox have 4 starters worth watching in their farm system. Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer have been strong in AAA. In addition, Lucas Giolotia picked up his first win in Charlotte a couple of days ago, going 6 innings while allowing 2 earned runs. And flame throwing Michael Kopech is doing well in AA. Kopech has struck out 51 in 35.1 innings of work. The Sox could get better really fast.
Though I think he bunts a way too often, I thought Ricky Renteria did a nice job managing the Cubs. I think he’s partly responsible the Sox improvement. The addition of Renteria and young pitching has the Sox arrow pointing up. Plus, Yoan Moncada is still raking down in Charlotte. The Sox could be a decent team as early as next year.
The Cincinnati Reds come to Wrigley Field this evening. I’m thinking if anything will get the Cubs bats going, it’s Reds pitching. Many of the Cubs are off to a rough start with the bat. Anthony Rizzo in particular has been mired in a slump. Still, Rizzo’s power numbers aren’t bad. His 19 RBIs lead the Cubs. As an off the wall idea, why not let Rizzo lead off? Maybe he could lay down a bunt or two to get himself untracked. He might also not feel the pressure of being in a RBI position. It’s not like Kyle Schwarber is tearing it up at the top of the order.
More next time.