As I’m writing this, the Red Sox lead the White Sox 10-6. The starting pitchers were Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Sale was roughed up for 6 runs in 5 innings. Jose Quintana got his butt kicked again, giving up 7 runs in 2.2 innings. Jose must really want to stay in Chicago because he’s killing his trade value.
Todd Frazier hit a 2 run homer for the White Sox and Jose Abreu added a 2 run single. In addition to the 7 runs Quintana gave up, Dan Jennings also gave up a 3 run homer to Jackie Bradley.
Tonight’s game aside, Sale may be the best starting pitcher in the American League. Despite this, I’m glad the White Sox traded him. The White Sox got an interesting talent package in return fore Sale. Yoan Moncada could be a real offensive force. Michael Kopech could turn out to be a top of the rotation starter. Lesser prospects Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz could eventually provide outfield and bullpen help respectively. However, the talent is just one of the reasons I’m glad Sale is gone.
Sale’s antics seemed disruptive to the White Sox. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like a player cussing out his boss. I also don’t care for a player taking scissors to team uniforms. If you can’t trust a player with sharp objects I don’t know if I want him on my team. The Sox always blew off his tantrums as his being competitive. That’s a crock. Sale behaved like an immature hothead. Sale might have been manageable if the Sox had more leadership. Since that occurred during Robin Venura’s tenure, there was no appreciable leadership.
While the Sox may not get equal return in terms of talent, I think trading Sale gave the Sox a more cohesive team. I also think Rickey “Let’s Lay One Down” Renteria has helped fill the leadership role in the clubhouse.
Speaking of the previous leadership vacuum in the Sox clubhouse, I’m also glad the Sox shipped out arguably their best position player, Adam Eaton, in exchange for a bunch of pitching prospects. In one of the most asinine comments I’ve heard in a sports interview, Adam Eaton called 12 year old Drake LaRoche one of the team leaders. If a 12 year old is a team leader you have serious clubhouse issues.
The Cubs are down 2-1 in the third inning against the San Diego Padres. Kyle Schwarber has struck out and been hit by a pitch. I hope he cranks a couple of homers before the game is over, but honestly, when does Joe Maddon make a change? It reminds me of his overuse of Aroldis Chapman in the playoffs. Whenever you question a Joe Maddon decision you always have to preface it with the disclaimer about what a great manager Joe is. There, I’ve done it. Now, Joe seems to be stubborn and it’s hurting the team.
More next time.