With the Cubs being rained out and the White Sox winning two in in a row of the Seattle Mariners I thought I’d concentrate more on the White Sox with this post. The Sox enjoyed a 16-1 rout o the Mariners Saturday night. Avisail Garcia had a huge night with 2 home runs, 2 doubles and 6 RBIs. Mike Pelfrey went 6 innings and gave up only 1 run to get his first win as a member of the White Sox.
Matt Davidson and Willy Garcia also homered for the Sox. For Garcia, it was his first career home run. In addition to Avisail Garcia’s 4 hits, 8 other Sox hitters had 2 hits. Pretty much everybody fattened up. Even Todd Frazier had 2 hits to get his average to .200.
Friday night Jose Quintana pitched a great game, but, per usual, didn’t get a win. This time, however, the Sox won in 10 innings, 2-1. Quintana pitched 8 innings and allowed only one earned run. The Sox were down 1-0 in the 6th when Jose Abreu connected for his 8th home run to tie things up. Melky Cabrera doubled in the winning run in the 10th.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th to pick up the win. Quintana and Robertson gave up only one hit between them. While convention wisdom seems to be that the Sox will trade both Quintana and Robertson, I’m not so sure I like that idea. I’m not sure the Sox are that far from contending.
The Sox rebuild will naturally be compared to the Cubs, but there is a major difference. The Sox have a lot more talent than the Cubs did. The Sox have some building blocks in place already.
I’ve been on the fence about Jose Abreu for some time, but his starting to make a believer out of me. At his best he’s a .300 hitter with 30 homers and 100 RBIs. I don’t think much of his glove at first, but his bat makes that a decent tradeoff. Besides, Abreu could be a great help to Yoan Moncada and the recently signed Cuban free agent Luis Roberts. I don’t know much about Roberts but the scouting report is he’s a 5 tools guy. That’s the type of guy the Sox desperately need in their outfield.
Shortstop, Tim Anderson has gotten off to a bad start in the field and at the plate, but seems to be righting the ship. Yolmer Sanchez has been hitting well over .300 so far this season, and while I doubt he’ll continue that, he could still be a useful player. He’s probably a placeholder at second until Moncada arrives.
The biggest surprise to me this season has been Avisail Garcia. Garcia is hitting with power and for average. While I don’t like his glove, his bat will carry it. Maybe Avisail needs to go to DH if the Sox can find another decent outfielder.
Melky Cabrera is a tough out and would be a good supporting player on a contending team. Because of the Sox lack of outfield depth, I’d hate to see him go. The biggest void I see on the Sox is catching. Zack Collins is the hope for the future.
I’ve talked about the Sox starting pitching in the minors before and won’t delve into it much now. Suffice it to say, they’re much better stocked than the Cubs in that department. If Moncada and Roberts are able to make an impact, the Sox can be surprise playoff contenders, soon.
A couple of miscellaneous Chicago sports notes. When Mitch Trubisky snuck into town before the draft, he signed in at his hotel room as, “James McMahon”. I’m sure none of the Bears coaching or management team signed in as, “Marc Trestman”.
Is anybody else just marking time until the NBA Finals? The playoffs up until that time have all the suspense of a North Korean presidential election.
More next time
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