Can the White Sox offense hit a knuckleball?
It sounds like a bizarre mid-season episode for our crew of troubled anti-heroes; something outside the primary plot arc that has to result in the death of an ancillary cast member just to convey some degree of seriousness to the viewing audience. Stay safe out there, Jordan Danks.
There are some caveats, though.
- Unlike most teams on action/adventure television, the White Sox actually don’t come through in the end most of the time, hence their 27-34 record.
- The White Sox faced R.A. Dickey earlier this season and despite his season-long struggles, the aging trickster was shutting the Sox out over six innings (on just 64 pitches!) when he left with an oblique injury.
1. Alejandro De Aza – CF
2. Alexei Ramirez – SS
3. Alex Rios – RF
4. Paul Konerko – 1B
5. Adam Dunn – DH
6. Dayan Viciedo – LF
7. Jeff Keppinger – 3B
8. Gordon Beckham – 2B
9. Hector Gimenez – C
Dylan Axelrod, SP
One wonders if Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn have ever pondered the meaning or purpose behind their constant flip-flopping in the batting order. Is it a daily assessment of their individual worth? Is it a reflection of how they are living their lives? Is it set not by Ventura but by larger, unseen forces?
Dayan Viciedo is playing despite hitting .117/.129/.167 since May 20, but Conor Gillaspie is sitting against a right-hander after hitting .210/.279/.280 since May 1. These are the decisions Robin gets to play around with on a daily basis.
Tyler Flowers is sitting after hitting back-to-back home runs, but he’s a huge guy who catches and has back problems, so his days off are rarely worth questioning.
Blue Jays lineup
1. Melky Cabrera – LF
2. Jose Bautista – RF
3. Edwin Encarnacion – 1B
4. Adam Lind – DH
5. Colby Rasmus – CF
6. Josh Thole – C
7. Maicer Itzuris – 3B
8. Emilio Bonifacio – 2B
9. Munenori Kawasaki – SS
R.A. Dickey, SP
The bottom half of the Blue Jays order is liquified awful and reflects the possible pitfalls of the ‘Stars & Scrubs’ approach the Blue Jays employed a bit in constructing this year’s team. Yet it’s better than the ‘Scrubs & Alex Rios’ approach has worked out so far.
Dylan Axelrod hopes to keep it going, his strange, soft-tossing, no out-pitch-having magic.
Where to Watch: CSN+ because apparently this doesn’t have the luster of a Cubs-Reds game. Channel Finder link.
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