The Texas Rangers scored so many runs on Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, 15 to be exact, it is believed that Walker, Texas Ranger himself crossed home plate himself against the “Good Guys” in the 13-run loss.
All of us, including the White Sox, need to just erase all that went wrong on Tuesday and look forward to tonight’s game with Chris Sale hopefully to the rescue in his showdown with the Rangers.
Sale enters Wednesday’s game with a 3.66 ERA with a 4-2 record in 59 innings pitched (nine starts).
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The left-handed ace of the White Sox begins what is the second of three games against the Rangers with a 1.085 WHIP for the season, and 66 strikeouts.
If the White Sox want any form of success in this game they need a great effort from their ace. In his past three games Sale is 1-1 in 23.2 innings against the Cleveland Indians (May 18), vs. the Minnesota Twins (May 23) and on the road against the Baltimore Orioles (May 28).
In the May 28 start, Sale looked like his normal self with 7.2 innings on the bump, allowing no earned runs on just four hits and 12 strikeouts. In his past two games the LHP has totaled 22 strikeouts.
Sale’s start is big for the White Sox, and not only will he have to pitch to his great ability, but the White Sox offense will have to provide more than two runs of support like they did on Tuesday for Jeff Samardzija.
In other White Sox news:
• Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote about Tuesday’s loss in Texas.
Van Schouwen wrote:
"“The Sox’ trifling effort, on the other hand, was exactly what manager Robin Ventura warned against after the team enjoyed a welcome day off in the wake of a stretch of 18 games in 17 days.”"
I agree … the White Sox didn’t play their baseball, and what the White Sox skipper didn’t what to happen, did happen. Now we just look forward to tonight’s game.
• In another Chicago Sun-Times article, Daryl Van Schouwen wrote this about how the White Sox Vice President Kenny Williams isn’t pleased with what he’s seen thus far this season:
"“To say we haven’t clicked on all cylinders would be an understatement,’’ the White Sox executive vice president said Monday. “It’s been sloppy. At times it’s been embarrassing.’’"
I believe Williams is correct, onto the next article.
"“In time, it looks like Tim Anderson is going to be manning the most difficult position on the infield dirt … Heading into Tuesday night’s game against Biloxi, Anderson was batting .318 while ranking first in the Southern League with 67 hits and second with 5 triples and 19 stolen bases.”"
Why not eventually give the prospect a chance sometime this season if the White Sox were to trade Alexei Ramirez, but hopefully it won’t come to that in 2015, and the team can battle for the division or a Wild Card spot.