Dylan Covey struck out nine but failed to make it into the fifth inning for the third time in his last four starts. The righty has a 7.98 ERA this season for the White Sox.
For the third consecutive start, Dylan Covey struggled. The Chicago White Sox right hander had nine strikeouts but allowed three runs. He failed to make it into the fifth inning for the third time in his last four starts. That’s awfully concerning if your a fan. In fact, Covey has only made it into the sixth inning once in six starts this season.
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The fact is this experiment isn’t working and it’s time for Covey to go back to the minors. He obviously showed on Saturday he can be effective, but can’t continue to throw 91 pitches over 4.1 innings, as he did. That forces the bullpen to come in.
The White Sox have had an outstanding bullpen this season, but it’s been used a lot. One thing we know is that an overworked bullpen will usually spell doom later in the season. You really would like to see your starter get into the sixth inning. Instead, Covey wasn’t able to get past 4.1 innings pitched, meaning the bullpen had to pickup the slack for five innings.
That is not a recipe for success. Covey has shown he may not be ready to hold down a rotation spot. With the depth this organization has at pitching, it’s time to move on and give someone else a chance. Opponents are batting .339 against him and he has a 7.98 ERA. What more does this team need to see?
We all know what he has to offer, but it’s time to give someone else a shot. There are plenty of other guys this team needs to evaluate, so let’s see what some of these other guys have. Covey may very well turn into a great pitcher for this team. But right now he is struggling and needs to go back to the minors.