The Chicago White Sox have some sweet “life starters” in their bullpen. The reason that they are in the bullpen is that the organization wants to ease them in which is looking really smart as of right now. It is also really good for the bullpen as a whole to have two arms like this available on most nights. We saw Michael Kopech make his season debut on Friday night and then they followed it up by using Garrett Crochet on Saturday night.
Garrett Crochet’s 2021 Chicago White Sox season debut is finally behind him.
Michael Kopech’s debut was brilliant. His only blemish was a walk to Mike Trout who is extremely hard to get out anyway. It was pretty much a perfect way for him to be back into Major League action. His stuff is as nasty as any pitcher who has ever played for the organization. It is really cool that Garrett Crochet is pretty much a left-handed version of him.
Crochet made his debut on Saturday night and it was really good. His electric arm allowed him to have a very similar debut to Kopech. Crochet pitched for 2.1 innings where he didn’t allow a single base runner and struck out three. It was as good of a two-inning performance as you could ask from him to get his season going.
Having these two in the rotation is very unique. They might become full-time starters eventually which would make the bullpen a little bit weaker so it would be cool to see them use it to their advantage this year. Each of them throws the ball extremely hard and each has awesome breaking stuff.
As the season goes along, you can expect both of them to see more innings per game. The White Sox blew the lead to the Los Angeles Angels right after he came out so you have to wonder how it would have gone if they left him in. Tony La Russa has been an elite bullpen manager throughout his career so for now we just have to trust his judgment. As much as the White Sox believe they are World Series contenders this year (because they are), development is a big key to the season as well and Crochet is super important.