The Chicago White Sox have been in a little bit of a rut. After a four-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of a two-game set. There wasn’t a lot to be happy about in this loss but one player is starting to turn heads. That player is Ryan Burr. He is a relief pitcher that has been magnificent so far this season.
The Chicago White Sox are hoping that Ryan Burr can continue playing well.
Burr had some innings in 2018 and 2019 but didn’t pitch for the White Sox at all in 2020. It was his goal going into 2021 to get some playing time at the MLB level and do what he can to stick around. It has been very good so far for him as he is currently achieving that goal. We can only hope that it continues.
Burr has made six appearances for the White Sox so far this season. In those six appearances, he has given up no runs. His WHIP of 0.480 is also incredibly impressive despite the short sample size. If he keeps up pitching well, the White Sox are probably going to continue to use him. They might also start to use him in more high leverage situations which is good for a young talent like that trying to learn his way.
The bullpen as a whole has struggled at times this year. There have also been times where they have been lights out. It is always going to look worse when you don’t have Michael Kopech as he comes back from an injury. When he is back, they might be able to use Burr in a way that helps the bullpen be that lock-down unit that we know they can be.
Burr is going to eventually give up a run. These sweet numbers that he has are nice but it isn’t realistic to be perfect in anything. If he is able to maintain a certain level of success out of the White Sox bullpen, however, he will absolutely be able to stick with the team down the stretch.