When Chicago White Sox fans see Michael Kopech come to the mound, they know something great could be happening. He has magical stuff that can make hitters look silly on a daily basis. Of course, he is still young and learning the way as he tries to be a reliever this year after being a starter for most of his life. It is working well and some very notable people are starting to take notice.
You are always going to get more spotlight when you play on national television. That is exactly what the White Sox had when they battled the New York Yankees on Thursday night at the Field of Dreams in Iowa.
They won in a dramatic fashion and Kopech was a big part of it. He went 1.1 innings allowing just one hit. He also had two strikeouts out of his four total recorded outs. He was hurt by a bad call that forced a walk and they took him out of the game. If the umpire would have correctly called that a strike, his second inning of work would have probably been completed by him instead of Aaron Bummer.
However, his filthiest stuff came in that first inning in which he appeared. He was touching triple digits on his fastball and his breaking stuff was fooling hitters left and right. He got the White Sox out of a small jam that Lance Lynn left behind in the latter portion of his great start.
Patrick Mahomes took note of Michael Kopech while watching the Chicago White Sox.
Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the National Football League. He is a sore topic in Chicago because of the fact that he could have been a Chicago Bear instead of Mitchell Trubisky but we won’t go there right now. All we will do here is point out that real recognize real. Mahomes tweeted about how nasty his friend Kopech is.
White Sox fans already knew this. However, it is really cool to see someone like Mahomes write a tweet about it because it is time for Kopech to be recognized nationally. He has a chance to become one of the best pitchers in the sport simply based on his talent.
The cool part about the Mahomes and Kopech connection is that they actually competed against each other as kids. They grew up near each other in Texas so it makes perfect sense to see Mahomes cheering on an old friend. As one prepares for a long MLB postseason run, the other will continue dominating the AFC while trying to win another title. Sports fans are lucky to have studs like these to watch.