The Chicago White Sox 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox was very exciting. Not only was it close but it also highlighted what Dallas Keuchel can do when he’s on. Keuchel picked up the win this Sunday and did it fine fashion up until it was time for him to exit the game.
On the day, Keuchel pitched six complete innings giving up eight hits and two runs with both of those being earned runs. He walked just one batter and struck out five. Of the 92 pitches he threw, 60 of them were strikes. Keuchel faced 25 total batters.
Keuchel was on top of things right up until the end of his outing when the breakdowns started to happen. That does tend to happen to pitchers a lot when it’s time for the manager to pull them and replace them with a fresh arm.
Did Manager Tony LaRussa wait too long to pull Keuchel? Should he have pulled him at the end of the fifth inning instead of letting him go through the sixth giving up two runs?
The Chicago White Sox would love for Dallas Keuchel to keep pitching like that.
Hindsight is 20/20 and the White Sox ended up winning the game. Let’s save the “what ifs” for another time when the Sox lose and bad decisions were made.
As far as I can tell, the Sox made an “okay” decision leaving Keuchel in the game when they did because they ended up winning. But leaving him in the game made it a little closer than Sox fans would have liked.
There has been a lot of talk about designating Keuchel for assignment thus removing him from the team’s roster altogether. Now granted, this has been just one game and Keuchel did stumble earlier in the season (and could very easily do that again) but he showed improvement here.
Now, he might be on a short leash. For now, he is a nice part of the White Sox rotation and should stay on the team. They need all the help that they can get.
Look for Keuchel to continue starting as long as he’s able to pitch games like he did this Sunday. Should he falter, and falter bad, it’s possible that we may still see the last of him this year.