Honestly, the way that the Chicago White Sox are managed should make every fan sick to their stomach. For some reason, Tony La Russa continues to put pout lineups that just make absolutely no sense whatsoever. He is killing this team.
Beyond that, the in-game strategy has been way off for a long time now and it doesn’t appear to get any better any time soon. On Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals, Lucas Giolito left the game with a chance for his team to win.
He was very good once again after getting out of a shaky first inning jam. After he departed this game with a 2-2 tie, Reynaldo Lopez didn’t have his best stuff and allowed Kansas City to score two runs in his two innings of work.
Once the White Sox were down two, it seemed as if La Russa gave up. Instead of bringing in one of the big-time relievers, they brought in Ryan Burr who has just been bad at the Major League level. He gave up two runs which made it borderline impossible for the White Sox to have a ninth-inning rally.
The Chicago White Sox clearly have some in-game strategy problems right now.
Is that what Tony thinks of his team? Or did he actually think Burr was the right guy to bring in during that situation? Both explanations show that he is just not the best man for this job anymore (as if he ever was). We can only hope that things get better from here.
The White Sox have their series finale against the Royals later on Thursday. Vince Velasquez of the White Sox is going to face Carlos Hernandez of the Royals. Hernandez has a 9.11 ERA and a 2.03 WHIP in six games so far this season so if the White Sox can’t hit him, they won’t hit anyone.
This is a chance for the White Sox to win the five-game series between these two teams. The Royals enter the finale 14-22 so it is honestly a joke that they even got two from the White Sox. Losing this last game would be a complete disaster. We can only hope that they take this game, the series, and head to New York with a bit of confidence.