The game on Saturday between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees was a wild one. There was a benches-clearing issue that came of Yasmnai Grandal sticking up for Tim Anderson to Josh Donaldson. It was the typical nonsense from Donaldson as he likes to be that guy.
However, the game played between the two teams is actually the most important part. The White Sox lost the game 7-5 and it was their fourth loss to the Yankees in their five games head to head so far this season.
The White Sox offense isn’t perfect by any means but it is starting to get a little bit better. Tim Anderson and Luis Robert are on fire while the rest of the team is still playing catch up. Jose Abreu seems to be getting it going which is really a big-time positive.
The big problem in this loss was Dallas Keuchel. The White Sox were losing 5-0 extremely early thanks to Keuchel allowing a grand slam to DJ LeMahieu. He walked their nine hitter Aaron Hicks, who has been struggling hard this year, to get to LeMahieu at the top of the order.
Dallas Keuchel is a detriment to the Chicago White Sox having any success.
Leaving a meatball out over the plate to a guy like that is not a good idea. It went out because of New York’s short porch but it would have even been a disaster if it was a single or a double. LeMahieu is an elite hitter and he took advantage of his situation.
Keuchel has been bad since the end f the 2020 season now. The White Sox have plenty of options out there who keep them in games. Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech are going to be the top four no matter what.
Although Johnny Cueto, Vince Velasquez, and Davis Martin aren’t the best options, they have more upside (for this season) than Keuchel at this point. They have very little chance to win any game that he starts and they were trailing in this entire game. It is time to DFA him.
If they had a competitive starter in this one, they might have won. Nester Cortes of the Yankees has been one of the best this season and the White Sox offense got to him more than most have. If Keuchel didn’t walk the bases loaded and then give up a slam, they would have been in good shape.
Hopefully, the aforementioned Kopech and Cueto are able to take care of their business in the doubleheader on Sunday. Winning one of those two games will be fine but it would really help this team and their confidence if they won both. Losing both would be a disaster. The White Sox can clearly win against these guys but they beat themselves far too often.