Monday was a disaster for the Chicago White Sox. In one game, it showed how the Chicago White Sox just aren’t a serious team. Tony La Russa has driven this team into the ground and it is obvious that he made a terrible mistake before the game really even got going.
While taking his pre-game warmups on the mound before the bottom of the first inning, Michael Kopech was in clear pain. He looked like someone who couldn’t land properly as he landed from throwing his pitches. After trying to battle through, Tony somehow left him in.
Of course, Kopech insisted that he was fine but that is the competitor in him. A good manager can understand that the player will always fight to play for his team but needs to do what’s best for his health. Tony didn’t do that.
That was just the first sign that Kopech was hurt. The second sign was that his velocity was way down. Kopech threw his fastballs (that are normally in the high 90s) anywhere from 90-93 miles per hour. He was in serious danger of hurting his arm because of his lower body pain.
The final sign that finally made Tony do something, was the fact that the game was already in jeopardy before even recording an out. Kopech departed after allowing the Kansas City Royals to take a 1-0 lead and had the bases loaded with no outs.
The White Sox had one of their worst losses of the 2022 season on Monday.
Jimmy Lambert came into this impossible situation and allowed all of Kopech’s base runners to score. Kansas City ended the inning with a 4-0 lead spotted to them by Tony La Russa. It was just so bad.
Luckily, the White Sox players didn’t give up as they battled back to get it tied. However, a bad inning by Joe Kelly allowed Kansas City to score two runs which gave them a 6-4 lead. If Tony’s decision-making never allowed them to get out to such a big lead early, they would have won.
It was a tough loss to deal with in the middle of a division title race. This was a makeup game so they are done with Kansas City for now as they head to Maryland to take on the Baltimore Orioles. This is a very good O’s team that is trying to get in the Wild Card themselves.
Dylan Cease is going to take the mound for the White Sox as they try to get back in the win column. He has been amazing all season long so you never know how this game goes. If they can put some runs together again, they should be able to win the game.
Winning a game with Cease on the mound to start following a horrific loss the day before would be the 2022 Chicago White Sox in a nutshell. This one on Monday was as bad as any in the 2022 season and there are a lot to choose from.