It might be time for the Chicago White Sox to cut ties with Vince Velasquez.
The Chicago White Sox had Vince Velasquez in their starting rotation during the early parts of the season. Dallas Keuechel was awful, Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn were injured, and Johnny Cueto wasn’t ready yet so he got to have a few games.
There were good games and bad games but it was obvious that he was the odd man out when the big five (Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech, Johnny Cueto, Lance Lynn, and Lucas Giolito) were all healthy. From there, when he was healthy he was put in the bullpen.
You can’t say that he has been good in this role lately and there are three other pitchers that you would rather have made a start if needed. As a result, the White Sox should cut ties with him before the month is over.
Velasquez has an ERA of 5.34 ERA and a WHIP of 1.322 which are not as bad as Kelly’s numbers but they still are horrible. They can’t let him be making pitches in high-leverage situations. The only way for Rick Hahn to keep that from happening is to let him go.
It is never fun to talk about people getting cut or sent down but that needs to happen sometimes in order for a team to get the most out of their chances in any particular year.