Thread: Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees

The script was supposed to read something like, The White socksup 10 games in the AL Central, called Jose Rodriguez Yolbert Sanchez Lenyn Sosa on Thursday, giving him a start at shortstop after Tim Anderson was suspended three games for offering home plate umpire Doug Eddings an ice cream sundae …and instead it’s a bit more like CAN LENYN SOSA SAVE THE SEASON?!?

Either way, the White Sox are trailing at 33-34, four games behind the Guardians and Twins in AL Central. Plenty of time to make up four games (oops FIVE in the loss column, Stone Pony), but at some point you have to pat the horse and get it to trot. We’re two weeks out from the middle of the season, so maybe exploring studio space above .500 is something the White Sox want to do.

Scoring more runs and giving up fewer is a starting point; Chicago is still chasing a 71-win season based on how bad the losses are and how close they are to the wins.

Baltimore, they say, has improved a lot, and sure enough, checks out, just eight games under at 31-39. (Yes, that means if the unspeakable happens and the O’s sweep the Sox this weekend, we’re looking for the BOs to be in the standings.) Based on point differential, the Orioles are a better team than the White Sox trailed for 72 wins this season. Let’s change that this weekend.

After all, Baltimore is last in the brutal AL East, where for most of the season the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays have been vying for the three AL wildcard spots. Baltimore’s perpetual rebuild/reservoir might have taken a step closer to respectability, but 20 games under .500 being considered a good season has got to get old after, oh, a decade or so.

Line up the clubs

First, some typical 2022 White Sox injury news:

Poor Danny Mendick, coming back so well in the majors – and then that. Sigh.

The White Sox are, say, an average offensive club statistically, and the Orioles… aren’t. Oh my God, they’re not. In fact, there is no category where Baltimore is ranked in the Top 10 majors, its best being No. 11 overall in barrels (the White Sox are 12th).

But when it comes to throwing, the Orioles have to be better, right? We’ll take a look.

Pitch matches

Thursday is Johnny Cueto versus Dean Kemer, and no, I don’t know who Dean Kemer is. Was he the guy from Shamwow? Well, in the majors this season, Kemer is batting a 2.35 ERA in three starts. Don’t expect the young right-hander to dive deeper into the game than Shimmy Cue, but he tracks to throw better.

Friday is the advantage, the White Sox, as Michael Kopech grabs the hill against Kyle Bradish’s brilliant 7.38 ERA. Even if we somehow get KoKo on Friday, that should be a huge advantage for the White Sox in this one.

Saturday afternoon’s match will see Lance Lynn take on TBA. Lynn hasn’t been great in her two starts, but we know her pipes are in good shape midway through the season. Perhaps there will be less reason to bark at coaches or teammates in the dugout with a start that reflects more 2021 Cy Lynn than the 5.79 ERA 2022 Lynn is to date. Robinson Chirinos and Trey Mancini have hit Lynn pretty well in their careers, but there’s nothing the White Sox shouldn’t follow in this one.

No-no-no-no-no-no Dylan Cease takes the mound against Jordan Lyles on Sunday, and that’s another big White Sox advantage. Of all the players, Josh Harrison has seen Lyles pretty well in his career.

So really, given Baltimore’s shitty offense and poor starting pitch, even an injured White Sox team really has to take three out of four over the weekend.


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