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18 Strikeouts Later, the White Sox Lose

September 1st vs. the Boston Red Sox

WSI Playdate Funtime:
Heroes Wanted
Crawling through 18 strikeouts causes us to cry, "heroes wanted!".

Short Take:The White Sox were mystified by Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez, losing 6-1 to the Sawx.

The White Sox lost to the Red Sox tonight 6-1 on a muggy South Side night. I'm disappointed in the outcome, so I needed to think about something else. The White Sox struck out 18 times tonight. They made 27 outs to complete the game, so 2/3rds of their at-bats were utterly unproductive. That's a lot.

Credit for much of that goes to beantown starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who seemed to be able to place each pitch in the spot least likely for a bat to find it. Part of the credit for those 18 whiffs goes to the White Sox' feckless offense. I mean, c'mon -- I know the pitcher was hot tonight, but aren't adjustments in order after hitters see pitches the first and second times?

White Sox legend Nellie Fox, the Hall of Fame second baseman, struck out only 216 times in 9232 career at-bats. Nick Madrigal, the White Sox first-round draft pick and noted contact hitter, said in an interview, "when you're on a baseball of the most embarrassing things you can do is strikeout." Madrigal takes pride in his contact-hitting skill, a refreshing change in approach from the flyswatting practice of most MLB batters. Here's hoping he doesn't take as long to get here as Eloy Jiminez.

A major-league hitter swings a bat at a speed between 70-80 MPH. The recorded windspeed at the ballpark tonight was 6 MPH, which makes me wonder how much of that wind was generated by the dozens of swings in those 18 strikeouts. Exhibit A in the no-contact frustration category is Yoan Moncada: 186 strikeouts in 485 at-bats this year, a ratio of one strikeout every 2.6 at-bats. In fairness, Moncada was not the worst offender tonight, having only one strikeout in four at-bats. But his season numbers are far into Madrigal's embarrassment territory when compared to Fox's ratio of one strikeout every 42.7 at-bats.

Too bad, because Carlos Rodon didn't pitch poorly, even if he was responsible for the first four runs. But maybe Rodriguez was just lucky; Tim McCarver once described his 1968 Cardinals batterymate thus: "Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs." That's as good an explanation as any.

We must, of course, pay homage to the Rebuild, of which this night and its 18 strikeouts are a part. I imagine Rick Hahn thoughfully stroking his chin as he considers the spectacle before him: "Hmmm...eighteen strikeouts. Clearly, Eloy Jiminez needs more time in AAA."

Fun Da Mentalz:
"For it's one, two, three strikes you're out, at the old ball game."

submitted by tebman.

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