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Covey Captivates, but Kluber Cruises

September 24 vs. Cleveland


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It would have been better for the Sox to play by themselves.

Short Take: Though Dylan Covey does his best, the Sox have no answer for Corey Kluber, who wins his 20th game.

Someday, when/if the rebuilding White Sox become the winning White Sox, we'll look back on these days and be happy we stuck it out through some tough times. But it's not someday now. It's now now, and everyone in Chicago except true Sox fans is getting excited for a fourth straight Cubs playoff appearance, and that's one more time than the Sox have been in my 22 years of fandom. Meanwhile, we have to endure such things as Monday's 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

With the Indians coming off an extra-inning win on Sunday Night Baseball, Terry Francona opted to rest most of his big bats. Of course, he could have stacked this year's Baltimore Orioles behind Corey Kluber and still been confident about his chances. Helping Kluber's case was that Rick Renteria trotted out his own makeshift lineup, which included Omar Narvaez batting cleanup and Jose Rondon and Ryan Cordell at the bottom. It's hard to imagine this lineup would scare half the Triple-A teams.

To Dylan Covey's credit, he kept the Sox in it throughout his six innings, also the length of his last start against these same Indians on Sept. 19. Despite giving up six hits, he never allowed Cleveland to cross the plate. He also struck out seven and walked only one. It's a pity his offense couldn't support him, but that's a tall order when Kluber is striking out 11 in seven inninngs.

Despite keeping it a scoreless game for six frames, Covey had 96 pitches, so Ian Hamilton relieved him for the seventh. Three pitches into his outing, Brandon Guyer went yard to give Kluber all the support he'd need for his 20th win of the season. But the Tribe decided to rough up Nate Jones in the ninth as Adam Rosales hit a one-out solo homer, and four more Indians got base hits to string together two more runs. Talk about a nice start turning into a big tease.

The 2018 Sox never were going to succeed, and everyone with a brain knew it. Though progress was made by the young talent to varying degrees, it was sprinkled in with a flat offense, an inconsistent rotation, perhaps the worst bullpen in team history and Michael Kopech's Tommy John surgery. It makes one want to skip ahead to the good years with the push of a button, but sadly, that's not how it works. With at least one more doomed season ahead and the Cubs not fading anytime soon, it's worth asking how much more this abused fan base can take.

I'm saying all this now because this is my last TBGR of the year. There's still baseball to be played, though, and Tuesday is the next game. James Shields will start against Trevor Bauer, weather permitting due to forecasted thunderstorms. Until next year, stay strong, and go Sox.

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September 29... The Last (And Lost) Weekend

September 24... Covey Captivates, but Kluber Cruises

September 22... At Least They Won't Clinch Here

September 18...Klubered, but Not Clobbered

September 16... Baltimore Blanked

September 10... Thrown Away

September 8... Anaheim Annihilation

September 3... Power Special

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