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Houston's Hot But The Sox Are Not

May 30th vs. the Houston Astros

Sox Project Update:
Missing Parts -- No Progress
The project didn't go anywhere today. Have to stock up on runs for next time.

Short Take:Dallas Keuchel put on a pitching clinic today as he and the Astros beat the White Sox 3-0 in Houston.

It seems so long ago that it's almost mythological. The 2005 White Sox absolutely dominated the Houston Astros in the World Series in a four-game sweep. Ten years later the Astros are the ones at the top of their division and the White Sox look like chumps. Both teams played their parts today as the Astros beat the Sox 3-0 on a muggy day in Houston.

Jose Quintana had the misfortune of being matched against Dallas Keuchel, he of the beard and the 1.77 ERA. Too many times Sox hitters have made mediocre pitchers look good, but today they were simply overmatched by one of the league's best. Quintana threw too many pitches, as he is wont to do, but only gave up one run in his 6-1/3 innings of work, while striking out seven. Sox hitters characteristically gave Quintana no run support. Keuchel, however, struck out 11 as he pitched a complete game to better illustrate his dominance.

Houston's other two runs came off back-to-back homers in the eighth from Sox reliever Dan Jennings. Annoying, but didn't really matter. One run was all the Astros needed behind Keuchel.

Not much else to say about this game. The White Sox continue to look feckless, and that's a bitter pill to swallow after the offseason's high hopes. A historical parallel occurred to me as I stewed about the way this season has unfolded. An organization can, with the best intentions and a deliberate plan, see the whole thing deflate like a warm souffle. Kind of like this:

Lewis Crusoe was an automotive executive who convinced his corporate bosses that the competitive environment called for a new product with new faces. Following several years of research and market observation, the company went along with Crusoe's conclusion that a new direction was needed. Plans were made and major resources were put in place to launch the new product, accompanied by a public-relations blitz to build excitement.

With great fanfare in 1957, Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel. Rife with quality problems and facing stiff competition from better-built and long-established products, the Edsel fizzled like a wet firecracker. Ford was out hundreds of millions of dollars and saw its dreams to lead the industry reduced to a punch line. Years passed before Ford fully recovered.

Fast forward to 2015 in Chicago.

After multiple seasons of poor performance, Rick Hahn convinced his bosses that the AL Central environment called for a new product on the field. Following several years of scouting and targeted player drafts, Jerry Reinsdorf and Ken Williams went along with Hahn's conclusion: a new direction was needed, focusing on youth and speed. Big plans were made and major resources were committed to acquire the players, accompanied by a public-relations blitz that raised shiny expectations.

With great fanfare in April, the White Sox introduced the new team. Opening the season with four straight losses and facing competition from the canonization of Joe Maddon and Kris Bryant, the below-.500 White Sox have been fizzling like a open can of warm beer. The Sox are out over a hundred million dollars in team payroll and are seeing their vision of October reduced to shots from message-board trolls. It may be more years before they fully recover.

Yeah, we may be looking at the Major League equivalent of the Ford Edsel this year. I just hope the Sox don't become their own punch line.

Rebuilding Recap:
This crew is likely to be reassigned to pave a parking lot.

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