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Montas and Verlander? Guess What Happened

September 23 at Detroit


Sox Project Update:
Completely stalled
The work can't go forward any further this season.

Short Take:   Frankie Montas gets a tough draw for his first Major League start. Justin Verlander predictably has the better outing.

The start of fall meant the start of Frankie Montas' career as a Major League starter. The AA pitcher had to face Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers Wednesday afternoon, which is just like sending a young soldier into the line of fire. The Tigers' bats were unforgiving and Verlander was Verlander. That meant a 7-4 White Sox loss.

Montas got into trouble early. Rajai Davis singled with one out in the first and two hitters later, Victor Martinez took him out of Comerica Park to right. His third and final inning was rough, no thanks to Geovany Soto, who, with runners on, tried a pickoff throw to second that sailed into the outfield. Following an intentional walk were a J.D. Martinez ground-rule double, a Nick Castellanos single and an Alex Avila RBI groundout, making it 6-0 Tigers.

Verlander, as he typically does these days, made us yearn for his early years when the Sox would routinely beat him up. He struck out eight over seven innings. Oh he gave up Melky Cabrera's 200th career home run in the fourth and an RBI double to Alexei Ramirez in the seventh, but he still met the criteria for a quality start. Although the season may be lost for the Tigers as well as the Sox, Verlander is still pitching more like himself than Chris Sale has been recently.

Credit the bullpen for limiting the damage after Montas left. Scott Carroll surrendered an RBI single to Ian Kinsler in the fourth, but there were goose eggs for Detroit after that. Daniel Webb, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings didn't allow any hits in one inning apiece. The auditions for next year's bullpen are sure to be intense in the coming days.

The Sox made one final rally in the eighth. Adam Eaton led off with a walk and two outs later, Cabrera drove him in with an RBI double. With the tying run on deck, Avisail Garcia popped out to cool off the bats for the rest of the day. Neftali Feliz earned the save by pitching a perfect ninth.

While the Sox are mathematically still in the Wild Card race, you'd be ridiculous to think they have any chance of winning it. They have to win out just to finish above .500. We've been teased too many times this year to expect a miracle. You split against the team you're trying to keep in last place so you don't fall there yourself, you deserve what's coming.

The final road series of the season begins Thursday against the New York Yankees, who are mourning Tuesday night's death of Yogi Berra. There will probably be some heavy hearts in the Bronx, but there's still some baseball to be played. Chris Sale with face Michael Pineda, hopefully with one more great start in him for the year. The game starts at 6:05.

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Rebuilding Recap:
 This project can't be more stuck. Nothing good will result from this year's work.


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