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False Start

April 4th, 2017 vs Detroit Tigers

Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Matrix
An Opening Day as fake as the Matrix simulation.

Short Take:   Verlander keeps offense in check as Sox drop opener 6-3.

The Chicago White Sox officially lifted the lid on the 2017 rebuilding campaign Tuesday on an "Opening Day" of sorts. It was certainly the first ballgame of the season for the South Siders but much of the excitement and spectacle of Opening Day was largely missing. Most of the traditional Opening Day lineup announcements were done on Monday with a tarp on the field and a large chunk of the 37,000+ that were in attendance Monday couldn't come back for the impromptu makeup game Tuesday. The half empty ballpark just shined an even bigger light on the really unfortunate decision to try to play the game yesterday despite the forecast of rain all day. Today's game had the distinct feel of a mid-season Thursday afternoon game which was a total bummer considering the excitement that usually comes attached to Opening Day. This was a "false start" both in the feel of the game as well as the outcome as the Sox dropped the opener to the Tigers by a score of 6-3  

The White Sox would open the scoring on Tigers ace Justin Verlander in the 2nd inning. Tyler Saladino would rip a 1 out single to LF which set the stage for last year's best offensive weapon for the Sox, Melky Cabrera. The Melk Man would blast a sharp double into the corner scoring Saladino easily making it 1-0 White Sox. However, Cabrera would make an ill advised attempt to stretch that double into a triple and he would get caught at third for the 2nd out. The White Sox have a new 3B coach this year in Nick Capra so this will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.  

The definitive inning in this game came in the bottom of the second as the Tigers immediately answered back and took full advantage of a less than sharp Jose Quintana. The inning began on a Justin Upton single followed by a hit batsman to Mahtook that barely clipped his jersey. Perhaps it's all in my head, but I always cringe when I see our pitchers hit a batter because in recent years, it always signals impending doom. Today would be no different as rookie Jacoby Jones took Quintana deep for a 3 run dinger over the LF fence on a pitch that was down and in. The rookie posed like Paul Konerko in the World Series with his fist up as he rounded the bases for his first career HR. The damage wouldn't stop there as Castellanos took Q out to right center for a 2 run shot later in the inning making it 5-1 Tigers and the good feelings from the top half of the 2nd quickly vanished.  

Detroit would tack on a third HR off Quintana with a solo shot by Ian Kinsler in the 4th inning. The Sox never seem to escape a series with Detroit without Kinsler going yard. The Tigers do have a HR hitting offense but it was still odd to see Q surrender so many long balls in one outing. Even on his bad starts, Quintana usually keeps the ball in the yard. The Sox would draw a bit closer in the 4th with yet another double by Melky Cabrera. He would come around to score on a Jose Abreu grounder making it 6-2. This would be the sum of the offense the Sox could muster against Justin Verlander who was pretty sharp all game. The White Sox managed to keep fighting and give the Tigers a scare in the 9th. After an HBP to Asche and a single by Avi Garcia, the tying run eventually came to the on-deck circle. The small uprising forced Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to use his closer. However, the rally would only plate 1 run as Francisco Rodriguez shut the door and ended the game at 6-3. I definitely liked the fight in the Sox during the 9th inning in a game they could have packed it in. This is also something worth keeping an eye on as the effort level of the ballclub will reflect on our new manager even in a rebuilding year.

Overall, there was just too much Justin Verlander in this one. The young Sox hitters like Tim Anderson, Cody Asche, and Jacob May had a particularly tough time barreling him up. Jose Quintana needed to be sharp in this one if the Sox were going to have a chance and he wasn't which is out of character for him. The trade winds surrounding Jose and the fact that this is the first game will likely draw an unnecessary magnifying glass to this outing. There wasn't anything I saw today that was cause for alarm. The velocity seemed to be there for Q but he just never quite found his groove and the Tigers are a bad team to face when you don't have your good control. This was particularly evident in the 2nd inning. It stinks that the Sox didn't have a real home opener this year and losing the makeup opener is equally disappointing. However, our expectations remain adjusted in a rebuilding season and we need to steel ourselves for a lot of games just like today where the Sox battle for 9 innings but just get outgunned. James Shields will try to get the Sox even in the series as he takes on Jordan Zimmerman in Game 2 on Wednesday.


-Tim Anderson and Cody Asche each had a rough day at the plate. Anderson was 0 for 4 with 3Ks and Asche 0 for 3 with 3Ks.

-Melky Cabrera went 2 for 4 with two doubles, 1 RBI, and a run scored.

-Jacob May went 0 for 3 with 1 RBI on a groundout in the 9th.

-Petricka, Putnam, and Ynoa covered 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

-The Sox were 0 for 9 with RISP.

 Take the blue pill, Jose.

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