Originally Posted by amsteel
****ing joke letting Dunn bat in the 9th, again.
No bigger a joke than letting him come up in the second, or, for that matter 2013, 2012 or 2011. It does no good having a left-handed bat in the lineup if his inability to hit righties is only exceeded by his inability to hit lefties. Really, if you were going to pinch-hit for Dunn, you should have done it in the fourth when he came up with two on and one out. If he hits it on the ground, it's a double play. Ventura started the runners t stay out of the double play and the strike out resulted in a double play.
Unfortunately, the White Sox don't have enough offense working to make up for a DH barely hitting .100 in the lineup, not if the other team is playing with a DH. Everyone but Konerko and Keppinger struck out at least once today, and it felt like more than 10 White Sox strikouts. Ultimately, hitting is about making contact, it's about putting the ball in play. Today, 20 Sox hitters put the ball in play, if you include the solo home run, and 10 failed to. The fact that it seems part of a trend is what makes it feel so unacceptable.
There were a few good things in the offense today. Twice Keppinger, who didn't strike out, got a runner in from third base and less than two outs to give the Sox the lead. Twice the Sox took advantage of mistakes, considering that De Aza earned his way on but got to third with the help of mistakes by the pitcher. That could have been enough to win.
But ultimately, what killed the Sox today was relief pitcher once again coming out of the bullpen unable to throw strikes. It was a problem Saturday. Really, it's been a bit of a problem all year, but the Sox have often been able to pitch out of jams, especially during the first homestand. And I really don't know what the problem is. They say that when a pitcher comes out of the bullpen, no matter who he is, you're never quite sure what he's got with his stuff and control. Sox relievers lately have been the antithesis of Dennis Eckersley with the A's in that you can count on them getting behind and walking hitters.
Put runners on base, start working with a smaller strike zone and hitters who put the ball in play will eventually drive in runs. And lose close games.
Maybe it's a mental thing. Reed came in and three nine strikes in retiring three hitters on nine pitches, perhaps seeing what the previous relievers were doing wrong. Maybe it's the cold weather.
I really hope it's the cole weather.