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Monday, June 18, 2018

Bad Day to be Cuddyer, Worse to be Garland, Suicide Watch for Guillen

That was just the sort of embarrassing loss that could put people over the edge. After all, how often is it that your team gives up a 20 spot — in baseball no less. And how often is it that your team scores 14 runs, yes 14, only to lose? Not often is my guess. That’s why it was truly a crappy day for the White Sox. But here’s something I’m going to need some help with. How do you leave a pitcher in long enough to give up 12 runs — 11 earned?

I guess all you have to do is look one line further in the boxscore to find out. Rather take your chances with Garland than whatever schlub they had in the pen who was about to come in for the long relief and give up an additional six runs in three and a third.  So for Garland, probably the worst outing of his career — 12 runs, 11 earned over three and a third. His ERA jumped from 3.15 to 3.92 in one freaking game. That’s really bad. Like Ozzie says, if he doesn’t have anyone in his pen who can do the job, to whom does he turn?Â

Another thing to check out. Michael Cuddyer. How much does it suck when your team bangs out 20 runs, and you go 0-for-6. Those are the types of games that pad your stats for the entire week. Not Cuddyer. Everyone on the team is probably happier than shit, and he’s over in a corner in the dugout watching video wondering how he took an ofer.Â

Which brings me to last but not least, Ozzie Guillen. This game was probably a microcosm of the entire White Sox season.  Whatever can go wrong did go wrong.  Your offense finally wakes up, but then it’s your most reliable pitcher who gets blown up. As does the bullpen. And your fielding? Five errors. Pfffh. I’m sure Ozzie enjoyed that show. Anywhoo, I’m usually not one to break down the significance of individual games in a 162-game-season, but if I know anything, I’d guess that this was the final straw for the White Sox. This was an embrassing loss. I can’t wait for the post-game Guillen fireworks. They should be exciting! Now, imagine if they lose the second game of the double-header. Now THAT would be incredible.

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