Your White Sox are now 5-16, but the record means nothing compared to everything else this week. The Danny Farquhar news has been well covered by now, a scary situation I think we’re all still trying to wrap our heads around. I really wasn’t sure what to write about it here: I’m certainly not an expert on aneurysms and the prayers have been sent skyward for quite a few days now. I will say that I am familiar with the team treating him at Rush, and he’s in the best hands possible. Keep his family in your thoughts, and get well, Danny.
Even with this and additional injuries to Miguel and Avi[i], some positives to draw on from this series. Moncada continued his slight resurgence with hitting the hardest part of the cycle Monday and a moonshot today. Strikeouts still an issue and probably will be through the rest of the year. So be it if the hits come hard.
I can see why he’s been demoted out of the leadoff, but I do like Anderson in that seven slot more than Yoan. The top of the order’s hitting (relatively) well enough to back up a strikeout heavy Moncada, where a productive Anderson brings up what’s been a pretty stagnant bottom of the order (averages behind him today: .136, .138, .148. Sample size, but still.). The unpredictable hitting approach is also a huge asset at that spot in the order, with pitchers having to pitch carefully in a spot in the lineup that’s more straight forward.
Starting pitching the biggest bright spot this series, Volstad really doing well in the quasi-emergency situation. Fulmer adding another solid outing to his “starter or not year”. Shields continues as a pleasant surprise.
Two tough losses that we probably should have had. Bigger things than baseball this week. Onto Kansas City where we play our next 87 games in half as many days.
[i] - A “shit happens” injury, but pulled hamstrings in not extreme weather when trainers are there specifically for this will always drive me a little nuts.