The White Sox have added some veteran depth to Charlotte by signing RHP Mike Pelfrey to a minor league deal.
Pelfrey, 33, was signed by the Tigers to a two-year, $16 million deal before the 2016 season. In 119 innings, Pelfrey walked 46, struck out 56, and gave up 15 home runs for a 5.07 ERA/5.15 FIP. I’d say that was an off year, but his career ERA is before last season was 4.52. Things were pretty bad for Pelfrey during this spring so the Tigers decided it’d be better to pay him $8 million to not play for them.
The White Sox minor league teams kick off their seasons today. As always, the Sox are slow to release their rosters. As I write this, only the Charlotte Knights and Winston-Salem roster seems to be up to date. All the others should be released during the day today. Unfortunately, all the games seem to be starting around 6:00 pm Central so you if you want to listen, you’ll have to pick just one.
As you might have guessed, Charlotte is #1. Reynaldo Lopez gets the start in the season opening tonight in case you were wondering.
Sievers joined the White Sox in 1960. In his two seasons with the Sox, he hit .295/.386/.535 with 55 homers for the Sox. He came in 7th in MVP votes in 1960 and was an All-Star in 1961.
Chris Sale got the opening day nod for the Red Sox and was Chris Sale. **sigh**
In the grand scheme of things, it was the best part of the night, when the new guy was no different than when his Sox were White.
Sale’s first pitch was a 96-mph fastball for strike one. His first strikeout came on a slider that finished on the chalk behind Starling Marte’s right foot. His first runner in scoring position will have to wait because no one made it that far.
Seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and three hits, only one of which was hit particularly hard. And by Sale’s standards, none of that was exceptional.
Which is exactly the point.