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Gamethread: Angels at White Sox

Theoretically, Mike Trout could end today with a .794 on-base percentage against the White Sox this season

Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
T-Ball: The White Sox could literally let Mike Trout hit off of a tee, and his OBP against them this year wouldn’t be higher than its current .759.
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Unintended consequence of not calling up your No. 1 prospect for a deserved cup of coffee — or fourthmeal — is that a Chicago White Sox blog, say this one, ends up filling its pages with stories about guys on the other team. Alas.

Today, the Sox somewhat surprisingly outrighted Tyler Danish off of the 40-man roster, in this case making him eligible to sign elsewhere as a free agent. Presumably, that move was made with a handshake agreement that Danish not leave the White Sox (you might say that such a wink-wink skirts the spirit of the law, but it certainly seems that if this year has proven one thing, it’s that the White Sox care not for the spirit of the law), but we’ll see.

The move also might telegraph a “surprise” starter on Tuesday (currently: TBA), like Jordan Stephens, who would need to be added to the 40-man. But it could also just mean that Nate Jones is coming off the DL soon, and Dylan Covey is Mr. TBA.

Anyway, there’s a game today. The White Sox have surged under .400 ball once again and are currently tied for the fourth-worst record in baseball, with the third-worst record in the game (and consequent No. 3 pick in 2019) still very “getable.”

Reynaldo López tries to steer the White Sox away from a home sweep. Welington Castillo takes two of three starts over the weekend because, why not.

And if you prefer your lineups to be batting order, and written in lovely Super Joe McEwing script:

Mike Trout puts his .759 season OBP vs. Chicago, and Shohei Ohtani puts his UCL, on the line in Sunday’s matinee: