Hey, it’s Star Wars Day again.
Brett got called off the bench to do the minors update tonight, so I’m on the game call. The quirk of schedule extends the streak to five straight SSS recaps from female writers. Tomorrow, with Ash Sanders back on the call, it’ll be six. Not something I might normally point out, but hey, the first time I interviewed LeBron James, he called me “darlin’.” So lemme just take a victory traipse, eh?
A little odd that against a lefty, Adam Engel is nowhere to be found, and Nicky D gets the start in left. Not saying I have a problem with it, but, it’s odd.
You know, without any decent pitching — and Eduardo Rodriguez is not what I’d consider good pitching in the least — these Red Sox not only don’t look much like a World Champion, they don’t even look like that good a team:
Gametime 6:10 p.m., on NBCSCHSCHSCH and WGN AM. Hope you didn’t forget the early Saturday start! Or, if you did, the White Sox got some early runs and you’re just drunk on a big lead over the world champs tonight!
In other news, well, Brett will probably drop this in the minors spot, but a big step forward for one of our big guys today:
Welcome back to Birmingham right-hander Alec Hansen!— Birmingham Barons (@BhamBarons) May 4, 2019
The @whitesox No. 15 prospect joins the Barons after he held opponents to a remarkable .025 clip at the plate through nine appearances with Class-A Advanced @WSDashBaseball.#BuiltInBham | #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/jteIT17jif
It’s Hansen’s third run at surmounting the challenge of Double-A ball, and for all our sakes, let’s hope it’s smooth sailing for him there this time. He was 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and utterly insane .0632 WHIP this year with Winston-Salem. The key to the WHIP isn’t his control (seven walks against 21 Ks), but a plum loco one hit allowed in 12 2⁄3 innings.