While most thoughts are about Tim Anderson’s condition, and the Chicago White Sox are devoting most of their communications to pumping All-Star votes for James McCann, there is a game today. Given all the personnel shortages, it could be a strange one.
Anderson is headed to the IL with a high ankle sprain, suffered while making a running throw on a wet infield last night. No word yet on who will take his place on the roster. Ricky Renteria says Leury Garcia and Jose Rondon will handle shortstop for now.
The pitching matchup is not one made in heaven for our side. Chris Sale is throwing for the Ostentatiously Colored Stockings and Reynaldo López for the More Quietly Distinguished Hosiery. Not much question about the edge there.
López carries a 6.23 ERA and was crushed by the Red Sox — six earned in five innings — in May. On the hopeful side, he only gave up three runs in 5 1⁄3 innings at the Texas Rangers last outing.
Sale, who has recovered from a dismal start of the season, has faced the team that brought him to the dance three times. In 2017, he got shelled, but the Bosox won the game. Last year, he threw eight innings of one-run, 10 K ball, only to be outdueled by the best game of Dylan Covey’s life and lose 1-0 (Covey is scheduled to pitch today, but there will be no repeat matchup, since he’s doing a rehab start for Charlotte). This May 3, Sale made sure he couldn’t lose by shutting out the Chisox for six, while striking out 10. No word on whether he brought scissors to Fenway today.
With Anderson hurt and Yolmer Sánchez still suffering from what was reported last night as a very high fever, the lineup is quite the mish-mash. And, in case you didn’t go for the direct sale route on McCann votes, the Sox have gone subliminal:
Not only is the lineup all twisted because of the missing middle infield, but if anyone gets hurt, Joe McEwing may have to find his mitt.
The Red Sox are keeping Andrew Benintendi out for another day, though Alex Cora says he’s available if needed.
First pitch 12:05 Central. The weather forecast calls for a perfect day for baseball, so, if you can get to Boston in a hurry, drop in. If you can’t make it, it’s WGN on the transistor and NBC Sports on the tube.