Boy howdy, Michael Kopech.
It was an all-around mostly awful game for the White Sox on Tuesday, crushed by the Texas Rangers, 9-2. But the very brightest of bright spots came from the future ace, in his first start since his 2018 Tommy John surgery.
It was just an 11-pitch outing, but oh were they delicious pitches.
If the Camelback scoreboard is to be believed, Kopech went 100, 101, 100, 101, 82, 101, 98, 81, 90, 89, 101— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) March 10, 2020
The rest of the White Sox pitching was woeful, begetting a nine-run day. However, in yet another exciting development, the Maturation of Carson Fulmer has been held over for another sold-out week; today the righty winnowed his spring ERA down to 1.86 and pitching a perfect 1 ⅓ innings, striking out three.
The offense, basically an Opening Day-ish group facing Mike Minor for the better part of five innings? Blech. Just five hits total on the day (but an encouraging five walks as well), only two of them for extra bases (Leury García and Cheslor Cuthbert doubles).
The bulk of the action necessitates wiping this one off the books. But Kopech’s glorious 11 pitches and Fulmer’s continued march to a legit bullpen role spares today’s game from the full shredder.
Who was the White Sox MVP of today’s 9-2 drubbing by the Rangers?
This poll is closed
José Abreu (1-for-2, BB)
Cheslor Cuthbert (1-for-1, R, 2B)
Carson Fulmer (1 ⅓ IP, 3 K)
Michael Kopech (IP, K)
Yasmani Grandal (1-for-3, CS, K)
The 10-7 White Sox head to Scottsdale to face the Colorado Rockies tomorrow at 3:10 CT, in a full broadcast silence game. Lucas Giolito makes his second start, and look for him to throw three innings. Brett has the coverage. And stay tuned for another fun podcast publishing tomorrow a.m.