In a test of newfound baseball allegiances, our Chicago White Sox (7-15, fourth in the AL Central) take on my new love, the Toronto Blue Jays (13-9, fourth in the AL East). On the mound for the Pale Hose is our Big Beautiful Bastard Lance Lynn, 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA. For the Jays, former White Sox hurler Chris Bassitt, he of a 2-2 record and a 5.40 ERA.
Here is how Pedro Grifol lines them up tonight:
Tonight's #WhiteSox starters in Toronto: pic.twitter.com/RoUFeCjmVB— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 24, 2023
The Sox head north of the border fresh off of being swept at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays at the Trop, while the Jays return home to newly renovated Rogers Centre after taking two of three from the Yankees in the Bronx. Toronto is 4-2 at home while the Sox are 4-9 on the road. Let’s see if the Pale Hole can manage to not lose in embarrassing fashion tonight!
In news I can’t honestly say is good or bad, Mr. “By the end of the season you’ll love him” Joe Kelly returns from the 15-day IL, adding a fresh arm to Chicago’s beleaguered bullpen.
Prior to tonight’s series opener at Toronto, the #WhiteSox placed right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito on the Bereavement List and reinstated right-hander Joe Kelly from the 15-day injured list.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 24, 2023
White Sox activate Joe Kelly, while Lucas Giolito goes on the bereavement list, which carries a stay range of 3-7 days pic.twitter.com/QjoipFPP3U— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 24, 2023
Joe Kelly on how excited he is to be back from the IL. #WhiteSox https://t.co/WuwuYP0GeB— White Sox Twitt3r (Is Baby Hippo) (@SoxTwitt3r) April 24, 2023
A bit of good news for a change:
Hendriks Throwing in Arizona, Could Visit Team in Chicago – NBC Chicago ❤️ https://t.co/avp0DulUYj— Melissa Sage-Bollenbach (@soxmom72) April 24, 2023
Pedro Grifol said Tim Anderson is very close to heading out on a rehab assignment. He’s currently taking ground balls with the rest of the team. Yoán Moncada, currently doing mobility drills with the training staff, is a bit behind Anderson— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 24, 2023
Help on the way soon? Will it be enough? Will it even matter?
Lets get to the hot Tweet action!
A little touch of nostalgia to start us off:
"Let's Go Go Go White Sox" 45 record, 89 cents.— Chicago TV Guides (@ChicagoTVGuides) April 24, 2023
Chicago White Sox Program, 1966 pic.twitter.com/juoT2BVavN
I wasn’t born yet, but it sure feels like the last time White Sox were good was that long ago …
And speaking of nostalgia:
Here’s the Skydome opening extravaganza from 1989 that @JasonBenetti is talking about on the #WhiteSox telecast.— Phil Rosenthal (@phil_rosenthal) April 24, 2023
Alan Thicke, Andrea Martin and so, so much more.
It is … something. https://t.co/WdF8XIlM8H
And away we go!
it’s time. pic.twitter.com/wvKcARmkqY— Laura ⚢ (@laurachooksie) April 24, 2023
Today is a beautiful day to hate on the #WhiteSox organization.— Baltimore Crawford (@Mattheius2783) April 24, 2023
Pregame vibes were on point today.
Luis Robert starting us off on the right foot ...
#WhiteSox 0 @ #BlueJays 0— Blue Jays PBP (@BlueJaysPBP) April 24, 2023
[Top 1st, 1 out]:
Luis Robert Jr. strikes out swinging.
Bassitt: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 K [3 pitches, 3 strikes]
#WhiteSox why lead off with your worst hitter Pedro? I’m starting to wonder about our new manager. @ChuckGarfien— Douglas Weisz (@weiszcovers) April 24, 2023
Benny walk snaps a streak of 18 straight White Sox retired dating back to yesterday? Did I hear that correctly? #WhiteSox— Ryiin (@rfoto) April 24, 2023
I did indeed hear that correctly. The word inept feels inadequate when describing the offensive futility ...
Gonna be a long night if the Sox can’t pick up that 71 MPH sweeper down and in#WhiteSox— (@StonecoldSxnick) April 24, 2023
Indeed it was ...
April 24, 2023
Perfect gif usage to describe the top of the first …
Lance Lynn came out hot, retiring the Jays in order and striking out Varsho on a nasty cutter.
Lynn’s cutter….is cutting! #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/DWzovDmeUE— Melissa Sage-Bollenbach (@soxmom72) April 24, 2023
There's the Lance we know and love. https://t.co/DxC3dqB3WU— Kindableu (@kindableu) April 24, 2023
Sox go 1-2-3 in the second.
While I was asking #WhiteSox for a copy of their media guide, Chris Bassitt threw a six-pitch top2. #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness) April 24, 2023
TOR announcers pretty positive opinions on the White Sox team/players overall.— White Sox Twitt3r (Is Baby Hippo) (@SoxTwitt3r) April 24, 2023
Most of which aren't deserved for the way they've been playing.
I just think Canadians are very nice.#WhiteSox https://t.co/CJUW0xEJuj
Those Canadians, so kind to say nice things about this dreck.
Luis Robert, Jr. just walked for only the 3rd time this season.— Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey) April 24, 2023
After looking brutal in his first at bat, Robert walked with two outs.
Andrew Vaughn blisters a two-out, two-run two-bagger to leftish-center, and the White Sox have an early 2-0 lead in Toronto.— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 24, 2023
Give me a lead.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) April 24, 2023
Thank you Andrew Vaughn.
A 2-run double. Rally started with two outs.
2-0 White Sox.
White Sox did a thing! A lead!
CRAZY EYES!!! 2-0 good guys! #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/PzQ2h5MPaX— MannyFresh (@MannyFlacko) April 24, 2023
Thank you AV!#WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/m5RXEZqmKx— Wendell JikaChikuAri ♂️ (@wenhardy) April 24, 2023
Andrew Vaughn gets us going! pic.twitter.com/NtGGaF2lNM— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 24, 2023
Andrew Vaughn now 9-20 (.450) this season with RISP.— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 24, 2023
Is this that thing people call a positive?
Speaking of positives:
Luis Robert Jr. With another sensational catch. Robs a homer from Matt Chapman pic.twitter.com/ivxEOgWycW— Herb Lawrence (@Ecnerwal23) April 25, 2023
Holy shit, what a catch! #WhiteSox— Deidre VanHeirseele (@DVanheirseele) April 25, 2023
LUIS! #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/MdlahERKcV— Brent Meske (@brentmeskepr) April 25, 2023
LUIS ROBERT JR. IS THE 2023 GOLD GLOVER pic.twitter.com/Fpfudz0p8c— CHGO White Sox (@CHGO_WhiteSox) April 25, 2023
About that White Sox lead ...
#WhiteSox 2 @ #BlueJays 4 [B4-2o]:— Home Run Tracker (@DingerTracker) April 25, 2023
Cavan Biggio homers (2): fly ball to RF (3-run)
Hit: 362ft, 101mph, 29°
Pitch: 82mph Curveball (RHP Lance Lynn, 7)
#WhiteSox this team figures out how to ruin a lead— hoosierncali (@paulonest87) April 25, 2023
[Narrator] He did not https://t.co/90pu3KBYkA— White Sox Twitt3r (Is Baby Hippo) (@SoxTwitt3r) April 25, 2023
The Sox have the lead. Will they hold it?— CHGO White Sox (@CHGO_WhiteSox) April 24, 2023
Answer, no, no they will not.
The thrill of Robert Jr.'s catch quickly covered up by the Jays going walk, single, RBI double and three-run homer from Cavan Biggio, all with two outs in the fourth. They lead 4-2— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 25, 2023
At a certain point you just become numb to it. I feel nothing. Emptiness. #WhiteSox— Jack Whalen (@whalja22) April 25, 2023
I hate this team right now #WhiteSox— MCOCGamer (@GamerMcoc) April 25, 2023
You’re not alone there …
Who knew that splitting their opening 4 game series with the #Astros would be the highlight of the #WhiteSox season?— Larry Lambert (@LarryLambert6) April 25, 2023
Yes, 2-2 will likely be the high-water mark …
It’s a 1-2-3 inning for Lynn in the fifth. Decent bounce-back inning. The bats, however ...
Wake the bats up!!! Take advantage of Bassitt this inning! #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/0SQJR6H5nV— The SouthSide Boys (@SouthSideBoys23) April 25, 2023
No such luck.
Lance Lynn: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR, 59 of 101 pitches for strikes, with 14 swinging strikes.— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 25, 2023
The fourth inning was a bear. Lynn has a 7.52 ERA through five starts.
One bad inning. Feels like every single game for this rotation.
Please, baseball gods, if you do exist, let this match-up happen. pic.twitter.com/v6zzNyG4qb— CHGO White Sox (@CHGO_WhiteSox) April 25, 2023
When you’re bad, we have time to think up these wonderful matchups.
White Sox and losing— Kindableu (@kindableu) April 25, 2023
Around the seventh inning, fan apathy started setting in.
We stink #Whitesox— Ha Ha Benny Blades (@HaHaBennyBlades) April 25, 2023
10 games below .500 here we come #Whitesox— ScoopaKoopa44 (@Azari44) April 25, 2023
Further down the spiral!
#WhiteSox 2 @ #BlueJays 5— Blue Jays PBP (@BlueJaysPBP) April 25, 2023
[Bot 7th, 1 out, ]:
Matt Chapman doubles (11) on a sharp line drive to LF Andrew Benintendi. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scores.
Hit: 337ft, 108.4mph, 20°
Chapman: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
LOLWhite Sox— pitch type unknown (@colleensullivan) April 25, 2023
Say It Ain't So playing while Diekman takes the mound is honestly so funny. That's exactly what I say when I see him.— Chrystal OK (@chrystal_ok) April 25, 2023
What is worse? watching the Sox play or listening to Gordon Beckham talk about the sox play? #WhiteSox— RickDenis35 (@nickssox12) April 25, 2023
If a tree falls in the woods …
Two Sox hitters would have to reach this inning, and John Schneider would have to ignore the fresh reliever he has ready, for Zach Pop to face Oscar Colás— James Fegan (@JRFegan) April 25, 2023
This is all we can hope for at this point.
Did Menechino do irreparable damage to this team? #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/uhw7Mxx3aQ— White Sox Sal ⚾⚾ (@kimcheesal) April 25, 2023
If not him, someone sure did.
society has progressed past the need for the Chicago White Sox— janice ✨ (@scuriiosa) April 25, 2023
Only if it were so ...
Final straw with Grifol, you just robbed us of Pop vs Burger. Only to have sheets face a lefty. #whitesox— Oriole Ike (@Ike134Johnson) April 25, 2023
When we have no hope for a win, this is what we root for.
My son checking the White Sox score: Yeah, that makes sense.— Chrystal OK (@chrystal_ok) April 25, 2023
Will the #whitesox win another game this year?— Kevin Goddard (@kuda708) April 25, 2023
#WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/4bHw08LhLN— Muzz (@Muzzkill7) April 25, 2023
Perfect microcosm of the #WhiteSox every high is followed by an inevitable ShitShow https://t.co/2o5aXkp1sF— Josh White (@jdwhite753) April 25, 2023
3 hits for the #WhiteSox tonight.— Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey) April 25, 2023
Another game where their runs came in one inning.
Guys, I think the Sox might be bad— Tyrone (@TheTyronePalmer) April 25, 2023
You might just be onto something there ...