Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spring Training Game #3: Brewers 10 White Sox 6

Some of you may be worried about the White Sox starting off the spring with three consecutive losses, but not me. No, I like to think that the Pale Hose are just getting all the losses out of the way early as they look to achieve their goal of being the first team in MLB history to go 162-0.

Sure, they lost on Wednesday, but there were some positive things that took place in the game. So let's get to them.

  • Peavy survived. If this were the regular season, I'd be upset about Jake Peavy giving up 3 runs and 4 hits in his 2 innings of work, but it's the spring. In the spring the only thing I care about when it comes to Peavy is that he gets his work in without getting hurt. So, in that regard, today was a rousing success.
  • Jared Mitchell wants my love. Of all the players in camp who aren't likely to make the team, I think Mitchell is the one I'm rooting for the most. If for no other reason than he's a first round draft pick, and he'd improve the farm system drastically just by living up to his potential. And he is so far. Through three games Mitchell is 3-for-6 with 2 doubles, a home run and 2 RBI. The home run came in the fifth inning today following a Brent Morel double.
  • Alex Rios looks so much better at the plate. Jim Margalus went over it in depth over at South Side Sox, but if you haven't noticed, the change Rios made to his stance is that he's more open now. Just like when he was in Toronto. The result is that he's hitting everything to right or center so far this spring rather than pulling the ball 100% of the time. When he has that approach, good things happen.
  • The pitching has been subpar. Through three games White Sox starters have allowed 7 earned runs in 6 innings of work, for a lovely 10.50 ERA. As a whole, the White Sox have a team ERA of 7.62.
  • Zach Stewart off on a bad foot. If Zach wants to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation, walking 3 hitters in 2 innings isn't going to get it done.
  • Robin Ventura is on the hot seat! You know who was at the game today sporting a White Sox jacket? Tony La Russa. Watch your back, Robin. This 0-3 start could give Kenny an itchy trigger finger.

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