|It was all downhill from here|
Including today's performance, Porcello has now pitched 14 innings against the White Sox this season, and allowed only 2 runs and 9 hits. Both of those runs have come on solo shots. Dunn's today, and Dayan Viciedo's in April.
So maybe we should start hoping to avoid Porcello rather than Justin Verlander when facing the Tigers?
As for Sox pitching, Dylan Axelrod got the first crack at replacing Chris Sale, and while he wasn't terrible, he wasn't exactly good either. It just feels like every pitch he throws is screaming "hit me" as it reaches the plate.
He allowed only the 2 runs, but he also failed to last a full 5 innings while giving up a couple solo shots. If that's the Dylan Axelrod we'd see all season in the fifth spot, well, we're going to have a tired bullpen come September.
Speaking of the bullpen, it was pretty clear that Robin Ventura was going with his B Team on Sunday. Not only did Brent Lillibridge and Tyler Flowers get starts -- which is fine -- but when it came to relieving Axelrod, Ventura went with a procession of Will Ohman, Zach Stewart and Hector Santiago.
First of all, I don't know why Zach Stewart isn't in contention for the fifth starter spot.
Second of all, in a one-run game, I don't want to see Ohman, Stewart and Santiago coming out of the bullpen while guys like Matt Thornton and Addison Reed just sit there.
If you want to give Thornton a day off, fine, but you've hardly used Addison Reed at all. I don't know if Ventura just hates Addison or what, but he seems reluctant to go to him lately, and I don't know what Reed's done to deserve the lack of playing time.
Anyway, now it's on to Cleveland where the Sox will play four games in the next three days. So the bullpen is definitely going to come into play in this series, and hopefully Eric Stults can give us more than Axelrod did today.
Finally, Dayan Viciedo had to leave the game after getting hit by a pitch on his right elbow. So that's a situation to keep an eye on. Hopefully he won't miss any time.