The Chicago White Sox were supposed to have some trouble manufacturing runs this year, and it showed in game 1. The offense couldn’t get anything going as Colby Lewis looked real sharp, and dropped the opener to the Texas Rangers 3-2. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer, and Alexei Ramirez had an RBI single and that was about it. The White Sox struck out 13 times against Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams, and former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan, and went a team combined 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
What I found ridiculous was the White Sox announcers (mostly Steve Stone) were complaining about the strike zone all day, which I found decently consistent. On a strike 3 call to Dayan Viciedo (who looked at 3 straight heaters), Steve Stone thought it was a good time to mention “that ball was 2 inches off the corner.” Uh. Yeah. Swing the bat. The blue was consistent all day, and a hitter has to protect the dish with 2 strikes. Apparently, the White Sox took a page out of the Chicago Cubs book last year.
John Danks threw the ball real well I thought, which is a great sign. He gave up a double to Ian Kinsler, who scored on a sac fly to Josh Hamilton, and a solo homer to Ian Kinsler- but all in all- he limited mistakes, and kept the Sox in it. That’s what you need in a starting pitcher.
The White Sox have some work to do offensively, and cannot just sit and wait for a 3 run homer every inning. Someone has to shorten up, and hit the ball on a line to right field if they want to be a good ball club.