Remember when Ricky said he’d rather pull a pitcher sooner than later? Well, I’ve now attended three White Sox games this season where the game got out of hand because Ricky didn’t enact his own original philosophy. When they played the Red Sox and Ricky left Manny Banuelos to get tagged for a thousand runs a couple weeks ago, Ricky basically told fans and the team that the game was over in the 3rd inning. Tonight was the same story. Ivan Nova let up multiple hard hit balls in the first inning, including a home run. You knew the second time through the order would be a rough ride. That was the case. Instead of giving up 5-6 runs, Ricky let Nova give up 9. Then he made the pitching change while the game was already over. What does that tell fans and the players? You don’t care. Will that extra three outs really be that strenuous for the bullpen? Give me a break.
Alright, that’s enough complaining. How do we fix this? The White Sox should start using openers, at least for the period while we don’t have a full rotation. Hell, the rotation is weak even at “full strength.” At least the bullpen is slightly better. Throw the bullpen every fifth day with four to five pitchers. It will be more successful. Bullpen games work for teams with weak rotations (i.e. the Chicago White Sox). Just do something smart for once and try this out. It cannot be worse than getting trashed every fourth game because your pitchers aren’t good and Ricky forgets to pull them.
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