Prior to the White Sox game with the Cubs on Saturday, Chicago designated Dallas Keuchel to Triple-A Charlotte. In his place, the White Sox recalled Danny Mendick. This move came as no surprise with Keuchel struggling all season. He sports a 2-5 record with a 7.88 ERA.
In his last start against the Boston Red Sox, Keuchel gave up six runs in two innings. Keuchel said:
“I’m in no way shape or form out of this thing. It’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster the first month and change and the second half of last year outside of a couple of injuries. If people want to write me off, that’s okay. I’ve been written off before. I’m a competitor and I’m an athlete, and we’ll turn the tide. It’s not the first time.”
He was supposed to be the experienced veteran leading by example. It says a lot that he couldn’t even make the ALDS roster last year.
Between this year and the last, Keuchel hasn’t managed to keep his ERA below 5.00. With the White Sox struggling to score runs and his ERA, it creates a recipe for disaster.
The Timing Of DFA’ing Dallas Keuchel
The Chicago White Sox saw this as the perfect time to dump Keuchel. Lance Lynn will make his first rehab start in Charlotte this weekend. Lynn’s targeted return date is June 12 against the Texas Rangers.
The icing on the cake for the White Sox is signing Johnny Cueto and him making an immediate impact. He has pitched 12 innings over two starts and hasn’t given up any earned runs. He starts Saturday night against the Cubs.
The rest of the pitching staff has lived up to the expectations. With Lynn likely needing a few starts in Triple-A, expect Vince Velasquez to fill in for Keuchel’s slotted starts.
This situation might feel familiar for White Sox fans. In retrospect, this parallels the John Danks scenario in 2016 when the White Sox owed Danks a large sum of money but his shoulder wasn’t holding up.
The White Sox still owe Dallas Keuchel $18.5 million this year. What this move shows is that Rick Hahn has a sense of urgency for the Sox to win now.
The Twins are 15-5 against the American League Central. Before the season, the Sox were expected to be in the Twins position right now. Fans should expect the White Sox to continue to trim the negative WAR players off the team to help the hurt.
Outside of looking for trades, the Chicago White Sox need to trust their core guys to turn around the hitting. The rest of the Sox pitching staff have been given good opportunities to win but without the help of run production.
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