Bits and pieces
Good weather on the South Side today, and White Sox fans should be feeling really good considering Chris Sale is on the mound vs. Seattle today.
Here are some quick notes from this morning:
-Sale is 9-1 with a 1.79 ERA and .214 opposing average against in his last 12 home starts. Not bad.
-As expected, Jeff Keppinger is taking a seat today.
I still think the Sox' new third baseman is going to be an effective No. 2 hitter, and I think Keppinger is going to be right in the middle of a lot of sustained offensive rallies.
But he looks lost at the plate right now, as that 0-for-19 slide indicates. Conor Gillaspie had a great game Saturday in his first White Sox start, and he is back at third base today
The White Sox are off tomorrow, so that gives Keppinger two days to regroup before a 10-game road trip opens Tuesday night at Washington.
-The Sox debut the 1983 throwback unis today, and they'll wear them for all Sunday home games.
I never was a big fan of the S-O-X lettering, but I seem to be in the minority on that one.
-Statistically, the White Sox were the best defensive team in baseball last season. Through the first 5 games, they are tied for the major-league lead for most errors (6).
“I don't expect that to last,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Early on you have conditions like this, it's a little tougher to play defense. But I'm not worried that it's going to continue.”
-Before today’s game vs. the Mariners, Jake Peavy will accept his first Gold Glove.
“I'm excited about that,” Peavy said. “It's something I feel very blessed to have won. When you get to the age as I've gotten to, you try to be as well rounded of a player as you can possibly be. Fielding your position, getting off the mound and holding base runners is something I take a lot of pride in. To be recognized for that is an honor.”
As for winning more Gold Gloves, Peavy said it will be a challenge now that former Sox starter Mark Buehrle is back in the American League, with the Blue Jays.
“When you look at somebody like Mark Buehrle and getting over here and watching how well he did every thing but pitch - I don't mean that, he pitched well as well - but he did everything else so well,” Peavy said. “He held base runners, he fielded his position, he worked fast. Getting a chance to watch that on a daily basis encouraged me to try to take another step.”
-Interesting note from the White Sox, via Elias:
In Saturday's 4-3 win over the Mariners, Sox right fielder Alex Rios became just the fifth player to homer off Seattle Ace Felix Hernandez on an 0-2 pitch, and the first since 2008