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Game 50: White Sox @ Twins

50 is old for humans, but they don’t live to be 162.

Boston Red Sox v Chicago White Sox
“He gone.”
Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

Time: 7:10 Central. Vegas Line: -220 MIN / +185 CHW

Weather: Mostly clear, start temp, 71°

Opponent’s SB site: South Side Sox

TV: FSN. Radio: How alarm clocks woke us up in the Paleolithic Era

Tonight’s Sox starter, Reynaldo López, is a 25-year old righthander who throws pretty good gas; mid-90s or above. Unfortunately for him, he tends to walk a lot of hitters and give up a lot of dingers. Sine the Twins are on an unstoppable dong-fest right now, watch López throw a perfect game tonight.

La Maquina has been a little more human lately, allowing nine ERs total in his last two outings. He’ll get back on track in this one! Unless he doesn’t, who knows.

Today's Lineups

Charlie Tilson - CF Max Kepler - DH
Yoan Moncada - 3B Jorge Polanco - SS
Jose Abreu - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - RF
Welington Castillo - C Eddie Rosario - LF
Eloy Jimenez - LF C.J. Cron - 1B
Tim Anderson - SS Miguel Sano - 3B
Yonder Alonso - DH Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Yolmer Sanchez - 2B Jason Castro - C
Ryan Cordell - RF Byron Buxton - CF

The Sox don’t have anything super-interesting to type about right now. They’re by no means terrible, at 23-26. They’re just slightly below league average in pretty much every category. So I thought we could see what recently retired and famously polarizing White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is up to, these days. Apparently, he’s a little bored without baseball, and his wife really wants him to get more hobbies. I think we’ve all been there.

Those familiar with his style, such as it was, had differing opinions about the guy, but this is what always bugged me most — he never saw a close call go against Chicago which wasn’t the fault of an umpire who got it wrong.

You can do this, too! Dave Shenin of the Washington Post wrote a very favorable review of Minnesota’s season so far (Post is paywall, but it’s reprinted with permission for free here). In it, he jokes that the Twins’ are MLB’s worst nightmare, because October baseball might be a tad chilly here.

So now, if a call ever goes against Minnesota, you can call Umpire Conspiracy! They don’t want the Twins in the World Series!

Today’s “did you know”: beloved ex-Sox, ex-Twin Jim Thome’s wife Andrea is a successful romance novelist.