When you log into Twitter as a White Sox fan these days, you do so at your own risk. Much like a haunted house, you know you’re about to get spooked, but to what degree? Sometimes haunted houses are family-friendly and enjoyable. Other times you nearly destroy your pants at the first turn and regret acting like you weren’t scared shitless two minutes earlier. It all comes down to the mood of the actors/actresses (or whatever people inside a haunted house are called?) on that particular day.
Let’s say Yoán Moncada goes 0-4 with three strikeouts in a game. White Sox Twitter turns into a dark, bone-chilling place. Kind of like one of the spots around Halloween where you have to sign a waiver before entering because you might get touched by the people inside (you’re a lunatic if you ever do that).
On the other hand, give me a game like Reynaldo López had against the Rangers in mid-May (8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 8 K). Show me a day like that I’ll show you some of the best friends a guy will never meet face-to-face.
SO…sign that waiver and hold your friend’s hand as we take a walk through…White Sox Rebuild Twitter: A House Of Horrors
SPOOK LEVEL: 7.4/10
Ryan goes for the cheap scares, the kind that get everybody to a degree. Is there some truth and reality to the spookiness of Moncada being labeled a bust? Ask me in one year.
Everybody knows there isn’t a single, clear-cut guideline as to when a player can be properly labeled a player a ‘bust,’ but I’m going to say it can’t be after 470 career at-bats. If you really want to put a number on it, let’s say 1,000 at-bats, just for the sake if it being a juicy round number.
For fun, let’s take a look a couple of great second basemen’s numbers (following ROUGHLY their first 500 big league at-bats) compared to Moncada (Baseball Reference with the numbers):
- Craig Biggio:
- Chase Utley:
Believe me, I get that those are two pretty random second basemen, and you can take the comparison for whatever you’d like. However, outside of Moncada striking out a lot more, there are a lot of similarities, namely everyone’s new favorite sexy stat, OPS.
There are big, valid questions surrounding Moncada’s MLB start. His defense (of late) has been pretty bad. He strikes out (a lot). It’s very clear he gets in his own head.
Call it a cop out, but good lord, he just turned 23 years old. On almost any other major league club, Yoán Moncada is in AAA at the moment. It’s just the fact that for the rebuilding White Sox, it sort of doesn’t matter whether he’s in AAA or with the big league club.
Bottom Line: watch out when you turn the next corner, it might be a take like this.
SPOOK LEVEL: 8.6/10
There’s a lot to dissect in this Michael Kopech scare. I’d first like to address the last sentence: “Maybe the Brielle breakup ruined him.”
That’s the kind of horror that makes your skin crawl. You hope it’s not real. You cower in fear. You might even hide behind your girlfriend. No, Kopech isn’t experiencing control issues because he went through something that everybody else on the planet has.
At the moment, the TWENTY-TWO YEAR-OLD is in the midst of a three-game stretch where he’s surrendered (in order) four, five and eight walks to go along with seven, two and five earned runs.
Just a few weeks back I was talking to John Ely (check out our interview with the Great Falls Voyagers pitching coach) and we got to talking about Kopech. I started by saying how excited I was for him to eventually hit the big leagues. Ely then went on to explain why he thought Kopech might experience some initial troubles when that time comes (he definitely still thinks Kopech will be a stud). Having been a young, big league pitcher himself I believe Ely and it’s beginning to look like he might be right.
Bottom Line: I hate these takes a lot more than Moncada. A stretch of rough starts following a string of great ones and you want to panic? I don’t have patience for that.
SPOOK LEVEL: 9.3/10
Ah, my favorite scare of the White Sox Twitter House of Horrors.
Oh, you’re telling me this team with a bunch of AAA-level players isn’t winning very often? Weird!! Must be the manager’s fault.
Time after time, White Sox fans want to immediately throw Rick Renteria under the bus despite glowing remarks from nearly EVERYONE within the actual White Sox organization. You started this rebuild underneath Renteria and his tutelage. Keep it that way.
Even as an outsider, it has been so easy to see (especially around spring training) that there’s a different culture within the organization. I was captain of the U of I men’s gymnastics team for two years. I completely get that there are almost no similarities between gymnastics and baseball, but I can tell you that you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of culture for a team.
Let Rick Renteria continue building this culture. Don’t call for the organization to cut it short, because they won’t. Believe it or not, the people up top like Rick Hahn are a whole lot smarter than us, and believe me when I say, Renteria isn’t going anywhere for a while.
Bottom Line: shut up.