Gamethread: Angels at White Sox

Off the chain: Tonight, Dylan Covey takes Ross Detwiler’s rotation spot. I’d make some joke metaphor linking this with tonight’s giveaway and the real home run chain, but that would be both inaccurate and not funny (Ashley Sanders)


So about last night. We saw yet another brilliant performance from Lucas Giolito, notching a quality start after going seven innings and giving up only two runs. Tim Anderson is also well on his way to a batting title with a 2-for-4 evening; his average stands currently at .333, a whole four points ahead of Yankees infielder and pain in the ass du jour, DJ LeMahieu.

NOTHING ELSE HAPPENED! Aaron Bummer totally DIDN’T give up a two-run blast to Brian Goodwin. The Sox TOTALLY didn’t lose to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Greater Southern California Area, 5-4.

Now that we’re happily in complete and utter denial of reality, let’s talk about today’s pitching matchup! On the bump for us is Dylan Covey, who’s 1-7 on the year so far, with a 6.88 ERA. If there’s anything vaguely comforting to report, Covey’s FIP is at 6.10. I can’t imagine Covey eating many innings tonight, so we may even see Ross Detwiler later, whose spot in the rotation Covey’s usurped.

On the bump for them is Andrew Heaney. The lefty pitcher is 3-4 with a 4.16 ERA. If that name’s fresh in your memory, it’s because Heaney faced the Pale Hose on August 15 where he notched the W, going seven innings and giving up three runs, all earned, on four hits, striking out six. Heaney’s had an impressive August, carrying a 1.82 ERA and striking out 34; he’s at 92 strikeouts for the season.

The lineups:

No Mike Trout tonight; he’s been listed as day-to-day with right toe discomfort, according to James Fegan.

Tim Anderson, will hopefully further push his campaign for the AL batting title: he’s slashing .333/.333/.333 lifetime against Heaney. Against lefties in general, he’s at .317/.339/.472. This is only his third game leading off.

Because pimpin’, in fact, ain’t easy at all, watch tonight’s 6:10 CST matchup on NBC Sports Chicago. If radio is more your thing, dial into WGN 720.

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Other than the starting pitcher being Covey and Leury not available until next week, this might be the best lineup we could possibly have, as long as Mendick comes in as a defensive replacement. Maybe McEwing is a better manag….never mind.

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katiesphil I summon thee to this thread! (and because I’m testing if tagging works)

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You rang?

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And thanks.

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Since when did Kevan Smith start stealing bases?

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just add “running on Dylan Covey” to the list of reasons he should consider golfing with Hawk as the only activity he does in Glendale next Spring

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Hey, still more Ks than HRs, so there’s that.

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Fulmer enters and immediately walks two in a row. Not great!

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Hate to see it (and him)

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Could have been worse – I was kind of expecting a bases-clearing double.

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Good point!

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The hits keep coming for Anderson!

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Testing testing. 123. Lenny’s comments for all to see…

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It worked!!! cool

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Can someone explain the Yellow arm bands I’m seeing all over the place?

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Childhood cancer awareness day across MLB

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Is EVERY ex-Sox player going to homer off of them?! Lol

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yes.

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Hey howdy, has the comments goofiness abated or do I have more headaches in store?

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I do not believe these options are mutually exclusive as I am consistently a headache but the comments seem fine razz

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This is excellent gamethread copy janice scurio by the way, and you have been thusly rewarded with more award-winning tags.

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Pain in the ass du juor is going to get some mileage, I might even change my name to that.

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Oh, hello!

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Darn. Anderson gave that one a pretty good ride.