Analysis Spring Training 2019 White Sox

Reynaldo Lopez and the White Sox Cruise to 12-2 Victory Over the Rangers

Reynaldo Lopez put together his most impressive start this spring and the White Sox provided plenty of run support in a 12-2 win.

The Chicago White Sox entered the day looking to continue their strong offensive play after putting up double digits on the scoreboard Friday afternoon. Today, they would do just that as the White Sox plated 12 runs in a 12-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Reynaldo Lopez took the mound this afternoon and played a key role in keeping the Rangers bats quiet. Lopez has struggled so far this spring and initially, it looked like that was going to be the story again today. In the first inning, Reynaldo Lopez had a hard time locating his pitches, giving up two walks and a RBI double to Joey Gallo. He fell behind in a lot of his counts and it seemed like it was going to be a shorter day of work for Lopez after he needed 33 pitches to get through a tough first inning.

However, things would quickly change for Reynaldo Lopez as he began to settle down, and started generating more swings and misses. Reynaldo Lopez went four full innings this afternoon and after the first inning, he only allowed two more balls to leave the infield for the rest of his outing. The Rangers had no answer for him once he was locked in and Lopez would proceed to breeze through the lineup as he piled up seven strikeouts this afternoon. Three of those strikeouts came in the bottom of the third inning when he struck out the side while facing Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara, and Gallo.

Reynaldo Lopez’ arsenal has a ton of life to it and we’ve seen him struggle with locating his pitches before. Today, we saw a glimpse of what kind of pitcher he can be when he’s able to hit his spots. There’s going to be some growing pains with Lopez as he learns how to command his pitches but once he does, he has the potential to become a very dominant pitcher in the MLB.

Seeing Reynaldo Lopez work through his early struggles and turn in a beautiful performance this afternoon was really exciting. With it just being Spring Training, he could’ve easily thrown in the towel and got ready for his next start. However, Reynaldo had different plans and he wanted to help boost his team to victory after being responsible for putting them in an early hole.

Final line: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

It took the offense quite some time to get going this afternoon. They did not score a run until the fifth inning, but once they got that first run, they never looked back. Ryan Cordell got the scoring started with a two-run double that scored Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez after they both reached on singles. This gave the White Sox their first lead of the day.

Yoan Moncada drove in Cordell on a right-handed single up the middle, making it a 3-1 game. Moncada reached base twice today (once on a fielder’s choice) and he hit the ball hard every time he put it in play. Moncada has been putting together a really impressive spring and today it was no different. Towards the end of last season, we saw him develop more as a right-handed hitter and we are continuing to see that during Spring Training.

The White Sox would proceed to put six runs on the board in the fifth inning when they finally broke their drought. The other runs came from a two-run blast by James McCann to dead center field. This one was a no doubter as it landed halfway up the lawn at Surprise Stadium. Jose Abreu would add to the run party with a sac fly to bring home Leury Garcia. This inning provided all of the runs the White Sox would need to win the game as the bullpen shutdown the Rangers for the remainder of the day.

The trio of Ryan Burr, Caleb Frare, and Kelvin Herrera kept the Rangers hit-less for their combined total of three innings of relief after Lopez exited. Burr, who is in the middle of a bullpen battle keeps giving the White Sox a reason to keep him in the mix this upcoming season. Entering today, he’s posted a 1.59 ERA with six strikeouts and no walks in 5.2 IP this spring. Frare, who hasn’t been as successful this spring, looked great through one inning this afternoon as he fanned two and walked one.

Even though it’s just Spring Training, the White Sox have been playing some really exciting baseball lately and they are getting contributions from key players on the active roster. This might not mean much, but it should give these guys some confidence as they get ready for the regular season.

On Deck

The White Sox will host the Oakland Athletics at Camelback Ranch on Sunday, March 10. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 CT and Lucas Giolito will be on the mound.

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