Francisco Liriano No-Hitter Says More About the Chicago White Sox Than Liriano
Well, this was all that was missing from the bucket list of a dying offense.
After being shut out three times on the season, scoring 28 runs in their previous 11 games, using Dan Haren, Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander, David Price and a host of other pitchers as excuses, the Chicago White Sox were no-hit by a man sporting a 9.13 ERA in 23.1 innings on the season.
The White Sox were no-hit by a man who had made it past the fifth inning once on the season in five starts.
The White Sox were no-hit by a man who had never thrown a complete game on any professional level.
The White Sox were no-hit by a man who threw nearly as many balls (57) as strikes (66).
The White Sox were no-hit, and yet they left more runners on base (10) than their opponent (seven).
Oh, and of course, the final score was 1-0.
Side note: Don't you love looking at who Yahoo! puts under "Player of the Game" for the losing team in scenarios like this?
It was Juan Pierre, who was 0-for-1.
The team that was supposed to have nearly 130 home runs from its three (Paul Konerko), four (Adam Dunn), five (Carlos Quentin) and six (Alex Rios) spots in the lineup alone was no-hit; those four spots are on pace for 102.6 home runs, while the entire lineup is batting .236.
In fact, Rios weighs more than his average (.164), Beckham is a few pounds away from outweighing his average (.208) and Dunn, who at 287 pounds will usually weigh more than his average, is getting close to his OBP (.293).
Was Tuesday that much of a shocker? A month ago, yes.
Now, the White Sox are making bad a routine.
To sum things up, the White Sox found a way to lose yet another winnable game against another beatable pitcher and behind another solid pitching performance from their starting pitcher (Edwin Jackson), who went eight innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and one walk.
Memo to struggling pitchers: Just wait until you face the White Sox lineup.
Francisco Liriano is a fine pitcher, but he's been awful this year and showed just how awful the White Sox offense has been, no-hitting them when his control, as it has been all year, wasn't there.
But unlike the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals and Tampa Bay Rays before them, of which the Yankees were the only team predicted in the preseason to compete offensively with the White Sox, the White Sox couldn't get the big hits, or any hit for that matter, on Liriano.
And with that, the White Sox continued their season as the most disappointing team in baseball.
If this continues, manager Ozzie Guillen will most likely be fired as the scapegoat, but with no real just cause.
What would you do with a gift-wrapped lineup featuring your team's supposed future star who has shown signs of it in Gordon Beckham, a guy who was not only a MVP candidate two seasons ago, but who is hitting in Carlos Quentin and talented guys your boss paid in Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn?
You can't bench these guys. Sure, you can make a statement for a game, perhaps, but you'll most likely lose that game too.
No one has any answers for this team, but opposing pitchers are certainly solving their own questions facing them. Liriano was just another student learning to get back on track thanks to professor White Sox and his inept offense.
What will professor White Sox bring tomorrow? His unreliable bullpen to teach some struggling hitter how to hit a home run?
Liriano deserves a tip of the cap, but the White Sox offense deserves most of the credit.
The White Sox did live up to their team slogan, however.
After all, their hits were "All-In" Twins gloves Tuesday night.
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