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ALDS Game 1- White Sox/Astros, 3:07 GAME THREAD

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1 minute ago, WhiteSoxFan1993 said:

Engel gets the start over Hernandez, even against a tough righty.

Engel should start. Engel and Robert are as good as it gets between RF and CF and defense is huge in a tight game. Love the lineup.

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2 minutes ago, TheTruth05 said:

 

LFG!!!

 

2 hours ago, bmags said:

I'm like 99% this is what we'll get

Anderson ss
Moncada 3b
Abreu 1b
Grandal C
Robert CF
Jimenez LF
Sheets DH
Engel RF
Garcia 2b

 

Nailed it.

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1 minute ago, wegner said:

Gonna miss Jose's defense at 1B compared to Sheets I'm afraid.

Not sure the scouting report on Sheets defense, but even though Jose has gotten better he still isn't great over there. Think it'll be a wash. Hopefully....

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Just now, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

Not sure the scouting report on Sheets defense, but even though Jose has gotten better he still isn't great over there. Think it'll be a wash. Hopefully....

Lefties are better at holding runners so we have that.  

I really thought Cesar would be there as a left handed bat.  I like the defense. 

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3 minutes ago, bmags said:

 

Nailed it.

Nope, got 1B and DH wrong. No credit. 

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1 minute ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

Not sure the scouting report on Sheets defense, but even though Jose has gotten better he still isn't great over there. Think it'll be a wash. Hopefully....

He just looked shaky over there when I saw him, but I've been wrong before.  Do love the lineup.

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2 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

Not sure the scouting report on Sheets defense, but even though Jose has gotten better he still isn't great over there. Think it'll be a wash. Hopefully....

Sheets has pretty poor defensive marks. Jose is somehow more spry.

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Playoff baseball. Pitching, defense, play for a run at a time. Make McCullers throw strikes, hit his mistakes. Hopefully the young guys are ready for the moment. Remember last years playoffs there were no fans. This place is going to be nuts today. 

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1 minute ago, brijames1957 said:

Playoff baseball. Pitching, defense, play for a run at a time. Make McCullers throw strikes, hit his mistakes. Hopefully the young guys are ready for the moment. Remember last years playoffs there were no fans. This place is going to be nuts today. 

They have a poor record against  McCullers.

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9 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

Not sure the scouting report on Sheets defense, but even though Jose has gotten better he still isn't great over there. Think it'll be a wash. Hopefully....

Eye test when Sheets had played 1B is…….not good. Jose a MUCH better option. Is what it is tho. Let’s get it!

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4 minutes ago, bmags said:

Sheets has pretty poor defensive marks. Jose is somehow more spry.

I remember the time Hawk was talking about a teammate he had in Tacoma...."I'll tell you what Wimpy, I've never seen anyone more spry.  Then one day Ted Williams told me it's all due to daily calisthenics."

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3 minutes ago, pcq said:

They have a poor record against  McCullers.

Yes he has owned them twice this year. So hopefully they take a different approach to hitting him today. 

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15 minutes ago, TheTruth05 said:

 

LFG!!!

I. Am. Ready.

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13 minutes ago, joesaiditstrue said:

Sheets 1B 😬

Engel RF

That's a lot of ground to cover for Adam....Leury is going to have to help out Sheets if necessary. :cool:

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that's the best lineup we can throw out and you have Cesar for a pinch hit if you need him to try and run into one late.

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1 minute ago, brijames1957 said:

Yes he has owned them twice this year. So hopefully they take a different approach to hitting him today. 

At the very least they've got to find a way to make him work. Both games this year he threw 94 pitches, one of them he lasted 6, one of them he lasted 7. 

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1 minute ago, chitownsportsfan said:

that's the best lineup we can throw out and you have Cesar for a pinch hit if you need him to try and run into one late.

Cesar, Vaughn, Billy, and Mendick on the bench makes me very happy.

Let's do this.

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Just now, Balta1701 said:

At the very least they've got to find a way to make him work. Both games this year he threw 94 pitches, one of them he lasted 6, one of them he lasted 7. 

I agree. I hope the Sox game plan today is to really work the count. Lay off his best pitches and hit his mistakes. Every base runner is at a premium in these playoff games. A walk is as good as a hit is never more true than in these games.

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McCullers is gonna really take advantage of these guys aggressiveness I think, you gotta know when to trust the count and not your eyes. his slider looks like the fast ball almost exactly.

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How TA goes this team goes. I would love to see him really make McCullers work in his first at bat. Set the tone. 

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Chuck and Ozzie pregame on in a couple minutes for who can get it.

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Lineup vs. McCullers July 16, 2021

Anderson (2-4)
Moncada (1-3)
Abreu (0-4)

Goodwin (0-4)
Vaughn (0-3)
Garcia(0-3)
Engel (0-2)
Sheets (0-3)

Collins (0-3)

Lineup vs. McCullers June 20, 2021

Anderson (0-3)
Moncada (0-3)
Abreu (0-3)

Goodwin (1-3)
Grandal (1-3)
Collins (1-3
Vaughn (0-4)
Lamb (1-2)
Mercedes (0-3)
Mendick (0-3)

Goodwin is now Luis Robert
Vaughn is now Eloy Jimenez
 

The improvements are big. Let's get this guy.

Sadly Cease had a great game vs houston on 7/16 before tiring out and a bullpen collapse. But yeah we didn't do much after starting game with a double and single.

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