Philip Humber allowed nine runs in five innings, including three home runs, as the Sox lost to Boston 10-3. He went from the best start of his career to the worst in a matter of days, which was a humbling reminder of the kind of sport baseball is:
No pitcher had ever followed a perfect game by allowing nine runs in his next start until Thursday -- the previous high was eight, which Catfish Hunter allowed in 1968. While most pitchers didn't follow up their perfect games with stellar performances, Humber's outing ranks among the worst.
An odd fact: None of Paul Konerko's milestone home runs (1, 100, 200, 300, 400) have been hit at home. And No. 1 came with the Dodgers but was hit at an AL park, while No. 100 came with the White Sox but was hit at an NL park.
Disappointing news down on the farm: Andre Rienzo, a 23-year-old Brazilian pitching prospect, tested positive for metabolites of Stanzanolol and received a 50-game ban under baseball's drug policy. Rienzo probably profiles as a reliever, as his offspeed stuff hasn't developed yet -- and this 50-game suspension won't help in that regard. A Brazilian has never played in the major leagues, and hopefully Rienzo apologizes and is able to move on and be the first from his country.
Around the division: Detroit cut ties with Brandon Inge, a beer at Comerica Park will run you 8.75, the Tigers lost again to Seattle, Kansas City won their second straight game over Cleveland and Chris Parmelee is doing well after being hit by a pitch in the head.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.