MILWAUKEE -- He’s in the bullpen for now but the White Sox still plan to use Hector Noesi as a spot starter.
While the announcement that Carlos Rodon is in the rotation has resulted in a move to the bullpen for bullpen, that won’t always be the case, general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday. The White Sox don’t just intend to cut Rodon loose -- they have a plan in place to limit his workload. That means Noesi, who is 0-3 with a 5.94 ERA in five games (four starts), should get several starts along the way.
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“This isn’t the end of Hector Noesi’s starting career, either,” Hahn said. “He will get more opportunities, primarily out the bullpen initially, be he will get chances to start as well and see where it goes. We will remain open-minded and flexible with this. This is the start of the process of making Carlos Rodon a regular member of the rotation and there will be adjustments along the way.”
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.