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Let’s call it a C-minus.Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY SportsA theme is building so far this 2019 season: The Chicago White Sox are just good enough to still lose.Yeah, yeah, it’s just the third game of spring, and the Cactus League is meaningless. But wins are wins, and in the context of a game recap, well, you gotta say something.There was some bad stuff in this game, beyond the dude who was hitting fifth for the San Diego Padres. Bernardo Flores, who some of us hope against hope can continue his career as a Mark Buehrle doppelganger and pitch his way into the White Sox rotation sooner than later, had a rough first spring start, two earned in two innings, including a mammoth home run surrendered to Aderlin Rodriguez. Flores added a walk and two Ks. James Fegan caught some of his pitches early:More bad news came in the second inning, when Daniel Palka strained his hamstring running the bases. Daryl Van Schouwen brings us a significantly less swaggy Danny P: Rodriguez clocked his second Peoria-rocker on the afternoon in the fourth, this time off of Aaron Bummer:That shot put the White Sox down 4-0, which set the stage for another White Sox comeback Ryon Healy Jersey , their second in two days. Ryan Cordell clobbered a Pedro Avila pitch pretty much where Rodriguez had put his earlier, and the San Diego lead was trimmed to 4-1 in the fifth. An inning later, Zack Collins turned no-outs, bases full into a second run, with a ground out to second. In the seventh, with runners on the corners and one out, Matt Skole grounded to first but hustled out of an inning-ending double play, allowing Blake Rutherford to score from third.So, let’s just stop the recap to talk about Rutherford today. He subbed in for Palka after Mr. Smash came up hobbling in the second, and all Rutherford did was go 3-for-4, with an RBI double in the eighth. Two days in, it was easily the best spring training performance of any White Sox so far.James McCann, getting his first start at catcher today, was a mixed bag. Two hits, making a mockery of the shade thrown in the gamethread over him hitting fifth. Flip side, he’s committed the only White Sox “error” of the spring (passed ball) and is also 0-for-1 in catching runners after Manny Margot swiped second off of him and Bummer.The White Sox did fall short of tying the game, as Hunter Renfroe hit a solo shot off of Caleb Frare in the sixth to give San Diego its fifth run. But overall, the late men in the bullpen had a solid game, as Juan Minaya http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , Frare and Matt Foster combined for 4 1? innings, two hits, one earned, zero walks and seven Ks.Tomorrow, the White Sox head to Scottsdale to take on the San Francisco Giants, and I believe it will also be the recap debut of Leigh Allan. The No. 5 starter competition starts off officially, as Manny Bauelos and Dylan Covey are both expected to pitch, facing a guy who seemed like he’d never pitch again after his White Sox stint, Derek Holland, “the Dutch Oven.” The Reds can improve without Gennett"No, not for Scooter himself obviously. The All-Star second baseman will miss 8-12 weeks with a groin strain – and may have a tough time coming back, as these sort of muscle issues can be slow-going on the recovery.But for the Reds? Your favorite team? Yeah it’s not so bad.No, they won’t take the opportunity to call up Nick Senzel, despite the all-everything prospect being a very cromulent 2b. What the Reds will do, according to C. Trent Rosecrans, is play Jose Iglesias at shortstop and Jose Peraza at second.Iglesias isn’t going to be asked to replace Scooter’s bat in the lineup. The career .270/.315/.363 hitter isn’t going to be a middle-of-the-order lefty but rather a defensive wizard bringing stability to the infield. Iglesias is a much better glove than Peraza, or really any other shortstop in the National League give-or-take Brandon Crawford. Iglesias is 4th in Fangraphs’ defensive ratings for shortstops since 2015, neck-and-neck with Crawford and behind Francisco Lindor and quick-hipped god Andrelton Simmons. Homeslice can pick it.Not only that, but Iglesias at short moves Peraza over to second. Peraza is by no means an Iglesian infielder http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , but he’s solidly above-average. And Gennett, as anyone who has been watching the Reds could tell you, is not great defensively! Fifth-worst defensively among 2Bs since 2015, between the thickset Daniel Murphy and the person I have never heard of Brandon Drury.Replacing Gennett with Iglesias makes the Reds a stronger defensive team at two positions – and arguably the two most important positions on the field. Considering the ground-ball-heavy nature of the pitching staff, the brand-new nature of the pitchers, and the oafs plodding in the outfield, it will be vital to have some strength out there to call upon.On the offensive end there’s...no small chance that the Reds won’t miss Gennett? Both Peraza and Iglesias had strong second halves.Peraza v. Iglesias v. Gennett in 2nd half 2018PlayerAVGOBPSLGPlayerAVGOBPSLGObviously nobody’s expecting Iglesias to hit at an All-Star pace, but the boost he gets from coming to GABP, when counterbalanced by the fact that Gennett’s been on a weird and seemingly unsustainable tear since coming back to his hometown which we all know could end at any moment, means that there could be less of a gap between them offensively than you’d think. The Reds’ offense is not the issue. A Schebler/Votto/Puig/Winker/Suarez/Barnhart/Iglesias/Peraza/P lineup is still capable of doing a hell of a lot of damage! But having Iglesias in the infield keeps the Reds from giving up even more damage, which you probably noticed has been an issue since 2013.So this could be a blessing in disguise. Again, not for Gennett — who is injured going into his big payday year and just cost himself millions of dollars, not to mention is in extreme amounts of pain as you are reading these words and thinking of profiting off of the searing fire coursing through his groin muscle. And also, not for Nick Senzel, who is also being screwed out of tens of millions of dollars through no fault of his own or anyone besides the money-grubbing owners who profit off of the sweat of the athletes. Don’t worry about them, but about your favorite team! This injury could be really good for them, and they’re the ones you care about. Opening up a spot for Iglesias could be a huge improvement across the 25-man-roster.


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