White Sox still progressing despite Rick Renteria regressing

The White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Sunday afternoon to finish a five-game road trip with back-to-back wins. Chicago has been on the cusp of .500 for nearly a month now. One of the main reasons why the team hasn’t been able to get about .500 could be because of their manager and his questionable decisions.

Rick Renteria has had several questionable managerial decisions in the last few weeks. Renteria’s most troubling move was the handling of pitcher Reynaldo Lopez in his starts against the Royals and Nationals. In Lopez’s start against the Royals on May 29th, He struggled to open the sixth inning as he allowed a two-run homer and a walk to start the inning. He started the inning with 88 pitches and was pulled 30 pitches later finishing at 118 pitches.

Renteria’s move to leave Lopez in that long is concerning from a health and strategic standpoint. It was the third time through the Royals lineup and Lopez already nearing 100 pitches where numbers show that teams have a higher success rate against pitchers seeing a lineup a third time.

From a health standpoint, it is troubling that Renteria would allow a young pitcher to rack up such a high pitch count given the team’s recent rash of injuries to their starting pitchers. The team’s rotation next season could feature four pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery already.

Against the Nationals earlier this week, it was Renteria’s decision to stay with Lopez too long which led to the team’s loss. His young pitcher only lasted four innings plus giving up six runs as the White Sox blew a 5-0 lead.

Lopez clearly did not have it against the Nationals as he only had one clean inning against Washington’s lineup. With off days sandwiching the short two-game series, Renteria had a rare opportunity to go to his bullpen early to preserve the lead while not overusing his relievers. Chicago lost 9-5 as it was a gut-wrenching loss as the team missed the opportunity to have an even win-loss record.

On Wednesday, Renteria made two decisions that had a large impact on the team’s walk-off loss. With the game tied in the top of the ninth, he had Ryan Cordell sacrifice bunt with Tim Anderson on first.

Given his frequent use of the bunt, Washington’s defense was ready as third baseman Anthony Rendon threw to second getting the force out. There was no need for a bunt as Anderson could have stolen second to avoid any double play possibility.

In the bottom of the ninth, he chose to put in closer Alex Colome with the game tied. It was questionable as closers have often struggled when put in non-save situations. Furthermore, who was Renteria planning to use had the White Sox taken the lead in extra-innings as although his bullpen has been better, Colome has been the team’s most consistent reliever being perfect in save situations. The White Sox lost as Colome gave up a walk-off two-run home run as he failed to record an out.

The team could have easily won all five of their games on this past week’s road trip and be well over .500 had it not been for their manager’s moves. Renteria’s managing should be concerning to the front office from an in-game and player’s health standpoint.

A manager has a large impact on how well his team can perform, for a young team like the White Sox, they have performed better than expected, but have been hampered by their manager.

7 thoughts on “White Sox still progressing despite Rick Renteria regressing

  • June 10, 2019 at 1:50 PM

    Thank you. I thought I was the only one who noticed. I was watching the Nationals broadcast team and they were amazed López was left in. His batting orders don’t make sense most of the time either. He used Herrera twice in key 8th innings after he proved his unreliability. I want Joe Gerardi !

  • June 10, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    I agree completely making the same wrong decisions over and over again .

  • June 10, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    We don’t know how Lopez was feeling, what he and the catcher were telling Renteria, what kind of shape the bullpen was in, what the scouting report said, etc. it’s easy to second guess the manager without having the full picture.

    This team is 2 games under .500 with a rotation completely decimated with injury. I think they are going to re-name tommy john surgery to Chicago White Sox surgery. Then consider they are running out a lineup full of kids and spare parts. They have no business having that record. If you’re going to blame Renteria for some questionable decisions, you have to fairly credit him for the overall play of a team that rightfully should be battling KC for last place.

  • June 10, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Renteria is a point C to point B guy…..he will be replaced when they are ready to go from B to A. That being said, a manager doesn’t perform on the field…..does catch a throw, throw a pitch or swing a bat. The decisions he makes are 50/50…either they work or they don’t and are usually dictated by a ton of stats that he has at his disposal. It’s a tough line of work where the deeds of other decide your fate.

  • June 10, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    I have thought for some time, Renteria was over his head as a manager and particularly when it comes to pitchers as you pointed out. He. Strikes me as the players friend and I’m sure we’ll liked by the players…..his biggest attribute is he speaks Spanish.

  • June 10, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Have you ever watched a game with a very experienced college,minor, or major league coach or manager? Put me down for the first two. I always thought there was so many decisions that were no brainers . Wrong. I/ you have no idea. Checkers vs chess Renteria has seen it all. I will give him the benefit of the doubt every time. Robin Ventura saw things from a players perspective where you react in a flash to the play. He never had to make the decisions on strategy for a 9 inning game. Neither have you Stevie

  • June 17, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Yeah he did it again with the Yankees. I’m really concerned!

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