The Twins jumped on Sox ace — and No. 1 trade chip — Jose Quintana from the first pitch, tagging him for five runs in the first inning. Manager Rick Renteria let Quintana wear this one for a bit before pulling him in the sixth inning after giving up nine hits and five walks with five strikeouts. At 0-3 on the year, Quintana’s ERA is now 6.75 and his trade value is dipping.
This is what Sox fans get to watch while Adam Eaton is becoming a fan favorite in Washington, and Chris Sale remains his dominant self on a Red Sox team with legitimate World Series aspirations. Eaton has brought a spark to the Nationals lineup batting ahead of Bryce Harper. With 37 at-bats as a Nat, Eaton is hitting .297/.426/.486 with four doubles, five RBI, two stolen bases, and nine walks on 10 strikeouts.
Sale’s numbers are right where you expect them to be: 18.2 IP, 1.45 ERA, 11 hits, five walks, and 22 strikeouts (.169 BA/A, 0.86 WHIP).
All of which is to say that things aren’t so fun for fans of the South Siders right now. But the White Sox traded Eaton and Sale for a reason, not to mention a hefty price.
Let’s check in on the prospects Chicago got back for dealing two of their stars:
2B Yoan Moncada (AAA): 12-for-39, 2 home runs, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 14 K, 2 SB (.308/.487/.859)
RHP Lucas Giolito (AAA): 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 9 hits, 1 HR, 6 BB, 8 K (.281 BA/A, 1.80 WHIP)
RHP Reynaldo Lopez (AAA): 8.1 IP, 6.48 ERA, 7 hits, 3 HR, 7 BB, 15 K (.219 BA/A, 1.68 WHIP)
RHP Michael Kopech (AA): 8.0 IP, 3.38 ERA, 4 hits, 1 HR, 7 BB, 15 K (.154 BA/A, 1.38 WHIP)
RHP Dane Dunning (A): 14.0 IP, 0.64 ERA, 7 hits, 0 BB, 21 K (.140 BA/A, 0.50 WHIP)
OF Luis Alexander Basabe (A+): four-for-21, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 6 K (.190/.227/.381)
The regular season might not be the White Sox strong suit right now, but there’s only 152 games until they get to defend their offseason championship.
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