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Patched up bullpen kept White Sox above water in April, May

June 1st, 2017 at 11:49 AM
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Flash back to Opening Day looking ahead to the first day of June knowing Chris Sale has been traded, Jose Quintana is about to go 2-7 with a 5.60 ERA in the first two months of the season and Carlos Rodon has done nothing more than throw four and five inning sim games in Arizona.

Add to that James Shields would be limited to four starts because of a strained lat and Nate Jones, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, expected to cover the key innings leading to closer David Robertson, would spend significant time on the DL. That’s a big chunk out of the bullpen.

And don’t forget to figure the everyday lineup will be forging ahead without its most productive player from 2016, Adam Eaton, who like Sale was traded away for minor league prospects.

What would have been forecast for the White Sox’ first two months? Also considering 29 games would be played on the road, with three lengthy trips of nine or 10 games, with 23 at home?

Chris Beck delivers during the seventh inning against the Red Sox in Chicago on Wednesday. (AP)

There’s something to be said for the Sox taking a 24-28 record into their first game of June Friday against the Tigers in Detroit, the first of yet another three-city …

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