The White Sox have a record of 13-13 and they’ve gotten a hot start from Jose Abreu, who has set the MLB record for most HRs and RBIs in April as a rookie. The question mark since the start of the season has been the pitching. To me, the problem has been offseason acquisition Felipe Paulino.
Paulino has been on the DL since April 19 but before then, he was getting hammered by his opponents. After his White Sox debut where he went 5.1 innings and gave up only one earned run, Paulino gave up 22 earned runs in only 13 innings of work. So far for the season, Paulino has pitched 18.1 innings and has an ERA of 11.29.
Other than his first start where he got six strikeouts, he hasn’t really been a strikeout pitcher. After that start at Texas where he gave up 10 earned runs on 13 hits, the White Sox knew that something was wrong and they quickly put him on the 15-Day DL.
There are a couple of options that the White Sox can take when Paulino comes off the DL. One is that they can keep him in the minors. They can keep him in the minors until he can go 3-4 starts in a row without losing control. He needs to develop consistency throughout his starts.
Another option can have Paulino come out of the bullpen. The White Sox can have Paulino in the bullpen where they have had trouble throughout the year. It also gives the bullpen some much needed experience to help them through their rough patch.
Another option is just getting rid of Paulino entirely, either by trading him or by releasing him. If they were to trade him, they can accept anything in return because they know they won’t be able to get a lot for him. Whether they trade him or release him, it will give plenty of opportunities for the young White Sox arms they have in the minors.
Sunday the White Sox started 29-year-old right-hander Scott Carroll, who made his first Major League start and got his first big league win. Carroll was filling in for the injured Chris Sale. The White Sox also have right-handers Andre Rienzo and Erik Johnson to help in the rotation if Paulino were to go elsewhere.
The White Sox need to see if Paulino can come back to the rotation and produce in the big leagues. If he can, that’ll be an incredible boost for the back end of the rotation. If not, then they can ship him out elsewhere and give some of the youngsters an opportunity to prove themselves.
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