Thursday was a night to forget for Chicago White Sox fans as their favorite team suffered a 21-5 blowout loss at the hands of the Houston Astros. It was a harsh reality check that there is still work to be done, but the most interesting news to come out of the game had to be the clear umpire bias.
Astros vs. White Sox Game
Ramon De Jesus was behind the plate and every close call went in favor of the White Sox. The tone was set early on, too. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman struck out to end the first inning on a pitch that was completely out of the zone. He thought he had walked and made sure to let De Jesus know it.
The two had words and it led to De Jesus eventually ejecting Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron. Things only got worse from there. De Jesus had made calls that favored the White Sox by a whopping 1.75 runs by the end of the night. All three of his biggest missed calls hurt Astros hitters at the plate.
Bias combined with inconsistency led to one heck of an umpire scorecard. De Jesus' called strike accuracy of 80% was well below the league average (88%) as 12 of his 61 called strikes were true balls. Of course, none of it mattered as Houston ran up the score in an impressive offensive display.
The Astros scored 21 runs on 25 hits and showcased why they have the second-best odds to win the World Series at +380, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Houston's coaching staff is surely going to have any games with De Jesus umpiring circled on their calendar moving forward.
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