It's only a couple of weeks into the 2021 MLB season and the Chicago White Sox are not off to the start they wanted. While their 15-12 record has them one game back of the Kansas City Royals for first in the AL Central, it's been reported that things aren't going that well behind the scenes.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan on Monday, White Sox manager Tony La Russa is already losing some of the clubhouse.
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Allegedly, patience is "growing thin" when it comes to some of his managerial decisions.
Frustrated with La Russa has started to build throughout the season. One of his most recent gaffs happened last Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.
La Russa left Lucas Giolito to pitch during the seventh inning despite the White Sox ace being out of energy. When asked about it, he said he didn't realize that Giolito was tired. Regardless of how valid of an excuse that is, it's a manager's job to know how his players are feeling. The fact that he wasn't paying attention to his pitcher's energy levels is concerning.
That wasn't La Russa's only mistake in that game. Even when the White Sox were down by three and had the tying run at the plate, he made the decision to pinch-hit with Billy Hamilton, who's known for his speed rather than power. Had it worked out, nobody would be talking about it. However, it didn't and now La Russa has to deal with the consequences.
As it stands, the White Sox have +1200 odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If he wants to keep these odds up, La Russa is going to have to find a way to win back the clubhouse before it's too late.
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