The White Sox took two of three from the Rays and managed to win the series despite posting nine points in three games.
“We’ve swung the bat well, but not to our potential yet,” the designated hitter said. Gavin leaves, who homered in the ninth inning on Sunday. “I think that’s part of being at the start of the season with cold weather. We will move it forward. I think we’ve done a great job so far winning the series without our best people, but I think we’ll get there as a team collectively. ”
The Sox hope that’s true. On Sunday, they faced a Rays team that used the opener JP Feyereisen and also sent Chris Mazza, Jalen Beeks, Ryan Thompson and tommy romero.
Sheets said it was hard to deal with.
“You like having a starter and seeing him once, twice, three times and you realize what he’s got,” Sheets said. “It’s weird to face relievers every time. You can’t really settle down. It’s just a matter of trusting the recon reports and getting ready to go.
The 41 degree temperature during the game didn’t help either.
“Yeah, it was cold,” Sheets said. “It wasn’t as hard for me because I was DH so I could stay warm,” Sheets said. ”But those guys there for the heats, it was freezing. These guys were coming [and] get warm as soon as possible. It’s tough, but it’s part of what we play in this division. It’s never an excuse, but it wasn’t easy there.
Manager Tony La Russa said reliever Joe Kelly (nerve injury to biceps) recently had a “real good” pitching session at the Sox complex in Arizona, pitching in the mid-90s without any discomfort. Even more encouraging, La Russa said Kelly’s stamina has improved from his previous outing and he’s on track to face the batters soon.
“He’s fine,” La Russa said.
Kelly’s arrival would add another personality to the bullpen mix, not to mention an arm with World Series experience. La Russa said Kelly provides “the whole package.”
“The bullpen is like a little little club,” La Russa said. “And it’s good to have characters there; there is a conversation. And we definitely have that going for us. But at the same time, he’s going to add quality and depth to our bullpen.
As for a stay in rehab at Triple-A Charlotte, La Russa said he thinks that’s the plan for Kelly, but Kelly’s experience may render it unnecessary.
After the Rays’ first four-run inning, the Sox shortstop Tim Anderson led the bottom of the inning with a deep left drive. Ray Outrider Josh Lowe jumped up and reached over the fence to deny Anderson a home run.
”That take was impressive,” the Rays manager Kevin Cash mentioned. “I thought it was a circuit without a doubt. Luckily it was cold and the wind was blowing the other way. But Josh being 6-4 [or] anyway, he did pretty well.