Liam Hendriks dug into his Australian policies soccer terminology to describe exactly where the Chicago White Sox stood at the get started of August.
“The 3rd quarter is the championship quarter,” the All-Star closer mentioned Sunday. “So I feel like August is the 3rd quarter of the period. And it’s one thing that can make or break a championship run.”
The Sox fell 3 game titles at the rear of the initially-position Minnesota Twins in the American League Central immediately after opening a 3-sport series from the Kansas Metropolis Royals with a 2-1 reduction Monday night at Confirmed Price Industry. They’re in contention even with becoming .500.
“Teetering about .500, we will need to split that curse,” Hendriks explained. “And as quickly as we do that, I believe it is just one of those matters you roll. It is like that guy who is teetering about that .200 normal. As soon as he receives to .205, all of a sudden he is hitting .260 at the conclude of the year.
“Five hundred is like the Mendoza Line for us this 12 months. But we’re coming into this stretch of video games — I feel I’ve explained it adequate occasions — it is an critical extend. At some position we need to have to outline our year and make an influence.”
The trade deadline looms at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and the Sox manufactured a transfer Monday, acquiring reliever Jake Diekman from the Boston Red Sox in trade for reserve catcher Reese McGuire and a player to be named or dollars considerations.
Diekman, 35, is 5-1 with a 4.23 Era, 51 strikeouts and 12 holds in 44 appearances this time, his very first with the Pink Sox. He’ll be a part of Tanner Banking institutions as lefties in the White Sox bullpen.
He is signed by up coming season with a club solution for 2024.
Diekman has a 3.77 Period, 632 strikeouts, 15 will save and 167 retains in 573 occupation games all through 11 major-league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2012-15), Texas Rangers (2015-18), Arizona Diamondbacks (2018), Royals (2019), Oakland Athletics (2019-21) and Red Sox (2022).
He also has designed 13 postseason appearances with the Rangers (2015-16) and A’s (2019-20), submitting a 4.50 Era and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings.
McGuire joined the White Sox in spring coaching in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays and slashed .225/.261/.285 with nine doubles, 10 RBIs and 12 operates scored in 53 online games.
Hendriks stated Sunday the entrance workplace has occur to gamers for enter on likely additions.
“That’s what I appreciate about the front business office right here,” Hendriks reported. “They talk to fellas: ‘How is this guy in the clubhouse? How is this guy as a man or woman? This male on the industry?’ It could be the ideal in shape but the guy can be (a jerk) and transform the morale of this clubhouse.
“You never want to convey in those issues fellas … specifically when we have a restricted device in right here. We want to make absolutely sure any person who comes suits that mold and gets along with all people.”
Hendriks recalled how trades furnished a elevate when he was on the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays.
“A .500 crew at the deadline and we went out and bought (Troy) Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, Cliff Pennington, David Price tag, amid other guys in there that wholly improved the trajectory of the year, and that’s a little something the entrance office environment does a good deal,” Hendriks claimed. “It’s a morale booster you can get here that can completely swing the momentum of points.”
The Sox keep on being a self-confident team, Hendriks claimed, “because you see what form of talent amount is in this clubhouse.”
“It’s not like we’re enjoying above our skis,” he stated. “We have underperformed as a unit and which is one thing anyone in this clubhouse understands. That does not give us any leeway in the fact we continue to require to do what we can do.
“We realize we have not lived up to our probable but we need to have to obtain that possible. If we do, we can win the division … specially with the timetable laid out forward of us.”
Luis Robert ‘unlikely’ to play in Royals sequence
Sox supervisor Tony La Russa said centre fielder Luis Robert was “feeling better” than he did Sunday, but chilly signs or symptoms keep on being.
“Be cautious with him,” La Russa said of the team’s technique. “He is finding superior, so our fingers continue to be crossed.”
Robert has been on the hurt checklist retroactive to July 19 with blurred eyesight.
He commenced a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Charlotte but was out of the lineup Friday with cold signs. He returned to Chicago in the course of the weekend and performed catch with the education staff members in the outfield before Monday’s sport.
La Russa stated it is “unlikely” Robert would be all set to play in the collection from the Royals.
As for rejoining Charlotte to carry on rehabbing, La Russa stated, “That’s a thing we’ve talked about,” but no conclusion has been arrived at.
“The to start with thing is just get him video game completely ready, a person issue at a time,” La Russa mentioned.
Pitcher Vince Velasquez is becoming a member of Charlotte on a rehab assignment. He went on the IL on July 6 with a blister on his suitable index finger.