Jose Quintana up, Carlos Rodon very much down for the White Sox
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If you’re a White Sox fan, you might have conflicting ideas these days about the existence of God.
On the downside, Carlos Rodon slipped on the dugout stairs Friday night and sprained his wrist. He couldn’t have gotten hurt giving up another home run. Oh, no. He had to slip on the way to the field for the National Anthem. Would a supreme being have such a cruel of a sense of humor? Surely not.
On the plus side of the ledger, Jose Quintana was named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday. This is proof that there is a loving God who fixes injustices, rewards the patient and likes a lefthander who can nibble at the corners. Quintana is a replacement for Cleveland pitcher Danny Salazar, who has elbow discomfort.
Quintana is 7-8 with a 3.21 earned-run average this year, which is to say he is having a typical Quintana season — a low ERA and a mediocre record, thanks to the Sox providing him with a measly 3.08 runs per start. It’s about time something good happened to the guy.
I’ll allow that there is some debate over whether Rodon’s trip to the disabled list is a good thing or a bad thing for the semi-hot Sox. He’s 2-7 with a 4.50 earned-run average this season. But the third pick overall in the 2014 draft needs work, not rest.
The Sox have gone from a season-worst three games under .500 on June 19 to two games over heading into the All-Star break. Everything with the team seems so tenuous this year. Do you want even the slightest disturbance of the apple cart?
If your answer is a resounding “yes,’’ it’s understandable. But you’d have to agree that the only thing more over-the-top than slipping on the dugout steps would involve a banana peel.