Ozzie Guillen will soon be a reality television star

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Last month Craig suggested that someone ought to give Ozzie Guillen his own reality television show and … well, MLB Network announced this week that it’s doing just that.
Technically the show will be about the entire White Sox’s management team, including general manager Ken Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf, but when the first episodes start airing in July you can be certain that Guillen will be the star.
Camera crews will follow Guillen, Williams, Reinsdorf, and the rest of the White Sox’s front office from now until the July 31 trade deadline and the end result will be a six-part series called “The Club.”
Best-case scenario is probably part Moneyball and part Hard Knocks, with Guillen providing most of the entertainment and Williams letting everyone be a fly on the wall as he tries to swing a blockbuster trade.
Worst-case scenario is probably the White Sox jumping out to a 50-25 start to completely run away from the rest of the AL Central by the time the final episode airs. Because, you know, I’m a Twins fan and all.

Kershaw-Sale anything but a pitcher’s duel

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World Series Game 1 was billed as a battle of aces, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw against Chris Sale of the Red Sox. Between them, they have 14 All-Star Game nominations. Kershaw has won three Cy Young Awards. Sale could his first Cy Young Award this year. Among his 10 seasons with at least 110 innings pitched, Kershaw has never posted a sub-2.92 ERA. Sale has been at 2.90 or below in each of the last two seasons. The two have combined for over 4,000 career strikeouts and both have averaged better than a strikeout per inning over their careers.

And yet Tuesday’s Game 1 was anything but a pitcher’s duel between Kershaw and Sale. Though a couple of fielding mistakes weren’t of any help to Kershaw in the first inning, Red Sox batters were squaring him up good. Of the five balls put in play in the first inning, three had exit velocities of 100 MPH or higher. Of the 12 total balls put in play against him overall, five reached triple digits in exit velo.

Kershaw gave up a pair of runs in the first, another run in the third on a J.D. Martinez double to straightaway center field, and another two in the fifth. Kershaw led off the fifth by walking Mookie Betts, then giving up a single to Andrew Benintendi, ending his night. Ryan Madson relieved Kershaw and proceeded to allow both inherited runners to score. All told, Kershaw yielded five runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts on 79 pitches in four-plus innings.

Sale, meanwhile, was on the hook for individual runs in the second, third, and fifth. Dodger hitters weren’t squaring him up quite as well as the Red Sox batters squared up Kershaw, but Sale was still more hittable than usual. Of the eight balls put in play against him, four were at least 90 MPH in exit velo. One of the runs was a no-doubt solo home run to Matt Kemp in the second. The Dodgers chased Sale in the fifth when he issued a leadoff walk to Brian Dozier. Matt Barnes relieved him allowed the inherited runner to score. Overall, Sale threw 91 pitches in four-plus innings, serving up three runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

The game is now, as has been generally the case throughout this postseason, a battle of the bullpens.