(670 The Score) Patience is “growing thin” from some in the White Sox’s clubhouse regarding manager Tony La Russa’s in-game strategical decisions, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported Monday.
The development comes as no surprise after La Russa bungled a pair of decisions in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers last Tuesday. In that contest, he left ace Lucas Giolito in during the seventh inning for several key at-bats by the Tigers that undid the White Sox, with Giolito later explaining he was running out of gas. La Russa admitted he didn’t realize Giolito was tiring.
With the White Sox trailing by three in the bottom of the eighth of that game and the tying run at the plate, La Russa chose to let the light-hitting Billy Hamilton hit instead of using a power bat off the bench. La Russa was “looking for a single there,” he said afterward.
While the White Sox have been hit hard by injuries, La Russa's day-to-day lineup construction has also come under scrutiny from some.
The White Sox are off to a 15-12 start and trailing the AL Central-leading Royals by 1.5 games. La Russa, 76, is is back in the dugout this season for the first time since 2011, when he led the Cardinals to a World Series championship and then retired.