To the left, you see a picture of the great Toronto pitcher, Scott "Cy" Richmond. He is untouchable -- at least for White Sox hitters.
It's pathetic that the Sox can't score a run off a pitcher who had a 20-30 record in the minor leagues, but it's par for the course. Richmond tossed seven shutout innings for the Jays today as Toronto beat the Sox 3-2.
This isn't a new phenomenon. Whenever the Sox hitters face a pitcher for the first time, their bats turn into wet newspaper. Well, actually, the Sox have been bad against everybody this year. They've scored three runs or fewer in 20 out their first 37 games this season. But the suckiness has been particular profound against no-name pitchers. Take these six examples of guys the Sox had never seen before until this year:
Brad Bergesen (Baltimore) -- W
5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
Chris Jakubauskas (Seattle) -- L
8 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
Brandon McCarthy (Texas) -- W
5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB
Brett Cecil (Toronto ) -- W
6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB
Robert Ray (Toronto) -- W
8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
Scott Richmond (Toronto) -- ND
7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
In the case of Bergesen and Ray, both pitchers earned their first MLB wins against the Sox. Richmond can't be that good, since the Yankees knocked him out in the second inning of his previous outing.
Totaled up, these six no-names are 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA. No wonder the Sox are 15-22.