The mechanical adjustments he has made and the atmosphere in the clubhouse have Hector Noesi pretty comfortable.
The pitcher, who still doesn’t have a nameplate above his clubhouse stall after joining the White Sox on Saturday, is expected to start Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers.
Now on his third team this month, Noesi, who was waived by both the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, feels like he’s in a good spot. He said he and pitching coach Don Cooper have worked on the positioning of his head in his delivery.
“We’ve been working for the last two days and doing everything [mechanical],” Noesi said. “We’ve tried to stay in the same position where I was two years ago. It feels better.”
Noesi, who has a 5.77 ERA in 70 career games, said he also likes the atmosphere in the White Sox clubhouse, which is full of Spanish-speaking players. The White Sox are hopeful the adjustment and change of scenery lead to them tapping into Noesi’s talent. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he hopes to perhaps get five innings Wednesday from Noesi, who was a starting pitcher in winter ball this offseason.
But he’s not looking for too much with a day off Thursday.
“Knowing that he hasn’t thrown a lot, you are not going to have him out there for seven innings,” Ventura said. “I would say five is an optimistic look.”
Lucky White Sox, they will face Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in this two-game series because Detroit was rained out Sunday. But even though the two have combined to win three American League Cy Young awards the White Sox aren’t down on their misfortune.
“It’s happened in the past where you get Schilling or Pedro back-to-back,” Ventura said. “You get those guys back-to-back, and that’s just part of playing. I don’t think anybody looks at it as a bad draw. You just know they’re on their team, and that might be the way it lines up for you, so you go ahead and go after it.”
— It’s not marked improvement, but the White Sox defense is better than 2013. Through 27 games, they had committed 20 errors, which was 21 st among 30 teams in the majors. The club’s .981 fielding percentage is ranked 18 th.
“It’s better,” Ventura said. “ Obviously better than we did last year. I think guys are feeling the sense that they can play good defense and that they want the ball hit to them.”
— The White Sox bullpen has eight scoreless innings pitched over its past three games and a 2.31 ERA over the last nine, with nine earned runs allowed in 35 innings.