Derek Holland had a good thing going with Geovany Soto (Picture: lesterslegends.com)

@SoxNerd Blog for May 16 …

*SO LONG SO-TO: Derek Holland, tonight’s White Sox starting pitcher, may miss Geovany Soto the most of any pitcher on the staff.

The veteran catcher was put on the 60-day disabled list prior to Monday’s 5-3 road-trip starting 5-3 loss at Anaheim.

Soto and Holland had a good thing going in Texas and that carried over to their brief time together with the White Sox.

In two 2017 starts behind the plate, Holland is 1-1 with a 2.19.

Digging deeper into the number shows that the duo was off to more than a good start. The battery had combined to hold hitters to a .152 average with a .216 on-base percentage and a .239 slugging percentage. In 51 innings, Holland had surrendered just 46 hits with Soto as his backstop.

You need a bigger sample size?

The 2017 performance has moved the duo’s combined ERA to 3.19 in 15 games. In 96 innings together, opposing hitters have just a .232 average with a .279 on-base percentage and a .385 slugging percentage.

Holland and Soto were together in Texas in 2012 and 2013.

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question I flashed on the Sox scoreboard at the team’s last home game on this date in 2011: Which Texas school produced White Sox players Tom Paciorek, Doug Drabek and Jesse Crain?

*DON’T FORGET OMAR: Holland hasn’t been too bad with Omar Narvaez behind the plate this season.

In four games, Holland has posted a 2.31 ERA with Narvaez at catcher. In 23.1 innings, opponents are hitting just .181 with a .299 on-base percentage and a .398 slugging percentage.

*WHITE SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1984, Carlton Fisk became the first and only White Sox player to hit for the cycle at Comiskey Park in a 7-6 loss to the Royals.

Fisk doubled in the first, singled in the second, homered in the fourth and tripled in the seventh in joining Jack Brohamer and Ray Schalk as the only players in Sox history to hit for the cycle.

Fisk had a chance to win the game in the ninth but bounced into a double play to kill a rally.

*BLAST FROM THE PAST: The catcher that Holland has thrown to the most in his career?

A.J. Pierzynski!

The tandem combined for a 3.44 ERA in 27 games (172.2 innings) in Texas in 2013.

*STUMPER ANSWER: The University of Houston


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