Garrett Crochet runs White Sox ‘snack bag,’ has big role in ‘pen

Garrett Crochet has an important job in the White Sox bullpen.

He’s the snack type.

“That’s the snack bag,” he said, and on Sunday asked about the backpack he’d been lugging around Angel Stadium for the past few days. “It’s in the shape of Spongebob. I’m only responsible for snacks.

“Snickers, Twix, Starburst, Skittles. The whole nine. Fruity, chocolate, whatever. “

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A boy like Crochet, just 21, would be associated with sweets.

“I wouldn’t say I got up to the role. I would say I got to that point,” he said. “But it’s nice to be responsible for something.”

Of course, carrying around nibbles in the game isn’t the only major role Crochet plays as part of a loaded South Side relief corps.

In his Saturday night season debut, he didn’t deliver the kind of three-digit readings that made him a late-season sensation last year. But he was perfect in 2.1 innings. This type of multi-inning ability could prove very effective if the White Sox are hunting a championship this season.

Crochet faced seven thugs in a close game, pulling them all back, including three through the strikeout. And in case you were concerned about not seeing his typical 101 mph gasoline, he was still throwing the fastest throws of the night, reaching speeds of up to 98.9 mph Lesson.

But that’s how long Crochet lasted, bridging the gap created by the White Sox’s second grid not to make it through five innings in as many days. The night before, Michael Kopech stunned Kopech with two perfect innings before bowing after leading Mike Trout to start the eighth. Saturday, crochet Kopech, get the extra out – seven to six from Kopech.

“I was very comfortable,” said Crochet. “I figured after I went in there and got the first one out (to finish the fifth inning) I would at least go out for another one. And once they had the confidence to tell me I would actually go out a third one, I was pumped up, I was ready to go out and do three outs.

“I feel like pretty much anyone in our pen could do an innings or two at this point, go out there and flip the line-up. But in any case, it’s nice to look at that roll and trust that Save pen “. . “

The White Sox auxiliary corps is indeed stacked, and guys like Aaron Bummer and Codi Heuer have shown multi-inning skills. But if you add a couple of future starters to that mix in Crochet and Kopech this season, Tony La Russa has even more toys to play with, and there hasn’t been any more impressive relief performances than the numerous innings from these two guys in the first three games of the season .

“It really matters,” said La Russa of her multi-inning ability. “By definition (if) you’re building your bullpen with one-inning pitchers, unless your starters give you six or seven every night, it won’t work a really effective inning, the other side breathes a sigh of relief when you relieve them (after her one inning of work).

“Those days they’re rested, you push them. The same thing happened the other day at Heuer. The downside is, you probably have to give them an extra day of rest after you’ve done that. So there are two considerations.

“But (in) the game you play (that multi-inning skill is) very important.”

There are six months of baseball before La Russa has to figure out how to use his pitchers in a playoff series. But it’s not hard to imagine Crochet and Kopech having a huge impact on such plans simply because they have the ability to place multiple innings and do so effectively, huge guns like the ones we often see in successful playoff runs of the last few Years have seen.

It’s easy to see the White Sox relying on Crochet to do what he did on Saturday nights during the biggest moments of the season.

So he’s a pretty important guy. And not just because he’s responsible for snacks.

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