White Sox lefty Garrett Crochet goes on the attack, finds a rhythm

The White Sox bullpen wasn’t all it was cracked up to be in the first few weeks of the season but with components like left-hander Garrett Crochet finding a groove since he came off the injured list four weeks ago, the relief corps is shaping up.

Crochet hasn’t allowed a run in his last 11 outings, including eight since returning from the IL with an upper back strain on May 7. It’s a welcome development, especially with prized right-hander Michael Kopech on the IL with a hamstring strain.

“Now I’m just kind of attacking the zone and finding my rhythm from there,” said Crochet, who owns a 0.49 ERA over 17 appearances. “It was really just kind of a mindset change after going on the IL and that’s helped me a good bit.”

Crochet said he’s attacking from the first pitch on and finding his rhythm from there.

“You saw it at the beginning of the season to now, every time he goes out there he’s got more confidence, he looks more like the guy that ended [2020 season with five dominant, scoreless appearances],” manager Tony La Russa said. “Sometimes you’ve got to work on stuff to get it all together and it’s coming at a perfect time for us.”

Still only a year removed from getting drafted 11th overall last June, Crochet pitched a perfect eighth in the Sox’ 6-1 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday and collected a…

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