The Sox were blanked again in Detroit on Sunday, suffering their second sweep in three series. They have lost four straight series and scored only 17 combined runs in their last 11 losses.
They’re still running into top-notch pitching, but the White Sox are supposed to be a top-notch lineup. In order to get to the promised land where this team still expects to end up, they need to beat pitches like Justin Verlander, David Price and Jered Weaver.
Just like it was all on the bullpen the first couple weeks, it’s all on the offense here. John Danks was once again not rewarded for doing his job Sunday, holding the Tigers to one run through the fifth inning, allowing two more as he surpassed the 100 pitch mark in the sixth.
Ozzie Guillen thought leaving Chicago would be a good thing for the team, getting away from the pressure, but the team is 1-6 on this road trip heading into Yankee Stadium, where they won’t win unless they score a TON of runs.
New York’s offense is running wild right now, hitting the ball out of the park at will. The starting pitching may take a hit this series, so the offense really needs to step up and help.
According to Chicago Sun-Times columnist and former Sox beat writer Joe Cowley,general manager Kenny Williams is making the trip to New York and if things don’t shape up, some changes may be in order.
I really don’t believe that means Ozzie’s head will roll, but hitting coach Greg Walker’s name is probably atop the list.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The White Sox have a very talented lineup, they just need to get going. Gordon Beckham needs to get his head on straight because he’s going to be a major catalyst of the offense behind Juan Pierre.
The short porch in right field may be just what the White Sox lineup needs, but can they keep up with the Bombers’ bats? Four-game set starts Monday, here are the pitching matchups:
Monday, April 25
Phil Humber (1-2, 4.42 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (3-0, 4.37)
Tuesday, April 26
Gavin Floyd (2-1, 4.00) vs. Ivan Nova (1-2, 7.63)
Wednesday, April 27
Mark Buehrle (1-2, 5.40) vs. Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.50)
-The Yankees own Buehrle (1-7, 6.68 in 11 career starts)
Thursday, April 28
Edwin Jackson (2-2, 4.88) vs. C.C. Sabathia (1-1, 2.73)