In the midst of a season-worst five-game losing streak, the Chicago White Sox have some glaring issues staring them right in the face. Now they must take a close look in the mirror and decide what they want to be this year, because quite honestly, they are headed down the same path as the 99-loss team from one season ago.
For the month of June, the White Sox are 7-13 (including a 6-4 loss Monday), and since facing the Detroit Tigers at US Cellular field on June 9, a series the White Sox won, counting those two wins the White Sox are 4-9, and in that span of games the White Sox have had just one off day.
So yes, this team is playing tired, but that’s not an excuse because all other MLB teams are going through the same thing.
In their current 16 consecutive days of games, the White Sox are 2-5, and on what is an 11-day road trip they are 0-5 with two more games left with the Baltimore Orioles and four with the Toronto Blue Jays before returning home.
The White Sox have yet to sweep a three- or four-game road series this season.
The White Sox offense hasn’t been the problem lately, but the pitching has been. Even Chris Sale allowed 11 hits and two earned runs last night (battling out of two bases loaded jams), which is an off-night for the potential Cy Young Award candidate.
Chicago’s bullpen (especially closer) situation looks bleak, and if they don’t become sellers being 7.5 games back of the Tigers in the AL Central, they must address this problem quickly, or they will have no choice but to start looking towards the 2015 season. Without a closer, small leads in the ninth won’t turn into wins for this club, just like what happened on Monday night in Baltimore.
Thoughts on this team right now?
In other White Sox news:
• Here is a video from the Chicago Tribune with Sale talking about his outing on Monday night.
• The Associated Press wrote about the White Sox loss via ESPN Chicago.
• CSN Chicago writes Ventura saying the White Sox needs to put on their “big-boy pants.”
• Bleacher Report has some midseason lessons learned about all 30 MLB teams.
• Call to the Pen wrote about the Home Run derby captains.
• Also at Southside Showdown, Jon Vedamuthu wrote about the White Sox being sellers.