The month of August has truly been the “dog days of summer” for the 2014 Chicago White Sox. They’ve been outplayed, outmatched and haven’t played very good baseball in the 10 days they’ve had games this month.
With Monday being the first of two off days this week, the White Sox need to regroup for the final 43 games of the regular season. The “Good Guys” currently hold a 56-63 overall record, 9.0 games out of the AL Central lead which sits them in fourth place in the division.
Looking closer at the month of August, the White Sox have scored five or more runs in a game three times (two wins), and have scored three runs or less seven times (one win). Chicago is 3-7 after those results in August.
August has been very strange because in their 10 games thus far, they have allowed eight runs twice and 13 or more runs in a game on three occasions.
This month won be getting any easier with a trip to the San Francisco Giants for two games, though earlier this season the White Sox did defeat the Giants twice at US Cellular Field by scores of 8-2 and 7-6.
That is the type of season it has been for the White Sox.
Looking at some of the MLB leaders of the White Sox, Jose Abreu leads baseball in home runs still with 31 and RBIs with 86. He’s 19th in MLB in batting average at .304 (11th in the AL).
Actually three White Sox players are in the Top 20 in batting average in all of baseball with Conor Gillaspie in ninth with a .313 average and Adam Eaton in 18th, also at .304 in 94 games played. (In the AL those three players are in the Top 11 in batting average, with Gillaspie in seventh).
When the White Sox take the field again on Tuesday it will be Chris Sale opposing Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants. Sale is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 2.70 ERA. Vogelsong is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his past three starts.
Those two should put on an interesting, hopefully exciting show (at least when it come to Sale).
Let’s hope for the sake of the White Sox that this off day on Monday, and a chance to play a team from the NL came be something productive. The White Sox are 10-8 in games against the NL, scoring 84 runs and allowed 74 runs this season.
In other White Sox news:
• Here is what CSN Chicago wrote about the loss on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
• The Chicago Sun-Times writes about how Ventura is improving as a manager “all the time.”