Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Problems with the offense?
Sep 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) hits a two run single against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox defeat the Oakland Athletics 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
I know it is late in the season, but for most of the month of September the offense of the Chicago White Sox has been struggling so score more than a couple runs in games.
Sep 10, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) reacts to a strike call against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox defeat the Oakland Athletics 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
The White Sox have played in nine games the first 11 days of the month, and just three times have they scored four or more runs. That includes two games with the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 1-2.
Since scoring a combined 10 runs on Sept. 1-2 against the Twins, the White Sox have totaled 12 runs in seven games, but even in that span they’ve won three of those games.
Also in September, the White Sox have played in four one-run games, winning three of them, and have played in two two-run games, losing both of those to the Cleveland Indians last weekend.
Now with just 16 games left on the ’14 schedule (7 home games) it is going to be interesting to watch just how this team finishes up offensively.
They are winning some games as of late, taking three of four against the recently struggling Oakland Athletics, but in those wins the run differential was three runs, as the White Sox won those games by scores of 5-4, 2-1 and 1-0.
We’ll take those wins, no doubt about it, and maybe this is a good sign for next season (showing they can win the close games), but it is also a little worrisome that the bats on this roster seem to napping a bit when it comes to batting in runs.
Either way, the series against the A’s was fun to watch, but now it is time to take advantage of facing the Twins and not let potential wins get away.
Who knows, maybe by early next week the White Sox could reach the 70-win mark.
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