The past two games have been very tough to watch right now with the Chicago White Sox seeing both top pitchers gaining losses, and the team lose by a combined 20-4 score.
Losing in an empty stadium by an 8-2 score to the Baltimore Orioles after the week that has occurred in Baltimore away from the baseball stadium is one thing, but to be embarrassed by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night by a 12-2 score is completely unacceptable.
The season is nearly a month old and sometimes it seems the ball club is playing with the urgency of spring training, and that is also unacceptable.
Ending the first month of the season with an 8-11 record, 5.5 games out of first place in the AL Central (they trail the Kansas City Royals) wasn’t the start many envisioned this offseason with the free agent signings and trades made by the club.
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It just so happened this week that Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale, the two best pitchers (and two of the Top 5 players on the roster) had maybe their worst outings of the season … OK, Sale did have his worst outing thus far, it is just a shame it was against a team like the Twins.
With Samardzija against the Orioles on Wednesday in the “empty stadium game,” he allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and one walk (two home runs) and his current ERA is 4.78 with a 1-2 overall record.
The White Sox offense isn’t off the hook in that game either, totaling just four hits and one walk in the loss.
Last night against the Twins in the first of four games in their road series, Sale allowed eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He also gave up one home run in the loss.
Apr 30, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki (8) tags out Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) at home in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The White Sox offense hit the ball better with 12 hits and they also forced a walk, but still scored just two runs. Maybe that was for the fact they were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 stranded on the bases. In the past two games alone the White Sox offense is 3-for-16 with RISP (they were 0-for-6 in the game at Baltimore).
Being nearly six games out of first place in the AL Central as the calendar turns to May isn’t where this team was supposed to be or where they should be at this point of the season. This roster is far too talented to be playing the way they are right now.
The best thing to do is to forget about April and look forward to this month, because after eight wins to open the season thus far it can’t get much worse … can it? Hopefully better days are ahead.