For the most part this season, the Chicago White Sox have been a letdown. In fact, the past three seasons they’ve been a let down, and currently they are on the same path they have been the past two seasons.
The final destination of that path …. right at the bottom of the AL Central.
Following last night’s embarrassment of an 11-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, here are a coulee stats I discovered about where the White Sox are headed compared to years past.
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Currently the White Sox are 28-34 overall with a revamped offseason overhaul of a roster that was expected to gain wins. At this point last season, without as quality of a roster as the current one, the White Sox were 33-37 overall. In 2013 when they lost a total of 99 games the White Sox on this date were 28-37.
Those winning percentages as of June 15 of those respective years are: .452 (’15), .471 (’14) and .431 (’13).
Do I honestly believe the White Sox will be as bad as the ’13 team … I hope not, because that was the toughest summer to be a White Sox fan, though the 99 losses eventually turned into Carlos Rodon in the ’14 draft.
Speaking of Rodon … he had a night that is expected of a rookie every now and then, and it wasn’t pretty at all against the Pirates on Monday at PNC Park.
Rodon (2-1) didn’t make it through four innings, having 3.2 IP, with seven earned runs on nine hits and one walk. He struck out three and saw his ERA jump to 3.86 for the season in 10 games (seven starts).
After allowing five runs in the first inning, the White Sox allowed two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and for good measure the Pirates added three more runs in the sixth.
This all wasn’t on Rodon, as his teammates totaled just two hits, and committed three errors on the night.
Jun 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Geovany Soto (L) and second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (R) flash the “LoVista” sign in the dugout prior to playing the Pittsburgh Pirates in an inter-league game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
The game for the White Sox was one fans should just forget. The loss also moved the team to 12-22 on the road, and gave the team a four-game losing streak.
Maybe today will be a better day, if not, something will eventually have to change somewhere with the ball club, because staying pat is keeping the team in the same spot as previous seasons, and those were bad seasons.
White Sox Headlines
• White Sox hope to move past tough night in Pittsburgh: By Scott Merkin of WhiteSox.com.
• Conor Gillaspie adapts to new role with White Sox: By Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.
• White Sox Prospect Watch: Micah Johnson’s On A Hot Streak: By CBS Chicago.
• Gregor: Are changes coming for Chicago White Sox? By Scot Gregor of DailyHerald.com.
• By any metric, Sox ace Chris Sale in exclusive company: By John Grochowski of SunTimes.com.