The Chicago White Sox lack of hitting continued to show up against the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading to yet another loss Wednesday evening.
This time the hitting, or lack there of, showed up at U.S. Cellular Field where the White Sox lost 3-2, but we’re held to just four hits. In three straight games with the Pirates, the “Good Guys” have collected 10 hits and two runs, with the offense being shutout on Monday and Tuesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
This play is not becoming unacceptable, but it is beyond that point. Holding onto the last place spot in the AL Central at 28-36 (.438 winning percentage), 10 games back of the Kansas City Royals, makes this the lowest point thus far this season.
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With that said, this team is much too talented and like the White Sox broadcast team said this week, this team has too much talent to have only 28 wins after what is now 64 games.
This team has no excuses to use. They are mostly healthy, the rotation is pitching mostly well, the bullpen and closer are better than the previous season, but the hitting has been absent a lot in ’15, more often than not.
Besides a slow start Wednesday, the White Sox had a pretty good outing from John Danks, but when a team gains just for hits, well the result nine times out of 10 will be a loss.
Looking at the standings, the White Sox even trail the fourth place Cleveland Indians by two games for that spot, and the third place Detroit Tigers by five in the Central.
I keep harping on it, but something has to change. The players need a swift kick so to speak, this club has no spark, and plain and simple the ball club can not hit the baseball and score runs.
Maybe today will be different, but with a pitcher’s duel awaiting between Jeff Samardzija (4.84 ERA, 70 strikeouts) and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (1.71 ERA, 93 strikeouts) it will most likely be another tough day at the plate for the home team.
White Sox Headlines:
· White Sox need to improve brand of baseball quickly: By Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com.
· As trade talks grows, White Sox have decision to make: By Doug Padilla of ESPN.com.
· Rick Hahn not ready to reveal plan about White Sox future: By Rick Levine of CBS Chicago.
· White Sox GM Rick Hahn shares fans’ frustration, disappointment: By Daryl Van Schouwen of the ChicagoSun-Times.