Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Consistency lacks
The Chicago White Sox have one of the worst records in all of baseball. They currently have the least amount of wins in the American League with 30, the second-worst winning percentage at .435 (Oakland is at .431) and last night lost by 11 runs to the Minnesota Twins.
The 2015 season has been a disappointment, and the record is proof as they are last in the AL Central. What else can you say?
Being 2-9 in their past 11 games (including at one point an eight-game losing streak) the White Sox are just a very bad baseball team, having underperformed thus far this season after a lot of offseason hype many of us believed in.
That is the last time any of us should believe in hype!
The leading batter for the White Sox is Jose Abreu with a .290 average, followed by Avisail Garcia at .272 and Melky Cabrera (.248), so in all honesty the batting just hasn’t been there this season either.
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Abreu leads the White Sox in four major batting categories this season with the aforementioned .290 average, 37 runs, 12 home runs and 40 RBIs.
But besides Abreu, the rest of the team has been very inconsistent, even with the White Sox having 11 hits Monday night in a 13-2 loss (and were out-hit as Minnesota has 15 hits). A lot of the loss being the “Good Guys” were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, including leaving 10 runners on the bases.
The defense was bad as well, with three errors, and for the season the team has committed 49 errors, the sixth most in the majors (third most in the AL). In comparison, the Athletics lead MLB with 71 errors.
In watching this team, they are giving off the vibe that once they get down they have trouble getting back into the game mentally, but maybe I’m wrong but that’s the feeling I get. But from afar, the White Sox just don’t seem very mentally into games (is that the fault of the coaching staff?), and their miscues in the field, plus their lack of hitting with RISP shows.
Jun 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
If it wasn’t for all the offseason hype, and the given higher expectations after the big offseason moves, this season wouldn’t be such a disappointment. But this season has been that, and from the looks of things, with the White Sox being 30-39 overall, there is no end in site with the poor plus thus far.
Today the White Sox send Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.67 ERA) to the mound against Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey (5-3, 2.97 ERA) in hopes of turning things around. In his past three starts Samardzija has given up 26 hits and 11 earned runs in 21.1 innings for a 0-1 mark.
In his last start on June 18 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates (a no-decision) Samardzija went seven innings where he allowed two earned runs on 10 hits and no walks. In that game he struck out seven.
Tonight’s game begins at 7:10 p.m. CT at Target Field against the Twins.
White Sox Headlines
• Dan Jennings set to begin rehab assignment: By Betsy Helfand of MLB.com.
• Melky Cabrera’s bat has heated up in June: By Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago.
• Cubs/White Sox Prospect Watch: By CBS Chicago
• White Sox stink it up in Minnesota again in 13-2 rout: By Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
• White Sox in critical condition: By Mike North via Daily Herald.com.
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