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White Sox: Losing Streak Hits Five After Sweep By Tigers

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Jun 4, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) walks off the field after the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) walks off the field after the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The White Sox dropped their fifth consecutive game on Sunday. David Robertson dropped his second game of the season.

The Chicago White Sox dropped their fifth consecutive game, losing 7-4 to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. David Robertson got the loss after giving up a walk-off three-run home run to Justin Upton. David Holmberg, who made his second start, lasted only 3.2 innings but only allowed one run.

It’s definitely been a tough stretch for the White Sox. They are playing hard and don’t give up in games, but they have just not played well enough to win. Pitching has been a concern and having Holmberg in the rotation may not be the best thing. He pitched well on Sunday, but didn’t even last four innings. That puts a ton of stress on the bullpen.

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They just can’t keep relying on their bullpen. At some point, they are going to get burned out and not be as effective as they’ve been all season. The returns of Carlos Rodon and James Shields should help with that, but until then, starting pitching just has to be better. Starting pitching only lasted 12 innings this series for the Sox. Miguel Gonzalez was the only one to last six innings.

That can’t continue if they want to win and be a contender. Offensively the  have been pretty good. They put four runs on the board against the Tigers, and weren’t relying exclusively on the long ball. They still need guys to hit better. Todd Frazier is one of them. He’s hitting .195 after a three hit game on Sunday with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. He’s a guy the need to be better offensively. Sure, he hits a lot of homers, but he can do better than a .195 batting average.

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This season has been largely up and down for this team. They still have a lot of work to do. The AL Central is probably the worst division in baseball. So it’s important this team stay the course. They are playing better than last season but this roster isn’t build to win. The results just look a little better because of how poor the division is. If this just stays the course, they will be a contender in a few seasons. Until then, the White Sox need to keep adding talent to their roster and build towards the future.

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