White Sox Offense Continues to Struggle on Current Road Trip

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: First baseman Matt Olson
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: First baseman Matt Olson /

White Sox offense unable to provide run support on Monday in series opening loss to Oakland Athletics. The team has scored just one run in its last two games.

The Chicago White Sox offense continues to struggle as they were unable to provide starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez with any run support on Monday night. In the team’s 8-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics, the Sox didn’t score a run until the ninth inning.

Jose Abreu scored the lone Sox run on Monday night with a solo home run when the game was well out of reach. The Sox couldn’t score more than a run on Athletics starting pitcher Daniel Mengden and wasted a solid performance by Lopez. The young right-handed starter recorded 10 strikeouts for the Sox while allowing just two earned runs and four walks to Oakland.

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This was the third consecutive start of the season where the Sox failed to provide Lopez with any run support. Many Sox fans remember how badly former pitcher Jose Quintana needed run support from this team throughout his career with the organization Hopefully Lopez doesn’t become another Sox pitcher that can’t get run support.

However, the Sox inability to score hasn’t just been limited to when Lopez is pitching. After getting off to a nice start offensively on Opening Day with six home runs, the Sox offense has stalled over the past few weeks. The Sox haven’t scored more than five runs in a game since their home opening loss to the Detroit Tigers on April 5.

The Sox went from leading MLB in home runs with 14 after the first week of play to batting just .231 as a team as of Tuesday. This has led the team to have the 26th ranked total offense in MLB and they’re currently tied at 11 with the Pittsburgh Pirates with 18 home runs. It’s been frustrating for Sox fans to see the team offensive woes continue into their road trip.

Many players haven’t been successful in the lineup for the Sox recently. Matt Davidson, who had a three home run game on Opening Day, is hitting .176 over his last seven games. Tim Anderson hasn’t driven in a run over the past week and has just five hits. Yoan Moncada has 15 strikeouts over his last seven games and is hitting .192 to start the season.

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This season will see more growing pains from the Sox. With the team currently struggling on offense, fans must be aware that this rebuild is far from complete. Hopefully the team can get out of its offensive funk sooner, rather than later.