It has not been a good stretch for the White Sox in the last week, but the Houston Astros actually provided a bit of hope.
Intermixed with the White Sox fans at Guaranteed Rate Field over the weekend were fans wearing orange and blue. Some of them provided friendly reminders that the Astros were in the same spot just a few years ago.
A rebuild is never easy. For the players and the fans.
The Astros were 51-111 in 2013. Four years later, they won the World Series. This is the plan for the White Sox, but the best players have yet to move out of the minors. So, there will be tough series like the one against the Astros.
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In the three-game weekend series, the White Sox scored only two runs. The Astros scored 27. It wasn’t for lack of trying either. The Sox put had nine hits on Sunday, but they could only get one batter to cross home plate. Even though the Astros won the game with seven runs, they had one more hit than the Sox had.
The bright spot on Sunday was Reynaldo Lopez. He pitched five innings and gave up one run and four hits. His ERA is still 1.50, which is the best on the starting rotation.
Luis Avilan has been another reliable pitcher. In his two innings against the Astros, he didn’t give up any runs. This was a nice change of pace after his hiccups against the Oakland A’s.
On offense, there weren’t many positives. One was the beautiful double that Matt Davidson hit on Sunday in the second inning. With what seemed like a gentle swing, Davidson sent the ball off the right field fall and into the corner. Right after Davidson’s double, Yolmer Sanchez hit his very own and earned an RBI in the process. That was the only score of the game on Sunday.
Bruce Rondon was quite a disappointment on Sunday afternoon. He took over after Aaron Bummer gave up a single. Rondon began his time on the mound with a wild pitch and then Welington Castillo added a passed ball to his stats. Then, the merry-go-round began with a collection of walks, singles, and doubles to help the Astros put up a five-spot in the seventh.
And, of course, it’s safe to say that the White Sox have Danny Farquhar on their minds. The pitchers in the bullpen develop a unique camaraderie with all of the time they spend together. The latest news on Farquhar is that he will spend at least the next three weeks in the hospital, according to an article by ESPN.com. He, his family, and his teammates are in our thoughts and prayers.