The White Sox played their 70th game of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.
And, that 70th White Sox game was like the majority of the games in 2018: a disappointing loss.
But, despite the sweep from the AL-rival Tigers, the Sox are doing better in June than they did in May and April.
Home and away numbers
After 70 games, the Sox are 24-46. Of those 24 wins, 12 have come at home and (obviously) the other 12 have come on the road. Notably, they have lost two more at home than on the road. Most teams perform better at home, but in 2018, the Sox are not one of those teams.
After passing the mid-point in June, it is evident that the Sox are fighting a bit harder than they were earlier in the Spring. Of course, March was the best month, as the team finished with two wins in two games. But, April and May were sad. In April, the Sox were 6-18 and in May, they were 8-19. As of June 17, the Sox had a .470 win percentage with a record of 8-9 with notable series wins against the Brewers, White Sox, and Indians. After the losses to the Tigers, the White Sox scored 56 runs and allowed 57.
Better in June than in April and May
Considering that prior to June, the Sox scored 209 and allowed 293, June is going well.
The Sox have played 16 teams. Of those, they have winning records against four of them: the Brewers, Red Sox, Royals, and Rangers. The team’s worst records are against the Tigers, Astros, Athletics, Pirates, and Cardinals.
The pitching stats
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With the plethora of losses, there are several pitchers who have gathered more losses than they should. But, two starters are leading the pack: Lucas Giolito and James Shields. Between the two of them, they share 15 of the 46. Giolito does have four wins to Shields’ two; those four wins lead the team. Even Reynaldo Lopez, who is pitching better than any other starter, only has two wins. They are just so few of them.
Who’s leading the offense
It’s about a month until the All-Star Break and the Sox have 25 games to play before the majority of the team will get a few days off from baseball. Of course, every team will send at least one player to the All-Star Game and it’s rather easy to predict who will be the White Sox representative: Jose Abreu. He is leading the team in nearly every batting stat, except home runs and triples. By the time the All-Star Game invites are delivered, he’ll dominate the home run category (he doesn’t have the foot speed to lead in triples).
It’s a long season and the White Sox are in for the duration. There are good things happening as the win percentage is improving. But, there is still a long way to go. Hold on, Sox fans. Your patience will pay off!