August was a good month to be a White Sox fan as the team won nearly 60% of the games they played.
But, that 17-12 record in August is quickly becoming a distant memory as the White Sox cannot seem to scrape a win together.
Remember when the White Sox tied the August series with the Red Sox? And, when they defeated the New York Yankees twice in New York? How they won three out of four against the Detroit Tigers during Players’ Weekend?
This September version of the White Sox is no longer firing on all cylinders like it was just two weeks ago in August.
The White Sox are still scoring runs, but not enough to compete with the runs the pitching staff is giving up. In September, the White Sox only have two wins out of the ten they have played. This gives the team the worst win-loss percentage of the season: .200.
The White Sox are playing so badly that they cannot get a win against the Royals – the second-worst team in baseball that just so happens to be closing in on 100 losses. (The Baltimore Orioles are already over that threshold.) In the previous series, the Sox could not contain the Los Angeles Angels, who have one of the least reliable pitching staffs in all of baseball – especially now that Shohei Ohtani is out of the rotation.
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So, what’s going on? In the Angels series, it was pitching – from start to finish. Pitchers gave up too many hits and the Angels were able to capitalize. In nearly every loss, the White Sox have had that one inning where the opposing team scored too many runs. One, while Carlos Rodon was pitching. Another in the ninth with a handful of pitchers. After those big-run innings, the team had to work too hard to get just one run across the plate. It’s nearly impossible to win with situations like this.
The losses against the Royals are showing other weaknesses. In the game on September 10, the ChiSox had a three-run inning in the third, but the Royals were able to chip away. They won with home-field advantage and a sad little throwing error (by the pitcher). On September 11, the loss was bigger and was, again, timely hitting by the opposing team. The Sox just couldn’t catch up.
Of course, a rebuilding team will have these issues. But these September issues seem to have begun as soon as the announcement about Michael Kopech‘s surgery was made. It is very doubtful that the losses are based on that problem, but, the Sox have had a handful of injuries that would certainly bring down any team’s morale.
Fortunately, the team is full of players who get after it every single day. They are learning, as a young, rebuilding team does. And, they are fighting to get wins all the way up to the very last out. Hopefully, the tide will turn and the Sox will get back into the win column and stay there for a while.