The Chicago White Sox lost both games in their doubleheader on Tuesday.
The Chicago White Sox entered this season with some high hopes. Well, they are 1-4 after their first five games which is a big problem. They have not been all that good to start the season and there are a lot of reasons why. The pitching has been bad but the bad lineup decisions have led to a lot of the bad play to start the season. This is something that needs to change otherwise there are going to be some people out of a job soon.
The White Sox have a lot of talent. They also have a lot of guys who are AAAA type players so they belong on the bench to start games and as defensive replacements later in the game. For example, Rick Renteria loves to use Adam Engel and Nicky Delmonico for some reason. They are fine players but they are always way higher in the lineup than they should be.
Eloy Jimenez is injured right now but he could probably play based on his batting practice performance. In his spot, a guy like Nicky Delmonico is batting clean up in the second game. That is ridiculous as he has been a pretty awful hitter so far this season. No disrespect to him but there is no reason for a guy like that to be batting fourth with a lineup like this.
It makes it worse knowing that a kid like Luis Robert is batting seventh. He has been one of the two or three best hitters on this team so far and looks like someone who will eventually be one of the best players in the world. It makes sense to protect the young rookies but Robert is different. It is time to hit him higher in the starting lineup.
Another glaring issue for the White Sox in this doubleheader was the fact that they were brutal with runs in scoring position. They had multiple chances to tie the game, especially in the first one, but ended up failing every time. They can really hit the ball but they absolutely need to be able to be much more clutch.
Hopefully, Renteria realizes soon that he can’t be doing that with the lineup and gets it fixed quickly. Nobody said that this 2020 season was going to be easy but we definitely didn’t expect to lose four of the first five. They are back it again tonight against the Cleveland Indians to try and avoid the sweep. It is always a little tougher when your slump is at the beginning of the season because that makes people start to question you. Well, it is time to start winning some baseball games.