The Chicago White Sox had a slow start but they are back to a .500 record.
The Chicago White Sox got off to a 1-4 start after a strange set of circumstances. They were shown that the Minnesota Twins hit every ball in plain sight and the Cleveland Indians rarely give up runs in bunches. They had a hard time putting their best foot forward but they seem to have something rolling now. Their Saturday night win has them on a nice little three-game winning streak. This is a team that can score lots of runs and they look like they might be starting to do that.
Their big win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night that made it a three-game winning streak and it also elevated them to a .500 record. Not bad for a team that was 1-4. A lot of the mistakes that led to losses early on were self-inflicted and they aren’t fixed yet but they have certainly been a whole lot better.
The White Sox called up Nick Madrigal ahead of Friday nights game against the Royals. He seems like he is ready to go defensively but we are still waiting to see what he can do with the bat at the MLB level. He is, by all accounts, set to be a really good contact hitter for them one day. Those two skills (hitting and fielding) go together really well on a good baseball team.
Luis Robert continues to crush the ball. He has not struggled with Major League pitching at all yet and he has faced some very good ones. If he is able to keep this up, the rookie of the year award might be in his near future and an MVP award might be in his distant future. It makes it even better that Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada both look amazing as well. This trio is going to be good for a long time.
Starting pitching was the issue after that 1-4 skid to start the season. Well, Lucas Giolito bounced back and Dallas Keuchel has two good starts under his White Sox belt. We saw Gio Gonzalez make his White Sox debut as a starter last night and he was good enough to help them win the game. It is nice that the pitching is at least a little bit upgraded this year as opposed to the past. If they are able to keep a lot of this up, they should be able to do a lot more winning.