The Chicago White Sox need to figure out a way to end the slump that they’re in.
For the second night in a row, the Chicago White Sox were defeated by the Cleveland Indians in walk-off fashion. It is a heartbreaking thing to see this team in a slump like this to end a season that has been so awesome. They have been so good that losing their 1-5 record since clinching only dropped them to 34-22. They are in a tight race with the Indians and Minnesota Twins for the American League Central title. If they want to go grab it, they need a strong finish with four games left.
Listen, Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber had a pitching duel for the ages. It was incredibly entertaining from a baseball point of view but it stinks that the White Sox didn’t come out on top. Jose Abreu was good along with a few other players but they just weren’t able to come out on top. All of the games against Cleveland have been close but they didn’t win a majority of them. They have one chance tonight to right the ship and avoid being swept.
After that, they still need to end this slump because the Chicago Cubs are coming in for three. Both Chicago teams are going to go into that series with a chance to win a division which is all we could ask for before the season began. The White Sox have played the Cubs well this year so hopefully, that is the way they break the slump before the playoffs begin.
So, how do they break the slump? Well, they need to continue getting the good starting pitching and bullpen play that they have been getting. The only knock on the pitching in this series has been the guys called on to throw when the walk-offs were created. A lot of that blame should truthfully go to the person in charge of putting these guys in. They need to be better at deciding who to put in at the right time.
The hitting needs to be better. They have faced all of Cleveland’s best and have one more to deal with tonight in Zach Plesac. Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson are both firm MVP candidates so they need to just keep up what they’re doing. Eloy Jimenez is also doing exactly what he needs to do at the plate as his at-bats have mostly been flawless. The two that really need to step up the way we know they can are Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert. These two have been elite in the past and need to get back to that for the White Sox to have a chance.
It isn’t going to be perfect as this is a very young team. They need experience facing adversity like this and they are going to be better for it. Remember, the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians have both had major slumps like this (or worse) earlier in the season. It is the White Sox turn but things just feel worse because they are running out of time in the regular season. We should all be confident in this team to pull out of this before it is all said and done.