Dallas Keuchel pitched an absolute gem, the bullpen was solid, Eloy Jimenez contributed some much-needed offense, and Jose Abreu is really starting to heat up. Knowing all of those things were true, you would be sure that the Chicago White Sox won. Unfortunately, the Kansas City Royals were one run better in their 3-2 victory over our Sox. It was mostly a well-played game but the White Sox just couldn’t get the bats rolling in this one.
Unfortunately, it followed a game where they played horribly so they lost the series to the Royals. Last week, the Royals took three of four from the White Sox which was equally as bad. Sandwiched in between the two series’ was a big series win over the Cleveland Indians who are a much better team than the Royals.
The White Sox owned them early in the season but have struggled against them over the last two weeks. Luckily, it is over now and they can move on to a new team. They only have one more series left with the Royals and it comes on the road at the beginning of September. The White Sox should have a lot figured out by that point.
As mentioned before, there were some good signs in this game. Eloy Jimenez is still trying to get his feet under him upon his return. He had a huge RBI double in the game that scored Cesar Hernandez all the way from first base. When Eloy really gets the bat going, this offense will catch fire and nobody should doubt it.
The Chicago White Sox needs their best players to be their best players.
Speaking of the offense catching fire, Jose Abreu can play a big part in that as well. With a hot Jimenez hitting right behind him, he should be able to start really feeling it. He hit a home run in the series finale for his second home run in as many days. He isn’t going to hit a home run every day but he has the potential to be a game-breaking offensive player.
Now, it is time to move on. The White Sox will travel across town to play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this weekend. It is a huge matchup as the White Sox tries to get hot. Of course, the fans will be super into it as it is the Crosstown Classic. However, the White Sox players and coaches need to treat it like a regular series because they need the wins very badly.