The Chicago White Sox are very up and down. They will have a game that convinces you that they are about to turn the corner and then follow it up with a complete dud the next day. So far, they have been the definition of a mediocre .500 team. There is no real spark whatsoever.
That was the case for them when they lost to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. They very fittingly split a doubleheader the night before and then lost the next day in a pretty disgusting fashion. Their offense was so dry.
Johnny Cueto pitched a really good game. He has been everything that this team needed and more since joining the rotation. Unfortunately, he seems to be that pitcher this year that just gets no run support whenever he is on the mound.
The only runs that the White Sox earned on Wednesday night were runs that were given to them by luck. The Kansas City Royals should have been out of the inning easy but a booted ball allowed two runs to score and the inning to stay alive. They tacked on a third to make it 3-1.
The Chicago White Sox needs to be better on the field in every possible way.
Before and after that, however, they blew many different opportunities to gain or extend the lead which would have put the Royals away. Instead, the bullpen used wasn’t the A team because of the lack of offense and the game was blown.
Johnny Cueto was handed the no-decision for his efforts. He also made some comments after the game that were a bit disturbing. He admitted that the team needed to play with more fight and have more of a fire.
That implies that they haven’t played with fight or fire so far which is a big problem. He also threw in the “if we have any” part which is the most disturbing. That makes it seem like he questions whether or not the team has any. He certainly wasn’t calling anyone out but it is a tough observation to swallow.
There are a lot of people that deserve the blame for this. The players that he is referring to here deserve blame for not bringing their all each and every game. They need to be much better and are running out of time to do so.
The same can be said for Tony La Russa. Most teams play with the same demeanor as their manager. The White Sox play the same way Tony La Russa coaches and that is a problem. Hopefully, these comments from Cueto stick with the team and they get it going.