The Chicago White Sox have been one of the most underwhelming teams this season, and their poor play has continued against another one of the bottom-tier teams in the league. Sunday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The White Sox now fall to 63-65 on the season and are currently six games back of the final Wild Card spot and five games back of the Cleveland Guardians for first place in the AL Central. Over the three-game weekend series, the White Sox were outscored 20-9.
The second inning was a troublesome inning over the series against the Diamondbacks. Of their 20 total runs scored, the Diamondbacks scored 12 runs in the second inning. In the series opener, Johnny Cueto allowed six runs on four hits in the second inning.
In the second game of the series, Davis Martin allowed five runs on two hits and three walks in the second inning. In the series’ third game, Dylan Cease allowed one run on one hit in the second inning.
The Chicago White Sox are trending downward as the 2022 season wraps up.
The White Sox pitching has struggled immensely since their five-game winning streak earlier in August, giving up a whopping 67 runs over their last 11 games and going 2-9 in those games. The offense has been just as abysmal scoring 35 runs over that stretch.
Although injuries have decimated the Chicago White Sox this season, the team has severely underperformed. The power has been zapped out of the lineup. The White Sox do not have a single player on the roster with more than 14 home runs.
To put things into perspective, Aaron Judge himself has hit 49 home runs which is only one less home run than the White Sox’s top four home run hitters have combined to produce.
Although the White Sox rank second in total hits and fourth in average, the team ranks 20th in runs batted in and 26th in home runs.
Even though the White Sox play in what is known as a hitter-friendly ballpark, the offense can no longer produce runs when it matters. It also doesn’t help that they cannot win games at home as they have only produced 30 wins at home compared to their 34 losses at home.
Things are looking bleak for the 2022 Chicago White Sox and with stretches like this, their chances of making the postseason are dwindling away with each loss.
With only 34 games left, things will have to change quickly if the White Sox want a chance to make the postseason.
After a season like this, it seems that changes will be made when the offseason comes and we’ll have to wait and see what those changes will be. Nothing should be out of the question at this point.