By S.C. Zuba
It’s been a rocky start of the season for the Chicago White Sox, to say the least.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just go back to the start of the season and have a redo? Unfortunately, that’s not how things work in Major League Baseball—or life, for that matter.
Opening day for the White Sox couldn’t have gone better. Mark Buehrle pitched a gem, Paul Konerko homered and things looked promising for this young team.
Since then, however, things have gone terribly wrong for the South Siders. After that opening-day win against the Cleveland Indians, the Sox have lost nine of their last 12—including losing five of six to those same Indians.
The Sox are in dead last in a weak American League Central division, behind the lowly Kansas City Royals. The Sox are five games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins. It is still early in the season, but this team needs to get it together—and quickly—or things will go from bad to worse.
On paper, I would argue this team has the best starting rotation in the league; however, things just simply haven’t gone the way of the Sox lately.
Starting pitchers Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia are both 0-2 in their first three starts with ERAs of 9.00 and 8.10, respectively. On the plus side, Buehrle is 2-0 with an ERA of 3.00 through his first three starts.
Offensively, it seems as though no one is hitting for the Sox. Through their first 13 games, not one single player (with the exception of Jayson Nix, who has six at-bats this season) is hitting over .300.
The Sox rank 28th in the league with a combined team batting average of .222.
As far as home runs are concerned, this team is certainly not built for home runs. At least not like they were last year with Konerko, Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye. It’s hard to understand why General Manager Kenny Williams doesn’t have more “big boppers” on a team that plays in the home run happy U.S. Cellular Field.
Is it weird to anyone else that Dye still doesn’t have a job? I’d say the Sox could use him right about now.
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From the April 21-27, 2010 issue