If losing two of three to the youthful, lowly Astros this weekend weren't bad enough for the White Sox, consider three things that make matters even worse:
1. They were beaten by Sox castoff Lucas Harrell, who never showed enough to stick in Chicago.
2. The scores of the two losses were of the embarrassing variety--8-3 on Friday and 11-9 today. Only a late flurry of runs when the game was already out of hand made this afternoon's score respectable.
3. In a nine-game homestand against the Mariners, Blue Jays and Astros, all the Sox could do is finish at 4-5.
A Pair of Fallen Starters
While the Sox still hold a slim 1/2 game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central, it may not last much longer if Philip Humber and Gavin Floyd don't turn things around.
Although he struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings this afternoon, Humber failed to do the job--again. He gave up six runs (five earned), six hits and walked two. He is now 2-4 with a whopping 5.92 ERA.
Floyd, who was the loser on Friday, is 4-6 and 5.38.
With both Chris Sale and Jake Peavy pitching on an All-Star level and Jose Quintana filling in nicely for the rehabbing John Danks, the constant subpar performances of Humber and Floyd have become beyond problematic--and I wonder how long before a change or two is made in the rotation. One option, of course, is to have Quintana replace one of them when Danks returns and perhaps send whomever is designated to the pen to replace Zach Stewart, who specializes in gopher balls and might be better off in Charlotte.
On the Positive Side
To their credit, The Sox have been resilient all season. Although they found themselves down as much as 11-4 today, they fought back on a two-run homer by Paul Konerko in the eighth inning and a three-run clout by Orlando Hudson in the ninth. Also, Adam Dunn hit No. 20 in the sixth, a solo shot.
Tough Road Trip Ahead
After tomorrow's day off, the Sox head to St. Louis and Los Angeles for a couple of three-game series against the World Champs and the first-place team in the N.L. West.