Chris Sale wasn't at his best, but even if he was it probably wouldn't have made a difference in the White Sox's 7-1 loss to the Tigers this afternoon at Comerica Park, which dropped the Sox out of first place in the A.L. Central for the first time since June 23.
There is simply no offense to speak of and it's becoming epidemic as the club's losing streak has reached four. In the nine games since the All-Star break the Sox have scored three or less runs on seven occasions, have scored a lone tally three times and a pair of runs twice. In the last two games against the Tigers, when the offense was needed to compete, the Sox scored three runs on nine hits. Not exactly the profile of a contender.
In a nutshell, the Tigers are hot, the Sox are not. We had a feeling the Tigers wouldn't remain dormant the whole season and it looks like they're coming on strong. That said, there's no need to panic. Teams go through slumps and it's happening to the South Siders at this point in time, including new folk hero Kevin Youkilis. It's hard to imagine the Sox offense, with as many weapons as they have, won't turn it around--and hopefully soon.
Look at it this way, a win tomorrow puts the Sox back in first as they end the grueling 10-day road trip.
Sox Notes of Note: There's a bit of a silver lining in SoxWorld despite the recent on-field performance. Kenny Williams, acknowledging that it's time for the Sox to make a serious push, acquired veteran Astro closer Brett Myers today for a pair of minor league pitchers and a player to be named later to fortify the young bullpen. With the addition of Myers and the reinstatement of Jesse Crain from the DL, the Sox are in much better shape in the pen...As a team strapped for cash, I think you'll agree that the Sox have made two brilliant moves in obtaining both Myers and Youkilis.