Every major league team knows that at certain points during the long summer either the pitching isn't going to click or the hitters are going to go into a collective slump--or both. And when this happens it will be accompanied by an extended losing streak.
Welcome to my world during the past five days.
In the case of our White Sox it feels a little bit worse because for the first time in about a month, we're not in first place. In fact, after today, we're 11/2 games behind the Tigers as we head home for a short three-game homestand against the Twins.
This weekend was just a matter of too much Detroit. Similar to the White Sox's three game sweep over the Rangers earlier this month, the Tigers got on a roll and never stopped both pitching-wise and hitting-wise. As far as the Sox's hitting we did score four runs and collect 10 hits today, which is one more in each category than the first two games of the series combined. Our starting pitching in the series was much, much less than we expected. Jake Peavy made a pair of crucial mistakes on Friday, Chris Sale wasn't himself yesterday and Philip Humber is probably still rattled from the four homers hit off him this afternoon. The silver lining is the five scoreless innings chalked up by Sox relievers Hector Santiago, Nate Jones and Donnie Veal.
I know it's useless to look in the proverbial rear-view mirror, but I wonder where the Sox would stand today if they somehow could have avoided the Red Sox's dramatic ninth inning rally on Thursday night and hung on for the win.
The curse of Cody Ross?