No mystery here. If you don't pitch and don't hit, you're not going to win many ballgames. So it was on Wednesday night as the Sox, the White version, got pummeled 10-1 by the Sox, the Red version.
Although the South Siders lost a game in the standings to the Tigers, who they will face in a three-game series starting Friday night, it's just one game so there's no reason to panic because of the loss alone. But then there's the big picture and that's when it gets a bit dicey.
So the question we have to ask ourselves is: Can the "Baby Bunch, the mass of rookies on the Sox pitching staff, hang on until reinforcements arrive? It certainly wasn't ideal for a trio of rookies--Dylan Axelrod (no decision/team loss), Pedro Hernandez (loss/loss) and Jose Quintana (hoping for the best tonight)--and Philip Humber (win/win just off the DL) to face the Red Sox at Fenway. But until the likes of Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Jesse Crain in the bullpen and any other acquisitions return and appear, it is what it is.
Let's look at it from a different perspective. While the pitching, both the starting rotation and bullpen, is not at full strength and we wait for mound reinforcements it would also help for the Sox offense to deliver on a more consistent basis. The lineup is certainly there, especially with the addition of Kevin Youkilis, but there are too many games where the Sox don't score enough. In the six games since the All-Star break the Sox are 3-3. While they've won 9-8 and 7-5, they've also lost 6-3, 5-1, 10-1 and won a 2-1 decision.
Obviously in order to hang on and win the division, both the offense and pitching have to be in sync along with a tight defense, which the Sox have demonstrated this season. But until the pitching gets sorted out, the offense needs to step up and compensate.
Can they do it? We may have an indication as soon as this weekend in Detroit.