The Chicago Sports week was full of the good, the bad and the ugly. The White Sox and Cubs continued to struggle, Chris Sale continued his dominance, Starlin Castro lost track of the outs and the Bears continue
White Sox Home Struggles Continue
The White Sox 17-9 road record is the best in baseball. At home they have struggled, going just 16-18. After a nine game home stand, the White Sox head back to the road with series at St. Louis and the Dodgers this week.
They were outscored 52-41 in their most recent homestand, winning just four of the nine game. Their inconsistent starting pitching from anyone not named Peavy or Sale has hurt. Philip Humber has been wildly inconsistent since throwing a no-hitter at Seattle on April 21st. He has just one victory in eight starts since then. Gavin Floyd has seen his ERA rise from 2.53 on May 11th to 5.38 after his last start Friday night. Floyd has given up four or more runs in each of his last five starts.
Chris Sale Continues his Dominance
Sale has been nearly unhittable lately. He has given up two runs or less in five straight starts. In his last nine starts he has given up more than two runs just once. Sale’s 2.05 Earned Run Average, eight wins .92 WHIP and .188 Opponents Batting Average Against lead the American League.
He earned the American League Pitcher of the Month for May. In May, Sale was 4-1 with a league-leading 1.71 ERA, nine walks and 35 strikeouts in 31.2 innings according to MLB.Com
In his lone start this week, Sale pitched eight innings, striking out seven, giving up just four hits with no walks in a 10-1 White Sox win over Houston. His next start is likely Saturday at the Dodgers.
Starlin Castro Loses Track of The Outs
In a game the Cubs led 2-1 in the fifth inning, Starlin Castro held the ball after getting a force out with one out. Castro thought the force out was the third out of the inning when it was actually out number two. The gaffe cost the Cubs the lead in game the Giants went on to win 3-2. Cubs Manager Dale Sveum was quoted on ESPNChicago.Com as saying “knowing how many outs there are in the most important part of the game. These things have got to stop happening or he's going to stop playing.”
Cubs road struggles continue
The Cubs tied a franchise record when they lost their 11th straight road game at San Francisco on Monday. The broke the streak with a 10-0 win at Milwaukee on Tuesday. The win gave Ryan Dempster his first victory of the season breaking a string of 19 consecutive starts since last August without win. It was the Cubs first win on the road since a 6-4 victory at St. Louis May 14th.
The Cubs would lose the next four game on the road before winning the last game of a three game series at Minnesota on Sunday.
The Bears finished up their OTA without star running back Matt Forte who was still missing over a contract dispute. Devin Hester, Brian Urlacher, Robbie Gould and Charles Tillman were also missing from the OTA.
Battles for the last spot on the team at Wide Receiver, depth in the defensive backfield, fullback and depth on the offensive line were the stories of interest in OTA’s. The Bears will conduct mini camp this week from Tuesday through Thursday.