The White Sox snapped their five game losing streak on Sunday, thanks to – you guessed it – home runs from Paul Konerko and Alejandro De Aza.
Saturday’s game was a legit, no-doubt-about-it, loss. Chris Sale was lit up for seven runs. Duente Heath’s first big league pitch of the 2013 season was a two run homer, and the Sox found themselves down by 7 (they would end up losing 9-4).
Friday’s game was all sorts of frustrating. Let’s run through all of the opportunities the White Sox had to push one run across the plate.
Top of 1: Alex Rios tries to stretch a single into a double, is thrown out at second.
Top of 3: A Conor Gillaspie leadoff single is wiped out by a double play.
Top of 6: Alexei Ramirez leads off the inning with a single, he’s caught stealing second.
Top of 7: Paul Konerko doubles with two outs. Dayan Viciedo strikes out swinging
Top of 8: Conor Gillaspie hits a leadoff double. Alexei Ramirez BUNT POPS OUT to catcher Yan Gomes. Hector Giminez grounds out. Alejandro De Aza strikes out to end the threat.
The game would end in the bottom of the ninth with a Nick Swisher walkoff single. The Indians win 1-0. The Sox could have walked away 2-1 winners. Instead, they got one of the most disappointing losses of the young season.
The White Sox do not have a strikeout problem. Sox hitters have K’d 91 times this year. That’s puts the Sox in the middle of the pack in MLB. The Astros are the worst strikeout team with 121. The Tigers are the best, with only 66 strikeouts.
The strikeouts come at a bad time. The Sox have found themselves 44 plate appearances with two outs and runners in scoring position. Sox hitters have struck out….15 times.
2 opportunities with the bases loaded and two outs…two strikeouts.
The Sox have a lot of strikeout guys right now. Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Dayan Viciedo, and Alejandro De Aza all have strikeout totals in the double digits. Alex Rios leads the team in walks with….4.
This team is unpleasant to watch right now. Scoring opportunities are accompanied by that sinking feeling that they will not come around to score.
The White Sox have a severe walks problem. The White Sox have walked only 16 times. That is the worst in major league baseball by a country mile. The second worst team is the St. Louis Cardinals, and they have 27 walks.
There are two things at work. The Sox are either in a slump, or this is the way it’s going to be for the entire year. In 2012, the Sox were 6-6 through 12 games, just one game off this year’s pace.
By May 16, 2012, the White Sox were 17-21 and 4.5 games out of first. The Sox then went on a 14-2 run that had them in first place by June 3rd. So the good news is that the White Sox have been in this situation before.
The never-ending winter just adds to the frustration. The 10 day forecast is one long stretch of high temperatures in the upper 40’s.
The Sox offense is cold….and so is the weather! Have fun!
That being said, I’ll see you at the ballpark on Friday.