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White Sox Reflections 1 ½ Months In
- Updated: May 20, 2009
“We stink.” – Guillen
“We’re just not good right now, that’s it.” – Konerko
That pretty much sums it up, but let’s take a look at why the Sox are struggling so much.
The offense has struggled mightily thus far, ranking them near the bottom in the AL in many
Runs Scored – 14th (Last)
OBP – 12th
BA w/ RISP – 11th
The batting order and DeWayne Wise and Brian Anderson have seen considerable time lost resulting in Plan C, D & E (Lillibridge, Owens & Podsednik). Quentin, Getz, Dye and Thome have all missed some time here and there as well.has been shuffled quite a bit thus far, mainly due to some minor but nagging injuries keeping starters from the lineup. In particular, the biggest adventure has occurred in an already unstable centerfield where
Alexei Ramirez has followed up his ROY bid last year with a huge sophomore slump, and has been benched for stretches without much improvement. He’s hitting just .223 and has only 1 HR at the time of this writing.
The result, the White Sox have had 10 games where they have scored 1 run or less (6 shutouts, 4 1-run games). You can’t win with the best pitching staff in the league with those kinds of performances.
The top of the rotation has been pretty good with Buehrle and Danks posting solid numbers thus far. From there it goes downhill fast. Gavin Floyd (7.32 ERA) has struggled with control and as a result he is getting pounded. Likewise, Contreras has already been jettisoned to the minors after a horrific start. Colon has been able to fill the 5th starter role admirably, but with the Contreras (8.19 ERA) demotion the expectations rise for him as well. Clayton Richard is now the de facto 5th starter, but depending on how it goes that spot might be a merry-go-round for some time to come if Contreras can’t regain form.
The bullpen is the one bright spot in an otherwise craptastic team. Dotel, Jenks, Linebrink and Thorton are living up to their salaries and are probably the best in the league at shutting down innings 7-9.
Fielding separates the men from the boys, and clearly the White Sox are boys so I don’t need to go into an analysis right now. They need to make themselves relevant in the batting and pitching departments before I start splitting hairs.
The offense will get better, I just don’t see any way that it will stay this impotent throughout the course of the season. I believe Gavin Floyd is the lynch pin of this team. He needs to get back to form for this team to be successful.
The outlook is grim right now, but I will remind you that it is still May and things can turn around very quickly. I’ll leave you this little nugget: Last year at this time, the AL Central Champion White Sox had a record of 19-21, so don’t jump off a bridge just yet.