Because of a busy Father’s Day weekend and the Stanley Cup Finals, I was only able to watch Friday’s game. Given that, I don’t have much to say for the series recap.
On Friday, Chris Sale was absolutely dominant. Sale pitched an 8-inning complete game, allowing two runs (none earned), on five hits, and one walk. Sale struck out 14 batters, but two errors from Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning seal his fate. Despite only being 5-5, Sale now owns a superb 2.43 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. At this point, he is one of the only members of the White Sox deserving of an All-star selection.
From watching the highlights, reading recaps, and looking at the box scores, it appears that the rest of the weekend was business as usual for the White Sox. They pitched fairly well, couldn’t hit, and they committed four more costly errors over the weekend series. With the schedule looking favorable for the month of June and the Sox sitting at .500 on May 26th, the Sox appeared to ready to make a move to contend. However, since May 26th, the Sox are just 5-14 in their last 19 games and now sit 9.5 games out of first place. If things don’t turn around very quickly, the Sox will be spending the rest of the summer trying to figure out which players to deal as the July 31st trade deadline approaches.
Friday, June 14th – Astros 2, White Sox 1
Saturday, June 15th – Astros 4, White Sox 3
Sunday, June 16th – Astros 5, White Sox 4
Monday, June 17th – White Sox 4, Astros 2
Record: 29-38, Last place in AL Central (9.5 games back)
Up Next: The White Sox stay on the road and visit the Minnesota Twins (30-36) for a three-game series that begins tonight.
Tuesday, June 18th at 7:10pm CT: Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.26 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.12 ERA)
Wednesday, June 19th at 7:10pm CT: Chris Sale (5-5, 2.43 ERA) vs. Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97 ERA)
Thursday, June 20th at 12:10pm CT: John Danks (1-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. Scott Diamond (4-6, 5.29 ERA)
Prediction: The pitching matchups line up favorably for the White Sox, but unfortunately pitching is only one-third of the game. The White Sox will have to show that they have improved offensively and defensively before they can be taken seriously again. Twins take two of three.
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