Good Start Gone Bad For The White Sox
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By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731
The Club Struggles To String Together hits in 2013 season
Heading into play Monday night, the club has gone 10 – 14 to start this year – and currently sit behind the KC Royals by 4 1/2 Games right now for the AL Central Division Lead. It doesn’t get easy for the team having to face Darvish and the Rangers on Tuesday night – to kick off a 9 Game Road Trip, where they also visit Kansas City and the New York Mets.
So the White Sox are offensively challenged you ask? Absolutely. In the first game of what turned out to be only a 2 game series with the Minnesota Twins this last week due to cold, Jake Peavy pitched masterfully. But, he took a no-decision in a 2-1 Sox loss.
Game 2 of that series, Gavin Floyd had his best start all season. But, it was all for naught as the Sox offense could only muster 2 Runs, and lost 3-2.
Rewind back a week or so ago when the Sox lost 2 of 3 games in Cleveland. Jose Quintana pitched a gem, throwing 7 scoreless Innings, allowing only one hit, while Striking out 7.
But, the Sox offense was shut down by Justin Masterson, and lost in 10 innings, 1-0. Now, games like this are going to happen throughout a 162 game season.
The Sox have managed to score 4+ runs in a game only 6 times this season. It is early, with a long way yet to go. And, the Sox always seem to be a team that hits A LOT of HR’s.
The Sox started off 2012 with a 12-12 record. So, their 10-14 mark this season isn’t far off that pace. They also managed to win 85 games in 2012. With the exception of John Danks being on the DL for the majority of last season, the Sox as a whole, were pretty healthy.
As a result of those injuries, the Sox have had to plug in the young Connor Gillaspie at 3rd, and move Jeff Keppinger to second to replace Beckham.
Viciedo’s spot in the lineup has been shared by the platoon of Dewayne Wise and Jordan Danks. It has yet to be determined who will replace Gavin Floyd in the Starting Rotation, but it could be young left-hander Hector Santiago.
As if the Sox didn’t rely enough on the HR before, they will now more than ever with Viciedo and Beckham out for extended periods of time. Dunn, Paul Konerko, and Alex Rios will be expected to pick up even more slack.
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Posted on April 29, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @brianm731 on twitter, adam dunn, al central, alex ríos, alexei ramirez, brian madseb, carlos quentin, chicago white sox, cleveland indians, Connor Gillaspie, dayan viciedo, detroit tigers, dewayne wise, gavin floyd, gordon beckham, hector santiago, jake peavy, jeff keppinger, jermaine dye, jim thome, john danks, jordan danks, jose quintana, justin masterson, kansas city royals, kc royals, minnesota twins, paul konerko, washington nationals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.