After dropping another game to the Los Angeles Angels, the White Sox have lost three straight and dropped to .500 (7-7) on the season.
The season is early and there’s obviously time to improve, but the Sox should be concerned about their bullpen situation.
Their offense is in the top three in the AL in Runs scored, OPS, AVG, RBIs and Hits. The Starting Pitching has been strong, headed up by Edwin Jackson (2-0, 2.89 ERA).
The losing has come thanks to Defense (second in the league with 14 Errors) and more importantly, the bullpen. Just 14 games into the season, Ozzie Guillen’s bullpen has blown six saves, while putting up a 6.14 ERA and creating quite a headache for the veteran Manager. Though some of the mistakes have been his fault, once-successful relievers have been struggling early. Opening Day Closer Matt Thornton has given up 11 hits while walking 4, all in just 4.2 innings pitched. Rookie Chris Sale’s ERA sits at 7.36.
Ozzie Guillen says it’s too early to panic. And he’s right. Then again, he’s the one who stormed out of a post-game press conference following the most recent bullpen meltdown. This team can be great, but they need to iron out some serious kinks.