Seven games into their big eleven-game road trip, the Chicago White Sox are looking absolutely lost. They’re 1-6 since the start of the journey, and even worse, they’ve lost ten of their last eleven games. That puts the club at 8-14, 5.5 games behind the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians. What’s worse, they still have four games left on their long trip, all against the powerful Yankees.
The story was the struggles of their bullpen as it blew five saves early in the season. But recently, the team’s anemic offense has come into focus. They’ve scored just seven runs in their last seven games, and just about everyone is to blame.
First Baseman Paul Konerko has driven in sixteen runs this season while putting up an OPS of .900 while Right Fielder Carlos Quentin’s OPS is even better at 1.023 with six Home Runs. The success stories end there.
Alex Rios is still searching for his first Home Run while his OPS sits at a pitiful .463. Gordon Beckham is mired in a miserable slump with just three hits in his last thirty-eight at bats. And Adam Dunn, the guy many thought would help bring the offense over the top, was recently dropped from third to fifth in the lineup. The choice was a no-brainer, as Dunn has struck out 24 times in just 55 at bats.
Yes, it’s early, but eyes are already on hitting coach Greg Walker, and possibly even Manager Ozzie Guillen. If things continue on this bad, could the two of them be searching for new jobs? Guillen doesn’t seem to think they’re to blame.
“The worst thing about coaching or managing in baseball is that your job is always related to what people do.” Said Guillen after the team’s most recent defeat. “In basketball you can get people in or out and in football you can control offense or defense. In baseball you put nine guys in and they play.”
Nobody is necessarily throwing any blame. It is early, and let’s not forget, the Sox started the year 9-14 in 2010 before improving to 50-38 by July 15th. Just like then, there is again room to improve on a team filled with talent. They just need to find a way to score.