Another close game slipped through the Chicago White Sox fingers as they lost to former teammate Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays 4 – 3. There have been quite a few close games this year for the White Sox who still find themselves hovering around the .500 mark loosely and sitting in the middle of the American League Central. Pitching has admittedly been sporadic at times. They even got a bad start from Chris Sale recently. Still, one of the main issues for this team is clutch hitting.
More to the point, the problem is the lack of enough clutch hitting overall. The 2 through 5 hitters in the line-up against the Blue Jays left a small village on the bases all by themselves. Alex Rios even left one on though he did score a run as he continues to lead the White Sox offensively. They had plenty of chances to get to Buehrle but were 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position. That is a stat that will lose you a close game every single day.
I’m not sure what the fix is but the more I look at this team the more I see little wholes that shouldn’t be there. They just aren’t performing as well as they should be. It is very early and sometimes that happens early in the season. They really should focus on creating some scoring chances for themselves however. Then they should focus on getting those scoring chances across the plate.
The White Sox have the potential to take the AL Central as their own with the pitching and offense they could put on the field. Robin Ventura needs to do what he can to figure out why they are not doing that and fix it. Hopefully for their sake, he and the rest of the team will fix it soon.