There’s no way around it— the Chicago White Sox are not a well-rounded team right now. The White Sox have lost four straight games and haven’t been able to win a series since the first week of the season. What has caused the lackluster play for the Sox is their offense and defense. With just 63 runs scored and 13 errors committed, Chicago is at the bottom of the MLB in both hitting and fielding.
The only positive for the South Siders so far in 2013 is their pitching. The Sox have a team ERA of 3.33, which is good for sixth in the MLB. Chicago’s bullpen has been lights out for the majority of the year so far, but their starters have been the group that has impressed me the most.
A quality start in baseball is defined as six innings pitched and no more than three earned runs. In their 12 losses this year, six times the White Sox starter has given the team a quality start. If the Sox were able to capitalize on just half of these quality starts, they would be one game over .500.
Lately, the Sox starters have given their team every chance to win.
In their last seven games, Chicago’s starters have averaged just 1.5 ER per start, yet the Sox have gone 2-5 in those games.
There are two ways to look at the Sox current situation.
The optimist would say that the Sox are getting stellar pitching almost every night, and eventually their bats and gloves will emerge, which will instantly make Chicago playoff contenders once again.
The glass half empty person would view the quality starts by the Sox pitchers as missed opportunities that will end up biting them in the butt down the road.
For now, I’ll side with the optimist. No one enjoys losing games, and the past few weeks have been miserable for Sox fans. However, it’s still only April, and no team has taken firm hold of the AL Central yet.
I have all the belief in the world that the Sox pitching will continue to be among the league’s best. If and when the bats and defense will finally pick up for the Pale Hose is still a mystery to me.