Since winning his MLB debut back on April 26, Chicago White Sox rookie starting pitcher Scott Carroll has not won since then, going 0-3 in his last four starts and raising his ERA from 1.23 to 6.49. Despite his recent problems on the mound, the White Sox shouldn’t demote Carroll yet.
Starting pitching as a whole has been the White Sox’ bugaboo recently, with poor starts outnumbering the quality ones. As a collective unit, White Sox starting pitchers have already given up six or more runs in 10 starts through 46 games. Last season, the team’s rotation gave up the same amount of runs just 13 times in 162 games.
Chalk some of the rotation’s issues up to the absence of ace Chris Sale; chalk the rest up to inconsistency and failure to properly locate pitches. Carroll’s struggles added fuel to the fire of the starting slide. After his quality start against the Cleveland Indians on May 3, in which the only two runs he surrendered were unearned, Carroll gave up a combined 18 runs in his next three starts and never made it past the fifth inning in each start.
In his most recent outing this evening against the Kansas City Royals, Carroll gave up five earned runs in the first inning alone before settling down and surrendering one more in his final three innings of work.
The White Sox brass has made it clear that they intend to give Carroll every chance possible to stay in their rotation. Right now, it makes sense to keep Carroll around and let him work out his kinks at the same time that others work out theirs. At the same time, with Sale poised to return from the DL soon, Carroll could find himself the odd man out, which is unfortunate.