On August 1st, the Chicago White Sox won a slug-fest against the Minnesota Twins, 10-8. The win for the Sox was the 54th of the season and put the Good Guys just two games under .500 for the first time since June 16th (!).
After that win against the Twins, the record for the White Sox since is … 1-6.
On Friday night, the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game with a 4-1 loss against the Seattle Mariners. Jose Quintana picked up his eighth loss of the season by going 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits, walking two and striking out four on 93 pitches (57 strikes).
Coming into this weekend’s four-game series with the Mariners in Seattle, the White Sox had won nine of their last 11 games in Seattle, but have yet to get going in this series against the M’s by surrendering 17 runs in two games.
Sure, the White Sox weren’t expected to complete for an American League pennant this year, but getting outscored by 42 runs in their last six games is, well … bad. Really bad.
From the lack of consistency from the starting rotation (4.40 ERA, 25th in MLB) to arguably the worst bullpen in baseball (4.50 ERA, 28th in MLB), the White Sox are tumbling back towards the American League Central cellar for the second consecutive season.
To make matters worse for the White Sox, lead-off man and starting center fielder Adam Eaton left yet another ballgame due to injury. Eaton left Friday’s game in the third inning due to a sore rib cage.
During Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers, Eaton crashed hard into the right center field fence and left that game as well.
After Friday’s loss, the White Sox are 55-62, 10 games behind AL Central-leading Detroit and 7 1/2 games out of the last AL Wild Card spot.
Could it be worse for the White Sox? Absolutely.
Could be much worse? As of right now, not much.
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