One of the old sayings in baseball is, “Good pitching beats good hitting.”
For most of the 2014 season, the Chicago White Sox have lacked both. During their three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles this week, the White Sox pitching staff gave 17 runs and the offense produced just six runs in three games.
The O’s finished off a three-game sweep the White Sox on Wednesday with a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory. Baltimore used three home runs from Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones (all off White Sox starter Hector Noesi) to sweep the Sox and send the Good Guys to a season-low nine games under the .500 mark.
Although things are about as bleak as they have been all season long and with the postseason not in the cards, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has a different opinion about the future of the White Sox
“They’re going to be a good club to be reckoned with. They’re in their process and they’ve got the pieces there when they get everybody healthy, so you just feel fortunate to catch them on a little different side of the season and get out of here.”
-Buck Showalter, (Via Scott Merkin of MLB.com)
When you do some digging and lay out the White Sox on a philosophical platter, Showalter may be accurate in his assessment.
The White Sox have two of the best left-handed pitchers in the American League (Chris Sale and Jose Quintana), a “spark plug” of a lead-off man in Adam Eaton (who is currently on the disabled list) and two young right-handed powerhouses at the plate in rookie Jose Abreu and the recent return of outfielder Avisail Garcia (who homered on Wednesday) has given White Sox fans a bit of hope in a disappointing season (which most did expect).
Losing 10 of your last 13 games does seem a bit painful as a fan to watch and obviously as a player who is playing every day. However, with the recent call-up of this year’s top pick to Triple-A, Carlos Rodon, and some flexibility coming with potential departures of current players, the potential to be a “good club” is obtainable.
After Thursday’s off-day, the Good Guys will travel to the Bronx to play Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees for a three-game series. John Danks (9-8, 4.94 ERA) will get the start for the White Sox, while the Bronx Bombers will send Shane Greene to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 CT on Friday night.
White Sox Notes:
- On Wednesday, multiple media outlets announced that top prospect Micah Johnson would be shut down for the season due to a hamstring issue. The 23-year-old second baseman hit .275 in 65 games for Triple-A Charlotte this year before the injury.