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White Sox DH Adam Dunn
Chicago White Sox: Clutch hitting
Entering the season, the biggest question for the White Sox appeared to be how their starting rotation would perform behind Chris Sale and Jake Peavy.
Instead, their offense has been the problem in the early going, especially in the clutch. As a team, they're hitting just .163 with runners in scoring position. Adam Dunn has been the biggest culprit, going 2-for-22 with a .364 OPS.
Cleveland Indians: Starting pitching
The Indians spent a good deal this offseason to improve their offense, signing Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and Mark Reynolds, among others.
While the offense has been better, starting pitching remains a serious concern. Justin Masterson (4-1, 1.85 ERA) and Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12 ERA) have been solid, but Brett Myers (0-3, 8.02 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2, 10.06 ERA) have struggled, and the No. 5 spot has been in flux from the get-go.
Detroit Tigers: Bullpen
With a 4.53 ERA, the Tigers bullpen has been far from lights-out to open the season, and their closer-by-committee has not been great in converting three of six save chances.
Phil Coke (8 G, 4.91 ERA), Octavio Dotel (6 G, 13.50 ERA) and Brayan Villarreal (7 G, 20.77 ERA) have been the biggest issue, and as a result, top prospect Bruce Rondon was called up Tuesday (per ESPN).
Kansas City Royals: Middle-of-the-order production
Starting pitching was the focus of the Royals offseason, and so far, their staff has been vastly improved. It's a big reason why the team is 10-7 on the season.
Offense, on the other hand, has been somewhat hard to come by, especially in the middle of the order. Mike Moustakas (.419 OPS, 1 RBI), Salvador Perez (.617 OPS, 5 RBI) and Eric Hosmer (.629 OPS, 4 RBI) have each yet to homer. They need to pick things up for the team to have a real shot at contention.
Minnesota Twins: Starting pitching
Saddled with one of the American League's worst rotations last season, the Twins added a trio of starters in the offseason.
Kevin Correia (2-1, 2.86 ERA) has been solid, but Vance Worley (0-2, 7.11 ERA) and Mike Pelfrey (2-1, 7.30 ERA) have been terrible. The rotation has a combined 5.00 ERA on the season.