Anemic Offense, Poor Pitching a Huge Concern for Ozzie Guillen

Lucian ChaseContributor IMay 12, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 7:  Manager Ozzie Guillen #13 of the Chicago White Sox talks with the press in the dugout before the Opening Day game against the Kansas City Royals on April 7, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On Monday night, Gavin Floyd was hung out to dry by the Cleveland Indians. He was grilled for eight earned runs, as his ERA was raised to 7.32. What has happened to this guy?? He was the staff ace last year, but his control and location have just vanished. This is a huge concern for the Sox.

The rotation now reads like this:

Buehrle: 5-0, 2.61

Danks: 2-2, 3.41

Colon: 2-3, 4.88

Floyd: 2-3, 7.32

So, with the exception of the superb Mark Buehrle, no one is really getting it done. Danks is okay, but not reliable as yet, with Colon just about the same. Floyd is just a mystery, and how long can Ozzie allow this mystery to continue? Don Cooper has some serious work to do.

But it's the White Sox, the offensive machine, right? Wrong.

Over the last eight games, the Sox have put 21 runs on the board; this is less than three runs a game. The long ball has been the team's signature, its crowning glory over the last few years, and yet over the last six games, the players have only hit two long balls, and none in the last five games.

But the long balls aren't everything. You can win games with singles, doubles, triples, and steals. It's a shame the Sox don't have those, either. They have only topped eight hits in a game twice in the last eight games. The team as a whole only has 17 steals for the year.

So much for the offseason speed plan.

In fact, there are only three good things for the White Sox on offense right now: Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, and A.J Pierzynski. All three guys are eating it up right now and batting above .300.

Something needs to be done. How long can some of the minor league talent be ignored? Gordon Beckham is storming at single-A. Carlos Torres is lights-out at triple-A. We need to take advantage of this raw talent available to us.