The White Sox figured to have a little bit of trouble to start the season due to the fact that the back end of their rotation features two guys that are big question mark’s and a couple of young players taking on big roles. But I do not think anyone expected the White Sox to look this bad.
Nobody expected Gavin Floyd and John Danks to give up as many runs as they have so far. Nobody thought that Alexei Ramirez would be looking completely lost at the plate for the first two months of the year. But these things have happened in making the team look terrible. The White Sox look as though they are stuck in quicksand, I am not sure if I can remember the last time that they won two games in a row.
It seems that every series the White Sox lose two out of three with the exception of taking three out of four early in the season against a Tampa Bay Rays team that was then struggling.
After Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians Ozzie Guillen said in his own words that this team stinks right now, and they most certainly do. Coming into the series, the Indians were the worst team in Major league baseball and had been hitting near the bottom of the American League. But of course the White Sox come in and make them look like a World Series contender losing the first game nine to four.
In the second game, Clayton Richard pitched a pretty good game in his season debut as the White Sox were able to win seven to four. But in typical White Sox fashion this season the team came out the next day and could only muster one run against Indian pitcher Cliff Lee who was relieved by Bettencourt and then Kerry Wood. The White Sox had the bases loaded twice in the game with the score four to zero but were unable to even drive in one run.
Things look like they can only get worse from here as the White Sox head to Toronto, a place where they were swept at about the same time last season in embarrassing fashion. The organization has got to do something to turn this thing around quickly. The light of the World Series championship in 2005 has long since gone out and fans are starting to get fed up.
If Kenny Williams is serious about winning another World Series something has to be done this season to right the ship. Even though the White Sox are so bad right now, they are still only three and a half games out of first place.
What this means is that the White Sox should make a move now instead of at the trade deadline in order to give ourselves a chance to come back and get into this division race.
This series loss to the worst team in baseball is just another in a long line of series losses that were a result of a lopsided offense that can score at 12 runs one day and get only one hit the next.