The Chicago White Sox have gotten off to a rather slow start going 4-6 through their first 10 games. If the White Sox keep this up, I will give the over/under of 20 game for the first Ozzie Guillen profanity laced tirade.
Let’s see what else is going on with the Pale Hose:
The offense needs a boost. Through the first 10 games of the year, the White Sox are hitting .205 as a team, which as you can guess, is the worst in the American League. Now I don’t expect Juan Pierre and Paul Konerko to hit .194 all season, but this offense needs something.
As I wrote in my first week recap last week, I can’t take a lineup seriously when Mark Kotsay is batting fifth. And while Andruw Jones has gotten off to a pretty good start (.304/3/6/.429), they shouldn’t be a team’s primary DH’s at this stage of their careers.
I really believe that if the White Sox want to win the AL Central, they will have to add another bat during the season.
Watch for Sergio Santos. Santos was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round (27th overall) of the 2002 Draft as a shortstop. After seven failed seasons playing short, Santos tried his hand in pitching.
That position didn’t look so promising for Santos either as he posted an 8.16 ERA in four minor league stops in 2009. However, he did strike out more than a batter per inning.
Santos impressed everyone this spring by striking out 16 batters in 10 innings. Santos made the team and is proving the White Sox made a smart decision.
Santos has pitched four hitless and scoreless innings so far, while striking out seven batters. His fastball averages 95 mph and has a slider that averages 85 mph.
The most important thing for Santos is that he is throwing strikes. He walked 20 batters in 28.2 minor league innings in 2009. In 2010 with the White Sox, he has walked just one batter.
If he keeps this up, the White Sox will have found themselves a diamond in the rough.
Freddy Garcia looks done. If Garcia really wants to keep his job, then he really needs to start resembling a major league pitcher. Garcia was shelled again last night and now has given up nine earned runs in 10 innings this year.
Things don’t look promising for Garica as his next start is against the Tampa Bay Rays. If he gets toasted again, the White Sox will have a decision to make.
I think if he doesn't impress again against the Rays, the White Sox should call up Daniel Hudson. Hudson struck out nine in his first start of the season at Triple A Charlotte and is clearly a better option than Garcia at this point.
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