The White Sox played some decent ball this week. It was really great to see the core guys continue to put up great numbers. Overall, we went 3-2 on the week, dropping 2 of 3 to the Orioles in Baltimore and breaking out the brooms for a 2-game sweep over the Tigers to end the week.
Ivan Nova & Ervin Santana
Guess who started both games that the Sox lost last week? Hint hint – it’s the two guys in the rotation who have been pulling the Sox down all season. Nova has been complete ass over his last two starts, and three of four – allowing 23 Earned Runs over 18.2 innings. My take on him is once Lucas Giolito is good to go with the hamstring injury (should make next start), Nova is gone and we can move forward. Ervin Santana, on the other hand, has been brutal too and Rick Hahn decided it was time to get rid of him as well. After posting a -0.4 WAR and 9.45 ERA in the 2019 campaign, Santana will test the free agency waters rather than hang around in the Sox minors. I’m all for it – I never want to see this bum around 35th street again; and if he is, I hope it’s in an opposing uniform and the Sox blow him up for 8 runs in 3 innings.
Tim has been the White Sox MVP so far this year. He’s batting a cool .385 and he’s blasted 5 homers this season, including one on Monday night against the Orioles. They currently lead 4-2 in the 7th, as they’ve just turned it over to the bullpen after Manny Banuelos 2nd solid start to the season. Anyways – Friday night, when the Sox were hosting the Tigers in the series opener, we trailed 9-2 going into the 5th inning and the Sox came all the way back, including a Tim Anderson walk-off bomb to seal the deal in the bottom of the 9th! Stay hot Tim, and for the love of god, please keep whipping your bat around when you hit dong shots like that!
Abreu had a solid week for the Sox as well, raising hit Batting Average up to .273 entering Monday night’s game. He went 12-21, including a pair of 5 RBI games (7 altogether), 2 HR’s, and at least one hit in every game during those 5 competitions.
Overall Analysis & The Week Ahead
I’m pretty pleased with the way the Sox are playing. Coming into this week I asked the Sox to get me 10+ runs twice, and they were able to do that, scoring twelve in two of their wins. Now that the dead weight is pretty much gone in the rotation, I expect these guys to be hungry and keep getting after it. Even though this was the easiest stretch of their schedule all year, they have some good momentum going and I like it to carry into this week. They are currently hosting the O’s in another 3-game set in Chicago and start a 4-game series with the defending champion Red Sox of “May the 4th be with you” and Cinco de Mayo – also in Chicago. I’m guessing we will face Chris Sale in that series, who has neem all but great this season, posting a 6.30 ERA and an 0-5 record. Usually, I’m scared AF to face Chris, but with his fastball velo declining, I look for the Sox to be able to do some damage against him.
Let’s go Boys! Stay hot and let’s go for another sweep to start the week and at least two out of four over a struggling, possibly hungover Boston team.