Man… wouldn’t it be awesome if one week I would be able to write, “The Sox went 5-2 this week.” Well, I can’t this week because we got more mediocre play from our guys as they went 4-3. They split the 4-game set with Cleveland and finished up taking 2 of 3 from the Jays.
THIS MAN WAS LIGHTS OUT THIS WEEK. Sure it was against the two worst hitting teams in the American League, but he did what he’s supposed to do to those teams. The flamethrower faced the Indians on Tuesday, throwing 7 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits, and striking out 8 members of the tribe. Lucas followed up that performance with another fantastic outing, this one on Sunday vs. the Blue Jays. After allowing 3 hits and 1 run in the first inning, he settled in giving up only 1 hit, 1 walk, and 0 runs over the following 6 innings. This is the kind of stuff that I know Lucas Giolito is capable of. And like I said, it was against bad teams, but allowing 7 hits over 14 innings is awesome, no matter who you face. I really hope he can keep it rolling for the Southside.
Bummer got the call-up in late April when Nate Jones went to the IL with inflammation in his right elbow. Since then he has been CRUSHING IT, allowing only 1 run over 9 innings – and it wasn’t even earned – that’s a 0.00 ERA. The man out of the University of Nebraska threw 4 innings this week, striking out 3 batters and allowing only 1 hit. It’s not just him, the whole bullpen has been solid over this past week. Usually, the pen is an area of concern when it comes to the White Sox, but not over this stretch.
McCann had a hell of a week for the Chi Sox. He is showing that he’s 100% better than the 2nd catching option, Welington Castillo. He slashed .500/.526/.778 and added a HR with 3 RBI’s in the 6 games that he played – well done Mr. McCann.
The Week Ahead
The White Sox finally get a day off on Wednesday after playing 15 games over 14 days. Monday night they return home to take on the Indians in a 2-game set. They will face Shane Bieber and Carlos Carrasco, whom they just faced both of this past week. After Wednesday’s off day Chicago will host the Blue Jays in a 4-game set to close the week. Man, this is still a stretch where they are facing a couple of teams that are “just okay” – another chance to maybe grab 4 or 5 wins. Will they do it? Hell no. I have a feeling that next Sunday night I will be typing up a report saying we went 3-3 and we’re still a middle of the road team. Although, the optimistic side of me is locking in a 4-2 performance from the White Sox this week.