Mon. Sep 23rd, 2019

White Sox Weekly – Week 8 – 5/20/19

The Sox have been disappointing as they’ve struggled to pick up key wins over the last few weeks. The schedule they played was filled with teams that were expected to be booty this season and for the most part, that has held true. Along with the trash teams they’ve played over the last month like the Orioles, Royals, Tigers, and Blue Jays, they played the underperforming Indians and still were only to split with them. Chicago sits with a 21-24 record on the year and please don’t walk away with the thought of, “Oh, we’re only a few games under .500, we’re decent.”

Sure we have some good players. Our go-to guys like Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, & Tim Anderson are having solid seasons so far. It’s the gap between the guys that are on the come up and the “get-me-over” players that are only on the team until we’re truly ready to compete. That, along with the pitching staff that’s plagued with injuries is a deadly combination and a recipe for a mediocre team.

Let’s get into who did what this week for the White Sox.

Yoan Moncada

Yo Yo is really starting to fulfill his prophecy as a super star. Little early to throw “super star” out there? Fair, but he’s heating up and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the all star team this season! This past week he slashed .412/.474/.941 and that means his ops was 1.415!! He hit 2 homeruns over the last 7 games and added a triple, a double, and 3 RBI’s.

Tim Anderson

Timmy continues to impress this season as this past week he hit for a .368 average (5-19) and swiped a bag. I feel like Anderson and Moncada are going to be in friendly competition for who will be the face of this franchise moving forward. I’m all for that. That is a trait of a good team when guys are challenging each other to be better and perform at a higher level.

Lucas Giolito

Giolito built on his recent impressive stretch as he threw the first complete game of his career! Kind of… Officially they say it was a CG but it was a 4.5 inning game that got rained out vs the Blue Jays this past weekend. Lucas threw solid though, giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits and a pair of walks. That means, over his last three starts, the flamethrower has gone 19.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 10 hits. I said it last week and I’ll say it again, these are glimpses of what we know Lucas can be. He is set to face the Astros this week so that will be a real test.

The Week Ahead

The Sox have quickly gone through the part of the schedule where you would have expected us to be above .500. Now they are in for a nightmare as they will face the Astros for four games followed by the Twins for three – all on the road. These teams ranked 1 & 2 in this week’s AL Power Rankings by my Head MLB writer, Drew Modjeski. I agree though, at 31-16 and 30-16 respectively, these teams are juggernauts. We all know the Astros are killer, but let me touch on some of the Twins that have been dialed in so far this year. If you weren’t convinced by their record, let me tell you that this Minnesota team seems to be putting it all together. Jorge Polanco leads the team in batting average at .343 with 8 longballs, 12 doubles, and 18 RBI’s. The homerun leader for the Twinkies is Eddie Rosario with 13. They will gladly take his .293 average coupled with his 35 RBI’s. Not far behind Rosario is C.J. Chron, who has accumulated 12 bombs and 29 runs batted in. I see the White Sox struggling mightily this week and they will be a profitable fade when we bet against them. I’m glad we were able to win some games early on in the season but according to my prediction, Chicago will only win 48-50 of the 117 games remaining. I expect the boys to go on a skid here and optimistically, I say they win 2 of the next 7 games.