A great manager once said “We won a game yesterday. We win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak” Thank you Lou Brown.
The White Sox finally snapped a 7 game losing streak by winning the last game of a 4 game series against the Tampa Rays. During the losing streak the offense seemed to have fallen asleep. After the tremendous start to the season in which the Sox were leading the league in runs scored, they scored a total of 12 runs in the 7 games. Last night they scored 9 runs. Let’s hope that we see more of last night and less of the previous 7 games going forward.
The last week has been quite frustrating as a White Sox fan. The early season struggles of the bullpen haven’t been as bad, but the closer situation is still foggy at best due to no save opportunities. Who gets the 1st save chance when it comes up? My guess is Sergio Santos. The offense that looked so good early is now struggling. Adam Dunn is barely hitting .100 since his appendectomy, Alex Rios is having a terrible start to the season, and Gordon Beckham has cooled off considerably in the last couple weeks. The games just seem like any time the pitching does well, the offense cannot score runs. When the offense scores runs, the pitching or bullpen implodes. On a brighter note, Juan Pierre seems to have come out of his slump. He has been getting on base, stealing bases, and scoring some runs. The White Sox are a better team when Pierre plays well.
Ultimately the year is still very early with the Sox sitting at 8-11 and heading to Detroit for a weekend series. All of these issues can be completely forgotten about if the Sox go on a winning streak over the next week. Like Lou Brown said, a streak has to start with just one win.
About the Author
Written by Shaun Balmer
Shaun is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His love of the White Sox began as a kid in 1993 watching morning replays of games on Sports Channel. To this day he will argue with anyone that the strike of 1994 cost the White Sox a World Series title. Growing up in Indiana he is also a fan of the Colts, Pacers, and of course his alma mater the Boilermakers.