Chicago White Sox
It’s been a busy week for the South Siders. Their ship is continuing to sink. To their credit, they’re doing anything they can to save the season as their hopes are fading further away. They’ve cut loose some dead weight as they released both Mat Latos and Jimmy Rollins. Oh, and Austin Jackson is out for about six weeks due to a torn meniscus. They are also dipping into their farm system to upgrade their lineup, as their top shortstop prospect Tim Anderson has finally been promoted to the major leagues. They’ve also made another addition to their team, adding Justin Morneau on a one-year contract. The veteran first baseman is still injured and not ready to play, but the White Sox are hoping that when he is ready, he will be able to make an impact. As far the week went record-wise, it was another clunker. They dropped two out of three to the visiting Washington Nationals and also dropped two out of three to their division rivals the Kansas City Royals.
Stud of the Week: Jose Abreu
6 G, 25 AB, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, .391/.400/.609
It appears that the Cuban slugger is finally beginning to wake up from his deep slumber. He has gotten off to a remarkably to slow start to the season, as opposing pitchers have learned how to pitch to him and make it tougher for him do damage at the plate. This week he showed promising signs of getting it together as he flashed the usual pop that makes him the most dangerous hitter on the White Sox when he has it going. If the South Siders want any chance to maintain ground with the rest of the teams in the AL Central, Abreu has to get it going fast.
Dud of the Week: James Shields
1 GS, 0-1, 2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 3 HR, 2 BB, 2 K, 31.50 ERA, 5.000 WHIP
The first outing in a new uniform for the righty was a complete disaster. The Nationals did quite a number on him as he left a lot of pitches up in the zone and paid for it. The game seemed over right after the first inning. The White Sox didn’t give up a lot for this guy, but at the same time they certainly didn’t bring him over from the San Diego Padres to see him get shelled. It was only one start and it seems difficult to believe things can get any worse for him, so hopefully he turns it around in his next outing.