Chicago White Sox
The White Sox had another strong week as they continue to play well in the early season. After settling for a split with the Los Angeles Angels in a four-game series, they quickly pulled it back together and swept the Texas Rangers over the weekend to maintain their position at the top of the AL Central standings. The only downer was that they lost veteran catcher Alex Avila to a hamstring injury during the Rangers series so their catching depth is a bit thin right now.
Stud of the Week: Mat Latos
Who really thought we’d ever say that this guy would be considered a stud? After a dreadful 2015 season in which he played for three different teams, a lot of people thought Latos was washed up and had nothing left in the tank. His fastball no longer has the same bite it used to, but he has learned to adapt and is able to keep hitters off-balance and guessing despite the decreased velocity. He’s not going to blow anyone away, but he has been able to keep the opposing teams at bay and give his team enough time to put together a lead. He had two quality outings this week. He first threw 6.1 innings of no-run ball against the Angels, then followed up with 6.0 strong innings of one-run ball against the Rangers. It has been a good week for the big tattooed man.
Dud of the Week: Austin Jackson
Oh boy. He managed only a .211/.286/.316 slash line over the week. He was able to salvage his bad week with a two-hit game against the Rangers on Sunday but overall just a disappointing week for the veteran center fielder. He was a late signing in spring training so it was fair to expect a bit of rust coming into the season, but his return to the AL Central has been anything but a party. He is making contact — he only struck out one time this week — but it has been weak contact. He’s not showing a lot right now to be optimistic about, but the White Sox are playing well despite Jackson’s poor showing so if he is able to get going sooner than later the White Sox should only be that much better.