Chicago White Sox
The White Sox appear to be coming back down to earth after their hot start to the 2016 season. They played all their games at U.S. Cellular Field this week and still had a losing record. They dropped two of three to the Houston Astros and then dropped another series at the hands of division rivals the Kansas City Royals. They lost the first two games of each series before winning the series finale. The pitching wasn’t good enough, outside of the usual stellar performance by lefty Chris Sale, and the hitting was lackluster. The White Sox are losing their lead fast and need to turn it around quickly and regain their momentum before they start to slip further in the AL Central standings.
Stud of the Week: Chris Sale
The left-hander once again dominated yet another start. He tossed his second straight complete game, this time against the Astros, giving up four hits and one earned run and fanning nine batters. He continues to be the best pitcher in the American League by far and seems to be able to guarantee the White Sox an automatic victory every time he takes the mound.
Dud of the Week: Mat Latos
The early success by Latos is beginning to look more and more like a mirage. His latest start mirrored his performance the last few years as he’s lost quite a bit of velocity. He lasted only 5.1 innings against the Astros and surrendered five runs on 11 hits, walked two batters, and was taken deep twice. He’s leaving the ball over the plate more and hitters are taking advantage. The White Sox were hoping he could rebound and capture some of the success he had with the Cincinnati Reds, but it doesn’t look very promising right now.