White Sox Funk Continues As Trade Seems More Necessary
Home cooking couldn’t heat the Chicago White Sox.
Maybe a trade can.
After a 1-5 road trip through Houston and Pittsburgh, the South Siders reverted to their namesake and found that a one-day win in Pennsylvania two days earlier hadn’t solved all of their ailments, the same old problems staring them in the face.
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Five three-point innings from Carlos Rodón haven’t made much of a difference, as the White Sox have once again seen how little room for error there is lately for a starting rotation that carried this team through an avalanche of injuries and kept it in first place in AL Central.
Yasmani Grandal kept warm, but other than his absolute one-homer run, the White Sox’s offense was mostly calm against the visiting Seattle Mariners, in “blink and you’ll miss it” mode for a while. much of the night in a 9-3 loss.
“It was a tough game,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
All this struggle has made La Russa’s pre-game assessment of the White Sox’s front office work ahead of next month’s trade deadline seem a little more urgent, or at least more applicable.
“The way they built this list is exactly what they are doing now,” La Russa said in response to a question about Rick Hahn & Co. seeking to improve on a broken list in the coming weeks. “They’ve made phone calls and kept the staff up to date with the possibilities.… The fans need to understand that if there is anything reasonable, they are going to try to make it happen.
“You have to repeat ‘reasonable’. The end of next month is not as attractive as it would be right now to get help. If there is something that makes sense, they will try to make it happen. “
Yes, the White Sox might need reinforcements right now, well before July 31, with the absence of Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Adam Eaton and Adam Engel becoming harder and harder to ignore with each of the sleeps. offensives from last week. Yermín Mercedes’ blank start seems to be a thing of the past, and as the team increasingly relies on bench players to provide consistent attack, races have become less and less.
They are 1-6 in their last seven games, averaging just over two and a half points per game over that span.
Even after Friday’s game, talk of potential injuries – of a much smaller variety than those that have plagued the White Sox so far – dominated La Russa’s post-game media session, as he speculated that sagging MVP José Abreu was playing through the pain and updated that Yoán Moncada rolled an ankle.
With more typical baseball ailments now affecting the few supposedly healthy White Sox core members, the need for backup may be more urgent than ever.
Hahn has vowed not to waste what he called a “holy” chance to win the World Series and to be aggressive in making the necessary improvements to what was initially built as a championship roster. But timing is everything, the old saying goes, and rather than a month from now, could be the time to strike to help a team devastated by injury.
It’s easier said than done, of course, as Hahn pointed out when impact players generally become available. There’s a reason deals are made on the deadline day and not in June.
But that’s when things are going badly for the White Sox. And while it’s certainly possible that this is just one of those sour stretches, the White Sox know they’ll be without Madrigal for the rest of the season. They know that Jiménez and Robert, who they hope will return before the end of the season, will be absent for a little longer.
How much can they expect things to improve while their big boppers stay in recovery mode?
“Every team has a tough time, whether it’s offensively, defensively, throwing,” said Rodón. “And I think right now it looks like we’re having a hard time going both ways.
“We just need to get out of this funk and move on.”
The best way to help might be to call in the cavalry.
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