The White Sox have now lost six of their last seven and 11 of their last 14. Doesn't feel like it, though, right?
Seriously, that surprised me. With plenty of close losses, it feels like the Sox aren't playing that bad of baseball. But at 13-17, they're only two games better than they were at this point last year, which came at the tail end of that 4-18 stretch in April and May.
The Sox dropped the first game of Monday's doubleheader 8-6 as Philip Humber really struggled again, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 2 13 innings. The second game saw the Sox fall 3-2, with Josh Tomlin striking out a career-high eight batters.
Jose Quintana, called up as the 26th man -- allowed for doubleheaders under MLB's new CBA -- threw 5 23 shutout innings in relief of Humber in the first game. But since Eric Stults, who allowed two runs in six innings in the second game, appears to have a spot in the starting rotation for the time being, Quintana was shipped back to Double-A Birmingham. But his performance probably won't be forgotten down the road.
In Birmingham, Quintana will be re-united with Jared Mitchell, who's been tearing up the Southern League to the tune of an OPS well over 900. Chuck Garfien spoke to Mitchell and Buddy Bell about the development of the former first-round pick since his devastating ankle injury suffered two years ago.
The latest Cubs Talk CSN & White Sox Talk CSN Power Rankings are out, and I put a lot of faith into Baltimore and Houston. The Sox are at Nos. 18 and 20 on the list, if you're wondering.
Around the division: Detroit's bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth to lose 3-2 to Seattle, Jered Weaver slacked off and allowed three hits against the Twins and Royals prospect Wil Myers is crushing Double-A pitching.