The White Sox welcome the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers to the South Side this week, and they'll be looking to turn around a disastrous August. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton discuss the upcoming matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The White Sox ended July on a terrific note, winning five of seven at Minnesota and Detroit to inch closer to .500 at 53-56. Robin Ventura's group actually won its first game in August, a 10-8 win at home against the Twins, but since then it's been all downhill and ended any real threat the White Sox had to get back to .500 and compete for a Wild Card spot.
In August the White Sox are 6-15, have lost six straight and will close out the disastrous month against a pair of contending opponents in the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
"When you start losing streaks you generally stay on them," Bill Melton said in the video above. "I don't know what it's going to take for the White Sox to come out of this."
There have been many culprits for the White Sox woes, but as Chuck and Bill pointed out, having one of the league's worst bullpens does no favors in close games. Thirteen times this season the White Sox have held at least a two-run lead in the sixth inning or later and lost.
The Sox bullpen holds a 4.46 ERA this season, fourth worst in the majors. Their 1.48 WHIP is second worst, behind only the Tigers' bullpen (1.53). Yet as Melton pointed out, it's simply too far into the season to expect anything different. Ventura must roll out what he's got and hope for the best.
On Sunday that wasn't enough, as Jacob Petricka -- the team's closer -- surrendered a three-run homer to Brian McCann in the 10th inning as the Yankees knocked off the White Sox in New York. Petricka has been solid of late but couldn't get the job done against the lefty McCann.
"Well this is your closer and you're gonna have to stay with him. He's done a good job at certain times. We don't have a left hander down there to get anybody out. You've got a bullpen that's in flux," he said. "I don't know how many guys are gonna come back next year."
See what else Bill and Chuck had to say, and catch the White Sox on CSN this week.