What to watch: Sox try to avoid another sweep

What to watch: Sox try to avoid another sweep
April 13, 2013, 9:45 pm
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First pitch: 12:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet (coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 11:30 a.m. with White Sox Pregame Live)

On the mound: Jake Peavy (5.56 ERA, 13 H, 13 K, 1 BB, 3 HR) vs. Brett Myers (12.19 ERA, 18 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 7 HR)

Peavy couldn't keep the ball in the park his last time out against Washington, serving up three home runs and allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-7 loss. He was solid in his season debut, though, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks. It's still early, and his velocity hasn't been any different than in the last two years, so there's hardly anything to worry about with his numbers here.

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Myers, on the other hand, has been torched in his first two appearances in 2013. The ex-Sox reliever gave up four home runs in five innings starting against Tampa Bay April 4, then served up three home runs in 5 1/3 relief innings against New York on April 9. He was signed to be a starter, but if he can't keep the ball in the park, perhaps a move back to the bullpen would do him some good. Still, everything in mid-April has the caveat of being very, very early in the season.

Today's storyline: Slumping Sox look for rebound 

Chris Sale got rocked on Saturday, giving up eight runs on eight hits with two walks and two home runs in what was his worst start in a White Sox uniform. The White Sox couldn't get things going, either, and struggled again with runners in scoring position.

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Perhaps facing Myers will be just what the White Sox need to jump-start their offense. While Toronto has come out of the gate slow, four games at Rogers Centre won't be easy for the White Sox. It's tough to bury a season this early (see below), but falling to Cleveland tomorrow could tee the White Sox up for a precarious position, even if it's only April. 

The last word

The White Sox five-game losing streak looks bad, but it isn't close to the worst early-season skid the team has had since the Live Ball Era. The White Sox lost eight straight games from April 23-May 1 of 1936, and had seven-game April losing streaks in 2011, 2008, 1971, 1942 and 1932. Two of those teams finished above .500 -- the 1936 and 2008 squads -- while the 2011 and 1971 teams finished just under .500. The 1942 White Sox went 66-82, while the 1932 Sox had a 49-102 record.

So the lesson here: Early-season struggles aren't exactly predictive of full-season issues. Most everything is all over the map.