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They were not only swept by the Angels coming out of the break, they were downright embarrassed.
They are 6-20 against the Indians, Tigers and Royals combined. That needs to improve or there won't be postseason baseball on the South Side.
Since being swept by the mighty Indians, the White Sox have won 10 of their last 15. Given how few sure things there are this season, they are absolutely a Wild Card contender.
Taking three of four from the Red Sox and then two of three from the Blue Jays were pretty significant in keeping the Sox afloat. We'll ignore the Tuesday loss because -- for some reason -- they never, ever give Jose Quintana run support. It's ridiculous.
Last year, Jose Quintana was ninth in the AL in ERA but had a 9-10 record. This year, he's fourth but has a 5-7 record. The White Sox have actually dropped seven consecutive Quintana starts, despite him working a quality start five times. In those seven losses, the White Sox's offense has scored a total of 10 runs.
The record since that 23-10 start is now 9-23. It's getting to the point where it's less a bad stretch and more who they are. There's still time to turn it back around, though, thanks to the mish-mash that is the AL Central. A hot week could have the Sox back in first.
The James Shields trade doesn't move the needle a ton for me. He's bound to be better than Miguel Gonzalez, but he's been pretty sub-par overall since the beginning of 2015. Plus, home runs have been a problem, and he's going from a park that suppresses them -- even after the fences were moved in -- to one that makes it easier on hitters.
Sequencing is a funny thing. The White Sox are 5-15 in their last 20 games. What if they started the season with that stretch? Robin Ventura might have been fired and the season would have been declared over by much of the Chicago media. Instead they are only two games out.
Well, Chris Sale wasn't going to go 33-0, but it was fun to imagine until Tuesday's loss. These things happen. He's fine. No need to sound any alarms or anything.
They've lost five of six, but were 13 games over .500 before that. Early season credit is cool.
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