The Chicago White Sox begin the fourth week of the Major League Baseball season this evening as they welcome the Kansas City Royals to town for a three game series before they hit the road once again this weekend. The White Sox offense has been in a slumber to begin the season outside of Avisail Garcia for the most part, but the bullpen has been nothing short of lights out to this point. Let’s rundown who’s hot, and who’s not in this week’s Three Up, Three Down.
- Yolmer Sanchez (INF): Sanchez makes his first appearance of the season on the right side of the arrow, no pun intended, as he turned in a solid week over the past seven days. Keep in mind that the White Sox offense has been putrid over that stretch, so Sanchez’s 4-14 (.286) was as good as it gets for the Sox offense this time around. Sanchez collected a home run, a double and three RBI for the offense starved White Sox over the last seven days.
- Nate Jones (RHP): Nasty Nate has been just that over the past week for a White Sox relief corps that is as of now the only thing to write home about on the South Side of Chicago. Jones tossed a pair of scoreless outings, notching 2.1 IP, while striking out five opposing hitters this past week. Jones is now 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA on the season, allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out 10 hitters over the course of 8.2 innings of work.
- Tommy Kahnle (RHP): In possibly his most promising stretch of his young career thus far, Tommy Kahnle logged a pair of scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and struck out five opposing hitters. Kahnle has looked real good this past week, and has touched the upper 90’s on the radar gun consistently.
- Cody Asche (DH): A mainstay in the lower portion of this feature, Asche hasn’t collected a single base-hit since April 13, and is hitting a dismal .057 on the campaign. What else is there to say? He’s just flat out really bad.
- Avisail Garcia (RF): Hopefully this isn’t a beginning to the end of Garcia’s emergence as an offensive weapon for the White Sox, but it has been a rough week for Garcia. A 3-19 (.158) mark over his last six games, coupled with his six strikeouts over that span has Garcia looking like the Avi of old for the first time this season, and I don’t like it. Here’s to hoping this week treats him better.
- Dylan Covey (RHP): After tossing 5.1 innings of one run ball in his major-league debut in Minnesota last Friday night, Covey was shelled his second time around in the Bronx, allowing eight runs on ten hits that included three long balls by the Bronx Bombers as he saw his ERA skyrocket from 1.69 to 7.84 and fell to 1-1 on the season.