As we bid farewell to the month of April, and turn the Calendar to May, the White Sox spent much of last week in the win column thanks to some red-hot bats and some equally impressive pitching performances. Let’s take a look at the best and worst individual performers from last week, one that saw the White Sox ascend to the top of the American League Central standings.
Jose Abreu: After a rough start to the season, Jose Abreu has been as hot as anyone this past week, collecting multiple multi-hit performances en route to his first appearance on the “Three Up” list on the campaign. Abreu collected eight hits in 18 at-bats over the last seven days, including two doubles, two home runs, a triple, and four RBI. The red-hot week allowed Abreu to raise his season batting average nearly .100 points, putting him at .267 on the season, with a .330 on-base percentage, a pair of home runs and 11 RBI.
Anthony Swarzak: Swarzak continued his phenomenal April for the White Sox by tossing four scoreless innings this week, allowing only one base-hit and notching a victory in one of his three appearances. Swarzak also recorded five K’s this past week and allowed zero free passes. Swarzak is now 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in 12.1 innings of work for the White Sox in 2017, and has struck out 14 opposing hitters while walking only one. Opponents have only been able to muster up three hits against Swarzak thus during the first month of the campaign.
The Garcia’s: The third and final spot in this weeks column was a toss up between Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia, so I decided we’ll give it to both of the Garcia’s this week. Avisail continued his excellent April by going 8-21 with a double, a triple, and a pair of home runs to go along with six RBI this past week. His neighbor in center-field, Leury Garcia posted and equally impressive week, collecting eight hits in 22 at-bats including a home run and four RBI.
Matt Davidson: It hasn’t been a pleasant week for Matt Davidson, who in his first extended stretch of playing time since the second week of April when Todd Frazier had the flu, was hit-less in 15 at-bats this past week. The good thing is, he only struck out four times, and also drew three walks, making this seem more like a case of bad bounces and breaks for Davidson as opposed to a bigger picture contact issue.
Jacob May: May’s month-long major-league tenure came to an end on Monday night after the White Sox loss to the Royals in Kansas City, as the club announced he had been optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after posting a dismal .056 batting average in his first 36 major-league at-bats. May will go back to Triple-A and have the opportunity to refocus himself after an experience that saw him over-matched in the batters box routinely, and ultimately relegated to the bench with the hot bat of Leury Garcia getting the starts in center field recently.
Dylan Covey: Another rough outing for Covey on Monday night has the rookie sporting a 7.29 ERA over the course of his four starts this season. Covey has allowed eight runs on 12 hits and five walks in his last 10.2 innings of work, and has struggled mightily since his first start of the season in Minnesota in which he pitched 5.1 innings of one run ball.