After finishing up the month of April with a delightfully surprising record of 13-10, the first week of May hasn’t been as kind to the White Sox who finished the week with a 2-5 record, splitting a four game series in Kansas City with the Royals before being swept by the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend.
The White Sox will have the night off tonight before they look to rebound from a rough week as they begin a six-game home-stand with the Minnesota Twins and San Diego Padres on Tuesday evening, but first, here’s this week’s list of who’s hot and who’s not on the south side.
The Bullpen: The strongest unit on the current White Sox club continues to dominate opponents week after week thus far, led by the likes of Anthony Swarzak and Tommy Kahnle, the White Sox turned in another solid week to open the month of May. Swarzak, Kahnle, David Robertson, Michael Ynoa, and Chris Beck combined to allow just one run on seven hits over the course of 14 innings of work this week. Ynoa and Beck contributed four innings each, helping Manager Rick Renteria keep the other members of the bullpen fresh.
Jose Abreu: Abreu stayed hot again this week, posting a .300 batting average (9-30) to go along with two doubles, three home runs, five RBI, and five runs in his last seven games. Abreu has collected two or more hits in 10 of his last 15 games, and has his season average up to .286 with five home runs and 16 RBI through his first 29 games this season.
Yolmer Sanchez: Sanchez played in six games for the White Sox this week, and picked up eight hits in his 20 at-bats, including a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Sanchez is second on the team in hitting to this point, checking in with a .288 batting average to go along with a home run and five doubles in 19 games.
Dan Jennings: The only member of the bullpen who struggled this past week, Jennings allowed four runs in his lone inning of work against the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend. Jennings surrendered four hits and a walk in that appearance.
Melky Cabrera: The Melk Man was only able to collect six hits in his 29 at-bats this past week, saddling him with a .207 average for the week, and lowering his season batting average to just .245. Cabrera has struck out 14 times this season, and has an OBP of .305.
Dylan Covey: Over the last seven days, Covey has been charged with 12 runs on 19 hits over the course of 10.2 innings pitched. Four of those 19 hits were home runs, and opponents hit .380 against Covey in this most recent stretch. On the season, Covey is now 0-3 with a 8.28 ERA. In 25 innings of work, Covey has allowed 23 earned runs on 37 hits and 11 walks. Opposing hitters have a .349 batting average and have racked up seven home runs.