The White Sox began their 10-game road-trip in Anaheim last week, and left Orange County bruised after being swept by the Angels. White Sox pitching was the worst it has been all season during the three game tilt with the Angels, but after dropping the opening game of a four game series in Seattle, the White Sox took the final three games of the series from the M’s.
A pair of gems by Jose Quintana and Derek Holland as well as Mike Pelfrey‘s best outing of the season were backed by the offense that scored 26 runs over the course of the club’s latest three-game winning streak. Let’s take a look at this week’s best and worst performers before the White Sox look to keep the winning rolling in the desert as they open a three game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.
Avisail Garcia: A regular on the upper portion of this list, Avi Garcia was phenomenal this past week as he racked up 11 hits in 29 at-bats over the last seven days. On Saturday night Garcia recorded a four-hit game, with all four hits going for extra-bases. Garcia also drove in a career high six runs on Saturday as the White Sox routed the M’s 16-1. Garcia ended the week with two home runs, four doubles, one triple, nine RBI, and five runs scored. Garcia is currently leading the American League in hitting as we begin the final week of May.
Tim Anderson: Anderson struggled mightily to begin the season and was even dropped down the the seventh spot in the lineup before taking last weekend off to attend the funeral services for his best friend who passed away last week. Whether it be the change of scenery in the lineup, or a few days with his family to reset, Anderson has been on fire since returning earlier this week in Anaheim. Anderson went 12-26 with three home runs, one double, one triple, five RBI, and seven runs scored since his return. Anderson’s batting average is now up to .264 on the season and he is finally looking comfortable.
Derek Holland: Holland made a pair of starts over the past seven days for the White Sox including his longest of the season on Sunday afternoon as he fired eight innings of one-run ball against the Mariners. Holland logged a total of 14 innings this past week, allowing only four runs while striking out 11 opposing hitters and collecting a victory and a no-decision.
Leury Garcia: It was a rough week for one of the more consistent White Sox performers this time around, as Garcia began the week by taking an Albert Pujols fly-ball off of the side of his face and ended it with only three hits in 17 at-bats. Garcia also missed a game this weekend after being hit by a pitch in the elbow in the previous game. A double and a pair of base-hits was all that Garcia was able to collect this past week, hopefully he can get back on track tonight.
The Backstops: Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith each appeared in four games this past week, sharing duties in one of them, but could only scrape up a combined five hits in 27 at-bats. With Geovany Soto down for the majority of the 2017 season after opting to undergo elbow surgery, Narvaez and Smith will platoon behind the plate for the most part, and we can only hope that at least one of the two can get their bat to come alive.
Tyler Saladino: Remember when the White Sox cut Brett Lawrie this spring to make room for Tyler Saladino to get an extended audition? That’s not working out how the White Sox had hoped thus far. Saladino only appeared in a pair of games for the White Sox this past week, collecting one hit in seven at-bats, and has been relegated to reserve duty for much of the month of May after stumbling out of the gates, and of course, Yolmer Sanchez forcing his way into an everyday role with his offensive production.