A slew of pitching injuries, and some natural regression for some like Derek Holland and Miguel Gonzalez have the White Sox searching for answers as they open a series in St. Petersburg, Florida this evening against the Tampa Bay Rays.
After getting clobbered by the Tigers this past weekend, the White Sox enter play seven games under .500, their worst win-loss differential of the season at 24-31. Before the White Sox open their three-game series with the Rays tonight, let’s take a look at this past week’s best and worst performers.
Avisail Garcia: A regular on the upper portion of this list, Avi Garcia turned in another solid week this time around, collecting eight hits in 22 at-bats over five games for the struggling White Sox. Granted, seven of his eight hits were singles, and he struck out six times and drew zero walks, but the team as a whole is struggling mightily at this point, and Avi is still hitting well over .300 55 games into the season. I’ll most definitely take it.
Leury Garcia: An 8-17 mark in his last five games has the pleasantly surprising Leury Garcia back in the top column here this week. Garcia drove in four runs this past week and is currently hitting .296 through his first 162 at-bats. Garcia also has six home runs and 21 RBI to go along with five stolen bases this season. As the days go by, Leury seems to be one of the early internal finds in the rebuilding process.
Tim Anderson: Anderson continued to work his way out of the dismal start that he struggled through to begin the 2017 season this past week, collecting seven hits in 21 at-bats in his last five games including a home run and five RBI. Anderson is now up to .261 on the campaign with six home runs and 17 RBI through his first 199 at-bats of his sophomore season.
Jose Abreu: The White Sox most productive hitter outside of Avisail Garcia at this point had himself a rough go of it this past week, managing only a pair of base-hits in his last 19 at-bats. A pair of RBI and three walks are all the production that Abreu has to show for his last five games.
Derek Holland: Most of the White Sox pitching staff was pretty awful this week, but Holland was the worst of them all as he allowed the Tigers to plate eight runs on eight hits, three of which left the yard. Holland was lifted by skipper Rick Renteria before he could make it out of the third inning this weekend.
Jose Quintana: Just slightly less bad than Holland this past week was the White Sox struggling ace, Jose Quintana. Quintana was shelled for seven runs on seven hits and failed to make it out of the third inning in his last start, and now sits at 2-7 on the season with a 5.60 ERA through 11 starts. Quintana is sporting a whopping 1.40 WHIP through his first 64 innings of work this season.