Eye on the Enemy: Scouting the Chicago White Sox as the Cubs play their final series of 2020
34-22, 1 game back of Twins in AL Central
Friday: Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.22 ERA) vs. Dylan Cease (5-3, 3.52 ERA)
Saturday: Jon Lester (3-2, 4.40 ERA) vs. Dane Dunning (2-0, 3.19 ERA)
Sunday: TBD vs. Reynaldo López (1-2, 4.68 ERA)
OF Eloy Jiménez exited Thursday night’s game against Cleveland in the 7th inning with an injury after sliding into home plate. Here’s the rest of the injured White Sox:
RHP – Jimmy Lambert – 60-day IL since July 29
RHP – Evan Marshall – 10-day IL since Sept. 15
OF – Leury García – 60-day IL since Aug. 11
The White Sox have been in a bit of a rut with the playoffs just around the corner, having lost 5 in a row. Since they clinched a playoff berth last Thursday in a 4-3 win over the Twins, the White Sox have gone 1-6, including being swept by Cleveland. The struggles start at the plate for the White Sox. In that 7-game stretch, they are hitting just .186. Their struggles have extended to their pitching staff, too. Opponents have a .772 OPS against their pitching corps and their pitchers have a 5.03 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Luis Robert, who seemed like a lock for the AL Rookie of the Year a few weeks ago has struggled in the White Sox rut, going 0-for-20 with 10 strikeouts. The struggles aren’t just limited to Robert, though. Tim Anderson, Yoán Moncada and Yasmani Grandal are a combined 9-for 65 in the last seven games with 24 strikeouts. The White Sox offense will hope they can get a kickstart this weekend, to gain some momentum heading into their first postseason appearance in 12 years.