White Sox: Young Sox Step Up Against Division Leaders

Sidney Brown follows the Chicago White Sox for WARR

June has been kind to the young stars on the South Side thus far as the Chicago White Sox have jetted out (relatively) to a record of 6-4.

Playing 10 games in 10 days with one day off, including a doubleheader last Tuesday in Minnesota, the Sox have seemed to get by lately on their youthful energy and exuberance. A lack of pressure on the team has likely given them their own advantage as well over the last two weekends, where they won series against two division leaders (Milwaukee, Boston) who by most means should have thoroughly outplayed the Sox.

It was especially in the team’s last three games at Fenway Park where the young Sox impressed, holding the most potent offense in Major League Baseball to only 6 runs over 3 games. In particular, the Sox’ bullpen was brilliant, throwing over 8 combined solid innings in the series against Boston. To this point, the pen is managing a 2.08 ERA with 2.73 strikeouts to walks and a .923 WHIP for June.

After starting off the year at 6-18, it seems that Phase Two of the rebuild is starting to slowly turn around and the pitchers are beginning to lead the way. With the offense still finding its way, the starting pitching has continued to step up, picking up momentum from the month of May.

Month of June – Best Outings 

Reynoldo Lopez (6/10 @ BOS) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K, (W)

Dylan Covey (6/8 @ BOS) – 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K, (W)

Carlos Rodon (6/9 @ BOS) – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, (First start of season)

Lucas Giolito (6/5 @ MIN) – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, (W) 

With the offense kicking into gear, two players who were hot last month have continued to swing seasonably warm bats at the plate.
Tim Anderson: 6 hits, 6 RBI
Jose Abreu: 11 hits, 7 RBI, HR
Can this good play continue and see the club finish the month of June with a .500 record? Will the improvement of key players keep trending upwards? Early signs say yes, but we’re just getting started.
Team Stats

Batting Avg.: .243 (10th in AL)

Home Runs: 68 (11th in AL)

RBI: 239 (13th in AL) 

ERA: 4.82 (13th in AL)

Stolen Bases: 53 (1st in AL)

Team Leaders 

Batting Avg.: Kevan Smith (.417)

Home Runs: Matt Davidson, Tim Anderson (11)

RBI: Jose Abreu (36) 

Pitching Leaders

Wins: Lucas Giolito (4)

ERA: Jace Fry (2.12)

Strikeouts: James Shields (57)

Holds: Jace Fry (7)

Saves: Joakim Soria (8)

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