White Sox: Success Showing In August As Abreu Heats Up

Sidney Brown follows the Chicago White Sox for WARR

“Out to be the on the one, it’s not over till it’s done, it’s going to be so good. Even if we get up early and work overtime, do it till you get it right. It’s an incredible high, there’s no limit to what’s in it. It’s yours and mine, so let’s do it till we get it, get it right.”

Aretha Franklin may have been a Tigers fan, but man, could she sing.

Lyrics from the 1983 hit “Get It Right,” by the late Queen of Soul fits well as a theme for the Chicago White Sox going forward in their rebuild and for the remainder of this 2018 season. The month of August has been as kind as any to the South Siders, with them posting a record of 7-7 and scoring a total of 61 runs. The offense is heating up as led by a veteran all-star, a surprising rookie outfielder and a core infielder.

Hitting (August)

Jose Abreu: .327 AVG, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 18 Hits
Daniel Palka: .220 AVG, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 11 Hits
Matt Davidson: .250 AVG, HR, 2 RBI, 4 Hits

On the flip side there are some players who need to get it right, namely the Sox’s middle infield. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada both have struggled at the plate and on the field, their improvement is a must if the Sox are going to take the next step. It would be nice to see them make more strides in games that don’t matter much otherwise.

Dogging it In August

Tim Anderson: .245 AVG, HR, 5 RBI, 12 Hits, 15 Errors (season)
Yoan Moncada: .167 AVG, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 8 hits, 16 Errors (season)

“I was born in a cross fire hurricane and I howled at my ma driving in the rain. But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas! But it’s all right. I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash…”

Aretha’s 1986 hit cover of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” represented a so-so Whoopi Goldberg vehicle back in the day, it could be updated to help tell the story of the performance of the Sox pitching staff, being led currently by a player regaining his confidence after returning from injuries while two members of the core are trying to establish consistency. The staff for the month of August has a team ERA of 4.29 with 118 strikeouts and 57 walks while holding their opponents to a .241 batting average.

Pitching (August)

Lucas Giolito: 5.50 ERA, 20 K, 7 BB, 11 Runs
Reynaldo Lopez: 3.32 ERA, 12 K, 7 BB, 4 Runs
Carlos Rodon: 1.23 ERA, 15 K, 8 BB, 4 Runs

Highlight Stat: The White Sox’s starting rotation has had five no-hit bids of at least 5 Innings this season by five different pitchers, four of them coming since June 28th. Reynaldo Lopez did the most recent bid against the Yankees on Aug. 8th, beyond that there’s Carlos Rodon at the Angels on July 24th, Dylan Covey at Seattle on July 21, Lucas Giolito versus the Twins in June and James Shields against the Twins way back on May 6. The Sox are 2-3 in those games.

Giving Props

To centerfielder Adam Engel for his stellar play in the outfield this past week, making three amazing catches to take away home runs from the opposition.

To rookie right fielder Daniel Palka for becoming the first Sox player since 1967 to hit a walk-off home run to break a scoreless tie.

8/10/18: Daniel Palka vs. Cleveland (1-0)
9/14/67: Doug Buford vs. Cleveland (Grand Slam in 10th Inning)

Team Leaders (as of 8/16)

Batting Avg.: Jose Abreu (.268)

Home Runs: Jose Abreu (21)

RBI: Jose Abreu (73) 

Hits: Jose Abreu (123)

Pitching Leaders (as of 8/16)

Wins: Lucas Giolito (8)

ERA: Reynaldo Lopez (4.40)

Strikeouts: James Shields (122)

Holds: Jace Fry (12)

Saves: Nate Jones (4)

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