A closer look at White Sox' slide (Peavy update)

A closer look at White Sox' slide (Peavy update)

Posted by scotgreg on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 13:03
What’s going on with the White Sox? In case you’ve been preoccupied by the Bulls and Blackhawks in the playoffs, we are here to give you some ugly totals: *Five straight losses. *The Sox have scored 11 total runs during the skid. *In their first 5 games of the season, the White Sox scored 47 runs. *Say what you want about the bullpen and defense, this slide is on the offense. A closer look: -Leadoff man Juan Pierre was dropping flyballs earlier. Now, his average is dropping. The slap-hitting left fielder is down to .279 while riding a 3-for-15 slump. -Like most of his teammates, No. 2 hitter Gordon Beckham roared out to a great start. A 1-for-18 run has reduced Beckham’s line to .231/.282/.385. -No. 3 hitter Adam Dunn was on the bench in Monday’s 5-0 loss at Tampa Bay. Since returning from an appendectomy, the DH is 2-for-19 with 11 strikeouts. Dunn did score some points in the honesty department after going 0-for-4 with 2 Ks in Sunday’s loss to the Angels when he said: “I stink.” -No. 4 hitter Paul Konerko is still batting .317 overall, but he’s riding a 4-for-25 slide. -No. 5/6 hitter Alex Rios’ average is down to .203 after he went 0-for-3 with 3 Ks Monday. Yes, his toe is sore, but Rios has an unusual batting stance and his hand placement has been way off. -No. 6/5 hitter Carlos Quentin has 3 hits in his last 12 ABs, and he has predictably cooled after a monster first week or so. -No. 7 hitter A.J. Pierzynski is off to another shaky start in April. He’s 7-for-35 (.200) in his last 10 games. -No. 9 hitter Brent Morel has struggled defensively, and the third baseman is 4-for-26 since his 11-game hitting streak ended. There you have it, and it’s yet another one of those head-scratching stretches where the White Sox’ entire lineup just seems to shut it down at the same time. The solution? Mark Teahen! Don’t laugh, at least out loud … Teahen is batting .375 overall and he hit .512 with 1 HR and 3 RBI on the Sox’ last homestand. At worst, Teahen is improving his trade value. UPDATE: After lasting just two-thirds of an inning in Monday night's rehab start with Class AA Birmingham, Jake Peavy had an MRI and no significant damage was discovered. Peavy is reportedly going to take anti-inflammatories for the next several days and begin throwing again on Friday.
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