The White Sox head home after dropping the weekend series to the Detroit Tigers and battle more AL Central rivals, the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals, this week. CSN's Jen Lada and Bill Melton break down the upcoming matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
With all the additions the White Sox made to their lineup this year, the expectation in the clubhouse was that the team wouldn't have a problem scoring runs. But that hasn't been the case lately for the South Siders.
Though they exploded for 12 runs on Saturday in a win over the Tigers, the White Sox managed to only score twice in the two other losses. In fact, the team has averaged just over three runs per game so far in 2015.
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With the next seven games at U.S. Cellular Field, Melton believes some home cooking is what's going to have to jump start the White Sox offense if the South Siders want to stay afloat in the AL Central.
"This is their first opportunity really to come home and take some extra batting practice," Melton said. "They've been really struggling offensively. They had a nice game yesterday, a bad game today...If the White Sox continue to swing the bats inconsistently like this, it's going to be very tough in the month of April to face this many teams in your division and have a losing record."
One bit of news that should spark the team and the fan base this week is the addition of top prospect Carlos Rodon, who is expected to be called up on Monday and will start out of the bullpen.
The left-hander will join a group of relievers that has suddenly become a strength of the team. Unfortunately for Robin Ventura and his team, some of the starters have struggled to hand a lead over to the bullpen.
"We're not getting the consistency you would want to see right from the beginning. I know it takes a while to get things going and get in a good routine and get your staff working really well. The bullpen has done a whale of a job. We just haven't been in position a lot of games to use that bullpen."
See what else Lada and Melton discussed about the South Siders in the video above.