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Sox Road Ahead: Could extended homestand help jolt offense?

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Sox Road Ahead: Could extended homestand help jolt offense?

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. 

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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.

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

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“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”


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Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

A scary scene unfolded during the 4th inning of Monday’s series opener between the White Sox and Tigers.

C.J. Cron needed to be helped off the field after he got hit by a sharp ground ball while fielding at first base.

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Cron lay on the ground for several minutes after the play and limped off the field with the help of Tigers staff.

Amazingly, pitcher Daniel Norris was able to corral the ball and tag out Danny Mendick to end the inning.

Cron has been one of the Tigers’ best power hitters, tied for the team league with four home runs.


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