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White Sox offense continues to struggle vs. right-handed pitchers

White Sox offense continues to struggle vs. right-handed pitchers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The White Sox have struggled against right-handed pitchers this season and there aren’t any easy solutions available.

The club brought a major league-worst .223 batting average against right-handed pitchers into Tuesday’s contest against Los Angeles Angels righty J.C. Ramirez. The right-handed heavy White Sox are slashing .223/.282/.356 as a club and have a 9-15 record when a right-hander is on the mound. The White Sox don’t have many left-handed hitting options and even one fewer after they outrighted Cody Asche off the 40-man roster on Tuesday. Asche — who hit .105/.177/.175 with one home run and four RBIs in 62 plate appearances — accepted an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte.

“Have better at-bats,” manager Rick Renteria said. “We’re heavily right-handed. So we have to get these guys to get the ball up into the zone so we can handle it a little better. Obviously they’re going to use a lot of secondary pitches that we’re going to have to be able to put in play in certain situations. We’ll find a way. We’ll just keep battling.”

The White Sox haven’t had as much trouble with left-handers as their .274 average is tied for the third-highest in the majors. But through 37 games, including Tuesday, the White Sox have faced 25 righties and 12 lefties.

The team’s only true left-handed hitter is catcher Omar Narvaez. The roster features three switch-hitters in Leury Garcia, Yolmer Sanchez and Melky Cabrera. Even in the minors the White Sox have limited options.

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Nick Delmonico flashed his potential in spring and has an .802 OPS against righties at Charlotte so far. Switch hitter Yoan Moncada could also change the team’s fortunes with a promotion. Danny Hayes has also shown some potential, too. But the sentiment all along has been that the White Sox won’t sacrifice development to fill a void in the majors.

That puts the club back at square one.

“You can’t miss your opportunities when you face the best pitchers,” hitting coach Todd Steverson said. “I think we missed a few opportunities time to time where we’ve had some pitchers on the ropes early in games and let them pitch a little longer in the game than they probably should have. We talk about it. We need to get these guys when we’ve got them on the ropes. It’s not saying we need to get a hit. We just need to execute more situations.” 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?


White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

With only 60 games to play in the 2020 MLB season, it seems like there will be a three-team race to the top of the AL Central. To discuss and debate, Chuck Garfien is joined by Anthony Castrovince and Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com to discuss who will be crowned the division winner.

(4:30) - Is the AL Central a three-team race or will the Twins win it again?

(10:30) - Who will have the best hitting in the division?

(16:49) - Who has the best starting pitching?

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(23:38) - Bullpen break down

(31:52) - Final rankings on who should win the AL Central

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MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Blue Jays 7-1
Record: 51-36 this season, first in AL Central (3 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dallas Keuchel (5-5)
L: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4)

Game summary: The South Siders continued their three-game set vs the Blue Jays north of the border on Wednesday. And just like Canadian summers, their bats took a little longer than normal to warm up in this game.

Fortunately for the White Sox, they didn’t need a lot of runs early as Dallas Keuchel had his entire repertoire working. The veteran lefty, a frequent sore spot in the rotation this season, went eight innings while allowing just one run and striking out five batters. Sporting an ERA above 7 at times this year, Keuchel is now sitting at 5.90.

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After just scoring just two runs through the first seven frames, the White Sox offense broke out in the eighth. Tim Anderson emerged from his power slump in a big way, hitting a three-run bomb to left. Then, Nomar Mazara also went deep, slugging his 17th homer of the season.

The White Sox winning streak is now at three games, the same total they lead the AL Central by as All-Star weekend approaches.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-4 (.311 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, 2B (.251 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-5, HR (23), RBI, R (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, 2 BB, R (.309 BA)
Jose Abreu: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R (.311 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-5, HR (15), 3 RBI, R (.275 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, R (.256 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-3 (.283 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-4, HR (17), 2 RBI, R (.257 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first

Yoan Moncada homered to left field. 1-0 CHW.

Top fourth

Nomar Mazara singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 2-0 CHW.

Bottom fifth

Bo Bichette homered to left field. 2-1 CHW.

Top eighth

Tim Anderson homered to left field, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu scored. 5-1 CHW.
Mazara homered to right field. 6-1 CHW.

Top ninth

Anderson reached on throwing error, Abreu scored. 7-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Mazara is the human embodiment of the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Despite being in the nine-hole, Mazara has hit 16 homers and is ninh in the AL with 63 RBIs. There's no reason to move him elsewhere in the lineup.

Next game: Thursday, July 2 - Game 88: White Sox at Blue Jays (Dylan Cease, 4-4, 5.40 ERA vs Ryan Borucki, 6-4, 5.11 ERA)