CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton preview the White Sox's upcoming roadstand in this week's Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
Coming off a six-game win streak last week, the White Sox struggled to get in the win column this week, recording only two wins in their last seven games at home.
Not only that, but the White Sox didn't score more than three runs in any of those matchups. In order for the South Siders to get back on track, Bill Melton says the offense needs to step up.
"Well, we're going to have to find that offense in Toronto, because if we don't, we're going to get pounded," said Bill Melton. "(Toronto's) a very good offensive ball club. ...(The White Sox are) really going to have to get an offense going somewhere on this road trip."
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The White Sox have a daunting task ahead of them. Chicago will hit the road for the next 11 games and travel to four different cities, starting with Toronto followed by Baltimore (make up doubleheader), Houston and Texas. How will they fare?
See what else Garfien and Melton had to say in the video above.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.