The White Sox head to the Dallas area this week for a three-game set with the Rangers. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton look ahead to the South Siders' date with Texas and talk about how the team can improve in the latest Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The White Sox scored six runs in a 6-0 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon in Houston, but one game doesn't change the fact that runs haven't been too easy to come by for the South Siders.
Among the 30 major league teams, only the Phillies rank lower than the White Sox in runs scored and OPS.
After a big-spending offseason, it's been a pretty disappointing showing at the dish so far in 2015.
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"This is a shock," CSN White Sox analyst Bill Melton said. "You go through spring training and you get all excited about the players they got: Melky Cabrera, you talk about (Adam) LaRoche. You say, 'Wow, they addressed the right issues. Now we've got a lot of guys who take a lot of pitches, hit home runs, better on-base percentage.' As they stand right now, they're not hitting any better than that ballclub we had last year the first 40-plus games. So it's kind of disheartening. The question is: When are they going to come out of it? We waited last year, they didn't even come out of it in September. So I hope that happens a little bit quicker this year."
The White Sox will try to do just that this week in their series against the Rangers in North Texas. Texas has won 11 of its last 14 games and has received a jolt in the form of Josh Hamilton, reacquired not long ago and reinserted into the lineup this past week. In seven games, Hamilton has two homers, two doubles, four walks and five RBIs.
It's time to see if the White Sox bats can catch some of that Texas fire. Hear more in the video above.