The Chicago White Sox had about as bad a week a team could haveTodd Welteron April 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm

It is still very early in the season but the Chicago White Sox had possibly the worse week a team could have.

The White Sox were 6-2 on April 16th. They ended the week 6-9 thanks to a seven-game losing streak. The Chicago White Sox have just been downright bad during that stretch.

The Sox were outscored 45-15 and were swept by division rivals the Cleveland Guardians and the Minnesota Twins.

Chicago had a chance to salvage a win on this six-game road trip but closer Liam Hendriks blew the save opportunity in the series finale against the Twins. Bryon Buxton blasted a walk-off home run that may not have landed yet.

Byron Buxton’s 469 ft walk-off home run is the longest walk-off HR tracked by Statcast (since 2015)

— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 24, 2022

Not much has gone right for the Chicago White Sox during this losing streak.

The #WhiteSox are in absolute free fall. They’ve played worse in the recent past but the expectations have never been higher going into a season. “Relax, it’s April” are only words used to deny the reality. Sox have problems.

— Nick Murawski (@Nick_GGTB) April 24, 2022

Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel was roughed up for 10 runs by the Guardians with seven being earned because the White Sox defense committed 4 errors on the road trip’s first game. The Sox have committed 14 errors during this losing streak.

The White Sox list of injuries grew as Luis Robert (groin injury), Josh Harrison (shoulder injury), and Eloy Jimenez (hamstring injury) got banged up on the road trip. Robert and Harrison are expected to be back soon.

The White Sox will miss Jimenez for at least 6-8 weeks because of a strained hamstring. His absence leaves a power void in the White Sox lineup that has been scuffling to score runs.

Also, Harrison being out of the lineup forced the White Sox to play Leury Garcia more. He is struggling to start the season. He is hitting .098 with a .140 on-base percentage and a .122 slugging percentage. Despite Garcia’s struggles, Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa had Leury hit third twice during the road trip.

La Russa had a difficult week managing the team. Some of his batting orders were questionable. The exclamation point on his unsuccessful week came when he decided to have Hendriks face Buxton despite first base being open. His reasoning to not walk Buxton raised some questions.

There’s a logical consistency, in that fearing Arraez more than Buxton squares up with his steadfast belief in Leury Garcia.

— Jim Margalus ? (@SoxMachine) April 24, 2022

La Russa chose to be more concerned about the next guy up beating the Sox that he forget Buxton had already tied the game earlier with one swing.

“Bad move, awful move” – Little Chuck Garfien Sportscaster

— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) April 24, 2022

The Chicago White Sox did get Lucas Giolito back from the injured list. He held the Twins to just one run in the series finale with nine strikeouts. Unfortunately, it was not enough.

The season is still in its infant stages but this has been a frustrating week.

The Sox offense has suddenly disappeared. The Chicago White Sox are hitting .212 as a team with a .263 on-base percentage and a .344 slugging percentage. All those numbers are well below the Major League average.

The Chicago White Sox offense has posted an 82 weighted runs created-plus number. That is a far cry from the 109 wRC+ the team posted last season.

The White Sox defense has been bad as well. The Sox are currently 28th in the Majors in defensive runs saved.

Our Sox are struggling in just about every category. When you don’t score the spotlight shines bright on the defense. Terrible defense and mental mistakes are hurting the ballclub. When this happens a team has to work hard and hustle. This is a good team playing bad baseball

— Steve Stone (@stevestone) April 23, 2022

Also, getting swept by division rivals is not a great way to make a charge toward repeating as division champions.

Things can turn around quickly for the Chicago White Sox.

The Sox offense is struggling but the team has a .264 expected batting average which is 13 points above the league average. Plus, hitters like Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal, and Robert have gotten off to slow starts and eventually end up hitting.

Andrew Vaughn has been terrific at the plate. Tim Anderson has been rough in the field but he has been hitting great to start the season.

Hendriks had a point last season where he blew a few saves and bounced back. Although, Hendriks back started to giving him problems after the loss to the Twins on Sunday.

Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech have pitched well to start the season. Losing streaks happen throughout a 162-game season.

“Just got to keep grinding it out,” Anderson said. “Nobody is going to give us anything. It’s still early. We’ve got a whole season. We’ll take our punches now. Just keep chipping away. That’s all we can do, honestly.”

As long as the White Sox are landing haymakers throughout the season to get back into the playoffs, this week will not matter in the grand scheme of things. Then again, if the Sox keep playing like this, making the playoffs may come into question.

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