It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s the offense, pitching, defense, the ability to prevent stolen bases, if it’s at the Metrodome or Target Field or whether or not the Twins are shorthanded. Whatever the reason, the White Sox are putty in Minnesota’s hands.
Last night’s 4-1 loss brought out that same pattern in the South Siders as they attempt reach to reach .500 and move up in the A.L. Central standings (they are now three below and 4 1/2 games behind the Indians and Tigers).
The offense, with the exception of a Gordon Beckham double and a Brent Morel RBI single, was non-existent as Carl Pavano dominated with a six-hitter. And stalling rallies by grounding into four double plays, a season-long issue, certainly didn’t help.
Defensively, we didn’t commit any errors, but the age old problem of preventing stolen bases reared its ugly head–and three of them were swiped by Michael Cuddyer, not exactly the personification of Rickey Henderson. As much good as A.J. Pierzynski does behind the plate, pairing him with Gavin Floyd to stop the thievery is a recipe for disaster.
Perhaps the most distressing factor of all is that the Sox couldn’t take advantage of the fact that Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Jim Thome and Jason Kubel were all out of the Twinkie lineup.
The best part about baseball is that it’s a long season and there’s always that next game to change the course of things. It’ll be Mark Buehrle trying to do just that this afternoon as the Sox try to even the rain-shortened series before they head to face the D-backs in Arizona.