I guess we have to face the reality of these 2011 White Sox. It’s one step forward, two steps back–and it’s almost August.
Last night seemed to be a microcosm of what has happened over and over this season. A couple runs early, good-enough-to-win pitching, but not enough sustained offense to win the game.
Focusing in on the 4-2 loss to the Royals, it would have been nice if Jake Peavy hadn’t been touched for the eventual game-winning hit by journeyman Matt Treanor, best known as the husband of Olympic gold medal-winning volleyball player Misty May-Treanor. But that’s not the main issue. It’s the inability of the offense to rebound by rallying to overcome the deficit. Whether it’s been Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Brent Lillibridge, or any of their teammates, we haven’t consistently gotten the job done.
As I wrote a few weeks back, it’s hard to figure it out other than pointing to the lack of the “it” factor. The Sox just don’t seem to have “it,” that special something we’ve seen this year in Cleveland. But yet our hopes are kept alive by the fact we’re still within striking distance of the division lead, which remains at 4 1/2 this morning after the Twins win over the Tribe.
Writing a daily blog is tiring when you’re basically repeating the same themes every day–and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve decided to be a bit more discriminating and will write only when there’s something new to say.
My wish is that a winning streak begins tonight, we see some good signs and I’ll see you tomorrow. South Siders, it’s up to you.