In a battle of impotent offenses, the Pirates take on the White Sox over the weekend at PNC Park.
The Pirates (277 runs) have actually outscored the White Sox (239 runs) by a considerable amount, a fact made even more embarrasing by the Pale Hose residing in the DH league. The White Sox have gotten putrid performances from everyone not named Jim Thome (.291/.472/.547). Jermaine Dye (.226/.283/.430) and Paul Konerko (.244/.337/.429), key players in the team's recent success, have been scuffling at the plate.
On the mound, the starters have been respectable (4.01 starters ERA, 4th in the AL), but the bullpen has been nothing short of atrocious. The White Sox collected hard-throwing, wild arms in the offseason in an attempt to build a power bullpen, but acquisitions such as Andy Sisco and David Aardsma found little success, and have since been demoted.
Tale of the Tape
Chicago White Sox
Runs Scored: 239 (Last in AL)
Runs Allowed: 301 (8th in AL)
Pythagorean Record: 24-38
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.