The Chicago White Sox return home Tuesday and begin a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Sox went 2-4 on the road, losing all three in Toronto but bounced back to take two of three in Tampa Bay.
Trailing the Minnesota Twins by five games after Sunday’s 6-5 win, the Sox need to continue riding the momentum of this two-game streak to catch up to their division rival.
You would think a return to Guaranteed Rate Field and into the loving arms of the Southside Faithful would be just the medicine the Sox need to get back in contention.
Also, you would think that the team with the best home record in the American League a year ago (53-28) just needs some good old home cooking to straighten out a rocky start to the 2022 season. You would think that but you'd be wrong.
The White Sox At Home
The 2022 version of the Chicago White Sox currently have a sub-.500 record at 35th & Shields at 11-13. Of all the strange numbers and statistics that currently characterize this team, this one seems the most illogical of them all.
The Sox have been hovering around .500 for much of this young season so they’re not going to have many eye-popping stats. But playing worse at home than on the road? This team? In this economy?
With all of the injuries to key players, maybe they shouldn’t be 10 games above .500, dominating the division like we all thought they would. But they should at least be winning a majority of their games at home.
Even with the injuries, there’s still enough talent to go along with the solid starting pitching to be on the plus side of .500.
The White Sox are hitting an abysmal .218 at home. On the mound, their two most lopsided losses of the season came at home in one series against Boston. None of this makes sense.
Righting The Ship
The surest way to lose the fan base's interest is to lose at home. Many fans say that this team just isn’t fun to watch this season. I can't disagree at this point in the season.
I’d be willing to bet that season ticket purchases were up heading into this season, as most fans were expecting a World Series contender on the field this year.
But it’s not fun to go see your favorite team, who you really think is going to win, lose 16-3 to a struggling team after a hard day's work. It isn't fun to see expensive players not playing up to their salaries. It’s not fun to see every moment that appears to turn the ship around, followed by a four-game losing streak.
There’s a lot riding on this upcoming six-game homestand. But the division standings aren't the only important thing. This is crucial for the team’s standing with the fans. There was some nice momentum from beating a solid club like the Rays two out of three on the road.
All of that could come tumbling down in an instant if the White Sox go 2-4 at home this week. No more excuses. The Sox beat the Rays and Yankees two out of three on the road. So they should beat the Dodgers and Rangers two out of three at home.
Home sweet, home? Let’s hope so.