Monday, April 25, 2011
Williams in NY to see woes first hand
By Doug Padilla
NEW YORK -- Amid unsubstantiated reports that a coach could be fired as early as today, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is expected to address the team’s struggles in advance of Monday night’s series opener against the New York Yankees.
Williams has avoided talking on the record since the season started, preferring to let the team speak for itself. What the club is saying is not even close to being agreeable with the fan base, nor the expectations of management.
The White Sox have lost 10 of their past 11 games and are off to their worst start since 2001. Their 8-14 record is worst in the American League at the start of play Monday and is tied with San Diego and Houston for the worst record in baseball.
Hitting coach Greg Walker has come under fire after the team’s slow stretch on offense. The White Sox are batting just .179 during the first seven games of their 11-game trip and the offense has only met expectations on a handful of days during the first 22 games of the season.
The team is talented, but they have offered no reason for optimism. Digging deep into the numbers for Monday's game, though, and there could be a sliver of hope. Since coming to the Yankees, starter A.J. Burnett has allowed at least seven runs in each of his last two appearances against the White Sox. He will be matched up opposite of the White Sox’s Phil Humber.
Who was the last pitcher to allow seven or more runs to the White Sox in three consecutive starts? Hint: He also has pitched for the Yankees (Note: Not necessarily saying he did it when he was with the Yankees).
I’ll reveal the answer later this afternoon on Twitter. You can find me at “ESPNChiSox.”